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Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, published in trade paperback by Atlantic Books, priced �12.99 (ebook �1.39). Available now. PA Photo/Atlantic Books.

Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, published in trade paperback by Atlantic Books, priced �12.99 (ebook �1.39). Available now. PA Photo/Atlantic Books.

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Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

This is Robin Sloan’s first foray into print, after releasing the tale as an e-book short story.

Following current trends, the power of the geek is rising.

Set in contemporary times, Clay Jannon used to be part of the technology boom. However, the bottom falls out of the market and he finds he is jobless.

Searching everywhere for a new job, he happens upon a mysterious bookstore.

What is going on at the store? Can he and his friends learn to mix old and new worlds? Sloan’s novel makes it a great coffee time book.