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Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan | Literature & Fiction
Registered by kiki66 of Gauting, Bayern Germany on 10/27/2015
Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by kiki66): permanent collection


15 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by kiki66 from Gauting, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

9 out of 10

A New York Times bestseller, Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore is an entirely charming and lovable first novel of mysterious books and dusty bookshops; it is a witty and delightful love-letter to both the old book world and the new. Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, coupled with sheer curiosity, has landed him a new job working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days, 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 they simply borrow 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' behaviour 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... 


Journal Entry 2 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

9 out of 10

I read it during my summer holidays and it was well worth it..
I really liked this book!
even though it wasn't what I expected. I thought it more about a bookstore itself.
But this mixture between nerds/geeks/googlers and the good old books was good.
And yes, I also love books because of their smell!! (and texture by the way!)
I was also curious enough to google (sic!) some of the names mentioned here - and found them all..

Reading order (might still change)

1. Bailong (China/int)
2. gaboyd (NZ/int)
3. Vekiki (UK/EU)
4. iiwi (NL/int)
5. Boekentrol (NL/ EU)
6. ana-b (NL/int)
7. dutch-book (NL/EU)
8. freuju (D/int)
9. sharlan (S/EU)
10. penelopewanders (CH/EU)
11. rodespringbal (B/EU)
12. Bookworm-lady (Spain/EU)
13. Jotka (D/int)
14. dschinny (D/Int)

back home to Kiki...
 


Journal Entry 3 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Wednesday, November 04, 2015

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On its way to the first stopover in China :-)

Happy travelling and hope to see you again!! 


Journal Entry 4 by BaiLong at Shanghai, Shanghai China on Monday, November 16, 2015

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The book arrived safely to China. Thanks! 


Journal Entry 5 by BaiLong at Shanghai, Shanghai China on Saturday, November 21, 2015

9 out of 10

Very entertaining read.
I especially loved the characters and the setting.
The story in itself tends to fizzle out a bit in the end, but I still enjoyed this book tremendously. 


Journal Entry 6 by BaiLong at sent by post, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, November 23, 2015

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Released 2 yrs ago (11/23/2015 UTC) at sent by post, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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The book is on its way to NZ. gaboyd, I hope you'll like it as much as I did! 


Journal Entry 7 by winggaboydwing at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

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Recieved today 


Journal Entry 8 by winggaboydwing at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, December 25, 2015

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Released 2 yrs ago (12/25/2015 UTC) at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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Released while at the Post office 


Journal Entry 9 by wingVekikiwing at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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Arrived this morning, looks like it's been on an adventure as there are stickers saying it was delivered to the wrong address! But it got here all safe so that's okay. I'm looking forward to it, and will stay tucking in today :)
Thanks for the cool patch too 


Journal Entry 10 by wingVekikiwing at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, January 30, 2016

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Released 2 yrs ago (1/30/2016 UTC) at London, Greater London United Kingdom

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Off to the next bookring reader :) 


Journal Entry 11 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Sunday, January 31, 2016

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Somehow this seems to be going the Ring without JE's :-(
I would have loved to know whether you liked the book or not..
(thanks Bailong!)

To the further readers: please write a little bit (that' like in geocaching when someone writes on finding 'your' cache: "found it".. it is disappointing!)

thanks! 


Journal Entry 12 by wingiiwiwing at Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Thursday, February 04, 2016

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Ha! The first ringbook to arrive in my new home! 


Journal Entry 13 by wingiiwiwing at Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Wednesday, March 02, 2016

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I took this book with me on a travel to my parents who live on the other side of the country,which is over here,three hours by train.
A book with Google and the internet. Strange as it may sound considering this book, it felt like the real world. I must not have read a book grounded in this century for ages!
I think I read all books refferenced so far (okay, not the visual display of quantative information), which makes me happy being ecclectic. 


Journal Entry 14 by wingiiwiwing at Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Monday, March 07, 2016

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I had a good time with this book and now it is time to travel further. 


Journal Entry 15 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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This book has arrived safely with me today.
Thanks for sending on, iiwi. After my current read, this one is next. 


Journal Entry 16 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Friday, April 22, 2016

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I thoughtbI had already made a JE, but apparantly I didn't. Well, that kind of reflects my current state of mind. I am very forgetful, can't concentrate.

That's also the reason why I can't get into this book. One page, that I have to read at least twice. And even though it's only a thin book, that doesn't work.

Sending it to the next in line  


Journal Entry 17 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Friday, April 22, 2016

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Released 2 yrs ago (4/23/2016 UTC) at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands

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I'll pop this in the mail tomorrow, it'll be on its way to ana-b who's next in line.  


Journal Entry 18 by ana-b at Gouda, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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The book has arrived today. Thanks kiki66 and Boekentrol  


Journal Entry 19 by dutch-book at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Saturday, October 15, 2016

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What a coincidence! I was looking at the taggame over at the RABCK-forum where I saw someone wishing for this book. So I thought to check out when this book was due here, if it was a ray and if there are any persons after me, otherwise I might have been able to tag this forward and just as I'm looking at this one, I hear the mailman shoving something through the mailslot. I am thinking: that sounds like a package, so I went to look. And it was a package and it was this book. I cannot tag it forward, but this will be read and sent on shortly. Thank you for the ring! 


Journal Entry 20 by dutch-book at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Friday, December 02, 2016

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I finished this at the end of October, but forgot to make a journal entry.
I've enjoyed this book. Too bad there wasn't a real secret to be had. But anyway, I flew through this. Good read. I've tried looking up names, but didn't find any immediately. 


Journal Entry 21 by dutch-book at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Friday, December 02, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (12/3/2016 UTC) at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands

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Sent off to freuju. 


Journal Entry 22 by freuju at Waldkirchen, Bayern Germany on Sunday, December 11, 2016

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Arrived safely yesterday. Thanks for sending it on! 


Journal Entry 23 by freuju at Waldkirchen, Bayern Germany on Monday, January 09, 2017

7 out of 10

The middle part was a bit strange to read for me but the end made up for this. I liked the message, especially the idea that Google does NOT have the answer to everything... Pleasantly weird story and a very likeable hero!
Thanks for giving me the chance to read it! The book is now on its way to Sweden. Enjoy! :) 


Journal Entry 24 by sharlan at Djura, Dalarna Sweden on Thursday, January 19, 2017

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The book arrived here a couple of days ago. Thanks freuju for sending it! 


Journal Entry 25 by sharlan at Djura, Dalarna Sweden on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Released 1 yr ago (2/21/2017 UTC) at Djura, Dalarna Sweden

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This book did not really live up to my (perhaps way too) high expectations, but it was a fun, fast-paced read, with quite a few delightfully nerdy and likeable characters.

Now moving on to penelopewanders in Switzerland! 


Journal Entry 26 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Sunday, February 26, 2017

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This arrived in the Swiss alps yesterday... I'm actually on sick leave so should be able to read it pretty soon, although then getting things parcelled and posted sometimes takes longer. Thanks for sending and for making this available. 


Journal Entry 27 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Sunday, March 05, 2017

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Here as a bookcrossing ring, this is a very hard book to categorize. In ways it was slow-going, but gradually it got more captivating. The whole question of real books vs e-books, computers and manual research, archives and old knowledge was interesting, and the world of Google and epic fantasies such as the Dragon Song chronicles (or whatever they are called) were yet other facets of contemporary culture interestingly represented here.
I'm not sure I would have read this if it hadn't arrived as a ring, but I'm always grateful to discover books this way.
I've asked for the next address and will try to send this on soon. 


Journal Entry 28 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Beaune-la-Rolande, Centre France on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Released 1 yr ago (3/28/2017 UTC) at Beaune-la-Rolande, Centre France

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This (after being driven here from Switzerland) now leaves France for Belgium. Thanks for making this book available, sorry it dallied a bit on the way. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 29 by wingrodespringbalwing at Roosdaal, Vlaams-Brabant / Brabant Flamant Belgium on Friday, March 31, 2017

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Arrived today

Will read this after an other ringbook 


Journal Entry 30 by wingrodespringbalwing at Roosdaal, Vlaams-Brabant / Brabant Flamant Belgium on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2 out of 10

To be completely honest, I skipped several chapters in the middle. My eyes just rapidly chased true them. I'm not sure what happened. The first chapters were so good. The premise was okay and the spooky feeling I had in the first chapters, the mystery behind a bookstore... sounded pretty good. But then...
It's more about the wonders of computers than of books. Google, google and yes google... bleh!
Expected so much more... 


Journal Entry 31 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Received today; what a well-traveled book!
I'm really curious about it; thanks for sharing, kiki66, and for sending it my way, Rodespringbal. 


Journal Entry 32 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Sunday, February 11, 2018

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I've just started reading it, and have asked for Jotka's address in order to move it on as soon as possible. :) 


Journal Entry 33 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Monday, April 09, 2018

5 out of 10

Well... I'm afraid I have given up on this one. By the time Kat Potente came into scene, I had lost all interest in the plot.
A pity, because its start was really promising, as some other readers have said... I expected more, just like rodespringbal...
Maybe not the right time, or maybe not the right book for me.
I have Jotka's address, so it will soon be on its way to her. 


Journal Entry 34 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Saturday, April 14, 2018

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Released 4 mos ago (4/14/2018 UTC) at Madrid, Madrid Spain

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Sent to Jotka, who is next in line...
Enjoy! :) 


Journal Entry 35 by Jotka at Płock, Mazowieckie Poland on Thursday, April 19, 2018

4 out of 10

Book arrived today. Thank you very much!

May 2018
I've read the reviews after I was almost ready with the book, not before, but it was also my opinion: Google-advertisement. Just like rodespringball wrote. Disappointing. 


Journal Entry 36 by Jotka at Cottbus, Brandenburg Germany on Thursday, June 07, 2018

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Released 2 mos ago (6/5/2018 UTC) at Cottbus, Brandenburg Germany

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On the way to dschinny. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 37 by wingdschinnywing at Hamburg, Hamburg Germany on Monday, June 11, 2018

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Arrived today. Thank you! 


Journal Entry 38 by wingdschinnywing at Hamburg, Hamburg Germany on Saturday, July 07, 2018

8 out of 10

After the last journal entries I was a bit apprehensive when I started the book. But I have to say, I enjoyed it. I found the combination of OK (old knowledge) and modern technology intriguing, the story captured me and I was curious what would come out at the end.

Thanks to kiki66 for sending it around as a ring. It can travel home now.

Oh, and thank you (Jotka?) for the lovely Origami cranes. I'll keep one and send the other ones on to kiki :-) 


Journal Entry 39 by wingdschinnywing at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Hamburg Germany on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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Released 1 mo ago (7/11/2018 UTC) at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Hamburg Germany

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Will be sent back to kiki66. 


Journal Entry 40 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Monday, July 16, 2018

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Mr Prenumbra is back home - after three years!
thanks everyone for taking such good care of him... 


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