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Text ✓ Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore Õ Robin Sloan

Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour BookstoreThe 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 Meh 15 stars because the plot was interesting enough that I finished the book and there were some funny moments While Mr Sloan is imaginative and uick witted it does not make up for poor writing and boring characters The book is just bad first person narrative This would be an acceptable as a Syfy Saturday movie but not for a novelFor example It's early in the morning We came straight from the airport Neel visits Manhattan all the time for business and I used to take the train down from Providence or I tap Kat's shoulder and point to the glowing lamps Neel narrows his eyes The entire narrative is just so damn obvious its annoying here is what I see here is what we are doing etc Also the book is a novel long ad for Google and The narrator can't stop talking about Googlers and Kindles I like my Kindle but not as its own character in my book I can see that the author was trying to marry the old and the new traditional books and new technology but he failed really really failed I'd like my 12 back

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Download Book Û Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore 288 pages ñ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore 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 Curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest The customers are few and they never seem to buy anything; instead they check out large obscure volumes from strange corners of the store Suspicious Cl A mysterious old bookstore with some kind of secret society to be infiltrated and unraveled? Cool Except alas here we have a fun premise ruined by bullshit nerdbro execution1 An everyman nerd protagonist with no personality beyond a degree in design and deep knowledge of the internet whose main development is his realization he has talented friends who are interesting than he is Congrats?2 A best friend whose company does boob physics for video games and whose major contribution to dialogue is boob jokes and DD references At one point corners a female knitting museum curator to pitch an exhibit on boobs in sweaters Author appears to have been going for funny instead lands in groan worthy heart rendingly eyeball rollingly creepy Hey reader did you know there are BOOBS that JIGGLE? We'd like to take this moment out of your plot to remind you that BOOBS3 Manic pixie dreamgirl alert A brilliant Google programmer who is genius and uirky and of course MAJOR YOWZA HOT WE MUST POINT OUT REPEATEDLY WITH BOOBS AND EVERYTHING and for some indiscernible reason is interested in spending time with Mr No Personality Main Character and faithfully helping him in his uest Because if she weren't all those things then this wouldn't be a very satisfying fantasy for all the sensitive nerdbros out there would it?4 Unsurprisingly doesn't manage to pass the Bechdel test and if it does it does so barely The point of course of the Bechdel test is that it's a laughably low bar for involvement of female characters in your plot and so even if you manage to just barely pass it there is still something deeply problematic about your story 5 The main distinction between characters in this novel is which precise arcane subject they are obsessed with Is it fonts? Is it miniature practical effects? Ancient architecture? Data visualization? Life extension? In typical nerdbro fashion people are not interesting for their emotional or psycho social development we are left to conclude they have none but rather for their nerdly obsessions I have no problem with nerdly obsessions except that they are a poor substitute for actual character development6 Without spoiling anything I can tell you that apparently the moral of the story is we get by with a little help from our friends wow such deep so learning wow except the author undermines his own point by actually having the main character go lone wolf in the last third of his uest So friends are good but you oh sensitive nerdbro are also the mighty lone hero YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL including this muddled conclusion7 Did you forget about boobs? HOW COULD YOU?? Boobs

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Ay engineers an analysis of the clientele's behavior seeking help from his variously talented friends but when they bring their findings to Mr Penumbra they discover the bookstore's secrets extend far beyond its wal Should probably be two stars but I feel mean and petty today Sorry Mr Sloan It all just seemed soamateur I feel kind of pretentious saying that which makes me sad because there's nothing I hate than pretentious book reviews It's just a mess of worn out tropes and utterly unoriginal characters Mysterious dusty bookshops and peculiar old men I think Sloan tried to revamp that old line with some hip new technology stuff but he just failed miserably He almost made me hate Google just by talking about it so much And he killed any potential for intrigue and adventure in the book by making his main character oh so coincidentally friends with experts on everything with access to every resource one could possibly need Need to figure out a code in a book? By golly guess it's good he's friends with a girl who has access to the best scanner and decoder in the world Need money? Not a problem 'cause his elementary school best friend is a millionaire Need a moveable scanner? Luckily he knows just the site to find one and a stranger is willing to build and transport it to him Needs to know about ancient art shit? Thank the Lord his co worker is an archaeological genius Christ Sloan was clearly a Harry Potter fan so I'm just glad he didn't write that series 'We have to find the horcruxes' Harry realized He logged onto the horcrux database and typed a simple search 'horcruxes AND voldemort OR he who must not be named' Seven results Perfect But how to destroy them? Harry called up Dumbledore who had made his fortune building a special transportable Horcrux Deactivator made of wizard cardboard Hedwig fetched it for him immediately and Harry utilized it to great effect All was well Yes technology can make things easier And I appreciate that Sloan didn't ignore it too many books nowadays build elaborate plot points around things that could be solved with a simple Google yes Google again search But he went too far in the other direction and killed his own story's intrigueI thought the climax of the story was terribly underwhelming I had no interest in any of the characters I appreciate what Mr Sloan was trying to do but it fell flat for me Things felt rather gimmick y It's probably a bad sign when the best thing about your book is that it glows in the darkSigh What a mean review this is I feel a bit bad about it actually If the book sounds really interesting to you go ahead and read it But I got nothing from it