Friday Flashback: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Read March 18-23, 2013. Four Stars.

I want to say that I really loved this kooky little book, but I only gave it four stars, so I can’t really say that.

Huh.

Well, how about this? I loved the characters in this kooky little book. I couldn’t wait to spend time with them, and I was sad when our time together came to a close. They were quirky, and eccentric, and a little nonsensical at times, and they felt authentic, and fully-realized, and I wish that they were real. I want to work at this bookstore. I want to live in this world.

I’d call this light urban fantasy. It’s a mystery set in a bookstore, where not everything is as it seems. Throw in some secret societies and what one Amazon reviewer called a “nerdy heist.”

People who know me will know how nervous heists make me, nerdy or not. 🙂

But, in the end, it’s really more about character than plot, a point that kept it from getting five stars. Stuff happens to these people, but the stuff doesn’t always make complete sense, and the ending felt like a bit of a cheat. Not necessarily in a bad way, but still.

Highly recommend, though, because you really, really, really want to spend some time with these folks.

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