Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“… the right book exactly, at exactly the right time.” A wonderful summarization of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Mr. Penumbra’s is a representation of fantasy emerging out of a real-world/realistic storyline. For me, this type of story line allows readers to ease into the fantasy part of the story. Couple this with the bookstore setting, the references to librarians and libraries, secrecy and codes, digitization and computer coding, and even a shout out to knitters…how could I not be drawn to this book!


But even for readers who are not librarians, bibliophiles, coders, or questers, Mr. Sloan’s storytelling is highly accessible. Overall, the narrative is genuine, friendly, and truly collegial. Drawing from the fantasy genre that can be “uninviting” to new readers and computer coding that’s literally learned languages, Mr. Sloan manages to bring it all together in an enjoyable and endearing story. Lastly, after clicking around Mr. Sloan’s website it is clear that his creativeness and curiosity in thinking about how we connect to the written/typed word are throughly applied in his works.