Callahan's Secret (Callahan's #3)
Callahan's Place is open for business, and all of the "regulars" are herea talking dog, an alcoholic vampire, and two telepathsenhancing 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...more
My impression is certainly that Spider Robinson believes in the redemptive value of friendship and in the associated virtues of compassion and empathy. Not to mention alcohol, humour, and music, which ...more
"The Blacksmith's Tale," kind of a love story, unusual in the group. Poignant twist and philosophical musing. Quite emotionally wrenching.
"Pyotr's Story ...more
The only flaw, and it's a minor one, is that I sometimes feel like the dialogue is taking place on a plane I cannot reach and do not aspire to. I don't know if that's Spider Robinson being too hip, too clever, but I do know that by the end of the story it makes sense and the momentary feeling of not being one of the smart kids ...more
If I ever were to meet Spider Robinson in person, I would kiss him full on the lips and probably weep. While the series ran out of steam after awhile (see the less-than delightful Lady Slings the Booze for reference), the Callahan's Place and Lady Sally books were top-notch escapism for me growing up. Hell, their top-notch escapism currently. Intelligent, thoughtful books about ...more
This book has certainly aged better than the first in the series, but is still a bit chauvinistic and smugly liberal (as an occasionally smug and accidentally sexist liberal, I recognize the symptoms), and the endgame is quite silly, which is a bit awkward when the fate of the world ...more
Robinson's writing career began in 1972 with a sale to Analog Science Fiction magazine of a story entitled, The Guy With The Eyes. His writing proved popular, and his first novel saw print in 1 ...more