by Robin Sloan
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.
My review...........2 stars
The premise of this book was very inviting (it's about a bookstore, count me in), and it started out well, but then it all kind of went downhill. I loved the story of the bookstore, it's workings, the quirky characters who would show up in the middle of the night, and the mystery behind what was really going on in this bookstore. Once we discover the mystery, and the characters take off on this bizarre adventure to solve it, they lost me. I wasn't overly fond of any of the characters (although with a little more work, Mr. Penumbra could have been fleshed out to be a favorite). It was ok, but after a good start, it fizzled out for me. Major points for the cover design, the little books glow in the dark!!
Sad to say, this just wasn't my kind of book. It holds promise for those who like mystery and adventure of the quirky sort.