Feb 22, 2021JCLCharlesH rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This speculative fictional exploration of the modern world of food mixes the everyday magic of baking with more unexplainable mystical elements. With clear parallels to the technology that society is growing more reliant upon, Robin…Read moreRead more of this comment
Apr 08, 2020CircMary rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I’ve just mixed up my first sourdough starter. But what if sourdough could magically change your life? This fun and unusual tale from the author of ”Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hr. Bookstore” combines food and technology in the not-so-distant…Read moreRead more of this comment
Mar 02, 2020abcedmillered rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Love the SF culture included in this book. We've got Silicon Valley meets Alice Waters. It's not traditional sci-fi, but it is imaginative. I like the positive message & how quickly the chapters go by. Highly recommend for reading while…Read moreRead more of this comment
The author's quirky second novel is as fulfilling and satisfying as a steamy, crusty loaf of sourdough, hot from the oven. Readers will find plenty of geeky humor and may enjoy the references to San Francisco culture.
Jan 06, 2020AndreaG_KCMO rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I read this start to finish on a fourteen-hour plane ride when I should have been sleeping: that's how much I liked it. But I'm currently partial to quirky characters, not-quite-but-almost-realistic plot elements, faux technical jargon,…Read moreRead more of this comment
Dec 09, 2019FPL_AdamL rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Robin Sloan is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! His characters seem to always tap into something very deep about our shared experiences and his stories never fail to reveal something very true about how modern technology…Read moreRead more of this comment
Aug 30, 2019ontherideau rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The storyline was the hook, the language was the anchor.
"The man's aspect and the alpaca's were approximately equivalent: wary, not unfriendly, but fundamentally alien." Books about robotics, bread making and alpacas are rare.
Aug 11, 2019Pzpierce rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I bought this and listened to the audiobook. I’m a home sourdough bread baker and tech enthusiast, so it intrigued me. The narrator was SO GOOD and the entire book from beginning to end delighted me! It ended way too soon and I then gifted…Read moreRead more of this comment
Apr 06, 2019JCLAndrewE rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This was a delightful and fun novel about personal growth, and sourdough bread. Well written from the POV of the main character as she embarks on a journey of finding meaning in life, and finding out just how unique her gifted sourdough…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jan 30, 2019ReadingAdviser_Jacque rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely loved this book! Light and airy with a touch of quirk and enough talk about bread to make your mouth water! Very enjoyable mix of tech-world meets old-world skills! I highly recommend this and Robin Sloan's other work "Mr.…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jan 26, 2019Tigard_AnnieS rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
When Lois, a twenty-something computer engineer in the San Francisco start-up community, becomes disenchanted with her meal replacement "goo" she takes a leap of faith and orders a meal from a mysterious restaurant. This phone call…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jan 19, 2019LPL_LeahN rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
If you read the blurb of this book and think, "Huh? Not my cup of tea..." like I did, then please just trust me, you are wrong. This book is for everyone.
Yes, it's about programming, and sourdough, and robots, and baking, and…Read moreRead more of this comment
Nov 15, 2018LPL_SarahM rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Our 2019 RAL selection will not disappoint. It might make you hungry, make you curious about microbes, have you googling vocabulary in the middle of the night, and find you taking up an interest in baking bread. That's what it did for me,…Read moreRead more of this comment
Aug 20, 2018scribby rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
A genre-busting novel featuring robotic arms, a hidden nationality, a club consisting entirely of women named Lois, and a possibly sentient sourdough starter. The writing is concise but full of quirky expressions and references to pop…Read moreRead more of this comment
Mar 21, 2018Michael Colford rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This delightful tale of food, robotics and microorganisms Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is filled with charm, magical realism, and science. It revolves around the unique starter for a sourdough bread in a future…Read moreRead more of this comment