Ajax penumbra: 1969 — Robin Sloan

The first time i read The Little Paris Bookshop, i was inspired to go on the hunt for more book shop stories: that was when i found Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store.

And i’m glad i did go looking.   I really enjoyed Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store and having read that i later discovered Robin had written this little prequel.

Robin has quickly become a favourite writer and i dived straight into 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 Mr. Penumbra 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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