MR. PENUMBRA Now in Paperback


Hey there book lovers, today’s your lucky day: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore is in paperback for the very first time today. Raul has been championing this novel since its early, pre-pub days:

“Sloan has created something new and exciting – a book that celebrates both books and electronic media! His quirky charactes have feet in both worlds and he incorporates nerdy humor with a brilliant literary verve that drives the story. Allusions to Fantasy books, RPG’s and quest motifs blend harmoniously with computer coding, Google and electronic readers to give background to a story about a 500 year old cypher that may hold the key to eternal life. So much fun!”

And then a whole lot of other people went ahead and made it clear why you should read Robin Sloan’s book:

“In a time when actual books are filling up tag-sale dollar boxes, along with VHS tapes and old beepers, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore reminds us that there is an intimate, adventurous joy in the palpable papery things called novels, and in the warm little secret societies we used to call ‘bookstores.’ Robin Sloan’s novel is delightfully funny, provocative, deft, and even thrilling. And for reasons more than just nostalgia, I could not stop turning these actual pages.”—John Hodgman

The love child of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and Neal Stephenson’s Reamde, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a hugely enjoyable story of friendship, living, and the lure of the mysterious. It’s a good-hearted, optimistic book about the meeting of modern technology and medieval mystery, a tonal road map to a positive relationship between the old world and the new. It’s a book that gets it. Plus, you know: cryptographic cults, vertical bookshops, hot geeks, theft, and the pursuit of immortality. I loved it. And yes, I too would freeze my head.”—Nick Harkaway

“Part love letter to books, part technological meditation, part thrilling adventure, part requiem… Eminently enjoyable, full of warmth and intelligence.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A book about passion—for books, for history, for the future...There is nothing about Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore that I didn’t love.”—Cory Doctorow

Oh, hey, and then there’s this cool thing: Robin Sloan will BE HERE this Thursday, September 26 at 7pm.


And then THIS OTHER REALLY COOL THING: We’re one of the stores that will have the super limited edition of Ajax Penumbra 1969 available for folks who pick up their copy of Mr. Penumbra at the event. (If you don’t live in Austin, Sloan lists other events where this will be available over on his website.)

Good things abound, book lovers. Good things, indeed.

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