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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan In the end, it's about love.

It's about the passion of unraveling the clues to clues to find truth in the end of The Da Vinci Code loves books. Romping, adventurous, wonderous books. He loves westerns, he loves science fiction, he loves mystery-thrillers and fantasies.

This is his ode to all those genres, all those books.

But this book isn't just a vehicle to give affectionate nods to all those books. It is a western/mystery/science fiction in and of itself. It's no literature, but it sure is a fun read. This book took me back to the days when I played hooky to finish [b:Gone with the Wind|18405|Gone with the Wind|Margaret Mitchell|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328025229s/18405.jpg|3358283], when I kept reading [b:The Stand|149267|The Stand|Stephen King|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1213131305s/149267.jpg|1742269] instead of studying for midterms, when I took a 3 hour lunch at work to continue [b:Oryx and Crake|46756|Oryx and Crake|Margaret Atwood|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327896599s/46756.jpg|3143431]. This took me back to [b:Watership Down|76620|Watership Down|Richard Adams|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1353615493s/76620.jpg|1357456]. It's an I'll-call-you-back-later book, it's an I'll-clean-up-the-cat-puke-later book, it's a press-the-pause-button-on-life-because-I'm-reading-a-good-book book.

Yes, this book is about love.

And it is wonderful.