Ajax Penumbra 1969

Ajax Penumbra 1969

eBook - 2013
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From Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, the story of Mr. Penumbra's first trip to San Francisco—and of how he got entangled with the city's most unusual always-open enterprise... 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 of jackhammers: A futuristic pyramid of a skyscraper is rising a few blocks from City Lights bookstore and an unprecedented subway tunnel is being built under the bay. Meanwhile, south of the city, orchards are quickly giving way to a brand-new industry built on silicon. But young Ajax Penumbra has not arrived in San Francisco looking for free love or a glimpse of the technological future. He is seeking 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 bit of evidence, Penumbra's university has dispatched him west to acquire it for their library. 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 across a 24-hour bookstore, and the possibilities before him expand exponentially . . .
Publisher: [S.I.] : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
ISBN: 9780374711849
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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sungeun2k1 Aug 20, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyable quick read.

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daysleeper236
Apr 21, 2016

An utterly fascinating and all-too-short read by one of my favourite authors.

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terryt
Apr 12, 2016

Maybe not as good as the 24 Hour Bookstore but it is useful to read it first before moving on to the masterpiece.

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VRMurphy
Dec 16, 2015

A quick read, a lot of fun but nowhere as deep or good as the "sequel".

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