Sourdough by Robin Sloan


Robin Sloan has written another enthralling mystery without a trace of crime - how refreshing it is to be entranced by an accumulation of clues in the complete absence of violence. This book, like its eponymous starter, sings to you as you read, evoking aromas of something vaguely familiar yet enticingly new. As was the case with Mr. Penumbra, in Sourdough the furious pace of technological advancement dances alongside a tangible tradition and, before long, comes together in a brilliant yet unexpected way. Also as in Penumbra, here you are left in cautious awe of the power of new technology with a considerable respect for the tradition it seeks to replace. Overall a delicious read that leaves you wanting more from the author and, just perhaps, a slice of warm, fresh sourdough.


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