CommanderStrikeher’s #CBR4 Review #49: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Clay is a web-designer who has lost his job in San Francisco. Since the recession, he has had a hard time finding a job in his chosen field. Then he stumbles on the night clerk position at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. His new job seems rather pointless. There are few late night customers, except the eccentric regulars who madly rush in, demand a particular book, then dash out. Those customers don’t even buy books, they loan them. Then there is Mr. Penumbra. He’s like a slightly daffier Professor Dumbledore. Mystery starts, zany, mad-cap adventures ensue.
This is one of those books that I really enjoyed while reading it, but afterwards, the more I thought about it, the more unsatisfying I found the ending to be. This book has been getting rave reviews, but I really felt like it was The DaVinci Code by way of Google. Seriously, did Google pay to be mentioned in this book? I have a drinking game for you. Step One: Drink every time somebody says the word Google. Step Two: Die.
All in all, this was a pleasantly diverting read, but pretty forgettable. It is not something that I am going to insist that people read, unlike Gone Girl. Have you read Gone Girl yet? WHY NOT?!?!? Do you hate things that are good?