Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan

Welcome to Saturday Shorts! In this novelette, the reader is introduced to Ajax Penumbra, who is the bookstore owner in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstorealso by Robin Sloan.

Ajax PenumbraTitle: Ajax Penumbra 1969
AuthorRobin Sloan
SeriesMr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, book 0.5
Publish Date: October 2, 2012
Genre:  Historical Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: August 1969 San Francisco. Ajax Penumbra seeks 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. Late one night, after another day of dispiriting dead ends, he stumbles across a 24-hour bookstore, and the possibilities before him expand exponentially.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Agent_Annie_100Agent Annie says…

Ajax Penumbra is every bit as interesting as a young man as he is 25 years later in his bookstore. Whether you’ve read the original or are just being introduced to Mr. Penumbra, you won’t be disappointed by this story.

This particular story follows Ajax as a young man from somewhere in the Midwest who goes off to school and ends up becoming a Junior Acquisitions Officer for the vast library. His first assignment takes him to San Francisco where he follows the trail of an old manuscript. He is also introduced to the secret society.

The story is fun, filled with historical descriptions and mystery. It’s very satisfying because the reader knows that Ajax will be THE Mr. Penumbra of the bookstore in the later story. I give this book a 5 and would recommend you read the original story too. I would continue to read about this character and follow what happens with the mystery of the bookstore and the great library.

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About Agent Annie

I am a former Independent bookstore owner that created a 30 books in 30 minutes presentation for book clubs, libraries and avid reader groups. I specialize in short reviews that focus on plot, theme and discussion topics. I primarily read mystery/thriller, who-done-its and sci-fi/fantasy. I love stories in any format and will listen to an audio book as quickly as I would read a paper or digital version. I prefer books that make you think, don't have a predictable ending and tend to have some aspect that is outside the current norm. I tend to enjoy series once I am hooked on the main characters and the world and am very loyal. Some of the books I've enjoyed in the past are: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, The Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne & Todd McCaffrey and The Sherlockian Graham Moore. I will also read ANYTHING by Stephen King. As a matter of fact, I wrote a graduate level paper on the leadership styles in The Stand. I will accept review requests.

Posted on August 27, 2016, in 5-Great, Agent Annie, Historical Fantasy/Gaslamp, Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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