Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan

A slightly lighter read, but no worse for it, this is the definition of a page-turner – which is fitting, because amongst it’s messages is the celebration of the printed page.

A mysterious bookshop, with a mysterious owner, take centre stage in the first half of the book, as Clay takes a job working the nightshift only to become suspicious of the strange goings-on. Soon, he uncovers a cult-like band of customers and a menacing organisation whose mission, if achieved, promises to change the world forever. Or does it?

As the story leaves the bookshop and follows Clay on a mini-adventure pitting cutting-edge technology against an age-old mystery, the question is: Does having the answers to everything at our fingertips make us happier, or does it take something away from the meaning of life?

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