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M. Pénombre libraire ouvert jour et nuit

par Robin Sloan

Autres auteurs: Voir la section autres auteur(e)s.

Séries: Mr. Penumbra (1)

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After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret.
Récemment ajouté parLadyUnicornOfChonk, bibliothèque privée, fratres, ArcherKel, zeej92, thewoffordway, JoeB1934, Conor.Murphy, allanahk
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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. 61
    Le jeu de l'ange par Carlos Ruiz Zafón (SqueakyChu)
  4. 50
    La fin des mystères par Scarlett Thomas (Utilisateur anonyme)
  5. 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.
  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 et autres trésors par Gabrielle Zevin (sturlington)
  9. 20
    Au bon roman par Laurence Cossé (lycomayflower)
  10. 20
    The Library of Shadows par Mikkel Birkegaard (Utilisateur anonyme)
  11. 20
    Shelf Monkey par Corey Redekop (nsblumenfeld)
  12. 10
    The Invisible Library par Genevieve Cogman (generalkala)
  13. 21
    1Q84 par Haruki Murakami (BookshelfMonstrosity)
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 10
    Alcatraz contre les infâmes bibliothécaires (Alcatraz tome 1) par Brandon Sanderson (Othemts)
  17. 10
    The Writer & The Witch par Robin Sloan (MitraLibrary)
  18. 10
    Le théorème des Katherine par John Green (Othemts)
  19. 11
    The Seance Society par Michael Nethercott (4leschats)
    4leschats: The older/younger man relationship is similar along with the quirky cast of characters, light tone, and humor throughout.
  20. 00
    The Ten Thousand Doors of January par Alix E. Harrow (Othemts)

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This is a nice light story that is easy to read and has a unique story. I enjoyed the junction of books and computers within the plot. The end of the book was worth the read, although it took me at least half the book to decide that I did, in fact, enjoy the story. ( )
  ArcherKel | Aug 17, 2022 |
A quick whimsical read, well suited for a week when the news from the real world is becoming hard to take. Mr. Penumbra’s bookstore is definitely not the real world. It is part of a fantasy world constructed around the mysteries contained within books.

Our protagonist Clay wanders into the bookstore and into a series of adventures. Aided by his friends he undertakes a quest worthy (in a bibliographic kind of way) of an online video game, one where the 16th century is confronted by the 21st century with unexpected results.

Other than Tolkien and Harry Potter I haven’t read much fantasy so I don’t have much basis to assign a rating compared with other books in the same genre. But going solely on the bright, brisk, fun qualities of the book, I’m giving it 4 stars. ( )
  BarbKBooks | Aug 15, 2022 |
If I were ever to write a book, this is the kind of book I would want my name attached to. Starting with the cover, which must be looked at in the dark if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a hardback copy, right through to the conclusion it pushed all the right buttons with me. Having said this however, the end was a bit of a disappointment for me, and this is the reason the book on received a 4 thumbs rating; I felt it just left me hanging there. There was no dramatic ending and far too many loose ends which I am hoping means there may be another book set in this bookstore.

The story is told from the viewpoint of, I suppose you could call him this, the main character, but there are so many characters in this book, each as equally as engaging as this man that I really hesitate to cast him in the role of the protagonist. Each of the characters provides the reader with enough back story to make them come to life on the page. They are all quirky, a little eccentric in some cases or downright arrogant but they all play a crucial part in the story line; as does the store of the title and them books themselves.

This book is a combination of mystery, adventure, philosophy and unrequited love, whilst containing lots of points and issues that would make discussion points for either a book club or dinner table conversation. We see how old and modern technology can come together and, at times cross the boundaries into each realm without the world blowing up; are given an indication at just where we might be heading in the way of technology, and why we need to preserve in their original form the old knowledge that is still around. Secret societies are always a good read, but I thought the Author did a great job at hinting that maybe the ‘great Google, which is also featured in the book, may be a modern day secret society. To find out what I mean by this, you will just have to read the book.

I powered through this book in a few hours and would highly recommend it to someone who is looking for an adult adventure novel, with more than a liberal dash of mystery and humour thrown in.

Edited on Tuesday, 12th August: Esther Bochner of Macmillan contacted me and asked if I would like to include an exerpt of the audio book. So, for all you audio book lovers here it is:
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Originally reviewed on: http://catesbooknuthut.com/2014/08/11/review-mr-penumbras-24-hour-bookstore-robi...





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  Melline | Aug 13, 2022 |
It was a good enough story but not really my thing. I did speed through it so it’s engaging enough but I didn’t love it. ( )
  thewestwing | Aug 12, 2022 |
Going against the trend here but I found this just okay. I didn't mind reading it but I wouldn't particularly recommend it to anyone. There were some bits that didn't make sense even in the slightly mystical world the author created. There were some scenes that seemed to go nowhere. Many of the characters were one dimensional stereotypes. The end result of the whole thing was pretty anticlimatic, although I did expect it. It reminded me of the secret decoder scene from the Christmas Story movie. Speaking of slightly mystical, that was one of the things that just went nowhere. The face in the bookshelves was pretty silly especially since they were all reading different books and the coded books were all written after the founder died so how could they have revealed the founder's face? Especially since the books were arranged on the shelves in accordance with the layout of the physical store? I'm assuming that the other stores throughout the world were not the same height and breadth etc. And then that had nothing to do with the final solution. So too many problems for it to get a higher rating from me. ( )
  Luziadovalongo | Jul 14, 2022 |
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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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