Patrick J. Callahan

Helpful votes received on reviews: 67% (2 of 3)
Location: La Crosse, WI USA
In My Own Words:
I am in late middle age, with a Ph.D. in British Literature from the University of Nebraska, and a lifelong habit of being an omnivorous reader. I tend to enjoy old classic mysteries, science fiction, and fantasy.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 496,954 - Total Helpful Votes: 2 of 3
Shadows Over Baker Street by Michael Reaves
Shadows Over Baker Street by Michael Reaves
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag, July 14 2004
I have to agree with other reviews printed here. The book is something of a mixed bag. Few of the stories are well balanced quality pieces of professional writing. Their strengths and limitations differ.
Some of the stories show a paucity of knowledge about Lovecraft's work. In such stories, only a few of the most general references are made to the Lovecraftean canon. Otherwise the stories just suggest the pursuit of a "nightstalker" figure similar to a sort of Jack the Ripper. To justify the story's inclusion in this collection, the author tosses in a couple of Lovecraft's character names or place names such as "Cthulhu" or "Innsmouth" into the… Read more
Watchers Out of Time by Carroll & Graf Publishers
Watchers Out of Time by Carroll & Graf Publishers
I've just read the reviews previously posted here for The Watchers Out of Time. Perhaps some of this criticism is a little harsh. I do agree that there's been some deception -- surely the fault of neither Lovecraft or Derleth, since both men were long dead when this edition was published.
The stories are all credited simply to H.P. Lovecraft on the front cover. But -- confusingly -- the back cover describes the book as a joint effort of Lovecraft and Derleth. Then we get more confused when, looking at the back of the flyleaf, we discover that ALL the stories are copyrighted by August Derleth alone.
Derleth and Lovecraft knew each other, and they did do some genuine… Read more
Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton
Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm about 400 pages into this big book, and normally I would not review until I finish a book. But I am not sure I am going to make it to the end.
A different reviewer praised "many separate plot threads" but I find them chaotic and distracting. It is as though there are at least 6 or 8 separate novels. One reads 20 or 30 pages involving one setting and one group of characters, then one gets an "installment" of a totally different story . . . and on, and on.
This can be very frustrating. I discovered I was really interested in several of the plot threads, but bored or impatient with others. So -- understandably -- when one of the threads that interest me… Read more