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Publisher's Summary

In the discreet little Key West bar that Jake Stonebender established, Fast Eddie Costigan learned to curse back at parrots as he played the house piano; the Reverend Tom Hauptman learned to tend bar bare-chested, and Long-Drink McGonnigle discovered the margarita. Nobody even noticed them save the universe.

After 10 quiet years, their laid-back existence is disturbed by a malevolent, moronic Mafioso, named Tony Donuts, Jr., intending to resurrect the classic protection racket in Key West. Jake's scientifically precocious 13-year-old daughter is threatened by the truancy officer and then, thanks to very poor accessorizing, Jake's wife, Zoey, suddenly finds herself in a place with no light, no heat, and no air. And no way home. The urgent question was where, precisely where, but that turned out to be a problem so complex that even the entire gang, equipped with teleportation, time travel, and telepathic syntony, might not be able to crack it in time.

©2003 Spider Robinson (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"The wordplay flies fast and funny as always in a Callahan's romp, and the characters, regular and new, are pretty darn amusing." (Booklist)
"Robinson knows how to generate tension without losing his sense of humor, a more difficult trick than you might imagine." (The New York Times)

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Spider should be read by everyone

This is one the most emotional of the series and I still have read it numerous times. Having the audio book makes it so much nicer as i can listen at work and still do my job. The author is great and so is the wonderful voice reader.

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The Worst of the Best

The problem with this book isn't that it's bad. It's not. But compared with the other books in the Callahan's series, it's pretty weak. None of the stories where shared pain is lessened, nor of shared joy, increased.

That being said....

If you've read the previous ones, read this one. If you haven't.... go back and read "The Callahan Chronicals". If you liked that... go through the others and get here eventually.

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Is this the end?

I savor every Callahan story. This was one of the best. Heartbreaking yet joyous. Enjoy it yourselves and maybe you might find a way to become telepathic!

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Slow, boring and silly nonsense.

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Spider Robinson is profoundly funny

Callahan's stories comedy gold. painfully funny and weird. I love the whole series. no spoilers just get the books.

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Of a piece with his other books

His main characters are flawed in a human way, there’s a bit of humility. As well as an abandon of whimsical zaniness. I won’t write of what I don’t like. Sorry for abstractions, but describing content doesn’t work for this book.

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Best to listen to previous books first

Some series you can pick up anywhere in the series and not significantly ruin going back and reading previous novels. However, this novel has enough spoilers that you should read the previous books before tackling it.

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I really enjoyed this book!

l have been following this writer, his style is
something I connect with. All his stories are fiction but the people part of it is so realistic, he writes with empathy and compassion and understanding of how people love one another and support each other. when problems arise in his stories I think to myself he wrote himself into a corner this time and then with creative and witty writing he gets back out of it. I enjoyed the fictional part of it but I especially enjoyed how he fleshed out the characters and made them so real. I actually cried during parts of this which surprised me. I highly recommend this one.

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A fun ride.

This is a fun book on its own. But I somehow missed the fact that it's a sequel. So, there were numerous unknowns I had to discover that weren't immediately obvious. I may now go back and find the original series.

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Cheers with a Wormhole

This book is pure fantasy -- but a good fanatsy. There's a bar where everyone not only knows your name, but really cares about what goes on in your life, and has interesting (to put it mildly) life's of their own. I'm not a big fan of puns, and of all of the Callahan books this one has the fewest pans -- so I found that pleasant. But the most important part of the Callahan stories are the characters. These characters are not particularly realistic, but as you listen to their stories, you wish they were. If you had a really tight cadre of friends in college, and if your college experience was sufficiently long ago that you now remember the experience through a rose colored set of bifocals you'll relate to the story and hope that Mr. Robinson continues to produce more of them.

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A long lost friend

If you haven’t listened or read any of the other books in the Callahan chronicle please go back and start there. Spider Robinson has such an Amazing way with words and building characters that it’s worth enjoying his writing from the start. I loved the books which left my life with an ex boyfriend, so pleased to have found some of them again now