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Last Call | [Tim Powers]

Last Call

Scott Crane abandoned his career as a professional poker player 20 years ago and hasn’t returned to Las Vegas, or held a hand of cards, in 10 years. But troubling nightmares about a strange poker game he once attended on a houseboat on Lake Mead are drawing him back to the magical city. For the mythic game he believed he won did not end that night in 1969—and the price of his winnings was his soul. Now, a pot far more strange and perilous than he ever could imagine depends on the turning of a card.
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Publisher's Summary

Scott Crane abandoned his career as a professional poker player 20 years ago and hasn’t returned to Las Vegas, or held a hand of cards, in 10 years. But troubling nightmares about a strange poker game he once attended on a houseboat on Lake Mead are drawing him back to the magical city. For the mythic game he believed he won did not end that night in 1969—and the price of his winnings was his soul. Now, a pot far more strange and perilous than he ever could imagine depends on the turning of a card.

Enchantingly dark and compellingly real, this World Fantasy Award–winning novel is a masterpiece of magic realism set in the gritty, dazzling underworld known as Las Vegas.

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©1992 Tim Powers (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A dizzying, stimulating magnum opus.” (USA Today)

“Brilliant! Compelling and satisfying! Tim Powers is one of our best writers, and Last Call is his best book yet.” (Raymond E. Feist)

“Distinctive and commanding…a strikingly inventive novel.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    J 05-30-14
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing could lift this to that level.


    What was most disappointing about Tim Powers’s story?

    The lack of any association with credibility. Characters that are supposed to be crazy strive to be so crazy that they aren't believable in any sense. This feels more like an plot outline strung together by stream of consciousness verbiage than a cohesive story. It seeks to be be intellectually entertaining but just keeps being weird, outlandish and unbelievable. He never develops the story, the history or the "magic" enough for you to buy into the things that he has happen to the protagonists. Feels like a bunch of dungeons and dragons guys sat around saying "what if next everything is ....." and tried to weave it into a plot.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The main character seemed accessible and engenders empathy.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 04-08-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "Don’t Let Anyone Make Any Assumptions"

    When your mother warned you not to play poker with Tarot cards, this is exactly what she was afraid of. Typical Tim Powers weirdness accompanies this extraordinary novel populated with ordinary people in the most strangely supernatural circumstances. This novel has a lot of common elements with Powers’ later novel THREE DAYS TO NEVER: set in an earlier decade of Americana, where cigarettes are smoked in every public gathering, characters changing bodies to prolong their weary existence, alcohol used to alter the connection to the spirit realm, but here in LAST CALL it all has an unforced harmony that is lacking in the later book. As in most Powers novels the story gets very complicated as we get to know the characters and then begins to come together as it approaches the climax, feeling somehow like an inevitable force of nature.

    Bronson Pinchot has very good voices for all the quirky people and sometimes goes over the top as is required by the story. He helps make this a very entertaining audiobook.

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    stl1111 La Grande, OR, United States 01-28-14
    stl1111 La Grande, OR, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A weird book!"

    I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't finish it. So many reviewers were crazy about this author and I hadn't "read" one of his before. I found the book because I love the narrator and was searching for more books that he read. I like weird. I can read fantasy, magic, and sci-fi, but for some reason this didn't work for me. There is a lot of action going on and you mustn't let your mind wander for a minute! There is so much information in there that is delivered so fast that I couldn't keep up and then, eventually, gave up. I found myself confused for the whole first section.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Deming Huntsville, tx, United States 10-30-12
    Eric Deming Huntsville, tx, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Buy the Book, if you can."
    What did you love best about Last Call?

    Tim Powers Makes Poker games into engaging action scenes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Call?

    The magic in the book is mysterious, ever-present, used very well. The whole world is a part of the system, like they belong together.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The book is great, but I was dieing for it to end. It does drag a bit. However, I blame that on the narrator. You need a powerful reader voice to drive you through a 20+ hour book.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book, not the audio - if you can. This Book is so good. WORTH IT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Henson 11-01-11
    E. Henson 11-01-11

    River Ed

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    "Hard to follow"

    It seems to be a decent story... the reader is not the best and that always makes it hard to get thru a book... The story has many twists and turns and not all of them come clear (at least to me)... very interesting take on cards and I would never have thought of it.. so very interesting wish the reader was better... decent book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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