Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Are you a self-professed…
a) bookworm
b) librarian
c) bookstore frequenter
d) booklover of any sort?

If you fit into any of those categories, you must read this book. I mean it. I will make you.

(Just kidding)

Summary from Goodreads:
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few and they never seem to buy anything- instead they check-out large volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious Clay engineers an analysis of the clienteles behavior, seeking help from his various talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendering with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore you have to enter and never want to leave.

Ah, Mr. Penumbras 24 Hour Bookstore. Robin Sloan created a brilliant little world in this book that felt so real. As you might guess, the book revolves around Clay, who is hired as a night clerk in the store. The store receives these strange customers in the middle of the night. But even weirder is when Penumbra suddenly disappears. There’s something underground going on here, but you are going to have to read it to find out.

The world building is fantastic. The book isn’t that long, so maybe try and savor it. (That is, if you have the willpower.)

Kat, Clay, and Penumbra were among the strongest characters in the book. I don’t remember so much about Clay’s two roommates; they weren’t that special. But I’m forgiving.

On to the rating!
Finishing the Book: 2/2 stars
Originality: 2/2 stars
Entertainment: 1.5/2 stars
Connecting with the characters: 2/2 stars
Writing quality: 2/2 stars
Total: 9.5 stars

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