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Callahan's Legacy Mass Market Paperback – September 15, 1997

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This is the fifth book in the Callahan's Crosstime Saloon series, a short read that once again brings together the Callahan regulars in a plot that combines the usual group therapy, the best/worst puns ever to see print and epic, world-saving deeds. This time around the gang must save Earth from a decidedly nasty alien, and only group telepathy will do the trick. Spider Robinson, whose cutting wit and keen insights are in full force, takes the opportunity to dive deep into the psyche of his various mainstay characters, making for some darkly intimate reading. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Puns, palindromes and assorted witticisms abound in this latest addition to science fiction's longest running in-joke, first presented in book form in Callahan's Crosstime Saloon (1977), most recently in The Callahan Touch (1993). Robinson, who has won a Hugo, a Nebula and a John W. Campbell Award, follows his usual formula here. Lovable narrator and bartender Jake Stonebender, who took over from lovable narrator and bartender Mike Callahan after Mike decided to go time-traveling, gradually introduces the large cast of oddball drunks and barflies who inhabit the Long Island tavern known as Mary's Place (which itself replaced Callahan's Place after that tavern blew up in a nuclear explosion two episodes ago). The regulars include at least one alien, an Artificial Intelligence, a supernatural being or two and a talking dog named Ralph Von Wau Wau. As usual, a couple of new oddballs wander into the bar and tell their stories. Then a crisis arises?here, occasioned by an alien lizard-cyborg bent on the destruction of Earth. The boys soon take care of the situation, however, by drinking a lot of beer and Irish coffee, telling jokes and not losing their cool. Plot is secondary in the Callahan stories. What Robinson's many fans look for above all is humor, wordplay and a complicated web of allusions to favorite rock lyrics, classic SF stories and previous Callahan tales. They get plenty of each here and should feel right at home, again.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; Reprint edition (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812550358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812550351
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,361,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not everyone enjoys puns, just as not everyone enjoys science fiction set in the present day; but for those who like both, the entire Callahan's Place series and its spinoffs are must-read books. I still have trouble believing that I only discovered Spider Robinson recently; his non-Callahan's (and more serious) works are also excellent, but when he puts is figurative tongue in cheek the results are truly something special!
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I've read all the Spyder Robinson that I could get my hands on I started with Callahan's Crosstime Saloon to me the whole Callahan series speaks to me as how life could be better somewhat twisted but in the best way possible. Fantasy with a touch of Sci Fi I would suggest this to a more mature reader with an open mind. That said I recommend anything Spyder writes to my friends
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Have read all the Callahan books plus a number of books spun-off based on specific characters. All are terrific. As with all good science fiction, once you have suspended your belief system and accepted Spider Robinson's, all of his stories are excellent. He has the ability to bring you into his worlds with ease and excitement.
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Although not the best books in the "Callahan's" series, my money is on LSTB, Legacy is a very good read. After the initial shock of the impending doom of Mary's Place, the byplay of the characters in recounting the events was interesting and, as always, lots of fun. Wouldn't everyone like the ability to dispose of millions like Buck, or maybe be immune to pain like Acayib? "Callahan's" readers may be a bit disappointed at first, but read on and enjoy. I'm sure we've not heard the last of Jake and the gang yet.
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Spider Robinson's Callahan's regulars once again save the world from certain destruction. No other author combines puns, palindromes, poetry and prose like Robinson. This book has it all -- sex, music, philosophy, outrageous humor, wonderful characters, and a message. Impossible to read it without having fun -- if you like words, you'll love this book.
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Of course, "Mary's Place" is really just a euphemism for "Callahan's Crosstime Saloon", even if the proprietor IS Jake Stonebender instead of the great one. But if Doc Webster, Eddie Costigan, Mickey Finn and company hang out there, it's really Callahan's, and as such, fans of the "Callahan's" series will not want to miss this one.
This is particularly true because in this book, we finally get the "origin stories" for Long Drink McGonnigle, Doc Webster, and Fast Eddie, and they are superb, some of the most powerful writing that Robinson has ever done, which is why I rate this book five stars IN SPITE of the fact that the main plot is kind of weak (Alien cyborg coming to destroy the earth? Gotta defeat it with one hand tied behind our collective, poor weak human backs? Been there. Done that) AND in spite of the fact that the beginning and ending subplot strikes me as involving rather more mockery of individuals based on physical appearance and speaking an unfamiliar language that "sounds funny" than I'd expect from Robinson and the Callahan's folks. The flashback origin stories are just THAT GOOD. You do NOT want to miss them.
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Spider Robinson is probably best known for his Callahan's stories. Some readers stopped reading after the bar was destroyed in a nuclear explosion. But the latest book, CALLAHAN'S LEGACY, is a good reason to give the later series a better look.
This latest volume takes place in Mary's Place, Jake's new bar. Most of the usual characters are present as well as a few new ones who happened through the front door. Jake's wife is nine and a half months pregnant when the story opens. The story progresses through some of the usual tales and word games we have come to expect. Then Mary and Mickey Finn suddenly appear unconscious on the floor. Once revived it becomes clear that a terrible threat is heading towards Earth. Finn's counterpart is coming. Jake and the gang must find a way to save the Earth. During that course we learn how some of the older members first found Callahan's Place and we gain some new insights into the author.
I will not give away the ending but I will say that I found it to be one of the better books in the extended series (that includes the Sally books). While an entertaining and light-seeming read, there is plenty to stimulate the brain. Word games (and puns) are found throughout the book along with some other mental exercise equipment. If it has been a while since you last visited with the Callahan's gang you should pick up this book and drop in again, I am sure they would like to see you.
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I got that "Mary's Place" resurfaced in a reasonable occurrence, hard as that was to figure at first.

Robinson fan only 2nd to Robert A. Heinlein, Robinson is a fan of Heinlein also.

Great Minds.
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