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Words of a Bibliophile

"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees

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

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan

A light, fun story which juxtaposes hundred-year-old books with cutting edge computer technology. The narration, using the point of view of protagonist Clay Jannon, may come across as a bit juvenile with his references to fantasy books and video games. But the geeky Clay is an earnest, good-natured main character, and I thought the author nailed the style pretty well without making it read too much like a YA book. I liked the humor and the mystery, and the enigmatic Mr. Penumbra and his charming old bookstore. Just don't expect something too deep and groundbreaking because you might be disappointed. This is more of a quick read with a playful and quirky tone.