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Thursday, December 13, 2012

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

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If ever there was a book for book and tech geeks alike, this is probably it. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan follows an out-of-work web designer turned book clerk into a mysterious world filled with cloaked figures and coded texts and ancient artifacts clashing with modern technologies and code-cracking capabilities. It's a laid-back read, if ever there was one, with more caricature characters than fully fleshed out figures, but hey, it's plot driven, and that's okay with me. It's sort of a more modern, nerdier Indiana Jones-esque story. 

Read this if: 
  • You proudly call yourself a book nerd or geek or similar term of choice.
  • You don't know what you'd do without google or the internet or the latest gadget.
  • Your favorite song is by a band I haven't heard of because I'm over 30. Or you're over 30 too but were born a decade too early or too late.
  • You're looking for a fun, fast read. 
  • You enjoyed both the Indiana Jones movies and Snowcrash.
Don't read this if: 
  • You're serious and cranky and cantankerous.
  • You don't have nor do you want a smartphone or tablet.
  • You prefer character-driven novels.
  • You think San Francisco and New York breed the roots of all evil.
  • You're not into that whole suspension of disbelief thing.
PS: even my kitty wants to read it.

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