By Thom Geier
Updated October 05, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

type
  • Book
genre

This winning literary adventure, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, has all the elements of geek hipsterdom: fantasy novels, role-playing games, computer coding, and classic typography. Clay Jannon goes to work at a mysterious San Francisco bookstore that’s an outpost for a scholarly cult, then recruits a high-tech posse to crack a 15th-century code. Despite occasional stumbles — it’s best not to overvisualize computer-hacking sessions — Sloan grounds his jigsawlike plot with Big Ideas about the quest for permanence in the digital age. B+

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Robin Sloan
publisher
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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