Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Clay is a nerd with lots of nerd friends.  But even nerds need jobs so when he loses his in the recession, he takes the first thing he can get.  That’s how Clay finds himself working the night shift (10 PM – 6 AM) at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.  The store has only a few patrons, and they don’t even buy anything.  Instead, they present a membership card and check out massive tomes from what Clay calls the “Wayback List”.  There is a frantic energy around these members and Clay soon realizes there is a pattern to their reading.  When he applies his nerdy, modern, tech-y expertise to his hypothesis, he realizes there is much more going on with the Wayback List than he would have thought.

This book is for anyone trying to exist as a lover of old things and an adopter of new tech.  It’s possible to be both.

4 out of 5 stars.