just gobbled up this book... it is about books and a bookstore and a fictional typeface and a lot of intrigue. It had a nice amount of geekiness to it to. Also liked the cover art (which glows in the dark) and the hand lettering on the jacket. I found it satisfying on many levels.
From the author... This is a novel about books and technology, cryptography and conspiracy, friendship and love. It begins in a mysterious San Francisco bookstore, but quickly reaches out into the wider world and the shadowed past. IÂ talked about the ideasÂ behind the book on NPRâ€™s Morning Edition, andÂ had a real-life bibliophile adventureÂ with the New York Times.
George SaundersÂ says:Â [This book] is a real tour-de-force, a beautiful fable that is given legs by the authorâ€™s bravado use of the real (Google is in there, for instance, the actual campus) to sell us on a shadow world of the unreal and the speculative. Robin Sloan comes across as so bighearted, so in love with the worldâ€”the ancient world, the contemporary worldâ€”so in love with love, in love with friendship, in love with the idea that our technical abilities can serve as conduits for beauty, that the reader is swept along by his enthusiasm. Itâ€™s a lot of funâ€”but itâ€™s also a powerful reading experience with a wonderful undeniability.
PenumbraÂ is published in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It was selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program and the Indie Next List. The EconomistÂ called itÂ â€œa clever and whimsical tale with a big heart.â€ NPRÂ saysÂ itâ€™s full of â€œlarge-hearted magicâ€â€”how about that!