Winner of the World Fantasy Award
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. Recommended By Mary Jo S., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Enchantingly dark and compellingly real, the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Last Call
is a masterpiece of magic realism from critically acclaimed author Tim Powers.
Set in the gritty, dazzling underworld known as Las Vegas, Last Call tells 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.
"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
"[A] difficult, but distinctive and commanding novel..." Publishers Weekly
"Riveting...lyrical and brutal...a thrilling tale of gambling, fate and fantastic adventure." Los Angeles Daily News
"A terrific read...a believable tapestry of greed and passion." Denver Rocky Mountain News
"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
"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
"Brilliant! Compelling and satisfying! Tim Powers is one of our best writers, and Last Call is his best book yet." Raymond E. Feist
“Weird . . .grippingly written . . . a nightmarish novel, brilliantly researched and made.” San Jose Mercury News
“Distinctive and commanding . . . a strikingly inventive novel.” Publishers Weekly
“A novel of the supernatural and occult that is hard boiled, seamy and suspenseful as the best film noir.” Tom Robbins
About the Author
Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels, including Declare, Last Call, Hide Me Among the Graves, and On Stranger Tides, the inspiration for the blockbuster film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. Powers lives in San Bernardino, California.