REVIEW: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore


“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 more 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, Clay 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 secretes extend far beyond its walls.”

 *NOTE: Summary lifted from back cover of the book.

*SIGH* Where to begin? I guess I could start by saying that this book was such a whirlwind, in the best possible way there is. It’s written in the first person point of view so things starts off slow and you only learn things as the main character learns them. It gets really good super fast though and once it does, you will not be able to stop reading until you reach the very end.

As for the ending, I can’t say much without giving it away. I will say though, that the ending leaves nothing to be desired in that it rounds out the story perfectly and that it will leave you with tons of what-ifs that lends more mystery and magic to the book than there already was. :)

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