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The Great Recession of 2008 plunked web designer Clay Jannon down into the strange, shelf-lined world of Mr. Penumbra's San Francisco 24-hour bookstore. It doesn't take the new night clerk long to realize that its few customers are even weirder than the concept of a bookshop that never closes: They never buy anything, but they keep busy during their frequent visits perusing its obscure volumes, but to what purpose? Robin Sloan's charming new novel has already been likened to works by Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson and J.R.R. Tolkien. Even without those comparisons, a bountiful joy for bibliophiles and web surfers. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.