Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan

A young man getting a job in a strange bookstore, with customers borrowing mysterious books, and deciding to solve the mystery with the help of modern technological implements: this definitely got my attention. However, while it was an entertaining read, I thought the story was too short to fulfil the book's premise. In the end, I realised I wanted to know more, to read more, to see such an adventure unfurl on many more pages. I also found the narrator's tone too terse and juvenile, and the characters not deep enough. It could've been brilliant, but to me, it fell flat—too bad, because there was a lot of humour underneath, and various references that I would've liked more if they had been carried by a more complex story.