3.5 stars for Callahan's Crosstime Saloon. I really enjoyed the idea of a place where people (human or non-human) can go to let out their deepest and darkest fears, sorrows, and regrets, and receive (in exchange for a little penance) absolution, understanding, and friendship.Spider Robinson's
prose was vivid and lovely, and his book was suffused with warmth and humor. The book was a bit dated, however, with the bulk of the story taking place during or just after the Vietnam War, and Richard Nixon's resignation from office. The book seems to have been a response to the disillusionment that Americans began to experience in the 1970s, and while the overarching message of Callahan's Crosstime Saloon (we all need love and understanding sometimes) is timeless, sometimes the language and the imagery of the 1970s grounded the story too much in a time that has past. Still a worthwhile read, though.