Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore 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.… Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore 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.… 2012-10-02 Fiction Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Book Review

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (2012)

LITERARY ADVENTURE Sloan explores the quest for permanence in an unstable digital age
LITERARY ADVENTURE Sloan explores the quest for permanence in an unstable digital age
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 02, 2012; Writer: Robin Sloan; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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+

Originally posted Oct 03, 2012 Published in issue #1228-1229 Oct 12, 2012 Order article reprints
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