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review 2018-11-13 23:47
Review: Ajax Penumbra 1969
Ajax Penumbra 1969 - Robin Sloan

This was a cute little adventure and some backstory into Ajax Penumbra.  In this we learn of Penumbra's origins, how he came to be in San Francisco, became a member of a secret book society, and came to own the 24-hour books store.  It was an enjoyable short story.

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review 2015-05-25 08:07
Ajax Penumbra 1969
Ajax Penumbra 1969 - Robin Sloan

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.

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review 2014-11-06 11:39
Ajax Penumbra 1969 (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #0.5) by Robin Sloan
Ajax Penumbra 1969 - Robin Sloan

A fun and quirky prequel to a fun and quirky book.

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review 2014-10-02 22:10
Ajax Penumbra 1969
Ajax Penumbra 1969 - Robin Sloan

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.

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review 2014-07-30 12:37
Ajax Penumbra 1969 (Prequel short story)
Ajax Penumbra 1969 - Robin Sloan

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.

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