Ajax Penumbra 1969 (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #0.5)Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan
My rating: 3/5 cats
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this was fine. maybe if i had read it closer to when i read the book itself, i would have appreciated it more. it’s cute, but i hadn’t felt any real urgency to gain readerly access to brief origin story-episodes in the life of young penumbra, so this didn’t answer any big burning questions or make me cry “thank goodness i know that now!”

i would gladly read a full-length prequel or sequel, and maybe this was just testing the waters—putting out e-feelers to see if there would be interest in continuation stories involving penumbra, and i’m sure there would be, but it’s just a little tease. fun, but just extra fun, not seminal fun.

if you are a san francisco person, you will enjoy all the clever little references and jokes—some of which i caught, many of which i’m sure i missed, having never been invited to san francisco.

write me a biggun, sloan, and then i will be more on board. biggun!!

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