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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - A Novel

Robin Sloan

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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ari Fliakos

Length:

7h 42m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:48


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:54


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:42


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

20:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

29:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

22:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

12:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

17:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

19:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

14:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:48