2 out of 5, Reviews, Uncategorized

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan

20316954Summary: Clay Jannon is hired at Mr. Penumbra’s bookstore, third shift. He meets all sorts of interesting characters, that all seem to be reading the same books. Secret societies, Google HQ, weird roommates that build insane dioramas, and a mystery that’s never been solved in centuries! They all culminate at the end, but will they solve the ancient riddle?

Thoughts: The beginning of the book was fantastic. I settled in, as I’d never read anything that happened at a bookstore. It had a promising start, what with the mood and mystery, but two-thirds of the way I was getting bored. There was nothing remotely sinister happening, other than the bad guy being slightly threatening. No sense of impending doom, or racing against the clock, nothing like that. At the end, it felt forced, and contrived. 

Kat, the extremely smart girl who ends up dating Clay, is a bit of a bore. She’s written as flightly and has an attitude towards people who don’t work at Google. The only time she’s really in the picture is right near the end.

If you enjoy mystery and secret societies, you may like this book! More suitable for younger readers, or people who don’t read as much. It’s relatively short and easy to read. 

All in all I give it two paws out of five. After reading it and thinking on it for a day, I wasn’t really impressed with it. It could have been so much better, but it fell short. 


Publishing information: 

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN 0374214913
Genre: Fiction/Mystery

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