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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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    stl1111 La Grande, OR, United States 01-28-14
    stl1111 La Grande, OR, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2005

    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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    Robert Shane Ellis Alhambra, California 07-28-13
    Robert Shane Ellis Alhambra, California 07-28-13
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    "Another Exciting Tim Powers Magical Adventure"
    Where does Last Call rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Last Call to and why?

    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."


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the characters don't get fleshed out enough and are added in around halfway through the book.

    0 of 0 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 2011
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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 Oregon 11-01-11
    E. Henson Oregon 11-01-11 Listener Since 2004

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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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