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. Though I'd rather see a complete sequel to the first book, this is a good surrogate.
But I think it very likely that I'd been a bit more invested in the characters had it not been 2 years since I read the first book.
Ajax Penumbra 1969 is the prequel novella to Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.
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 Bookstore. I might change my mind after I've reread the novel though. We'll see.
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 on anyone who hasn't yet read ...24-hour Bookstore - If I hadn't known in detail what the purpose of the Bookstore is, I don't know that I would have enjoyed learning about Ajax's first experience with it quite so much. The "mystery" about the location of the missing book, however, I found really entertaining.
All in all a very nice compliment and backstory to the full length novel.