Ajax Penumbra : 1969 Hardback
by Robin Sloan
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...
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 112 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 05/06/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781782395171
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Review by Eyejaybee
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.