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2) Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
By Robin Sloan
Sloan's first novel demonstrates the way technology and its opposite complement each other—it's an ode to both printed books and computers. Though at times a little clumsy, it's also a fast-moving adventure about friendship populated by lovable characters. We actually wept on the C train as we read its final pages.