— (@PixiePiichi) <a data-cke-saved-href="" href="" https:="" twitter.com="" pixiepiichi="" statuses="" 375039509655597057"="">September 3, 2013
Clay Jannon is an unemployed marketer and web designer. His days are spent surfing the web unsuccessfully obtaining employment. That is until he comes across Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore a narrow, vertigo-inspiring bookstore packed with books on its skyscraper shelves. Mr. Penumbra hires the new night clerk on the spot. Clay didn’t know that the course of his life would change that afternoon. It only takes him a couple of days to notice peculiarities with the business and its clientele. Clay and his new love interest Kat delve into the world of a 500 year old secret society called the Unbroken Spine.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore explores the tension between new technology and old, digital versus print, working out a problem longhand instead of relying on computer assistance. Clay, his friends, and Google through employee Kat try to help Mr. Penumbra solve an age-old mystery using modern technology. Robin Sloan cleverly weaves fantasy and reality to construct an adventure tale that engages readers and makes them cheer for the ragtag bunch of codebreakers. Throughout the novel, Clay calls upon his friends, actual and virtual, to help him uncover the treasure coveted by the Unbroken Spine for centuries. This is a quick read, definitely worth checking out…AND the cover glows in the dark!
Name: Megan M.
Years at AHML: About 5 with a short hiatus in the middle somewhere.
Favorite Thing I Do at Work: Getting paid!!! Just kidding. Finding awesome new books to read.
Best Place to Read My Book: Weather permitting, either curled up in bed with my 3 dogs or out tanning by the pool.
Why I Like Reading YA: It’s fun and there’s lots of variety.
Gaiman’s narrator, a major bookworm, explains of his preference for myths over tales of other sorts: “They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children stories. They were better than that. They just were.” Gaiman has written books for the very young and books for adults, but all have an almost timeless and ageless quality to them, and Ocean is no different. At under 200 pages, the book is a quick read, and while it’s currently marketed for adults, it’s perfect for teens. In fact, it’s perfect for anyone who’s searching for a fantasy book filled with the requisite magic and monsters, a story where terrifying beasties intrude on the quiet English countryside, or those looking to relive their childhood while realizing that you never really can, and probably shouldn’t.
- Overdrive: Download ebooks and audiobooks from the library
- Zinio: Download magazines from the library
- YALSA Teen Book Finder: Recommendations of award-winning and otherwise recognized good books
- Evernote: Save notes, images, web clips, and audio notes all in one place
- Voice Thread: Create a conversation using photos, documents, videos, diagrams, etc.
- Word Reference: Dictionary containing English, Spanish, and French languages
- Flashcards: Study aid
- Grades2: Enter the requirements for your classes and then see what you need to do get the grade you want
- Tango: Free texting that doesn’t use data rates – uses wifi or cellular network
- Flow Free: Connect the matching colors to create flowing pipes
- Dots: Make lines of the same color dots to make them disappear
- Cogs: Connect the cog puzzles
- Lumosity: Brain games and puzzles good for brain health
- Despicable Me - Minion Rush: If you like Temple Run
- Snapseed: Photo editor to enhance or transform your photos
- Color Splash: Selectively color your photos
- Photowizard free: A different photo editor
- Soundhound: Like the full version Shazam but free!
- Songza: Generates playlists according to your activity (i.e., studying, working out, etc.)
- Can I Stream it?: Find out where to stream movies and tv