Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore — Review

March 22, 2013

Sometimes I worry that my enthusiasm for these books doesn’t come across enough in these posts. I mean, I love books. They are my life. I think you guys get that.

If, for some reason that was not clear, please see this post from forever ago, and this post from…last week?

In any case, that buffer probably works in your favor in this particular case. If you want the full effect of my enthusiasm for this book, imagine me jumping up and down saying “Guys! Guys! Guysguysguys! Guuuuuuys! Guys! This book is so good guys! Guys!”

Yes. This book is so good it makes me sound like an idiot. And I’m basically OK with that.

I was supposed to go for a run today. I was looking forward to it because I had to skip my other workouts this week to work on a project that was sucking out my soul. But instead of changing into my gear and heading to the gym, I plopped on my bed and picked up where I left off when the train reached my station.

I don’t even know where to begin explaining the awesome.

First of all — the title. Well, you had me there. A 24-hour bookstore? Sold!

The narrative voice in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is great. Even though I am not this person, I really identify with the narrator (as I think many bookish people will) and the story just pulls you in. It’s a cool scene and then it becomes interesting and then intriguing and then you can’t focus on anything else.

I’ve been smiling to myself in public all over the place while reading this book which I think is almost as awkward as crying in public because of a book, but I can only shudder to think of what would have occurred had I been in public while reading the final chapters of this book. I was giggling and yelling out theories and exclaiming all over the place. My cat was very confused. It was spectacular.

I’ve been meaning to write a separate post exploring this (and I possibly still will), but I think I will be buying my own copy of this book in the near future (I’m reading a library copy — it was just sitting there on the shelf. I didn’t have to place a hold or anything!). I wonder how I will feel about this upon re-reading it. I want to know how other people feel about this book, because I am feeling the love.

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2 Responses to “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore — Review”

  1. CM '11 said

    Part of what not only made me but allowed me to love Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is that the old and the new meet and they’re allowed to be friends. There’s so much focus on how technology is (presumably) pushing reading aside and very little about how old and new complement each other. I loved that Mr. Penumbra didn’t take that route.

    • poindextrix said

      Agreed! The marriage of old and new is what made so much of it possible. Also — people would go crazy for the e-reader prototype described in there…

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