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)
What a great book. if you like "American God's" (neil gaiman) or "Dark Tower" (stephen king) this book is in the same neighborhood. Excellent narration, captivating story, worth the credit or the cash.
One of the most ineteresting and lieterate fantasy writers of the last 30 years. This is an excellent listen.
It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!
I have been debating writing this because I wasn't sure I could add anything worth knowing about the book in my review! But I will try in the spirit of "sometimes anything is better than nothing at all". Here it goes:
It was a good book but not near as good to me as one of my all time favorite books by any writer "On stranger tides". It is interesting with lots of good characters but a little too much bad language for my taste. The reader did a great job and I even think he fit this book better than "On stranger tides". The story seems to be well thought out and you will need a pretty good memory to remember who is who through out the book. You have no need to like gambling (I dont) to like the book but gambling is a huge part of the story but it is not gambling quiet like any of us has ever tried or ever will! I wont say anymore about that so as to not give away too much. I consider Powers to be a very talented and smart writer and I think the reader may need plenty of the latter to enjoy his books to there fullest.
Tim Powers is neither sci-fi nor fantasy (at least no in any conventional sense), he writes very interesting stories where impossible things happen. In Last Call, he's mixing cold war spy stories with old school middle eastern mythology, and pulls it off brilliantly. Pinchot would not be my first choice for this book but he does a very good job.
I love this book. I have read and reread it many times. Wonderful characters in a very original situation. It can be hard to follow but it is completely worth your patience. Bronson Pinchot does a decent job narrating.
A great book with excellent narration. Glad Tim Powers has made it to Audible and hope to find more in the near future, esp. Expiration Date and Earthquake Weather (the sequels to Last Call).
I am the terror that flaps in the night!
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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