Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sourdough - Robin Sloan

Title: Sourdough
Author: Robin Sloan
Publication Date: 9/5/2017
Pages: 262
Genre: Fantasy / Food / Science Fiction / Fiction
How I Found It: I've read Sloan's work before.
Date Completed: 5/31/18

Summary: A young tech worker has her life changed when the men behind her favorite local restaurant leave her their sourdough starter. 

What I Thought: This book was perfectly charming. It's a light, quick read and one that will leave you hungry, too. 

I desribed Sloan's previous novel, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, as "a fun adventure that blends old world solemnity and reverence with modern attitudes and ideas." That same sentiment applies here, albeit with an eye toward food and not books. Sloan is masterful at bringing together respect for tradition and modern advancement. He does it well, without becoming ham-handed in his approach. 

It's hard to classify an exact genre for this book. Magical realism, perhaps? It's set in the not too distant future where our heroine, Lois, works at a tech company which produces robot arms. Yet, the myth of the Mazg people brings some fantastical elements to the story. That defiance to be classified, for me, makes the book even better. Sloan continues to be unexpected and delightful throughout. 

This book is just one of those fun, feel-good treats. There's some mystery and adventure and a dash of romance. Lois is a wonderful, strong, complex protagonist, even if many of the characters around her are a bit one-dimensional. The plot is fast-paced and you can fly through this book in a few days or maybe even a few hours by the pool. Be warned, though; your hunger for good sourdough bread will be nearly insatiable upon completion.

Quote I Loved: "The internet: always proving that you’re not quite as special as you suspected."

This book is part of my 2018 TBR Challenge!
Rating: ★★★★☆
Will I Re-Read: Yeah, maybe.
Other Books By Robin Sloan: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

A Reduced Review: A quirky, but delightful example of magical realism at its best. It's a light, quick read and one that will leave you hungry, too.

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