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Amazon best possible books of the Month, October 2012 (Debut highlight): Mr. Penumbracff0478#39;s 24-Hour bookstore is an old style mystery set firmly in tech-loving, modern day San Francisco. Clay Jannon (shapeer web fashion designer) lands a role at a ebookstore with only a few consumers and even fewer purchases. His curiosity leads him to the discovery of a larger conspiracy at play, one enjoyable enough to rope in his top friend (CEO at a startup) and love interest (works at Google). As Clay and corporate resolve the puzzles of Mr. Penumbracff0478#39;s ebook save, the story turns right into a kind of nerdy heist, with real-existence gadgets, mystery societies, and numerous things to mention concerning the previous, present, and future of reading. Sloan initially self-revealed Mr. Penumbra as a short story through Kindle Direct Publishing, before increasing it to its current shape with a conventional print writer--a installing trajectory for a quick, a laugh story that has so fully and enthusiastically embraced the stress among the digital and analog ebooks. --Kevin Nguyen

Price: $11.99

(as of 2012-10-06 10:59:58 PST)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (24 votes)

Released: 2012-10-02

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan


A gleeful and exhilarating tale of world conspiracy, complex code-breaking, top-tech knowledge visualization, younger love, rollicking journey, and the name of the game to everlasting existence—most commonly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco ebookstore

the nice Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his existence as a San Francisco internet-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the power to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour bookstore. however after only some days on the process, Clay starts to appreciate that this store is much more curious than the identify shows. there are just a few customers, but they arrive in time and again and never seem to in truth purchase the rest, instead “checking out” impossibly difficult to understand volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some complicated, lengthy-standing association with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store should be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s launched into a fancy research of the shoppers’ behavior and roped his friends into serving to to figure out just what’s going on. however once they carry their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it seems the name of the games lengthen a long way out of doors the partitions of the ebookstore.

With irresistible brio and remarkable intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary journey story for the twenty-first century, evoking both the fairy-tale appeal of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-concepts wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with front and feisty sensibility that’s rare to the sector of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour bookstore is strictly what it appears like: an established order it's important to enter and will by no means want to go away, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to present a jolt of energy to each curious reader, regardless of the time of day.

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author: Robin SloanPublisher: Farrar, Straus and..Binding: Kindle editionLanguage: EnglishPages: 304

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