I’d not read any books by Robin Sloan before so was a little unsure what to expect in Sourdough. Lois, recruited to work for General Dexterity designing software for robotic arms, is not really at ease with the corporate life. She does love her rather unusual takeaway favourite menu though. When the people running that business tell her they are leaving she is unhappy. When they bring her an unusual leaving present it changes her life. This is her story.
There were many entertaining parts to this, it’s hard to know where to start. I’m sincerely hoping that some of the humour is very tongue in cheek. The take on corporate culture is wonderful. The Lois folk are excellent. The whole market idea is well done. One of my notes says “ridiculously entertaining”! The whole book flows so easily I found I was consuming it almost as fast as folk were consuming the sourdough bread.
I’m still slightly unsure about how I feel about this book and I finished it a couple of weeks ago. It is very well written indeed and I really got caught up in Louis’s story. It has a wry humour and considerable charm. I was entertained by it. I think my issue is with the ending as much as anything. It didn’t seem to have the punch that the rest of the tale did. However that feels a little picky – there are plenty of books where the ending hasn’t blown me away. Other than that I guess I would have liked to know more about the Mazg – the glimpses were tantalising.
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review