I started Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, expecting a story about, ummm, a bookstore, so I was surprised, as well of course the heavy amount of bookstore, there was a very large dose of tech. Clay, the main character who gains a job as the night clerk at the aforementioned bookstore, is a newly redundant marketing / website guy from a bagel start up. He soon wants to bring some tech into the old fashioned world of the bookstore and with it he gains the first clue into a mystery about the shop that had been puzzling him. There is also a Googler girlfriend, a tech entrepreneur best friend and a special effects wizard flat mate. With their help, Clay follows a trail of clues about the mysterious bookstore. Once the mystery is at least part solved, there was a point, for me, when the book started to feel a little flat (I was really enjoying the lead up) but it then ramps up again towards the end and overall all it felt like a really sweet, memorable, different kind of story (and I definitely can’t think of many stories that combine a love of bookstores, tech and typography!).
*** (out of 5) stars