By Robin Sloan
From Robin Sloan, writer of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour book shop, the tale of Mr. Penumbra’s first journey to San Francisco—and of ways he obtained 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 number of blocks from urban lighting fixtures book shop and an remarkable subway tunnel is being equipped below the bay. in the meantime, south of the town, orchards are speedy giving solution to a brand-new outfitted on silicon.
But younger Ajax Penumbra has no longer arrived in San Francisco searching for unfastened love or a glimpse of the technological destiny. he's looking a book—the unmarried surviving reproduction 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 ebook locates it within the San Francisco of greater than a century prior, and on that scant little bit of facts, Penumbra’s collage has dispatched him west to procure it for his or her library. After a couple of weeks of rigorous searching, Penumbra feels no towards his objective than while he began. yet overdue one evening, after one other day of dispiriting lifeless ends, he stumbles throughout a 24-hour book place, and the chances ahead of him extend exponentially
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He was uncomfortable, and so he stepped into the room and closed the door behind him and Rhiannon knew no way to say no to her father. When Alice opened the door Rhiannon was crying softly, and Alice looked and after a moment Alice screamed and screamed and Howard got up from the bed and tried to smooth it all over but Rhiannon was still crying and Alice was still screaming, kicking at his crotch, beating him, raking at his face, spitting at him, telling him he was a monster, a monster, until at last he was able to flee the room and the house and, until now, the memory.
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Horror is the weakest of all. After the fearful thing has happened, you see its remainder, its relics. The grisly, hacked-up corpse. Your emotions range from nausea to pity for the victim. And even your pity is tinged with revulsion and disgust; ultimately you reject the scene and deny its humanity; with repetition, horror loses its ability to move you and, to some degree, dehumanizes the victim and therefore dehumanizes you. As the sonderkommandos in the death camps learned, after you move enough naked murdered corpses, it stops making you want to weep or puke.
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