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Despite his employer's doubts that he is an authentic detective, Quigley is called in to investigate Lady Sally's establishment, a reputable place that caters to adults of all species and tastes. Lady Sally was the wife of the proprietor of Callahan's Place, the bar where human and other beings from all space and time come to cajole, drink, and occasionally save the world.Despite his employer's doubts that he is an authentic detective, Quigley is called in to investigate Lady Sally's establishment, a reputable place that caters to adults of all species and tastes. Lady Sally was the wife of the proprietor of Callahan's Place, the bar where human and other beings from all space and time come to cajole, drink, and occasionally save the world. The clientele and staff at Lady Sally's may have the same mission at hand, but now Quigley plays a significant part as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.......

Title : Lady Slings the Booze
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ISBN : 9780743435789
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Lady Slings the Booze Reviews

  • Leah Bayer
    2019-01-30 21:31

    Let's be honest, I bought this for $2 because there's a sunglasses-wearing dog bartender in the foreground and a lady dancing a sexy tango with a hulking robot in the background. Best cover of all time?

  • Leesgoodfood
    2019-02-17 23:30

    Oh, the puns!! Entire paragraphs are worth re-reading.

  • Mycala
    2019-02-18 20:25

    While it doesn't have the same appeal as Callahan's saloon, I do like the characters in Lady's House. This book is basically two stories and I much preferred the story in the first half. The one in the second half was a bit too suspenseful for me. It wasn't a bad story, I just don't do well with suspense. I hang on the edge of my seat (this isn't good bedtime reading), skimming rapid-fire over whole paragraphs that don't seem to lead to the point, and when I finally get to the conclusion I realize I've been holding my breath for quite some time and I feel a little dizzy. Your mileage may vary.

  • Lucy Takeda
    2019-01-29 22:16

    I enjoy humor, puns, and smart, independent women. I read lots of SF and fantasy. As a woman that was assaulted, I had a hard time finishing this particular novel. Joe is hired by a powerful individual to investigate a phantom at Lady Sally’s bordello. Joe is evidently a genius PI with a jinx. Sally’s establishment includes a dog that talks and a telepathic gorgeous blonde. Sally negotiates payments by clients, and her patrons can select their clients. Let’s toss in a masterful conman, personnel that seem to accommodate every desire, and Nikolas Tesla.

  • Wetdryvac Wetdryvac
    2019-02-08 00:25

    As good, and as dated, and as messed up, and as enjoyable as always.

  • Michael
    2019-01-28 23:30

    I am conflicted about this one. I just read it again - in whole, so It is good enough, surely? Niven writes well, no question. I am a fan of his writing, and have read many of his books. However this one, at the end of the day, annoys me. Unfortunately, to explain why, I must refer toi specific plot points, so============ SPOILER ALERT =============== ============ SPOILER ALERT ===============The books contains two sub-stories, and I find them both problematic, in similar ways. In the first the protagonist finds he has to kill the villain. Moreover he is very clear that giving the villain any warning, however short, is very dangerous.He plans an ambush where he waits, well-armed, and hidden behind cover in a small corridor where Mr. Villain is due to pass. But, under these conditions, he doesn't just shoot the villain from cover and be done with it - no, he plans a setup where people have to jump the villain physically, immobilize him, to transport him to another room and THEN kill him. No real reason is given for this decision. Needless to say, it goes wrong, Villain does get enough of a warning to do bad stuff before good prevails over evil. As a reader, I am left wondering why? Why would an intelligent protagonist do this? In the second sub-story the villain is planning Armageddon. At a certain point, the villain captures the protagonist, his lover and a his friend. All three are have bullet-proof skin (trust me here - you'll have to read it to see how this comes about), but the Villain kills the protagonists friends by shooting them in the mouth. HE does this not because he finds they have bullet-proof skin. He just does this. I ask you - how plausible is this? (not the bullet-proof skin - that is part of the suspension-of-disbelief, and organic to the plot. The shoot-captives-in-the-mouth to kill them thing - when have you read this/seen it in a movie? Why would the villain do this?)to top it off, when Mr. Villain decides to kill our hero, he does NOT shoot him in the mouth, he just shoots him in his bullet-proof torso, hence the story can go on. So, our Super-villain is suddenly inconsistent. As a final annoyance, when he kills the protagonist's friend, the protagonist is mad "My hear died, and a man with a dead heart is a dangerous man". Then, the villain proceeds to kill his love-interest. The protagonist tells us he has now lost his heart completely, and that "a man without heart is a very dangerous enemy". So, when our hero will catch up to the villain we expect something spectacular by way of retribution. A little while later our hero manages to catch up to the Villain and - wait for it - Punches him in the nose, Once. Seriously? This is the "very dangerous enemy"? Not emotionally satisfying.

  • Thomas
    2019-01-24 18:22

    Once again, this is a book I never would have thought to pick up and read on my own. Thank you friend for opening me up (oh boy, here come (:D) the puns!) to a new genre.It certainly wasn't what I expected. By page 5, I expected an amusing, light-hearted detective story with a few bad jokes. Halfway through the book I realized I was reading light-hearted erotica, overlaid with a scifi noir detective story that just barely held on to the bounds of believability. I loved the jokes, puns, and obscure references. The writing style was also easy to read and enjoyable. What I didn't like was that most of this was at the expense of story.******SPOILER ALERT******The first plot of the book was pretty good, if a little unexpected. The mystery of the man with the watch was a good one and oddly enough I didn't find it all that difficult to suspend my disbelief and immerse myself in the world the characters inhabited.The second plot was a different story (no pun intended.) I suppose it is splitting hairs to say that I can accept talking dogs and telepathic twin whores, but not nuclear plot by pacifists to mine major cities the world over. My problem is that the author shifts gears from first to fifth and expects the reader to ignore the fact that the transmission is now lying in the middle of the street. I'm reading a detective story and realize it's erotica which then shifts to detective story again, but then we make a sudden stop and now I'm supposed to embrace the fact that all these fantastical characters are now a rag-tag assembly of time-traveling, freebooting, spies and assassins, with day jobs as hookers and gigolos. Sorry, but that's just too much.As the second story wore on, I found myself pardoning the abrupt 180 because the puns, jokes and great writing were still there. But in the end, I would have enjoyed this book much better had Robinson simply stuck to his original plot. I liked it. I'm glad I read it. It gave me some good chuckles, but it could have been great instead of merely good.

  • Jeremy Preacher
    2019-02-01 01:25

    Lady Slings the Booze is the first actual novel in the Callahan's series, and it still has quite a few of the hallmarks of a set of short stories stitched together. It's nominally a detective novel, with the gumshoe as our wide-eyed novice to the world of Lady Sally's, and the initial story works well enough. Joe spends some time getting acquainted with the place, which is charming as always, and then solves the mystery of the invisible rapist, which is not charming at all but works more or less fine. Then things take a very odd left turn into the larger Callahan's cosmology, and we get a find-the-bomb scenario for the last third, that didn't really work all that well for me.It's not a bad book, and it does pick up some steam in the second half, but it doesn't end up being all that satisfying. (And no amount of punning will make me care about puns.) It's got some very offputting bits about rape (especially the inherent justice of prison rape) and male homosexuality that don't mesh well with the intended inclusiveness of the setting. And the split focus between the two mysteries makes neither one of them feel all that important. I don't mind it, but I don't love it, either. I think I'd really rather stick to funny, lighthearted short stories in this setting.

  • Hobbes
    2019-01-22 21:05

    Another wonderful story brought to me by the writings of Spider Robinson. This story is told from the perspective of Joe, a P.I. who has never been to Lady Sally's but is hired to investigate some strange going-ons. Stranger than usual at least. And he does, solves the case, has mishaps, but ultimately saves the day, meets the love of his life, deduces and therefore is pulled in a grader scheme to save the world as we know it. More than the story I love the characters. I love the way they see the world and each other. The sense of peace they give to me. That no one is less than any other. That as long as desires and actions harm no one (unless they consent to it) then nothing is taboo. I long for a world like this, for Lady Sally and Callahan and Phillip and Sherry and all the other to be real. The books inspire me to be a better person to everyone around me and to have fun along the way.

  • Korynn
    2019-01-24 19:02

    If you love puns, Spoonerisms,jokey noir, and meticulous descriptions of whorehouses that don't exist, this is your book. Otherwise it comes off too clever to actually be a narrative. It starts with a lengthy encounter between a clever dick and his newest client (which fails to impress me), and then we reach Lady Sally's House in which the plot falls by the wayside entirely to describe the workings of the whorehouse which is useless because it never factors into the story, points out that whores are being raped but they don't appear to be too upset or traumatized by this, the plot falls off the road again for a love story between clever dick and psychic twins, introduces the element of time travel only to run with it past the point of interest into a doomsday let's save the world from nukes plot in which people die (seriously) and more puns are made.

  • Violette Malan
    2019-01-23 18:12

    I'm rereading this book to write a post about it at Black Gate Magazine, from which you can deduce that it's still on my shelves. I love all of Spider Robinson's work, but some more than others. This is very entertaining, and as with all of the Callahan's/Lady Sally pieces, you get to meet quite a few other characters, both fictional and real. Where else are both the Heinleins and Nicola Tesla going to show up in the same novel? However, this is definitely one of "the others" for me. Worth reading, but not as good as Callahan's Lady, or Mindkiller, or Night of Power, or . . .

  • Steven
    2019-02-15 23:06

    Spider Robinson is the only author whose short stories I like better than his longer works. The Callahan series continues getting weaker with the second Lady Sally's House entry. The story moves much too quickly – actual elapsed time is absurdly low for the number of events, especially given that the two halves of the book have nothing to do with one another (again, it's two novellas strung together). The character interaction and development is a lot less solid than previous works, I just never understood why the female lead likes the protagonist.

  • Vex
    2019-02-19 01:21

    Having read Callahan's Lady, I had high hopes for this book. I expected it to continue in a similar vein. I didn't like the new main character, but I learned to live with it/him. But after the first part, the story turned completely ludicrous and, even worse, boring. I skimmed the middle 100 pages and completely skipped the last 100. Too bad the author couldn't repeat the skill and inspiration of the previous book.

  • Kallierose
    2019-02-08 00:25

    These short stories, all tied together with a common place/cast, make you feel like maybe human beings aren't such cruel animals after all. Opening the first several Callahan books feels like a refreshing visit with old friends. You know them, and their quirks, and that if they're involved with a situation they will do whatever they can to make it better. These are good people. The in last couple of books the formula gets a little bit stale, but they are still enjoyable.

  • Mike Martinez
    2019-02-13 22:19

    Any book that spends an entire novel to set up a single joke is my kind of read.Enough puns to fill a book.I've been a fan since the first crosstime book/collection, and this just keeps it going. I think I developed my love of puns from reading Spider R. This book did get a bit slow for a while, but by the end I had forgotten even thinking that.

  • Eric Franks
    2019-02-13 22:02

    I think this was my first introduction into a really "hip" (for lack of a better word) writing style. Numuerous references were made to pop-culture, classic literature, and it felt like every sentence implied a nudge and a wink. I don't think I could affect a style like this myself for a whole book but it may be interesting to try out for a character or two.

  • Srochat
    2019-02-22 20:28

    Meet Joe Quigley, private eye. He's been asked to investigate some strange goings-on at Lady Sally's, the happiest bordello in the current reality. But how do you define unusual at an establishment that includes a talking dog, telepathic twins, and legally-permitted puns? Linked to the Callahan's books and just as enjoyable.

  • Lori
    2019-02-17 22:16

    In the same vein as Callahan's Place, this is a collection of short stories set in a brothel run by Callahan's wife, Sally. Some poignant, some funny, the stories' recurring characters grow as the book progresses.

  • Kerri
    2019-01-24 23:06

    More fun and world-saving at Lady Sally's. Arethusa and Tesla are awesome aditions, and there were passages where I just couldn't stop laughing. Not a book you want to read in public unless you like people staring at you like you're crazy for laughing so loudly.

  • Keith
    2019-01-31 23:08

    I went through this one quickly. It was much better than "Callahan's Lady". This story had imagination and intense action. I loved it. Typical of Spider there are a few bad puns there thrown in for good measure.

  • Chris
    2019-01-27 18:19

    Re-read the whole series 7/2012. All are feel-good light reading. Series goes gradually downhill, but all are enjoyable.

  • Joshua Newport
    2019-02-17 00:16

    One of my favorites, read many times

  • Wealhtheow
    2019-01-26 22:09

    This book had a slightly creepy way of talking about sex and women, but it's still a fun read.

  • Wendy
    2019-02-09 00:07

    Too much Doom and Gloom. Disappointed.

  • Timothy Boyd
    2019-02-12 21:12

    Very funny collection of SiFi short stories. Recommended

  • Ray Charbonneau
    2019-02-18 19:27


  • EJD Dignan
    2019-01-24 21:29

    The Callahan series, while punctuated with the occasional bon mot, is mostly a scifi inside joke and send up.

  • Lynn Calvin
    2019-01-31 00:22

    baen ebook

  • Howard
    2019-02-17 21:10


  • Jeff Youngstrom
    2019-01-22 18:23

    My review from May 7, 1995My review from October 7, 1999