Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What are Your Reactions to "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan?

Feel free to comment on this month's book, "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan.

Warning: These comments may contain spoilers!

Next up: March by Geraldine Brooks. Meeting will be July 14, 2014, Noon, at DCLC, 2217 Providence Avenue, Chester PA 19013.


  1. From Michelle J: After so many historical and WWII books I really enjoyed the modern book Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore. What a breath of fresh air to hear from someone young. I did not pay great detailed attention to things like Mantius's message and the secret of life, etc. I did like the theme of old v new and books. Kat seemed kind of like a red herring, a vehicle to talk about Google. Clearly Clay was not ambitious and smart enough for Kat. I really liked the font and typesetting Gerritszoon material as well as the mystery around the Festina Lente "spy network." Books like art can provide the author with immortality. Was that the moral of the story? I loved the open hands logo, how clever.

  2. I enjoyed the book very much. I love how it included many perspectives on the world of books--deep dark underground libraries with dusty tomes, audio books, e-books, books made into movies, book stores, moveable type, fonts on computers, etc. Appealed to bibliophiles (now called book geeks?) and the more stereotypical geeks--those who love wizards and quests and such.

    The Google storyline included a good deal of satire that I think will be fun to discuss at this month's meeting.

    --Susan K.


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