Once again we have a choice between two titles this month, feel free to read either (or both!).
We have Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, and/or Gabriel’s Angel by Mark A. Radcliffe for the next discussion. All those who requested Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore have copies set aside already, and Leilah has placed orders for copies of Gabriel’s Angel. Waterstones will be in touch as they arrive in store.
If you’re buying your book from Waterstones Doncaster, just tell a staff member that you’re with the book club, and they should know to take off the extra pound, disclaimer.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan
Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a 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. And it doesn’t take long for Clay to realize that the quiet, dusty book emporium is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few fanatically committed customers, but they never seem to actually buy anything, instead they simply borrow impossibly obscure volumes perched on dangerously high shelves, all according to some elaborate arrangement with the eccentric proprietor. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he has plugged in his laptop, roped in his friends (and a cute girl who works for Google) and embarked on a high-tech analysis of the customers’ behaviour. What they discover is an ancient secret that can only be solved by modern means, and a global-conspiracy guarded by Mr. Penumbra himself…who has mysteriously disappeared.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Gabriel’s Angel, Mark A. Radcliffe
Publisher: Bluemoose Books Ltd