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 young Ajax Penumbra arrives in San Francisco looking for 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 evidence, Penumbra's university has dispatched him west to acquire it for their library. At first the search is fruitless. 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...
Robin Sloan is the author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, which inspired Ajax Penumbra 1969. He grew up in Michigan and now splits his time between San Francisco and the internet.
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A Great Prequel
Ajax Penumbra 1969 is a great addition to what is now the 24 hour bookstore series.
I read the initial novel and wondered how Penumbra got to be so mysterious and how he became involved with Festina Lente and this little addition answered most of my questions.
Despite a few errors in continuity and some places where I couldn't work out who was speaking, this was a great book and brought back the amazing nostalgic feelings that I experienced the first time around. I love Robin Sloan's writing and everyone who read Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore will love this just as much.