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Last Callby Tim Powers
Generations of Powell's Science Fiction Team members have read and loved this book, and it is one of my favorites to sell science fiction-reading customers who are looking for something new. Powers combines Arthurian mythology, chaos theory, tarot, and poker in an adventure set mostly in Las Vegas. Only a writer of Powers's skill could combine these ideas successfully into such an unforgettable plotline. This is the first volume of a trilogy, and by far the strongest. Expiration Date is the second volume, followed by Earthquake Weather. Trust me, you'll never experience a ringing telephone, the smell of coffee, or a deck of cards the same way after you read this book.
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The brilliant, acclaimed, and award-winning masterwork of chance and destiny from Tim Powers.
One-time professional gambler Scott Crane hasn't returned to Las Vegas, or held a hand of cards, in ten years. But troubling nightmares about a strange poker game he once attended on a houseboat on Lake Mead — a contest he believed he walked away from a big winner — are drawing him back to the magical city. Because the mythic game did not end that night in 1969. And the price of his winnings was his soul. And now a pot far more strange and perilous than he ever could imagine depends on the turning of a card.
"Rich, top-flight mythic fantasy....Knockout poker sequences give the symbolism real sizzle, while the genre is enlivened throughout with great lines from Eliot." Kirkus Reviews
"Riveting...lyrical and brutal...a thrilling tale of gambling, fate and fantastic adventure." Los Angeles Daily News
"Distinctive and commanding...a strikingly inventive novel." Publishers Weekly
"Brilliant! Compelling and satisfying! Tim Powers is one of our best writers, and Last Call is his best book yet." Raymond E. Feist
"A terrific read...a believable tapestry of greed and passion." Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Intricately imagined...a plot as complex and fluid as high-stakes poker...Powers does not forget that the most important element in any novel's game is the stylish play of character." Seattle Times
"Marvelously successful....Powers invokes the magical threads in the weft of ordinary life....Quirky dark fantasy....Utterly compelling. Powers plays for high stakes, and wins big." Locus
This brilliant, award-winning masterwork of change, cards, and destiny is back with a breathtaking new look. Reissue.
Enchantingly dark and compellingly real, the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Last Callis a masterpiece of magic realism from critically acclaimed author Tim Powers.
Set in the gritty, dazzling underworld known as Las Vegas, Last Calltells the story of a one-eyed professional gambler who discovers that he was not the big winner in a long-ago poker game . . . and now must play for the highest stakes ever as he searches for a way to win back his soul.
About the Author
Tim Powers is the author of numerous critically acclaimed works of speculative fiction, including Last Call, Expiration Date, Earthquake Weather, and The Anubis Gates. He is a past winner of the World Fantasy Award and lives in San Bernardino, California.
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