Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

penumbraThis is an odd, quirky little book about a character who goes to work in an out-of-the-way bookshop where all is not what it seems to be. Clay becomes curious about the regular customers who show up to borrow a series of mysterious books. There is a secret society, an ancient mystery, a quest, a journey, and even a very light dash of romance. The book is intriguing enough that I found it hard to imagine how the author could pull together an ending that would be truly satisfying and answer all the questions the story raised. As is often the case with such an intricately plotted book, the payoff at the end was not quite as satisfying as I’d dreamed, but still satisfying enough to make it an enjoyable reading experience, and I would recommend it.

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