Oh I dearly wish I could relive 24 hours from two weeks ago. Since then, my life is immersed in a mysterious, wondering labyrinth, which not even liberal applications of Redbreast Irish can resolve. I hope for escape in our much lighter-weight November reading selection, and ask you to share the journey with me as we read Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan, 2013, 304 pages. (Okay—page count had something to do with it all and I can't even begin to think how to deal with the turkey… )
Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2012: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is an old school mystery set firmly in tech-loving, modern day San Francisco. Clay Jannon (former web designer) lands a job at a bookstore with very few patrons and even fewer purchases. His curiosity leads him to the discovery of a larger conspiracy at play, one exciting enough to rope in his best friend (CEO at a startup) and love interest (works at Google). As Clay and company unravel the puzzles of Mr. Penumbra's book shop, the story turns into a sort of nerdy heist, with real-life gadgets, secret societies, and a lot of things to say about the past, present, and future of reading... a fast, fun story that has so wholly and enthusiastically embraced the tension between the digital and analog books. --Kevin Nguyen
You can find the book in the New Orleans and Jefferson public libraries and as an ebook and audible book. You can find it online for as low as $6.95+$3.99 shipping and you can find it locally as well.
As always, you wonderful people, I ask you to be respectful of everyone in the group. RSVP Yes only if you truly plan to read the book and attend. If, for some reason, your plans change, please change the RSVP so that another happy reader may take your place. I am starting to delete members after 3 times no-show.