Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore


The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 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, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls

This book has everything. It’s quick, it’s quirky, it’s got a great mystery to solve and the main character even adds fantasy character analogies, which I really appreciate!Plus I’ve always wanted to hang out in place with really tall rolling ladders!

You don’t realized how much you may pigeon hole yourself in your reading until you read something different. Throughout the book I found myself constantly surprised by mentions of Google, Mac Books and Kindles. Plus the characters use of text and email. It really gets you thinking about what you’ve been reading!

So I can definitely say, I approve of the book swap and genre assignment. I hope to expand my horizons more with this challenge.

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