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.
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.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
This is an excellent story. The world is rich and dark. It reminds me a great deal of Gaiman's American Gods and that is a good thing. The characters are well developed and I like how they involve the supernatural with real world people and events.
Bronson Pinchot does the narration and he is one of the best. This is something different from the standard urban fantasy fair and you well definitely enjoy it.
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).
Having read the print version twice, I would recommend it over the audio version.
The final show-down on Lake Mead was both thrilling and made very visual. The image of the fool (Dondi) dancing on the "tower" while the water bubbled and hell was breaking loose was amazing. The last scene of Crane and his father was actually quite moving.
Every time Pinchot whispered, I wanted to throttle him. I had to hit the rewind and jack the sound up as loud as it would go in order to hear, then of course, immediately turn the sound back down when he was done. His female voices are, literally, weak, as he delivers his feminine voices with reedy, light tones that make them sound slow-witted.
No; it is too much to absorb. It is such an original book that I prefer to let in sink in more slowly.
tim powers is awesome but dark and deep especially in audio. have a light on and someone there to hold your hand in the spooky bits... and make sure you have enough time. you wont want to put this book down!
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.
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