characters Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore 109

characters Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore

characters Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore 109 º The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web design drone and into the aisles of Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore but after a few days on the job Clay discovers that the store is curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest The customers are Curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest The customers are few and they never seem to buy anything; instead they check out large obscure volumes from strange corners of the store Suspicious Cl. A mysterious old bookstore with some kind of secret society to be infiltrated and unraveled Cool Except alas here we have a fun premise ruined by bullshit nerdbro execution1 An everyman nerd protagonist with no personality beyond a degree in design and deep knowledge of the internet whose main development is his realization he has talented friends who are interesting than he is Congrats2 A best friend whose company does boob physics for video games and whose major contribution to dialogue is boob jokes and DD references At one point corners a female knitting museum curator to pitch an exhibit on boobs in sweaters Author appears to have been going for funny instead lands in groan worthy heart rendingly eyeball rollingly creepy Hey reader did you know there are BOOBS that JIGGLE We'd like to take this moment out of your plot to remind you that BOOBS3 Manic pixie dreamgirl alert A brilliant Google programmer who is genius and uirky and of course MAJOR YOWZA HOT WE MUST POINT OUT REPEATEDLY WITH BOOBS AND EVERYTHING and for some indiscernible reason is interested in spending time with Mr No Personality Main Character and faithfully helping him in his uest Because if she weren't all those things then this wouldn't be a very satisfying fantasy for all the sensitive nerdbros out there would it4 Unsurprisingly doesn't manage to pass the Bechdel test and if it does it does so barely The point of course of the Bechdel test is that it's a laughably low bar for involvement of female characters in your plot and so even if you manage to just barely pass it there is still something deeply problematic about your story 5 The main distinction between characters in this novel is which precise arcane subject they are obsessed with Is it fonts Is it miniature practical effects Ancient architecture Data visualization Life extension In typical nerdbro fashion people are not interesting for their emotional or psycho social development we are left to conclude they have none but rather for their nerdly obsessions I have no problem with nerdly obsessions except that they are a poor substitute for actual character development6 Without spoiling anything I can tell you that apparently the moral of the story is we get by with a little help from our friends wow such deep so learning wow except the author undermines his own point by actually having the main character go lone wolf in the last third of his uest So friends are good but you oh sensitive nerdbro are also the mighty lone hero YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL including this muddled conclusion7 Did you forget about boobs HOW COULD YOU Boobs

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The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web design drone and into the aisles of Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore but after a few days on the job Clay discovers that the store is. suuuuper fun this book is going to sell like gangbusters when it comes out in october mostly because each and every one of you reading this review are going out and getting yourselves a copy this is a command you like books right yes you do because you are a member of goodreads and this book is about books and puzzles and adventure there's not a whole lot that's better than thatit is shades of Salamander and The Grand Complication A Novel and If on a Winter's Night a Traveler and The Name of the Rose but it is definitely distinctly its ownthis book is just a pure joy to read each character has their own particular skill set and are uirky without being cutesy about it and each contributes to solve one hell of a book mystery involving secret booknerd societies typography ancient artifacts codes and puzzles the capabilities of computersand the coolest bookstore you have ever heard ofthe mystery is satisfying and the attention to detail is very much appreciated plus i learned a thing or two this is one of those books it is better if you discover and experience on your own so i am not going to say anything else about it suckersbut this is wild page turning fun and i urge you all to get your hands on a copy if you like books about books and you docome to my blog

Robin Sloan ã 9 review

Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour BookstoreAy engineers an analysis of the clientele's behavior seeking help from his variously talented friends but when they bring their findings to Mr Penumbra they discover the bookstore's secrets extend far beyond its wal. Forgive me people this review will be all gushing This book charmed me from the very beginning with fresh internal monologues from Clay Jannon a recent unemployed young man who just lost his first job out of art school Then he walks into a bookstore OMG BOOKSTORE and he climbs the ladder and I'm in love How could I not This book is a love letter for books bibliophiles but also for technology We know that the world of books publishings and reading have changed in the recent years thanks to the wonderful world of Internet There are ebooks ereaders Kindles Nook Kobo etc and tablets We start looking for definitions from Google instead of those huge print dictionaries We start looking for facts on Wikipedia It's NEW it's EXCITING This book refers to all that It combines the wonderful world of stories fonts printings hidden messages in stories manual crafting people making props for movies Knittings and technology data visualization GOOGLE computer language and creates a great adventure for a simple reader like myself It's not futuristic it's not high fantasy it's simply a use of contemporary items around us and of course BOOKSI'm simply in love with the feeling that this book evokes I feel like I'm right there with Clay and his eccletic friends there's Kat the smart girl working at Google there's Neel his millionaire best friends who is making money by creating the best BOOBS visual in the world yes people BOOBS Mat who is an extraordinaire with props and of course Mr Penumbra the owner of the store who is also involved in a secret literary group And it keeps the right balance between books and technology Just when I think technology will win it all to solve everything the book throws a twist That nope the great human mind can still win It's just so SO amazingThe book is not without flaws I'm uite disappointed that the whole adventure pretty much happens at Google or at the store I sort of want the story to go all Indiana Jones or National Treasure you know with secret caves and such Also the very VERY contemporary feeling of this story might make it go outdated uickly But in the end I go back to the whole feeling I have when I'm reading this It's excitement it's happiness it's like being with friends who are really really enthusiastic about the things I love “After that the book will fade the way all books fade in your mind But I hope you will remember thisA man walking fast down a dark lonely street uick steps and hard breathing all wonder and need A bell above a door and the tinkle it makes A clerk and a ladder and warm golden light and then the right book exactly at exactly the right time”And the last sentence just makes me all shivery and tingly because yes the RIGHT BOOK at exactly THE RIGHT TIME will make everything worth while sigh