Callahan’s Place is the neighborhood tavern to all of time and space, where the regulars are anything but. Pull up a chair, grab a glass of your favorite, and listen to the stories spun by time travelers, cybernetic aliens, telepaths…and a bunch of regular folks on a mission to save the world, one customer at a time.
– Publishers Blurb
There are many ways we come across new books to read, friends, browsing your local bookshop, fellow blogger’s (hello Nymeth!) reviews in your newspaper of choice… This one was a little different though.
In an earlier internet life I hung around the Harry Potter fanfiction community, even wrote one or two myself for a bit. I’m not as involved these days, although I still stop by to read the odd fic.
At some point last year, I came across a particular fic, where Harry comes across a bar called Callahan’s. The fic’s author wove in some of the characters that appear in this book, none the least of which is the Saloon itself. I just knew it was a place I wanted to visit for real, so I managed to track a copy down via Bookmooch.
You see Callahan’s is a special place, where all are welcome, but you’re only likely find out about the place if you actually need to visit it. But if you do, you’ll find a welcome and an absolution. As long as you accept whatever responsibility is due.
The stories that first contained in the book first started to appear in Analog magazine in February 1973, and whilst they’re humorous and packed with puns and the odd weird , there are some thought-provoking points to be made.
Will I be visiting Callahan’s again? I’m really not sure. I did enjoy my visit but I didn’t love it, quite as much as I was hoping to, but then again perhaps I just need to stay a little while longer…