Reading the one-star reviews I can only think:
What a shame that some people think that a candy bar is good food and upon encountering an exquisitely succulent steak, spit it out and warn everyone away from it. "It doesn't have any sugar, it doesn't fizz, it isn't even dyed flourescent green. What crap. It's so boring!"
Happily though, I don't have to worry about the passers-by actually missing out on anything. I've read all these stories before, most several times, because they have appeared in several publications and anthologies over the years and probably will continue to. So any actual fan who's young or just new to the scene but who can appreciate excellence, will almost certainly encouter them many times in other places regardless of audible.com or these reviews.
Which came first, the chicken, or the egg?
Am I addicted to Spider because he's good, or do I think he's good because I'm addicted? I put it to you: Does it matter?
If you've ever read any of the Callahan's stories, it's likely that you became addicted to the "feel-good". I know I am, and this book served up a nice big heart-clogging, gut-busting, butter-soaked, thanksgiving day sized serving with left-overs and not one burnt roll.
I'm happy to have chosen such an excellent and rewarding form of addiction. Costs thousands less than cigarrettes, doesn't make you stink, doesn't kill you, doesn't get you shot in a crack-house raid... It's not wholly unlike gambling, if gambling meant only playing once every few years but winning every time.
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