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Callahan's Secret (Callahan's #3)

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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,
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 15th 2002 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 1986)
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This is the first Callahan book and indeed the first Spider Robinson book that I can unreservedly say that I enjoyed. Perhaps that was because there were only four stories in it, so each one got more time and attention from the author and also because there wasn’t any non-Callahan material included.

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
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of sci fi classics
Recommended to Carol. by: Ala
The last in the trilogy about Callahan's. Puns are prevalent, and as a reader, they don't have any appeal for me. Some of Robinson's seem particularly tortured, so the extent where I was sounding them out out loud to try and get the joke. Since I read the trilogy in the omnibus edition, I might have also been reaching my limit on Callahan's bar.

"The Blacksmith's Tale," kind of a love story, unusual in the group. Poignant twist and philosophical musing. Quite emotionally wrenching.

"Pyotr's Story
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mickey Finn and Mary...lots of great revelations. The characterizations are deeper than in most of the other Callahan's books/stories, and that only adds to the enjoyment.

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
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I re-read this book a lot. This and most of the rest in this series, of which this particular book is the 4th. I think.

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
Ryk Stanton
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wish I could say I liked this better than I do, but this one falls short of the first two. That may be because this one felt more like a novel than a collection of short stories as the first two books did. It may be how suddenly reliant the book was on cursing (but we all know what a prude I am when it comes to literary profanity). The big climax didn't really knock my socks off either. It was worth reading, but I hope the next one gets its mojo back.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This will be it for me and Callahan. Some of the stories are great but not enough to keep going.
Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is yet another old and dear favorite which I haven't read in a decade or so. I was in my late teens when I bought this, I think; my edition was released in '86, and I bought it new, so… Wow. This isn't like me at all. I admit it: I was a prude. Probably could still be considered one, I suppose, compared to the universe in general, but me in my teens - ? Reading it now, not that it's graphic, but still – I can't believe I not only bought this book but read it, loved it, and have never had th ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well-written book that uses some slang from the 70's.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi_fantasy
The previous book was crap filled so I'm not sure why I thought this one would be different.
James Adams
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Third, and probably best, of the Callahan series, this is a set of four solid stories set at the world's greatest saloon. Many years ago, this served as my introduction to this merry crew, and I still love it, but...
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
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Spider Robinson is an American-born Canadian Hugo and Nebula award winning science fiction author. He was born in the USA, but chose to live in Canada, and gained citizenship in his adopted country in 2002.

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
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