Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan

mr_penumbra_24_hour_bookstore_imageClay loses his tech job,  and finds another job as night clerk in Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.  Both the bookstore and most of the patrons are odd.   Very odd – and so are a lot of the books.  A not-so-odd customer comes into the store late one night, as a result of a GPS-activated coupon on her smart phone, which Clay devised. Turns out she works  for Google.  Clay’s roommate  builds  “models” of locales for special effects in the movies.  They both become involved when Clay decides to find out what is really going on in the bookstore. It’s well-worth reading on a lot of levels – well-written with elements of fantasy, mystery, technology, and colourful characters – you certainly don’t mix any of them up, along with a fun ending. (submitted by ZZ)

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