- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Mira Books (Dec. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556342217
- ISBN-13: 978-1556342219
- Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.1 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,511,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
GURPS: Callahan's Crosstime Saloon Paperback – 1 Dec 1992
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If you're not familiar, this book is a supplement for the GURPS (Generic Universal Role Playing System) tabletop role-playing game, which would allow for playing in the universe of Spider Robinson's famous book series. I may have played GURPS once or twice, (and definitely not in the Callahan's universe) that is not why I fell in love with this book. Like oh so many GURPS supplements that are based upon well known SF/Fantasy properties, it provides well-researched background which "explains the rules" these properties obey. Oh yeah, and it includes GURPS statistics for characters, abilities, and such that would be peculiar to the particular property. But even if you're not a gamer, and just a Callahan's fan, just ignore the gaming portions; the book does not disappoint.
One minor caveat: this book was published in 1992, the same year as the fifth book in the series (Lady Slings the Booze) so material that appeared later in the series won't be covered. Some might argue that some of the later books don't deserve to be covered, but we'll save that debate for a different review.
Robinson's writing style was influenced to some degree by his respect/worship of Robert A. Heinlein's work. The problem is that after several books of this, he came off as preachy, snarky, and arrogant at points. This book -- though informational and not narrative -- leaves all that bad-tasting stuff out.
No review of this book could be complete without mention of the wonderful interior illustrations by Donna Barr. Her quirky, inky, dynamic style managed to do what Spider couldn't...namely give the characters a certain innocence. As Spider wrote them, a lot of the characters came off as cliquey, "in-crowd" types that might consider letting you join their conversation...if you were cool enough. The way Donna drew them, they were warm individuals who would actually welcome you to pull up a seat and have a drink with you.
And just to make sure you realize I'm serious, this is my *second* copy of this book. No, I didn't lose the first one. I just wanted a second copy.
Oh, and if Chris W. McCubbin is reading this and is considering writing an updated version covering the later novels, get Donna on board and you've got your first sale right here!