Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan – A Discussion (may contain spoilers).

20130724_16111720130724_161117I really enjoyed this book.  It was an interesting take on the old quest/de-coding tale. The integration between modern technology and old world knowledge was nicely interwoven and quite fascinating.

* The story takes place in a strange bookstore with barley any customers and shelves of books that reach the ceilings with ladders being the only means of reaching the top shelf.  This is my dream setting and I appreciated the way Sloan describes the bookstore.

Imagine the shape and volume of a normal bookstore turned up on its side.  This place was absurdly narrow and dizzyingly tall, and the shelves went all the way up – three stories of books, maybe more.’

* Clay Jannon is the narrator and hero of the story.  He is kind, honest and curious.  You want him to succeed in cracking the code, get the girl and of course get the employment he so truly deserves.

*  The Google references were a nice touch.  It is crazy how far modern technology has advanced in such a short amount of time.  Although there were a lot of mentions about technology that perhaps went a bit over my head, it did not affect my reading experience and was cleverly balanced with traditional books and research.

More Quotes

– ‘Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines – it’s hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.’

– ‘There is no immortality that is not built on friendship and work done with care. All the secrets in the world worth knowing are hiding in plain sight.’

– ‘Your life must be an open city; with all sorts of ways to wander in.’

– ‘After that, the book will fade, the way all books fade in your mind.’

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More New Books!

20130712_150618A teacher on holidays in a bookstore is a dangerous combination.  I need to get my read on!

New Purchases:

* Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion

* In The Shadows of Blackbirds – Cat Winters

* Reading Like a WriterFrancine Prose

* Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan

Missing Borders

There has been a hole in my bookstore heart that can’t seem to be mended.   Since Borders closed I have been struggling to find a suitable replacement.

I have been purchasing books from booktopia.com.au and although I do like browsing through online stores it doesn’t feel the same as wandering through the shelves of the once book super store.

The smaller book stores are sufficient if I get really desperate for a book purchase.  Unfortunately they are slightly over priced, don’t offer quite the range that Borders did and don’t have the extras such as notepads, magazines, etc.

I also miss the fact that I could spend hours in Borders without feeling like a criminal.  You could sit down, browse through the books and enjoy a coffee.  I feel as though I have to get in and out as quickly as possible in the smaller stores.

Borders had the best range of magazines.  I now have to search through newsagents to find my favourite international mags and more often then not I come home empty handed.

Borders had everything a book lover needed all under one roof.  It is sadly missed.