Ajax Penumbra 1969
From Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, the story of Mr. Penumbra’s first trip to San Francisco—and of how he got entangled with the city’s most unusual always-open enterprise… It is August 1969. The Summer of Love is a fading memory. The streets of San Francisco pulse to... show more
From Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, the story of Mr. Penumbra’s first trip to San Francisco—and of how he got entangled with the city’s most unusual always-open enterprise… It is August 1969. The Summer of Love is a fading memory. The streets of San Francisco pulse to the sounds of Led Zeppelin and Marvin Gaye. And of jackhammers: A futuristic pyramid of a skyscraper is rising a few blocks from City Lights bookstore and an unprecedented subway tunnel is being built under the bay. Meanwhile, south of the city, orchards are quickly giving way to a brand-new industry built on silicon.But young Ajax Penumbra has not arrived in San Francisco looking for free love or a glimpse of the technological future. He is seeking a book—the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. The last record of the book locates it in the San Francisco of more than a century earlier, and on that scant bit of evidence, Penumbra’s university has dispatched him west to acquire it for their library. After a few weeks of rigorous hunting, Penumbra feels no closer to his goal than when he started. But late one night, after another day of dispiriting dead ends, he stumbles across a 24-hour bookstore, and the possibilities before him expand exponentially . . .
Publish date: 2013-09-24
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 96
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, Books About Books
, Historical Fiction
, Short Stories
, Pop Culture
Series: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
It's been quite some time since I read Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But I really enjoyed it so this short novella was something I wanted to read for a long time. It's a very fast and entertaining short story about the younger years of Penumbra and how he ended up owning a 24-hour bookstore. T...
This novella prequel to Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is a good read if you've read the novel and have an hour to kill. However, it's very dude-centric (there are some women, but they're mostly unnamed hippies) and didn't really add much to my experience or understanding of Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour...
This prequel short to Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore flew under my radar until just a couple of months ago. I squirreled it away once I found it, and my recent flights made this the perfect antidote to flight fatigue for a brief hour or so. I suspect the magic of this little short would be lost...
Having grown up in SF in the mid sixties, this was great reading.A few notes I want to share. Francis and George who were perusing the Cinema section...George Lucas and Francis Ford?Claude...the inventor of the internet?Anyone else find cool references?
I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads' First Reads giveaway.In Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan, readers learn part of the mysterious Mr. Penumbra's story. This is a prequel to Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore , a thoughtful and exciting story exploring the intersection of new and...