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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 bookstall, the tale of Mr. Penumbra’s first journey to San Francisco—and of ways 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 number of blocks from urban lighting fixtures book shop and an remarkable subway tunnel is being outfitted below the bay. in the meantime, south of the town, orchards are speedy giving option to a brand-new outfitted on silicon.
But younger Ajax Penumbra has no longer arrived in San Francisco trying to find unfastened love or a glimpse of the technological destiny. he's looking a book—the unmarried surviving replica of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious quantity that has introduced and misplaced nice fortune for an individual who has owned it. The final list of the booklet locates it within the San Francisco of greater than a century prior, 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 couple of weeks of rigorous searching, Penumbra feels no in the direction of his target than while he all started. yet overdue one evening, after one other day of dispiriting useless ends, he stumbles throughout a 24-hour bookstall, and the probabilities prior to him extend exponentially

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