“This was a thoroughly fun book that did not go where I thought it would go.”wiley wrote this review Wednesday, March 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved the premise of this book, however, it was let down in the second half by a bit of "gee whiz" I've worked it out rather than a steady build up and reveal.”Emma Joyce wrote this review Monday, March 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The intrigue drew me in and the quest for immortality kept the plot moving forward. It's not a quick read, but one to be pondered and explored.”Mary Ann Giasson wrote this review Friday, March 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not what I expected --- kind of a ya Dan Brown”Mr. Wakiki wrote this review Wednesday, March 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Delightful, fantastical, laugh-out-loud at times; intriguing.”Vevah L wrote this review Wednesday, March 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan read by Ari Fliakos is an interesting mystery/suspense/thriller. This is the audio version. It is a compelling story of conspiracy, young love,adventure,secrets,code-breaking,and high-tech data all set,of all places, in a bookstore. An intriguing story, told with a voice easy to listen too,and heartfelt. *Don't have young children with you when you listen to this story,though*. Simply intriguing! "Robin Sloan pays homage to the virtues of the audiobook in the plot and created a bonus clue exclusively for the audiobook"."Sloan also makes a cameo appearance,narrating the audiobook-within-the-audiobook in the story!" An interesting audiobook and one I would recommend to listen to if you enjoy thrillers,suspense,and mystery. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews”
“Witty, geeky, techie, mystery, da vinci code-ish, optimistic, HEA. Loved the author's witty sense of humor sprinkled through out the prose. Through out the story, i kept thinking, i would read more from this author. And i rarely have affinities for authors.”Brianne wrote this review Thursday, February 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Books, libraries, Google, quests, secret societies and codes-this story has it all. After losing his web design job in San Francisco, Clay Jannon wanders into a small bookstore with a help wanted sign. When the proprietor asks him "What do you seek in these shelves?", he decides to take the job. He soon discovers that the few strange people who come in have an arrangement to borrow books from the back stacks of the store. Before long he's off on an adventure concerning deep hidden truths in ancient writings. This was a fun, quirky novel with some great lines such as: "We need James Bond with a library science degree" and "I love books because they are quiet and you can take them to the park". ”Jaime Lire wrote this review Wednesday, February 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This story started out well and kept my interest with some pretty lines, but I lost interest half-way through and the ending was trite.”bklvr2 wrote this review Tuesday, February 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Out of desperation, unemployed Clay Jannon takes the night clerk job at Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore. Only a handful of customers enter the story and they rarely buy books. They borrow the obscure titles that Clay locates and retrieves from Penumbra's dizzyingly tall bookshelves and then return them. Clay's convinced the store is a front for some other activity and enlists his friends' help to solve the puzzle, embarking them on an adventure that encompasses books, secret societies, science, faith, passion, the acquisition of knowledge, and possibly something much, much larger.
Robin Sloan's amusing novel combines past, present, and future technology and uses first-person narration to infuse an unusual (and rather unbelievable) plot with self-deprecating wit and wondrous appreciation of the amazing people in Clay's world.”