Callahan’s Crazy Crosstime Bar

By Spider Robinson

Rating: 5 stars

Even if I didn’t love puns, this would be a clear 4-4.5 star book. This book is compassionate and sweet and I want to hug every character in it. The puns are just the icing on the cake for me. I picked it up at this year’s Eastercon, after chatting to someone at the second hand book stall, and mentioning that I’d never read any Spider Robinson. I can’t remember who recommended this to me, but I’d like to shake them warmly by the hand.

The book is a collection of short stories, all set at Callahan’s Place, a bar where the regulars all have something in common: they go out of their way to help anyone who comes in and asks. They help them work out their problems and make them better people, whether they’re aliens, time travellers (the slow way or the fast way), telepaths or just plain people, hurting and in need of someone to listen.

It’s a life-affirming book, whose last story neatly ties back to the first, bringing the story full circle. There are several more books featuring Mike Callahan (and a couple featuring his wife, Lady Sally). After having had my first taste of Robinson be this good, I will certainly not hesitate to buy anything else of his that I see.

Book details

ISBN: 9780099600602
Publisher: Legend / Arrow
Year of publication: 1989

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