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 bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.
I picked up Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore as I was headed to check out my books at the library. The bright cover caught my eye and the title hooked me immediately. Why would you need a 24 hour bookstore? Who is going to a bookstore at all hours of the night? Surely it’s a front for something, right? (I mean all 24 hour establishments are. Obviously.) Whoever said you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover is very wrong. How else do you decide to read it?
This book is full of mystery and intrigue from the moment you open the front cover. The language is easy to read but it delves into deeper meaning that keeps the reader enthralled making it more than superficial entertainment.
With a mixture of love and mystery, this novel falls into the “this is life” genre (patent pending). It’s the story of one man who finds himself out of work and ends up with a job in a place that even he doesn’t understand. But the night shift at a 24 hour bookstore is full of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered.
The story explores the dichotomy between electronic words on devices and computers and the physical printed word. Which is better? Is there a compelling argument for sticking with the physical books of the past?
Each character in this book is full of quirks and excitement; even the smallest of supporting roles. This story will have you thinking, feeling, imagining, and wondering. All reasons to make Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore next on your reading list.
VERDICT: READ IT!!