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Callahan's Secret by Spider Robinson

Callahan's Secret (original 1986; edition 1988)

by Spider Robinson (Author)

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Callahan's Secret by Spider Robinson (1986)



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This will be it for me and Callahan. Some of the stories are great but not enough to keep going. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
A collection of four stories set in Callahan's Place, where the bad puns flow as freely as the booze, where the regulars include such colorful personalities as a seven-foot-tall alien cyborg and a talking dog, and where everybody not only knows your name, they're also capable of solving all your problems before Last Call.

This is actually the third collection in the series. I read the first one so long ago as to barely remember it and missed the second one, but as the author himself assures us in the introduction, they're all meant to stand on their own, anyway. I gather this series as a whole is regarded as something of a light classic in science fiction circles, and I can kind of see why. The basic premise is fantastic, and Robinson's writing is pleasant and fairly lively, at least when his characters aren't delivering philosophical speeches. But, I don't know... It's all just silly enough to induce a bit of eye-rolling, but not sufficiently silly to pass through into being pure goofy fun, and that level of silliness combines oddly with a certain strain of science-fictional earnestness that I'm no longer quite as fond of as when I was ten years old and devotedly watching the original Star Trek. In other words, it's mildly entertaining, but to me the execution really just doesn't quite live up to the concept. ( )
  bragan | Aug 11, 2011 |
This is Spider Robinson's third collection of stories about Callahan's Saloon. Stories include 'The Blacksmith's Tale,' 'Pyotr's Story,' 'Involuntary Man's Laughter,' and 'The Mick of Time.' It's the last book about Callahan's Saloon itself, but the series continued as Jake Stonebender, the narrator, opened Mary's Place (see 'The Blacksmith's Tale' to learn why it's called that) and later the gang relocated to Key West. ( )
  Moby46 | Nov 17, 2007 |
The last of the three "original" Callahan's books (for reasons that become clear by the end of the story) and last before Robinson seemed, intermittently at least, to be coasting. The regulars at Callahan's Place band together to stop yet another threat to the Earth . . . and discover as a result that Callahan himself isn't entirely what he appears to be. ( )
  ABVR | Jul 10, 2006 |
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Callahan's Place is open for business, and all of the "regulars" are here--a talking dog, an alcoholic vampire, and two telepaths--enhancing their joys by drowning their sorrows. Everyone, that is, but Mickey Finn, a seven-foot tall alien in danger of enslavement at the hands of a traveller from across the galaxy...

Come inside, pull up a chair, order a drink, make a toast, and let Spider Robinson introduce you to the most unique patrons to frequent any establishment, at a bar where the most important law is "shared pain is lessened; shared joy is increased." And if there's time left at the end of the night, just maybe they'll save the world...

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