2012, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Series: Book 1 of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
The Good: loved the insiders look at working at Google. That really made the book for me. Also, Clay was an exceptionally believable main character. He's struggling to find work, comes across this weird little bookstore and takes the job out of desperation. All the weirdness that follows, he goes along for the ride. What else could he do? He needed a job.
The Bad: The whole mystery of the books was confusing. At least the real meaning behind the books was confusing. Like, what was the reasoning behind having to decipher the books? What was the ultimate goal? I suppose the book did explain it, but it was rather unsatisfying. And why did all these people want to decipher the books? It was a very cultish situation as far as I understood it. And these were supposed to be educated people, and therefore not likely to fall in with a cult seeking things like immortality. All these people wasting their lives on this quest of theirs caused the people who facilitate that quest seem unlikeable - which doesn't really work in a book like this if the author expects us to like Mr. Penumbra.