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Off the Wall at Callahan's Paperback – 27 Aug 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (27 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765310465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765310460
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.1 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,732,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Spider Robinson is the hottest writer to hit science fiction since [Harlan] Ellison."

About the Author

Spider Robinson, winner of three Hugos and a Nebula, was born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, and has been a Canadian resident for 30 years. Holder of a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York, he worked as a folksinger and journalist before publishing his first story in "Analog "in 1973. He now lives with his wife Jeanne Robinson (co-author of the Hugo- and Nebula-winning Stardance trilogy) on an island outside Vancouver, B.C., where they raise and exhibit hopes. Eleven of his 31 books are set in Callahan's Place, a fabulous tavern founded by a time traveler, where puns flow as freely as beer, and smell far worse. The most recent is" Callahan's Con" [Tor July 2003]. He has contributed a regular editorial column, "Future Tense," to Canada's national newspaper, " The Globe & Mail," since 1995. In 2000, he released""Belaboring the Obvious," "a CD of original music with the legendary Amos Garrett ("Midnight at the Oasis") on lead guitar, and in 2001 he was a celebrity judge at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.

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Format: Paperback
Off the wall at Callahan's is a collection of all the best sayings that Mike Callahan collected over the years, some of the worst puns, and the nicest songs. There is also a short foreword by Spider explaining how this book came to be, and an section at the end listing the person who appeared over the various books in the Callahan's Saloon series. The book also features several cute interior illustrations by Phil Foglio, and is printed on acid-free paper (according to the jacket). While this book is NOT a collection of stories as are all the other books in this series, it DOES give valuable background and interesting tidbits. It's probably not a good book to get if you've not read any of the rest of the series, but if you have and liked them, it'll probably appeal to your taste. I liked this book very much myself, but could see where it might not appeal to non Robinson fans.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I Love the Callahan Books, but . . . 30 Mar. 2011
By Anne Wingate - Published on Amazon.com
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I have loved the Callahan books since I first read Time Travelers Strictly Cash, but this was a disappointment. The problem is that although much of it is amusing, it contains aphorisms that could lead to disaster if actually followed. The assertion that children should be allowed to have "play sex" is a case in point: how do you define "children"? I cringe to think of the increase in AIDS and other STDs in teenagers and even subteens--and if you think the latter is stretching it too far, I know a man who is 54 and whose oldest daughter is 43. I don't wish I hadn't bought it, because if I hadn't I'd always wonder what was in it, but there are a few too many things I wish Robinson had left out.
1.0 out of 5 stars You dissapoint me Spider 21 April 2014
By regmark - Published on Amazon.com
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Uh, I guess the publisher and Messieur Robinson were desperate to give readers something . . . er, sell readers something Callahan related. Don't waste your money on a collection of mostly rehashed quotes with barely a thread of purpose. Better to listen to Lucinda Williams' "2 cool 2 B forgotten."
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Nov. 2016
By Ducky Dee - Published on Amazon.com
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How can you not love anything written by Spider Robinson?
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 Feb. 2016
By Daniel Downs - Published on Amazon.com
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An absolute must-have for any fan of Callahan's
5.0 out of 5 stars Spider Robinson is an outstanding writer 11 Jun. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Some of the quotes in this are so funny that I couldn't help but laugh out loud (people think your a little off when you do that in public!). You'll enjoy this, but watch out for the puns!!
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