Sourdough by Robin Sloan

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Originally published in: 2017

What’s it about:  A woman working a soul-sucking job as a programming for a robotics company is gifted a mysterious, and possibly magical, sourdough starter.

What made me pick it up: I adored Sloan’s first book, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, so was delighted to see he had another one coming out. I recommend the audio.

My favorite things: I love how Sloan infuses realistic fiction with tiny fantastical elements that are wonderfully bizarre. I’m so curious where he got the idea for magical sourdough starter. Anyway, this book will have you salivating over the protagonist’s newfound passion for baking delicious bread but also scratching your head while trying to figure out the tiny mysteries. This isn’t as great of a scale as Mr. Penumbra but it is full of zany, enjoyable characters, bits of humor, and low-key high jinks.

Who it’s great for: Readers looking for a bit of magic in their reality. Fans of Sloan. Anyone looking for a tiny adventure.

Erica’s rating: three-and-a-half-shells


Find this book in your local library or on Amazon.


 

3 thoughts on “Sourdough by Robin Sloan

  1. Thanks for the great review–and the audio version tip! I do love being read to and must add this book to my list–particularly because I bake sourdough goodies at home. I’m giving away starter all this month, so perhaps Sloan’s book will inspire you to play with sourdough too. 🙂

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