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    Penumbra at the right moment

    This was the right book at the time for me, much as penumbra's is the right bookstore at the time for our protagonist. I found a celebration of the intersection of modern information technologies and age old truisms in paper: to stay open we must dream and we must share our dreams with friends, sweet.
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    intelligent

    This book was written very intelligently and at times it was a little hard to understand, thought it did not interfere with the story. The plot was complex and so were the characters, overall it was a good read.
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    A book about books

    Or rather a book about a cult revolving around books. A light but impactful story about where books and old knowledge meets technology and a digital future.
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    I enjoyed this book very much. It's a fun suspense story with bookish and computer-nerd heroes, and great touches of humor. I laughed at the bit that mentions e-readers while reading this on the Kobo app on my ipad. I only regret that I got the e-version, because if I'd bought this in paperback it would be one of the books I loan around to friends saying "Read this; I know you'll like it."
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    National Treasure meets Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure Clay Jannon finds himself a clerk in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Despite his misgivings – he’s a web-design guy working in an ancient store which lends obscure books to weird people – he sticks with it. He decides to figure out the secrets of the store, the books, the borrowers, and maybe even Mr. Penumbra. The puzzle of the store is solved, but the adventure is just beginning! This novel is at once an Epic Adventure and a whirlwind, quicksilver romp. It’s little-boys-turned-gizmo-geeks playing superhero and pausing periodically to ask themselves urgent, banal questions with utter sincerity. (Consider Clay’s stupefaction to learn that Mr. Penumbra has a first name! And it’s…!). It’s a Quest complete with dungeons and dragons (OK, not actual dragons), wizards, code words, rituals, and True Meaning. It’s downright hilarious. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore may be read quickly, but will not quickly be forgotten. As with any great adventure, the questions asked and the truths learned throughout the quest will remain in the reader’s mind. As will Mr. Penumbra’s first name.
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