- File Size: 1379 KB
- Print Length: 64 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 24, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 24, 2013
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EWZC8QI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ajax Penumbra 1969 (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 64 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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Well, I found this short story very satisfying. Ajax Penumbra is a fine character and it is a pleasure to have him drawn from the novel's shadows and set right on center stage. This version of San Francisco is as moody, vital and strange as the later version that serves as the novel's backdrop. The writing is a bit less flashy, but its calm restraint and attention to delicate detail is welcome. If anything, it may benefit from not having to carry the burden of a novel's full scale plot, with its loose ends and sometimes strained resolutions.
So, a very nice stand alone if you want to sample Mr. Sloan and a very satisfying companion to "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore". I could get to like this Kindle Single phenomenon.
A nice little add-on story as we learn how Ajax and Marcus first met and how Ajax became involved in the society and its mission. If you've read and enjoyed Mr. Penumbra's 24-hr bookstore, you'll appreciate this bit of backstory.
It was well worth it.
Yes, Yes, I know, I've read the other reviews, and no, this isn't quite the deep mystery that the novel was, and no, this doesn't offer any additional character development of Penumbra other than a little personal background, but this is still a fun story that relates how he discovered the store and how he met some of the people in the novel. Don't have high literary hopes; just read this for fun.
Some could be right -- this very well may be left over stuff from the novel, that stuff that some authors have to cut for the overall flow of the novel; it happens all the time. Or it could be that Sloan had a little bit more he wanted to tell because he enjoyed this world so much that he wanted to make one last visit.
I don't care either way -- it was fun, it was worth the time and the money. If you enjoyed the novel, then splurge, it'll make you smile.
Once again, like I felt after reading the larger book, I am aching for a visit to the City now. (San Francisco for those in the know.)