Friday, February 1, 2013

Fashion Friday - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Description via Goodreads:
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.

Since my book club chose to read this book for the month of February, I thought I might do a Fashion Friday base off what I think the characters in this book will be wearing. The "I think" part is very important because I haven't read the book and with the description being ever so cryptic  there is not way I will be accurate. But it's my job to mess with my sister's blog so here we go!

Welcome to the Bookstore~

The book better feature some classy men (because sophisticated men read books right? And of course Benedict Cumberbatch has to be involved.)

Okay, maybe not...but I'm putting him in here because he just lights up this post.

This is more like it.

 (Love me some JGL, as well even though he isn't exactly what I imagined the men to look.)

And ladies, way to represent!

Anna Mae Wong by Carl Van Vechten, 1932

Le Monde d’Herm├Ęs Automne - Hiver 2010 

And the gnomic Mr. Penumbra:

Some wacky store visitors:


  1. Oh my goodness, that library ceiling is gorgeous. Why do OPL branches have to be so plain and boring? I found this list the other day, and it's made me incredibly jealous:
    Also, these:
    Great fashion post! :)

  2. OH MY GOD. The Austrian National Library! If we had that here, I would feel so motivated to study.
    I half expect Greek gods to walk out of the Admont Abbey library. SO MUCH BEAUTY IN ONE POST.
    Once you become a billionaire (for writing books and selling thyroxin), you can fund the OPL so we can also have mouth-watering libraries here.

    Also, "American entrepreneur Jay Walker’s private library — so important (and massive) that his house was designed and built around it." WUT? Can I haz it?
    The Brain is also so mmmmmmmmmmmnnnnn -dies-

    I found a video tour to Jay Walker's library. :D


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