C'è un piccolo negozio nel cuore di San Francisco che vende libri e nasconde un segreto. Se ci entri non vorrai più uscirne
Clay Jannon, web designer di San Francisco, perde il suo lavoro a causa della crisi, ma trova posto un una strana libreria, dove viene assunto per il turno... di notte. Dopo pochi giorni di lavoro, Clay si rende conto che la libreria è assai più bizzarra di quanto non gli fosse sembrato all’inizio. I clienti sono pochi, tornano in continuazione ma non comprano mai nulla: si limitano a consultare e prendere in prestito antichi volumi collocati su scaffali quasi irraggiungibili. È evidente che il negozio è solo una copertura per qualche attività misteriosa... Clay si butta a capofitto nell’analisi degli strani comportamenti degli avventori. E quando alla fine si decide a confidarsi con il proprietario della libreria, scoprirà che il mistero va ben oltre i confini angusti del negozio in cui lavora...
- ISBN: 8850251122
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 306
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is one of those books that appears to have the perfect blend of ingredients for something brilliant. It's a mystery/adventure set in San Francisco, revolving around an out-of-work marketeer and web designer who takes a job as a clerk at the odd little bookshop of the Leggi tutto
Meh - 1.5 stars because the plot was interesting enough that I finished the book and there were some funny moments. While Mr. Sloan is imaginative and quick witted it does not make up for poor writing and boring characters. The book is just bad first person narrative. This would be an acceptable as
suuuuper fun! this book is going to sell like gangbusters when it comes out in october. mostly because each and every one of you reading this review are going out and getting yourselves a copy. this is a command. you like books, right? yes, you do, because you are a member of goodreads. and this boo Leggi tutto
A mysterious old bookstore with some kind of secret society to be infiltrated and unraveled? Cool! Except, alas, here we have a fun premise ruined by bullshit nerdbro execution. 1. An everyman nerd protagonist with no personality beyond a degree in design and deep knowledge of the internet whose main Leggi tutto
HOLY MOLY, BATMAN, EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS. I am actually so excited to write this review... I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO SAY! Because I have so many thoughts, let's do this bullet-point style. - This story was so positive and mood-uplifting! Geez. I never felt that horrible dread you feel sometimes whe Leggi tutto
Authors are magicians. I was in the early pages of Mr. Penumbra when I realized that Sloan was sneaking in a major chain of events in only a few short paragraphs with the intention of moving the story to where he needed it. It was the authorial equivalent of "look, nothing up my sleeve" in preparati Leggi tutto
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is the debut novel by Robin Sloan, and a publishing sensation - it was Amazon's Best Book of the Month in October 2012, and received a lot of attention and praise from reviewers, authors and readers. No wonder - who wouldn't want a 24-hour book store? The novel aspire Leggi tutto
Should probably be two stars, but I feel mean and petty today. Sorry, Mr. Sloan. It all just seemed so...amateur. I feel kind of pretentious saying that, which makes me sad, because there's nothing I hate more than pretentious book reviews. It's just a mess of worn-out tropes and utterly unoriginal
Forgive me, people, this review will be all gushing! This book charmed me from the very beginning -- with fresh internal monologues, from Clay Jannon, a recent unemployed young man, who just lost his first job out of art school... Then he walks into a bookstore (OMG BOOKSTORE!!) and he climbs the la Leggi tutto
Well, I can't say I've been charmed by a book more in a while, and jealous I didn't write it. This is a totally hipster book that rings all my bells, I feel like it sort of summarizes the zeitgeist of our internet generation, the gap between old and new. Basically the main character, Clay, is unemplo Leggi tutto
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