By Robin Sloan
From Robin Sloan, writer of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, the tale of Mr. Penumbra’s first journey to San Francisco—and of ways he acquired 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 fixtures book place and an extraordinary subway tunnel is being equipped below the bay. in the meantime, south of town, orchards are fast giving strategy to a brand-new equipped on silicon.
But younger Ajax Penumbra has now not 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 checklist of the publication 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 looking, Penumbra feels no toward his objective than while he began. yet past due one evening, after one other day of dispiriting lifeless ends, he stumbles throughout a 24-hour bookshop, and the chances prior to him extend exponentially.
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Publication Date: 2013-10-11
Number of Pages: 334
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That is Rand’s to decide,” Perrin said slowly, satisfaction fading. It might be odd to think of people wandering about naked as a small problem, but this was definitely a bigger. And one he had been avoiding as hard as he had what lay to the north. On the far side of the wagon circle, nearly two dozen women sat on the ground. All well-dressed for travel, many wore silk, most with light linen dustcloaks, but not a bead of sweat showed on any face. Three appeared young enough that he might have asked them for a dance before he married Faile.
North and east it blew, past an ancient arch of finely worked stone that some said had been a gateway to a great city and others a monument to some long forgotten battle. Only weathered, illegible remnants of carving remained on the massive stones, mutely recalling the lost glories of storied Coremanda. A few wagons trundled by in sight of the arch, along the Tar Valon Road, and folk afoot shielded their eyes from dust raised by hooves and wagon wheels and driven by the wind. Most had no idea where they were going, only that the world seemed to turn somersaults, all order ending where it was not gone already.
Something would have to be done about that, but later. She would not display weakness by asking what they did now. Turning back to the battle, she found the balance changing, and in her favor it appeared. To the south fireballs and lightning bolts plummeted as heavily as ever, but not in front of her, and it seemed not to the west or north either. What struck toward the wagons still failed to reach the ground more often than not, yet there was a definite slackening of the Aes Sedai’s efforts. They had been forced onto the defensive.
Ajax Penumbra 1969 (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Book 0.5) by Robin Sloan