Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore — Robin Sloan

I read this quite some time ago, before i began writing a reviews, which is unfortunate but such is life.   Anyways, since then i’ve read and reviewed ‘Ajax Penumbra: 1969’, which introduces the book store from a totally different perspective and gives a lot of background to ’24 Hour’.   So i’d like to read this again one day straight after 1969, but i want to forget it all first and then start afresh.

It’s definitely a good book, that much i can remember.

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Sourdough — Robin Sloan

If you like the ‘Penumbra’ books then throw this on your reading list and have at it – more of that Robin Sloan style for you to enjoy.

If, however, you’ve come across this book because you’re into sourdough baking and expect a story to read that reflects the real challenges and difficulties etc., of baking your own sourdough breads — then you’ll probably want to read something else….

….but, conversely, if you’ve come across this book because you’re into sourdough baking and can put aside your strict ‘sourdough nazi’ expectations for a while to read a fun story about a magical and strange starter and it’s journey and exploits, then you just might really enjoy a good read and become another Robin Sloan fan like the rest of us.

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Ajax penumbra: 1969 — Robin Sloan

I came across the main book, ‘Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store’ while i was looking for stories about people in book shops, having just read ‘The Little Paris Bookshop’.

And i’m glad i did go looking.   I really enjoyed Mr. Penumbra’s, and was more than happy to discover this little back story, ‘Ajax penumbra: 1969’.

Robin has quickly become a favourite writer — i just started reading ‘Sourdough’ immediately after finishing this.   His stories have a really nice flow with interesting likeable characters and nice easy going English.

Which should one read first, this or ‘Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store’?   Well knowing what i know now, i would read ‘Ajax penumbra 1969’ first, as i now feel that i need to go and re-read …24 Hour Book Store again to give it more clarity, so i’m not reviewing that until i’ve got around to reading it again.

I think the difference is whether you want to meet the bookshop first from Ajax’s first view in 1969 or from Clay’s first view in the 21st century.   But you’ll want to read the other book again after finishing the other book either way, so i don’t really think it makes much difference.

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