Callahan's Legacy (Callahan's Crosstime Saloon)

by Spider Robinson | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0812550358 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingerishkigalwing of Salt Lake City, Utah USA on 5/25/2006
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingerishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Thursday, May 25, 2006
had a hard time deciding whether to class this on SF or Humor..lol

this is Robinson at his most audacious--

"Subversive,dangerous,iconoclastic,cantankerous. Puns, pallindromes, puzzlers,posers,pranks, and poetry. A three ring circus of ideas--I loved it!"

John Varley

Journal Entry 2 by wingerishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Thursday, July 13, 2006
Since I didn't make the wild pub release I'd planned for this book, I decided to reread it. And glad I did--it was even more fun than I remembered! So I've upped the stars on it. And am sending it off to gypsymom as part of the
Well-Travelled Wild Release Challenge.

Hope you and red have pretty warped senses of humour!

Journal Entry 3 by winggypsysmomwing from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Thursday, July 27, 2006
Arrived in the mail today after Erishkigal and I had a few anxious days about it. Thanks for the book and the great postcard. Makes me want to travel back to the Four Corners area. Well, some day!

Not to worry about my sense of humour. It's so warped it's a wonder I can stand up straight! I'm looking forward to getting to this soon and then I'll mail it off to rednumbertwo in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Journal Entry 4 by winggypsysmomwing from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Despite the fact that I have a bookring book to read I couldn't help reading this one. At first I was reading both of them but soon I was so into Spider's story that I couldn't stop reading it.

Spider Robinson continues his quirky narrative about the people (and I use that term loosely) that used to hang out at Callahan's Crosstime Saloon and now are gracing Mary's Place. The old regulars are here (Long-Drink McGonnigle, Doc Webster, Fast Eddie on the piano) but the bar is tended by Jake Stonebender. Jake's woman, Zoey, is 9 and half month's pregnant but that hasn't slowed down their sex life much. So it's a regular evening in the bar but two newbies show up and then the fun starts.

You have to be paying attention when you are reading this book. It took me four chapters to realize that all the chapter headings were palindromes. And some of the puns I had to say out loud (getting some strange looks if I was in a public place) to comprehend. But I loved every word of it and so will anyone else who likes wordplay, impossible situations and just plain good writing.

I'll pop this in the mail to rednumbertwo who will be the third journaller for this book and she can decide if she will wild release it or pass it on to a few more readers before it is wild released for the Well-Travelled Book Release Challenge. Thanks erishkigal for sharing.

Journal Entry 5 by rednumbertwo from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on Monday, August 21, 2006
When I got home from holiday, I found this in my mailbox. Thanks gypsysmom!

Journal Entry 6 by rednumbertwo from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Another great Spider Robinson book. I loved how each chapter could almost stand alone. That made it great for reading at lunch hour. Plus the optimistic tone of his writing is a nice change from a lot of the science fiction I read. There's a lot of things going on in this novel, what with all the puns, palindromes, and aliens. There's also a lot to think about, and not all of the stories are happy ones, but generally, it's just a lot of fun.

Journal Entry 7 by rednumbertwo at Spring Garden Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada on Sunday, October 29, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (10/29/2006 UTC) at Spring Garden Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

RELEASE NOTES:

In a Coast newspaper box, on the corner of Spring Garden and Queen.

Journal Entry 8 by TigerCub from Kentville, Nova Scotia Canada on Sunday, February 18, 2007
I am a bad bad bookcrosser! I picked this up months ago and lost it in the shuffle, without journaling it. Sorry little book! I was very excited to get the release notice about a newspaper box just across the street from where I was checking my email, especially since i was a die-hard fan of Callahan's (and Spider Robinson) from years back. I confess though that this one didn't live up to my memories of the charms of Robinson's humour. It seemed that the jokes and puns were all drawn out too long and milked too hard. I guess it would be unreasonable to expect that Robinson's style would remain unchanged after all these years -- or that my tastes would. Perhaps someone approaching it with less baggage will be able to appreciate its charms on their own merits.

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