Ajax Penumbra 1969 (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Book by Robin Sloan

By Robin Sloan

From Robin Sloan, writer of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour book place, the tale of Mr. Penumbra’s first journey to San Francisco—and of the way he bought entangled with the city’s most unique always-open enterprise…

It is August 1969. The summer season of affection is a fading reminiscence. The streets of San Francisco pulse to the sounds of Led Zeppelin and Marvin Gaye. And of jackhammers: A futuristic pyramid of a skyscraper is emerging a couple of blocks from urban lighting bookstall and an unheard of subway tunnel is being equipped less than the bay. in the meantime, south of the town, orchards are speedy giving method to a brand-new outfitted on silicon.
But younger Ajax Penumbra has now not arrived in San Francisco trying to find loose love or a glimpse of the technological destiny. he's looking a book—the unmarried surviving reproduction of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious quantity that has introduced and misplaced nice fortune for someone who has owned it. The final list of the e-book locates it within the San Francisco of greater than a century previous, and on that scant little bit of proof, Penumbra’s college has dispatched him west to obtain it for his or her library. After a number of weeks of rigorous searching, Penumbra feels no toward his target than whilst he began. yet past due one evening, after one other day of dispiriting useless ends, he stumbles throughout a 24-hour bookshop, and the chances sooner than him extend exponentially

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