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..
©1992 Tim Powers (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“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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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.
Bronson Pinchot has to be the best reader I've encountered yet. The story was very exciting but like with the prior Tim Powers books I've read, the narrative seems to not know how to end.
It does share common themes with Tim Powers' other novels. It's got to do with inhabiting another's body just like how Lord Byron and Michael were sharing each other's in "The Stress of her Regard." And there's a whole magical system setup for communicating with certain magical creatures like in "On Stranger Tides."
He's got a great way of making each character's attitude and reactions seem totally natural. I think he should start using sound effects though (like for gunfire).
I laughed a bit.
Some of the characters don't get fleshed out enough and are added in around halfway through the book.
Tim Powers Makes Poker games into engaging action scenes.
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.
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.
Read the book, not the audio - if you can. This Book is so good. WORTH IT.
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
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