Of course that dream would have to wait but reading about bookstores is even more fun. A few weeks ago I was glad to have stumbled upon Fullybooked's entry on Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, the title alone was enough to catch my attention.
Though not exactly high-brow fiction (sic: deep, provocative, and profound), Robin Sloan's debut novel is enough for a quick pick me up after having read novels that takes the mind for a spin. It's also refreshing since there are so few books that actually talk about books, bookstores and the love of reading. The characters and the dialogue are easy to remember and to follow, no unexpected twists and turns along the way. In fact, it practically reads like a journal or a diary, with every mundane aspect of a person's life crammed into a pile of literary adventure that begs to be read quickly. For a debut novel, Robin Sloan is off to a great start captivating his readers with the mysteries of the Unbroken Spine and the intricacies of book reading.