Tuesday, January 15, 2013

MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE
A Novel
BY ROBIN SLOAN 

ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robin Sloan grew up in Michigan and now splits his time between San Francisco and the Internet. To read more about Author Robin Sloan, visit his "Bio" at his website HERE.

AN EXCERPT FROM MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE:
THE BOOKSTORE

HELP WANTED
 
LOST IN THE SHADOWS of the shelves, I almost fall off the ladder. I am exactly halfway up. The floor of the bookstore is far below me, the surface of a planet I’ve left behind. The tops of the shelves loom high above, and it’s dark up there—the books are packed in close, and they don’t let any light through. The air might be thinner, too. I think I see a bat.
 
I am holding on for dear life, one hand on the ladder, the other on the lip of a shelf, fingers pressed white. My eyes trace a line above my knuckles, searching the spines—and there, I spot it. The book I’m looking for.
 
But let me back up.
*   *   *
My name is Clay Jannon and those were the days when I rarely touched paper.
 
I’d sit at my kitchen table and start scanning help-wanted ads on my laptop, but then a browser tab would blink and I’d get distracted and follow a link to a long magazine article about genetically modified wine grapes. Too long, actually, so I’d add it to my reading list. Then I’d follow another link to a book review. I’d add the review to my reading list, too, then download the first chapter of the book—third in a series about vampire police. Then, help-wanted ads forgotten, I’d retreat to the living room, put my laptop on my belly, and read all day. I had a lot of free time.
 
I was unemployed, a result of the great food-chain contraction that swept through America in the early twenty-first century, leaving bankrupt burger chains and shuttered sushi empires in its wake. 

To finish reading this excerpt, visit the publisher Macmillan's website HERE.

PRAISE FOR MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE: 
“The love child of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and Neal Stephenson’s Reamde, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a hugely enjoyable story of friendship, living, and the lure of the mysterious. It’s a good-hearted, optimistic book about the meeting of modern technology and medieval mystery, a tonal road map to a positive relationship between the old world and the new. It’s a book that gets it. Plus, you know: cryptographic cults, vertical bookshops, hot geeks, theft, and the pursuit of immortality. I loved it. And yes, I too would freeze my head.” —Nick Harkaway 

 “In a time when actual books are filling up tag-sale dollar boxes, along with VHS tapes and old beepers, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore reminds us that there is an intimate, adventurous joy in the palpable papery things called novels, and in the warm little secret societies we used to call ‘bookstores.’ Robin Sloan’s novel is delightfully funny, provocative, deft, and even thrilling. And for reasons more than just nostalgia, I could not stop turning these actual pages.” —John Hodgman

“Delightful.” —Graham Joyce, The Washington Post

“An irresistible page-turning novel.” —Newsweek

“One of the most thoughtful and fun reading experiences you’re likely to have this year . . . extremely charismatic . . . deeply funny . . . there’s so much largehearted magic in this book . . . Sloan is remarkably gifted and has an obviously deep affection for both literature and technology.” —Michael Schaub, NPR Books

“A jaunty, surprisingly old-fashioned fantasy about the places where old and new ways of accessing knowledge meet . . . [Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore] cleverly uses the technological age in the service of its fantasy . . . Sloan’s ultimate answer to the mystery of what keeps people solving Penumbra’s puzzle is worth turning pages to find out.” —Tess Taylor, San Francisco Chronicle

“[A] winning literary adventure . . . Sloan grounds his jigsawlike plot with Big Ideas about the quest for permanence in the digital age.” —Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly

GIVEAWAY
I HAVE ONE HARD BACK COPY OF
THIS DELIGHTFUL BOOK TO GIVE
AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
 
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+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU READ ABOVE ABOUT MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT 
6 PM, EST, JANUARY 30
GOOD LUCK!

103 comments:

Steve Capell said...

After reading in your post that this is a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century -- I was hooked. I too have entered book stores and never wanted to leave. When you're a bibliophile you tend to get trapped inside those stores filled with books and the maze of shelves tend to keep you from finding the exit door. One final comment -- "Isn't the cover of this book unique and unusual?" It's simple but yet very eye catching. Please enter me!

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I would love to find out what was really going on in the bookstore.
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This book sounds very different--a fairy tale that's modern--and in a bookstore--I think I might like it.
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Hi! I want to read this book because it involves book,a book store, romance and so much more. :)

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This looks like my kind of book. I love the cryptic code angle. I am now curious about the mystery behind the bookstore.
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Bookstores are my favorite place in the world, so I think this will be right up my alley.

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