Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Boostore

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Hi there reading buddies–  I hope you have a friend like my friend Janet.  She is a a super reader and lucky for me, she is always passing along great books for me to pour over!  This summer there’s been a steady supply and Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore was one of those fun sumer reads!

The story begins when graphic designer, Clay, looses his job in the recession– and ends up in the employee of Mr. Penumbra at his mysterious San Francisco bookstore.  The story, in short, is Clay and his band of capable friends using technology to translate a 500 year old encoded volume to learn the secret of immortality!  There are curious customers, an ancient library, cryptic clues, resourceful friends, and the genteel and determined Mr. Penumbra.

I liked the tale of adventure, not the swashbuckling kind, more the adventure of minds working together– with the help of technology to solve an ancient riddle.  It’s the juxtaposition of the leather book book loving sorts and the younger technology wielding adventurers.  It’s not an earthshaking book– but just a quick fun tale for summer.  I think you’d like it too…

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