Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour by Robin Sloan

By Robin Sloan

A gleeful and exhilarating story of worldwide conspiracy, complicated code-breaking, high-tech info visualization, younger love, rollicking experience, and the key to everlasting life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore

The nice Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his existence as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer interest, and the power to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a brand new gig operating the evening shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour book place. yet after quite a few days at the activity, Clay starts off to gain that this shop is much more curious than the identify indicates. there are just a few consumers, yet they arrive in many times and not appear to truly purchase something, in its place “checking out” impossibly imprecise volumes from unusual corners of the shop, all in keeping with a few difficult, long-standing association with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. the shop has to be a entrance for anything better, Clay concludes, and shortly he’s launched into a posh research of the customers’ habit and roped his associates into supporting to determine simply what’s happening. yet after they deliver their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it seems the secrets and techniques expand a ways outdoors the partitions of the bookstore.

With impossible to resist brio and outstanding intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary event tale for the twenty-first century, evoking either the fairy-tale allure of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a tender Umberto Eco, yet with a special and feisty sensibility that’s infrequent to the area of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is strictly what it appears like: an institution you'll want to input and may by no means are looking to depart, a modern day cupboard of wonders able to provide a jolt of power to each curious reader, regardless of the time of day.

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A gleeful and exhilarating story of worldwide conspiracy, advanced code-breaking, high-tech information visualization, younger love, rollicking event, and the key to everlasting life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore

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Arobynn moved first, grabbing Sam’s chin in one hand, forcing the young man to look at him. “Check yourself, or I’ll do it for you, boy,” he murmured. ” Celaena bit down on her reply. She could handle Sam tonight—or any other night, for that matter. If it came down to a fight, she’d win—she always beat Sam. But Sam released the hilt of his sword. After a moment, Arobynn removed his grip on Sam’s face, but didn’t step away. Sam kept his gaze on the floor as he strode to the far side of the council room.

I’m not disagreeing with you. I don’t like the idea of this at all. Not just the slaves, but Arobynn’s involvement in it. And those children …” He pinched the bridge of his nose.

While he might not trust Rolfe, it didn’t bother him that a hundred innocent souls were about to be traded like cattle. ” Sam slammed his fist onto the wooden floor. ” she asked, giving him a pout. ” Sam got to his feet and began pacing the length of their small room. He undid the top button of his black tunic, revealing the skin beneath. Something about it felt strangely intimate, and Celaena found herself quickly looking away from him. ” Sam stopped at the foot of her bed. “You think I don’t know how to tell when you’re cooking up some scheme?

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