Ajax penumbra: 1969 – Robin Sloan

I came across the main book, ‘Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store’ while i was looking for stories about people in book shops, having just read ‘The Little Paris Bookshop’.

And i’m glad i did go looking.   I really enjoyed Mr. Penumbra’s, and was more than happy to discover this little back story, ‘Ajax penumbra: 1969’.

Robin has quickly become a favourite writer — i just started reading ‘Sourdough’ immediately after finishing this.   His stories have a really nice flow with interesting likeable characters and nice easy going English.

Which should one read first, this or ‘Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store’?   Well knowing what i know now, i would read ‘Ajax penumbra 1969’ first, as i now feel that i need to go and re-read …24 Hour Book Store again to give it more clarity, so i’m not reviewing that until i’ve got around to reading it again.

I think the difference is whether you want to meet the bookshop first from Ajax’s first view in 1969 or from Clay’s first view in the 21st century.   But you’ll want to read the other book again after finishing the other book either way, so i don’t really think it makes much difference.

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