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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

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The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco webdesign drone -- and serendipity sheer curiosity and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new job working the night shift at Mr Penumbra's 24Hour Bookstore After just a few days on the job Clay finds that this store is even more curious than the name suggests There are only a few customers but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything instead "checking out" impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store The store must be a front for something larger Clay concludes and soon he's embarked on a complex analysis of the customers' behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what's going on With irresistible brio Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twentyfirst century Mr Penumbra's 24Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like an establishment you have to enter a Hide synopsis

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