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Review of Mr. Penumbra’s 24 – Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

December 14, 2016

Review of Mr. Penumbra’s 24 – Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Reviewed by Fiza Pathan

Verdict: An exceptional book by a very talented author. Marvellous.



I wanted to read this book for a long while, but I just kept putting it off until last week and I’m so happy that I’ve read this book which I claim to be one of my best reads of 2016. It’s a flawless book with suspense, adventure, wit, sarcasm, and bookish fun put together to form a wonderful story. If you love books especially the old-fashioned paperbacks and hardcovers or the leather-bound covers of old, this is just the right book for you. However, if you are also of a digital bent of mind who dreams that Google and the Kindle version of books are changing the way we buy books and store information, this is the book you have just got to read. The plot is suspenseful and the book is unputdownable. I read it in in two days’ time. This is a book which you will want to talk about at your book clubs and libraries after you yourself read it. It is full of surprises, puzzles, and mysterious people who intrigue not only Clay who is the main protagonist in the story, but also the readers of the book, that you will fall in love with the act of reading books all over again. One of the main distinctions that this novel has from all the other books about bookish topics that I have read over the years so that it tries to show the wonder of words itself whether on a kindle or a paperback. The characters come alive and are as curious and ingenuitive as the theme of the novel itself. The chapters are divided very well and professionally so that there is a lot of synchronization with each page turned by the reader. Robin Slogan as an author is a grandmaster of technology and suspense. He has done a near to perfect if not perfect job with Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore which is a powerful book meant for readers who love adventures, libraries, bookstalls, old books, Google, etc., and is a master storyteller. So please order or borrow Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan as quickly as possible if you want to get to know the power of the word and words better. An exceptional book by a very talented author. Marvellous.

Copyright © 2016 Fiza Pathan
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