Monday, 25 January 2016

Wee Book Review: Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan *spoiler free*

Morning lovelies!


 

Little blog news update for you first; I have been reviewing my book posts from 2015, and I have decided I would like to do A LOT more book reviews in 2016. I did some polling on my twitter page, and I got some interesting results!

Therefore, from now on I'm going to be uploading more, smaller reviews, with a new "Reading in Review" feature post at the end of the month - this will feature some of the books that don't make it to the review stage and books I'm currently enjoying, alongside some other fun bookish news, such as upcoming book release, book to movie adaptation release and trailers and read-a-thons!

But for now, on with the review!



This book has been popping up everywhere at the moment, and it's been receiving some mixed reviews, so I of course, had to find out on what side of the fence I landed!

Don't judge a book by it's cover... 

I love this cover, perfect example of how a simple design can still stand out (plus a book with books on the cover...c'mon, meta people).


A little bit about it...

Basically it's a little something like this, awesome IT guy loses his job in the downturn of the market and struggles to get a new job, getting desperate, he picks up a job in a very strange but interesting book store. Immediately, he notices something strange about this book store, namely, that it doesn't sell many books. Soon our main character Clay breaks rule number one of the 24 hour bookstore and opens one of the very strange books that some even stranger customers are "borrowing" and there the mystery begins...

What I disliked...

I found the characters to be pretty flat, we really didn't learn anything about their personalities or lifestyle, I don't even remember much of a description of any of the characters, save for that t-shirt that was mentioned about 100 times (if you've read this you'll know what I mean). I also found the big reveal to be a big let down, although I totally appreciated what they were going for and appreciated the sentiment.
What I liked...

I liked our main character, he was a totally relatable character in an otherwise unrelatable story. I love how it brought together the digital age and the physical book, without criticising one or the other, or those who chose e-books and google over physical books and bookmarks or vice versa. Also, the story was a pretty fun and unique concept. Also, I could totally always imagine their surroundings which I appreciated.


If you like... 

fun mysteries without gore and violence, this may be for you. Also, if you enjoy quirky book shops then I think you'll enjoy Mr Penumbra's!

 
On Goodreads I awarded this...
A 3.5 out of 5 stars.
It was fun, but nothing more (for me personally). But for a first novel? bravo.

Have you read Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore? What did you think of it? I'd particularly love to hear from you if you were as disappointed in this as me. Let me know below!

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1 comment:

  1. I have been meaning to read this one simply because I like the title so much! (I am one of those people who never ever read synopsis and choose books based on titles or other people's opinions oops). I might give it a try after your review :)

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