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Ajax Penumbra 1969 - Robin Sloan
Ajax Penumbra 1969
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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 . . .
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780374711849 (0374711844)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 96
Edition language: English
Series: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
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Url Phantomhive
Url Phantomhive rated it
3.5 Ajax Penumbra 1969
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...
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it
3.0 Ajax Penumbra 1969
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...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.0 Ajax Penumbra 1969 (Prequel short story)
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...
janetfurnee
janetfurnee rated it
5.0 Ajax Penumbra 1969
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?
The Library Lass Booklikes Blog
The Library Lass Booklikes Blog rated it
4.5 Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan
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...
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