Thursday, 4 September 2014

Book Club #7 - Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore!

As nerdy as it sounds, when I saw that Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan was featured on one of my class reading lists, I knew I had to snap it up and read it as soon as I could. I bought it way back in May, but only got round to reading it recently.

A pretty great book cover
The story follows Clay, a young guy in San Francisco, who finds himself needing a job - any kind of job - when the start-up bagel company he worked for goes bust. Suddenly he realises that all of his peers have landed themselves prosperous careers after leaving university, and all he has to show for his time is a simple logo he created. Like in all good story telling, Clay's life is flipped upside-down when he stumbles across Mr Penumbra and his 24-hour bookstore.

I really enjoyed reading this, as Clay is a great narrator. His thoughts and actions all seem plausible, which is something you need in a slightly ridiculous story. When he accesses his achievements - or lack thereof - you really feel his disappointment in himself, his utter disbelief in how complacent he became and his frustrations become your frustrations. I like that in a story, who'd have thought?

My only gripe with this story was the ending. Although it was a good ending, with some sort of feel good moral thrown in, I just felt like it wasn't the right ending. An ending that would make me gasp, or look back over the pages to realise 'yes, that was it!' - just something with a bit more bite. 

I don't want to end my review on a bad note, as this really isn't a bad book. If you've fancied reading this book, then please do! I'd love to know your thoughts, and if you enjoyed the ending. 

Have you read Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore?

Chelsea xo


  1. I want to read this so bad! Must get round to it :)


    Water Painted Dreams xo

  2. This sounds like an interesting read, will add it to my list of books! Shame you didn't enjoy the ending as much, but I often find that with books...want it to end my way haha

    Bethan Likes

  3. You should definitely read it! :) x

  4. I think that's my problem, I could probably rewrite the ending to most of the books I own haha! It's a good read though, I would recommend it! x

  5. This has been on my to-read list for the longest time. It's a shame about the ending, but I definitely want to read it soon! xo

  6. It's really good, I think I just always want books to end my way! Hope you enjoy it when you get around to it :) xx

  7. This sounds enjoyable :) I think I'll give this a go once I've ploughed through the Game of Thrones series.

    Danniella x


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