At the recommendation of a few people, I picked up a copy of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. I read it cover-to-cover in one 4-hour sitting on a cross country flight last night. I don’t think I’ve ever read any book in one sitting like that before. It was that good.
This book was recommended to me because a few weeks ago I asked for recommendations for books that would “make me love reading again.” That is exactly what this book accomplished.
It’s not one of those epic desert island books that I will take to my grave. It is a very entertaining read (paced like a modern mystery book) with enough meaty themes to chew on that I’m sure it will be rattling around in my brain for a week or so.
It’s also a nice slice of (slight) satire on the modern San Francisco tech/entrepreneurship boom, so if you plan to read the book it’s best to do so soon before the references become dated to the point of distraction. The tone of satire is well-struck, and the book reads in such a way to make me think if I ever meet the author (Robin Sloan) IRL, we’d get along well.
The neon sign above is the “muted post horn” of this book. I’d buy that sign if I could find one.