Ajax Penumbra : 1969, Hardback
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San Francisco, 1969. The summer of drugs, music and a new age dawning. A young, earnest Ajax Penumbra has been given his first assignment as a Junior Acquisitions Officer - to find the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it.

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 upon a 24-hour bookstore and the possibilities before him expand exponentially.

With the help of his friend's homemade computer, an ancient map, a sunken ship and the vast shelves of the 24-hour bookstore, Ajax Penumbra might just find what he's seeking...




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How disappointing! I thought that 'Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookshop' was one of the great, serendipitous discoveries of the year, and I was very keen to read this prequel. Unfortunately it fell woefully short of the calibre of the earlier book. Very feeble all round - there was such potential for a very engaging story, but Sloan just passed it up.