Saturday, March 03, 2018


In 2017 I ended by 12 book goal with Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Since reading it I have found that I felt like it's style and themes connected with me in a way that left me enjoying without giving out a lot of recommendations for others to read. Certain pieces of the book felt like they touched on my own idiosyncratic interest, such as typography.

So I was pretty excited to finish reading a see that Robin Sloan had recently written a book called Sourdough.

Sourdough conceivably was something that instantly resonated me having recently restarted by own starter (a dedicated sourdough bread maker for over a year until a dishwasher and insurance issue interrupted my diligence). Similar to Mr. Penumbra, this book did not disappoint - there were times when I was reading, laughing out loud and feeling connected to the character Lois (is she Lois from the technology firm, or is she Lois the bread maker?) who is capable of making it in the modern world, but called to other less mechanized worlds.

In many ways, Sourdough was an easy read, but also had some narrative inconsistencies, largely because Lois is in many way the singular character in this story and everyone else who comes and goes are less than supporting characters, limiting the narrative arch of the story.

All said, plenty to enjoy here - although at time I stopped reading to make my own sourdough bread.


This book is part of my series 12 books in 2018.