Mr Penumbra’s 24 hour bookshop

I bought Robin Sloan’s book “Mr Penumbra’s 24 hour bookshop“, and loved it! The book plays with lots of technology themes – cloud computing, cryptography, data visualization – as well as other geeky concerns like the way Google might work, typography, and special effects.

The story in the book hinges on a brilliant perspective shift, which literally had me grinning at the ingenuity. Many of the locations – not least, Mr Penumbra’s bookshop – make you wish they were real. One of the characters has built a business out of modelling the physics of the human female body – okay, mostly breasts – and that alone made me laugh out loud.

Thoroughly recommended!

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