Yes, all of these things can be found in this book. Clay needed a job, so he found one at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, but it didn’t take him long to figure out there was something strange going on. In order to get to the bottom of it, he recruited a bunch of his friends to help, mostly through the use of technology (there was a lot of Google talk in this book). It was a light, funny, entertaining read, and a good one for those days when you need a break from the heavier, more thought-provoking books. I know I needed one recently.
Here is a nice description of Mr. Penumbra’s Bookstore:
The shelves were packed close together, and it felt like I was standing at the border of a forest- not a friendly California forest, either, but an old Transylvanian forest, a forest full of wolves and witches and dagger-wielding bandits all waiting just beyond moonlight’s reach. There were ladders that clung to the shelves and rolled side to side. Usually those seem charming, but here, stretching up into the gloom, they were ominous. They whispered rumours of accidents in the dark.
Here are the lessons Clay has learned by the end of the book:
There is no immortality that is not built on friendship and work done with care. All the secrets in the world worth knowing are hiding in plain sight. It takes 41 seconds to climb a ladder three stories tall. It’s not easy to imagine the year 3012 but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
One more quote from this book that caught my interest (because I have never listened to an audio book):
When you read a book, the story definitely happens inside your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it, like a fuzzy knit cap pulled down over your eyes.
Is this what it’s like? One of the reasons I have never listened to an audio book is because I think I won’t be able to pay close enough attention. When I read, I like to make sure I get every detail, sometimes even re-reading paragraphs if I think I was a bit spacey when I read it the first time.
The other question that came up for me after reading this book is: how many books are out there about The Pursuit of Immortality? I’m curious to know how many different twists have been given to this theme. This must be the lightest book I have ever read about the pursuit of immortality. Usually it involves deep, dark mysteries, like Harry Potter, The Da Vince Code, and The Eight by Katherine Neville. Can anyone think of some more examples?