Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan (October 2)
Your faithful literary editor read this wonderful little novel in one sitting. I didn’t plan to — I just sat down to read and couldn’t bring myself to stop until the very last page, a phenomenon not seen since a rather younger me with a new Harry Potter. But then again, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a little like Harry Potter for nerdy grown-ups: there’s a bookish cult, a quest, impossibly high bookshelves, and a wizened role model to lead the way in puzzles. Not to mention the fact that the novel, filled as it is with the magic of both new knowledge and old, and the tension between the two, feels about as relevant and modern as a new book can be.