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Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

  • Aug 21, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, coupled with sheer curiosity, has landed him a new job working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days, 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 they simply borrow 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' behaviour 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...

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  • susan w.

    Hi all - James Evangelidis has been in contact re his e-book, see below, (perhaps discuss this tonight?):-

    I’m an Australian-based writer. Although I’ve authored several business books, I really wanted to write a novel. The eBook is called Maze of Keys. But I wanted to do things differently. So I’ve built a game around the book. The game involves solving a puzzle. Don't worry, you don't have to be Einstein to work it out. All the clues are in the book. The puzzle consists of a series of multiple choice questions. There is one cash prize for the reader who can solve the puzzle. Starting at a guaranteed minimum of US$10,000. But here is the fun bit - the more eBooks we sell the bigger the cash prize! If we sell 100,000 books the prize will be US$300,000; if we sell 1 million the prize grows to US$3,000,000 + another US$1m for charity. Please visit

    August 21, 2014

  • Val D.

    Sorry. Had intended coming however health problems. Dr investigating tumor malignancy, sadly.

    August 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    oops didnt read the book, sorry! Next time...

    August 19, 2014

  • Norma

    I won't make it to this one, but enjoyed the last and hope to come to the next. Have a good evening. Norma

    August 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi first timer here, ok first stupid question should I have read the book the before meeting, just joined and probably will not have time to finish but would like to meet up

    August 11, 2014

    • Sara K.

      You wouldn't be the first to come without finishing the book, Lynette, but be warned- there will be spoilers in the conversation!

      August 12, 2014

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