[Review] Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Author: Robin Sloan

Sourced: borrowed from the local library

Meows: 4 out of 5; it slumps a little in the middle but it’s a great story with a solid ending


A millennial (Clay) gets a job in a strange bookstore, owned by Ajax Penumbra, that doesn’t actually make a profit from selling books. Clay solves a puzzle with a computer and then breaks a 500-year old code, pissing off an old dude in a secret society in New York. Penumbra isn’t mad about it though, because for him they figured out the answer to immortality. Google gets involved too.


There is no mortality that is not built on friendship and work done with care.
page 288


On a scale from 1-10 toe beans, the re-read value is 5. Definitely worth re-reading in a few years, but it wouldn’t be a permanent staple in my collection. Available on Amazon for around $10 though.

cat cuddled with book

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