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M. Pénombre libraire ouvert jour et nuit

par Robin Sloan

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Séries: Mr. Penumbra (1)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. Thriller. HTML:

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life??mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone??and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead "checking out" impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he's embarked on a complex analysis of the customers' behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what's going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.
With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that's rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day
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    L'ombre du vent par Carlos Ruiz Zafón (derelicious, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    derelicious: Both are books about books, with secret societies and mysteries to untangle. The Shadow of the Wind is more gothic and takes place during the Spanish Civil War, and Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is lighter and takes place in modern times.
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Although they have very different settings (1950s Spain in Shadow of the Wind and modern San Francisco in Mr. Penumbra's), these adventure stories, with underpinnings of romance, offer unique perspectives on the role of books and reading in our lives.… (plus d'informations)
  2. 121
    Player One par Ernest Cline (Yells, bookworm12)
  3. 50
    The End of Mr. Y par Scarlett Thomas (Utilisateur anonyme)
  4. 61
    Le jeu de l'ange par Carlos Ruiz Zafón (SqueakyChu)
  5. 20
    The Library of Shadows par Mikkel Birkegaard (Utilisateur anonyme)
  6. 20
    Lexicon par Max Barry (Utilisateur anonyme)
    Utilisateur anonyme: Both books are non-traditional geeky mystery/thrillers.
  7. 20
    Le Cercle par Dave Eggers (conceptDawg)
    conceptDawg: Similar content and themes
  8. 20
    L'histoire épatante de M. Fikry & autres trésors par Gabrielle Zevin (sturlington)
  9. 20
    Au bon roman par Laurence Cossé (lycomayflower)
  10. 20
    Shelf Monkey par Corey Redekop (nsblumenfeld)
  11. 20
    Seul sur Mars par Andy Weir (sturlington)
    sturlington: Mr. Penumbra's reminded me in tone and its reverence for tech, geeks, and pop culture of both The Martian and Ready Player One.
  12. 10
    Alcatraz contre les infâmes bibliothécaires (Alcatraz tome 1) par Brandon Sanderson (Othemts)
  13. 21
    1Q84 par Haruki Murakami (BookshelfMonstrosity)
  14. 10
    Les magiciens par Lev Grossman (aethercowboy)
    aethercowboy: Both books deal with a fictional fantasy series that holds a lot of significance to the story.
  15. 10
    The Writer & The Witch par Robin Sloan (MitraLibrary)
  16. 10
    Le théorème des Katherine par John Green (Othemts)
  17. 10
    The Book in the Renaissance par Andrew Pettegree (librorumamans)
    librorumamans: This is the real deal: a thoroughly researched, non-fiction treatment, with particular emphasis on the influence of printing on European culture.
  18. 10
    The Invisible Library par Genevieve Cogman (generalkala)
  19. 00
    The Ten Thousand Doors of January par Alix E. Harrow (Othemts)
  20. 11
    Ella Minnow Pea par Mark Dunn (Runa)

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Affichage de 1-5 de 716 (suivant | tout afficher)
I really wanted to like this book. I was really disatified with the story. This was published ten years ago so I thin some of the things I saw would have been edited out. ( )
  sammimag | Mar 20, 2024 |
SEPT 2020, 2nd read
Honestly just as enjoyable the second time around. Always a new detail to notice or appreciate, and listening to this on audio is such a pleasant experience. I wish the Dragon Song Chronicles were real because I badly want to read them!

SEPT/OCT 2019, 1st read
This is book that has been hovering around by TBR for at least 5 years since a customer at a bookstore I was working at raved about it and told me it was unlike anything they had read. I just didn't get around to it until now; I needed something engaging to listen to on my college commute and this was sitting there so I figured I'd finally try it. And I get what that customer meant. "Mr. Penumbra" is truly a unique book, and at no point was this novel what I thought it was going to be.

Goodreads has a solid synopsis, but what it doesn't hint at are the wonderful, sometimes bizarre conversations that take place in the story. There is a lot of discourse around printed books and bookstores VS digital spaces and reading technology, but NOT in a "which is better?" way. This book could have been disastrous in that respect, painting those who read print books as "superior", but Sloan does such a beautiful job of highlight the constraints and affordances of each medium and putting them in conversation with one another. It made my little bibliophile heart swell seeing characters embrace reading as a whole, as an enjoyable, immersive artform that doesn't favor a certain platform or person. I really think this book is a celebration of reading, of curiosity for the sake of curiosity, of sharing knowledge, and the bonds formed between readers.

There were a few moments here and there that I think were a little out of place; for instance, I personally thought too much time was spent on the Google headquarters and describing people readers would never see again. Just from a plot perspective I would have like that trimmed down a bit. And I ALMOST didn't like the ending, but then I did? I think it's what I said before and it just wasn't what I was expecting, so it was a little jarring. But not in a bad way!

I just got a lot of delight out of this book. It's very transportive: it takes readers to new cities, pokes into crevices of thoughts that maybe you hadn't considered before, and paints a world that's both familiar and magical - and for me, that's a really special thing for a book to do. I can't wait to read more of Sloan's writing, and if we ever get a "Mr. Penumbra's" movie I'm gonna LOSE. MY. MIND. ( )
  deborahee | Feb 23, 2024 |
"Your life must be an open city, with all sorts of ways to wander in."

Clay Jannon, an unemployed and desperate ex-web-designer, takes a new job as a night shift clerk at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. It doesn't take long for Clay to realize that the dusty bookstore is more curious than he initially thought, there are rarely any real customers but there is a small committed group that simply borrow books. Clay isn’t permitted to read any of the books, a rule he soon breaks, and he quickly discovers that the store is a front for something larger. Clay ropes in his friends and a cute girl who works for Google to use high-tech means to uncover the reason behind the bizarre behaviour of his customers. What they discover is a group hunting an ancient secret.

I found myself immediately drawn in the story and just wanted to turn yet another page. The plot was at times slow-moving, but did have some interesting twists and surprises, but what made it for me was the characters, in particular Clay and Ajax Penumbra. OK Clay is a little misogynistic but on the whole he just seemed an engaging and likeable, generous and kind-hearted, regular guy with a somewhat ironic and whimsical outlook on life, with powers he doesn't even realise he has.

A slight downside was Sloan’s characterization of women. There are only two or three major female characters and they are feel merely stereotypes and somewhat two-dimensional alongside their male counterparts.

This book isn't science fiction and it isn't literary fiction, there are no killings, shoot-outs or car chases but is an eclectic and eccentric old-fashioned mystery solved using modern means. I found the technological aspects of this novel interesting if a little troubling, (how much Google and other tech-giants influences our everyday lives) . This book is a quick read but worth it for anyone who’s interested in a whimsical discussion about old-fashioned paper books and technology, friendship and the true meaning of eternal life.

"Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines.....it's hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits." ( )
  PilgrimJess | Feb 8, 2024 |
Marvelous book that'll appeal to modern day readers and bibliophiles, contrasting the modern urge to go digital in all things and why that may or may not be a misstep.

Don't want to spoil anything about this really good and fast read...except not to read it when you're already exhausted as it'll keep you awake for over 100 pages even when you really need the sleep more. ( )
  SESchend | Feb 2, 2024 |
Loved this book!

Reminded me a little bit of "Ready Player One" only with books instead of video games. Mysterious characters, a giant puzzle to solve, a bit of romance and wonderful friendships between a bunch of bookworms.

Plus the book itself has glow in the dark books on it. Super cool!
( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
Affichage de 1-5 de 716 (suivant | tout afficher)
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore flourishes in the nebulous terrain between super-powered digital information and the text warriors of yore. It rocks in terms of crazy imaginative leaps and is so optimistic about the longevity of books in print that it makes bibliophiles like me positively clap with glee. It does have its share of shortcomings though, but more on that later.
ajouté par SimoneA | modifierThe Express Tribune, Anam Haq (Nov 10, 2013)
 
And if, in the end, the plot doesn’t entirely satisfy – the love story is a little weak, the 500-year old mystery rather too neatly solved – this novel’s ideas will linger long in the mind.
ajouté par SimoneA | modifierThe Independent, Marianne Levy (Aug 24, 2013)
 
“Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” is eminently enjoyable, full of warmth and intelligence. Sloan balances a strong plot with philosophical questions about technology and books and the power both contain. The prose maintains an engaging pace as Clay, Mr. Penumbra and the quirky constellation of people around them try to determine what matters more — the solution to a problem or how that solution is achieved.
ajouté par SimoneA | modifierNew York Times, Roxane Gay (Dec 14, 2012)
 
"In the end, though, the book works fine as an engrossing mystery — and as an intelligent meditation on technology’s trajectory and limits."https://www.librarything.com/work/12661675/book/132262683#
 
I loved diving into the world that Sloan created, both the high-tech fantasyland of Google and the ancient analog society. It’s packed full of geeky allusions and wonderful characters, and is a celebration of books, whether they’re made of dead trees or digits.
ajouté par ablachly | modifierWired, Jonathan Liu (Oct 6, 2012)
 

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Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. Thriller. HTML:

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life??mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone??and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead "checking out" impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he's embarked on a complex analysis of the customers' behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what's going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.
With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that's rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day

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