By Robin Sloan
Yay! One of my Singapore finds. Clay is a designer who knows a bit about web, computers etc, and is also out of work. One night he stumbles in Mr Penumbras 24 Hour bookstore and lands himself a job as the night clerk. He notices strange patterns and goings on, and with the help of his friends sets out to uncover the mystery behind Mr Penumbra, his book store, and his special customers.
It is a book about books, about code breaking, about immortality. It brings together the physical, and then ups it with the power of Google! It’s about the love of reading.
Here’s one of my favourite quotes from this novel,
… I’m really starting to think the whole world is just a patchwork quilt of crazy little cults, all with their own secret spaces, their own records, their own rules.
To me it was a great and suspenseful read. A bit like a short and really approachable Foucoult’s Pendulum, without the real menace. Don’t get me wrong – I did enjoy Umberto Eco’s Pendulum, and thoroughly recommend it as a read. It’s suspenseful, but big, with lots of tight prose.
Feel free to disagree.