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 the way he received entangled with the city’s most original 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 bookstall and an unparalleled subway tunnel is being equipped lower than the bay. in the meantime, south of the town, orchards are quick giving strategy to a brand-new equipped on silicon.
But younger Ajax Penumbra has no longer arrived in San Francisco searching for loose 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 somebody who has owned it. The final list of the publication locates it within the San Francisco of greater than a century past, and on that scant little bit of facts, Penumbra’s collage has dispatched him west to procure it for his or her library. After a number of weeks of rigorous searching, Penumbra feels no towards his objective than whilst he begun. yet overdue one evening, after one other day of dispiriting lifeless ends, he stumbles throughout a 24-hour book place, and the chances earlier than him extend exponentially
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Ajax Penumbra 1969 (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Book 0.5) by Robin Sloan