March Book: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Voted by the book clubbers, March's book will be Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

We meet upstairs at Kevin Barry's on River Street (in the room where the buffet station is set up for events). Food can be ordered off the menu, drinks available through the servers and bar. Hope to see you out!

from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Penumbras-24-Hour-Bookstore-Novel/dp/0374214913

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.

With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that’s rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.

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  • helen a.

    was great to see you all, thanks to each of you for keeping me thinking outside my comfort zone...

    March 31, 2013

  • Elle

    Thanks for the great conversation everyone! Looking forward to reading some of the books you guys mentioned! And thanks Tracy, for that link!

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here is the NYTimes article about"Googlers" from 2 weeks ago and their work environments. Great meeting everyone!
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/16/business/at-google-a-place-to-work-and-play.html?pagewanted=1

    1 · March 29, 2013

    • Laura W.

      Thanks for sharing!

      March 29, 2013

  • Linda D.

    I'm going out of town, sorry, next time!

    March 29, 2013

  • Elle

    Can't wait to see everyone tomorrow! Please bring at least one discussion point/question for the group!

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    may not be able to make it Friday- am a 'maybe' for now- great book! see you next month if I miss one.

    March 28, 2013

  • Linda D.

    I so looking forward to meeting everyone and discussing the book!

    March 17, 2013

    • Elle

      Great! Looking forward to having you out!

      March 22, 2013

  • Linda D.

    Looking forward to meeting new friends and discussing this book, which by the way I just down loaded it!!

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shoot! Can't make it this time, but the book sounds wonderful! Maybe in April.

    February 13, 2013

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