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Callahan's Secret ➟ [Epub] ❤ Callahan's Secret By Spider Robinson ➩ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk 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 Mic 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 galaxyCome 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.


10 thoughts on “Callahan's Secret

  1. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    By now you might know that Callahan s Bar is a place that people find when they really need it The regulars help anybody in the most difficult cases the Mike Callahan himself tries to come up with a plan The newcomers that need help can be regular humans, time travelers, aliens, and anything in between The anthology consists of 4 novellas all the stories are long enough to be called such The Blacksmith s Tale The narrator of all the stores, Jake Stonebender, found the place closed the By now you might know that Callahan s Bar is a place that people find when they really need it The regulars help anybody in the most difficult cases the Mike Callahan himself tries to come up with a plan The newcomers that need help can be regular humans, time travelers, aliens, and anything in between The anthology consists of 4 novellas all the stories are long enough to be called such The Blacksmith s Tale The narrator of all the stores, Jake Stonebender, found the place closed the first time ever in his experience It turned out Callahan did some renovations installing metal stairs The blacksmith who did the installation got involved in a love story, Callahan place s style If you ignore Jake long explanations why overweight women are the best, the story is quite deep and philosophical Pyotr s Story Jake broke his very special guitar called Lady Macbeth As a result long story he got to know an Eastern European man Pyotr who worked at Callahan s as a designated driver Can be qualified as urban fantasy and I saw some of its elements endlessly recycled in later works of the genre by other writers Contains what I consider to be the best and most humorous description of a hangover Involuntary Man s Laughter Nature can be cruel How many human birth defects are there I am afraid I cannot count in such big numbers This time a poor guy had such bad speech problems that everybody who heard him could not help laughing at him not a nice thing to do, but completely unavoidable It took Callahan himself to come up with a help idea A little warning the regulars love bad puns and this story is practically built around them.In the Mick of Time The longest one The biggest problem Callahan s people every faced reared its ugly head This story gave the title to the anthology as we finally learn Callahan s secret It also gives some closure to the first trilogy and puts poor Lady Macbeth Jake s guitar, see above into yet another deadly peril Preachy at times, but still decent enough.I gave two previous books 4 stars OK, 3 stars to the second book, but only because it had non Callahan stories Unsurprisingly the rating for the last book is still the same


  2. Wanda Wanda says:

    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 gottime 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 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 gottime 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 are also extolled as great joys.Be warned, these stories are pun laden If you adore punning, you will love Robinson s work If you are like me and merely tolerate puns, be advised that I did not find them overly obnoxious Probably if I had an audiobook, I would have snorted a few times.This is book 207 of my science fiction and fantasy reading project


  3. carol. carol. says:

    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 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 had an interesting urban fantasy twist There s a wake for the guitar Lady Macbeth, and Pyotr has to ferrydrunks home than usual Clever twist.In the edition I had, there s a short author interlude here discussing puns and a reader contest Involuntary Man s Laughter is partly set on Punday night be warned The bar gets together to solve the problems of a man with a speech problem In the Mick of Time a great secret of Callahan s comes out Feels a little preachy and contrived Closer to novella


  4. Peter Tillman Peter Tillman says:

    My 1996 booklog notes that this is one of his best, and that I liked it on reread Carol reminded me of the bad puns, but some of these stories were pretty funny Hmm Wonder if I still have a copy The library doesn t.Nope, no copy If I see a cheap used one, might pick it up


  5. Bobscopatz Bobscopatz says:

    Mickey Finn and Marylots 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 Mickey Finn and Marylots 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 passes Turns out it makes perfect sense


  6. Kaylee Kaylee says:

    I want to give thisthan 5 stars I have enjoyed all of the Callahan stories, and the empathy in them has touched my soul many times, but the last story in this volume was something transcendent ETA I don t want anyone to get the wrong idea based on my review here this is not a serious book I would describe it as fun and zany, and full of puns It can make you feel deeply, especially when you meet a character whose pain is very much like your own, but the writing is very lighthearted, a I want to give thisthan 5 stars I have enjoyed all of the Callahan stories, and the empathy in them has touched my soul many times, but the last story in this volume was something transcendent ETA I don t want anyone to get the wrong idea based on my review here this is not a serious book I would describe it as fun and zany, and full of puns It can make you feel deeply, especially when you meet a character whose pain is very much like your own, but the writing is very lighthearted, and the mood always turns back to merriment in the end Some might find that too silly, but I think it s cathartic to laugh after a big dose of compassion


  7. Graham Wilhauk Graham Wilhauk says:

    Well, this series is starting to get boring FAST All of the stories seem to have lost the charm that I saw in the first book In fact, it made me think whether I want to continue with the series or not This book was flat out BORING In all honesty, I think I will give the fourth book a go, but I will stop FAST if I m not into it I am giving this one a 2 out of 5 stars.


  8. Jen3n Jen3n says:

    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 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 humor and love They formed or helped to form my opinions on both sex and alcohol The books also made me feel not so alone I m sort of weird, but everyone in the books is pretty weird and not disliked for it Even when I was athletically skinny, I was still a broad shoulders, round hipped and full breasted big girl, and the supposedly sexiest woman in the whole series is written as an Irish girl who runs 250 pounds if she is an ounce I m a balance craving pacifist, and these books are about striking balance as a way to achieve peace.These books are full of puns and puzzles and world history, and usually in a way which manages to teach the reader about word play and human history without ever dropping the gentle assumption that everyone already knows all this stuff Never condescending but never unintelligibly intellectual, either.The series can sometimes get a little self congratulatory A little contrived and pretentious, sure But if those are the worst faults you come across in the whole series, that s still not too bad


  9. Ryk Stanton Ryk Stanton says:

    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 feltlike 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.


  10. Timothy Boyd Timothy Boyd says:

    Very funny collection of SiFi short stories Recommended


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