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FREE DOWNLOAD ⚫ Last Call Ú Set in Las Vegas, Last Call concerns the fate of Scott Crane, former professional gambler, recent widower, blind in one eye and also the lost natural son of the man who is determined to kill him In this novel, Crane is forced to resume the high stakes game of a lifetime and wager it all Last Call should be revered as many things, one is a great novel of the American West with a focus on that dark heart of it all, Las Vegas A dark fantasy or magic realism pitched somewhere between Leiber and Pynchon and Eco Secret history, noir, and Jodorowsky styled surrealism combine in a dark demented trip through the major arcana, poker, chaos theory, the Fisher King legend, and wealth of literary allusions Rudy Rucker, T.S Eliot, M.R James, and manyGreat eccentric characters mak Last Call should be revered as many things, one is a great novel of the American West with a focus on that dark heart of it all, Las Vegas A dark fantasy or magic realism pitched somewhere between Leiber and Pynchon and Eco Secret history, noir, and Jodorowsky styled surrealism combine in a dark demented trip through the major arcana, poker, chaos theory, the Fisher King legend, and wealth of literary allusions Rudy Rucker, T.S Eliot, M.R James, and manyGreat eccentric characters makes this an absurd comedy as much as it s a thriller and quest story Powers tempers some of his weirdness not much though into this mature and excellent novel In a wordroughly translated, it means your naughty bits are fired up, tingly, and ready to rumbleInthan a word Last Call is my new favoritest book by Tim Powers From a brain stimulating perspective, this produced a a significant amount of tingle by skillfully stroking a number of literary pleasure points You know what I mean First, I love the way the magical elements are woven credibly into the fabric of the story They are, simultaneously, both elusive and omnipresent t In a wordroughly translated, it means your naughty bits are fired up, tingly, and ready to rumbleInthan a word Last Call is my new favoritest book by Tim Powers From a brain stimulating perspective, this produced a a significant amount of tingle by skillfully stroking a number of literary pleasure points You know what I mean First, I love the way the magical elements are woven credibly into the fabric of the story They are, simultaneously, both elusive and omnipresent throughout the narrative The magic saturates the story and blankets the characters, but it s just outside the vision of the rest of the world Neil Gaiman s American Gods, one of my favorite fantasy novels, does this very well, as do books like Moonheart and Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint Last Call pokes the bull squarely in its eye as well Second, the magic system itself was smart, suave and tethered extremely well to the story It also felt unique and internally credible, which is always important for this kind of story Powers employs an elaborate, complex system of magic based on TAROT cards, with each of the tarot figure representing powerful, mythical archetypes through whom magical abilities can be channeled by those with the requisite skill Third, the tie in between the tarot based magic system and professional poker was brilliant and made wild, wonderful sense within the context of the story The standard 52 card poker deck is a derivation of the larger tarot deck minus some 22 cards known as the Major Arcana Thus, all of the hopes, dreams, fears and other intense emotions invested by people while playing cards, even with these diluted, reflections of thepowerful tarot, create magical energies that can be drawn upon by those with magical ability Againbrilliant Finally, setting the book in my hometown of Vegas was a real treat for me, and likely added a bit to my overall happy Plus, I gotta toss props to Timmy because he got every single geographical reference in the book correct I know that may seem like a lil bitty thing, but it shows that he was conscious about getting the details right, and as a reader I really appreciated that Tim cares about us and it shows PLOT SUMMARY As with most of Tim Powers books, Last Call is set up as a secret history, in which he uses real life historical figures and related events and creates an alternative explanation for such events being motivated by supernatural magical considerations Case in point Benjamin Bugsy Siegel was not just a famous gangster He was also a powerful magician and the avatar of the mythical archetype known as the Fisher King Bugsy s motivation for constructing the Flamingo Hotel and creating the foundation for today s Sin City was to create a place of power where all of the energies created through gambling could be drawn upon to sustain him Enter Georges Leon, the current avatar of the Fisher King who assumed the role after defeating and destroying Bugsy through a clever and complicated series of actions which, FYI, I thought was handled incredibly well Now Georges is obsessed with his own mortality and has devised a really NEATtastic skill to keep himself young and spry not to mention safe Georges has acquired that ability to instantaneously transfer his consciousness into another body, permanently destroying the personality of the inhabitee The catch the inhabitee has to be one of his children Enter Scott Crane fka Scott Leon, Georges youngest son When Scott was a tyke, Georges tried to pull the old body snatcher routine on Scott just as Georges had already done to Scott s older brother Well Mama Leon had had just about enough of that, thank you very much, and stopped the ceremony with a.44 magnum shot to Georges potty pole which completed ruined ALL of his luggage the hanging bag and both carry ons Scott and his mom then disappeared themselves leaving Georges with no Scott and no ability to make himself anybabies However, keep in mind that Georges is one smart hombre and I m sure he ll think of something Flash forward to 1989 and That s all the set up I want to give because I don t want to spoilerfy any of the good stuff for you Everything above takes place in the Prologue of the book with a few contextual details filled in so they make sense The rest of the book is a combination of 1 a gathering of some amazing characters, both magical and not, as they converge on Vegas to try and seize power from the King and 2 Georges trying to hunt down and dispose of his competition so he can remain in power with the help of mysterious and dangerous card game known as ASSUMPTION I told you he would think of something THOUGHTS UhSploosh This was terrific and is one that I know I will read again at some point because the amount of information and detail that Powers pours into the story is substantial The characters, including those representing archetypes, are interesting and well drawn The dialogue is outstanding and the plot, though convoluted and very complex, is engaging as can be It s excellent But the real show stealing is the world building and the tie in between tarot lore, Arthurian legend and various mythologies It was FantastiGASMness itself.I only had two gripes with the book that kept me from giving it 5 stars First, while the ending was satisfying and not exactly a letdown, it wasn t the earth shattering, toe curling climax that I was expecting Second, I was a little disappointed with how a few of the supporting characters had their plot lines tied up in a less than exciting way I thought it was a bit rushed and it felt like Tim was doing little meatball surgery towards the end Upon a re read, these gripes may go away but they do hold the book back just a tad Still, an amazing book and one that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Definitely 4.5 stars OR.again.in a word Good evening and welcome to ESPN s coverage of the 1st World Championship of Assumption Poker Tournament at the Mandalay Bay Hotel Casino in Las Vegas I m your host Mike Honcho and with me is three time poker champion Billy Busted Flush Stark Billy, you can certainly feel the excitement and tension in this room tonight Mike, you got that right We all used to think that poker tournaments for money were a big deal, but ever since the recent revelations that magic is real and that much of Good evening and welcome to ESPN s coverage of the 1st World Championship of Assumption Poker Tournament at the Mandalay Bay Hotel Casino in Las Vegas I m your host Mike Honcho and with me is three time poker champion Billy Busted Flush Stark Billy, you can certainly feel the excitement and tension in this room tonight Mike, you got that right We all used to think that poker tournaments for money were a big deal, but ever since the recent revelations that magic is real and that much of that power can be harnassed by the use of plain old playing cards, the entire gaming world has been turned upside down Tonight, we ve got the ultimate in magic poker challenges, a game of high stakes Assumption where the winner will not only be able to claim the very bodies and souls of the other players to become virtually immortal, he will also become the new magical King of Las Vegas while the ladies will be competing to become the Queen This opportunity only comes around about every twenty years And if the game didn t have enough drama, Billy, I understand that several of the players have some history and bad blood between them Bad blood and spilled blood in some cases, Mike First, let s check out Georges Leon, the current king Georges overthrew the last king of Vegas, legendary gangster Bugsy Siegel, and then extended his own life by essentially killing one of his own sons Georges has launched the current Assumption craze by using the card game to get people to unwittingly sign over their bodies for his future use Certainly a player to be respected and feared, Billy But tonight he ll be facing another son of his, Scott Crane That s right, Mike Georges actually attempted to take Scott s life force when he was just a kid, but the boy was saved by his mother even though he lost an eye in the process And since he s one of the mystical Jacks who can assume the kingship, you know what that makes him A one eyed Jack Can Scott hope to contend against his father, Billy Well, Scott was a professional poker player, and he s a blood heir to the throne However, the recent unexpected death of his wife, and subsequent alcoholism has left him vulnerable to his father and other threats from Dionysus And those aren t even his biggest problems, Mike You see, Scott has actually already lost his claim on his body in a game of Assumption he played twenty years ago with his father when neither knew who the other one was That certainly makes it long odds against Scott Crane But what about his foster father, Ozzie Crane Now, Ozzie is one crafty old card player, and he knows all the ins and outs of the magic business But he s stayed away from the magic end of thing for years so we re not sure what he ll bring to the table Adding to the family drama, we ve also got Diana, a daughter of the goddess Isis that Ozzie saved and raised This young woman will be playing to save the lives of her own sons and take on the role of Queen Exactly, Mike We ve also got several other wild cards in the mix like Arky Mavranos, a friend of Scott s who is dying of cancer and came along to try and tap into some Vegas magic and find a cure You ve got to respect a man who rejects traditional medicine and pins all his hopes on finding a miracle in a casino, Billy There s also a variety of other Jacks who want to take the throne and see Scott and Diana as the leading candidates to take out It has been one wild week here in Vegas with gun fights, magic, kidnapping, murder and beheadings And that s before the card game has even started These players certainly better hope that it s true that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas or the survivors will be looking at some long jail time, Billy Whatever happens, you can be sure that it should be a thrilling game, Mike I just hope we all live to see who wins We ll be back in a moment to kick off this game of Assumption right after a word from our sponsor, Budweiser Former professional poker player Scott Crane s life is falling apart, having just lost his wife and been on a beer binge, when aspects of his past have come back to haunt him Specifically, a bizarre card game twenty years before where he may have lost his soul But what do his foster father and foster sister have to do with it And why is everyone trying to kill him Last Call is really hard to summarize accurately You could say it was about a man who lost his soul and tried to win it back Or Former professional poker player Scott Crane s life is falling apart, having just lost his wife and been on a beer binge, when aspects of his past have come back to haunt him Specifically, a bizarre card game twenty years before where he may have lost his soul But what do his foster father and foster sister have to do with it And why is everyone trying to kill him Last Call is really hard to summarize accurately You could say it was about a man who lost his soul and tried to win it back Or you could say it was a modern retelling of the Fisher King legend Or a story about Bugsy Siegel and the rise of Las Vegas Or you could say it was all of those things and.The story started slow, establishing what had happened before and giving the reader hints at the magic Powers was working That portion reminded me of Neil Gaiman s American Gods and Roger Zelazny s Lord of Light, both books about ancient gods or archetypes in the modern world Once the two thirds mark was passed, the book kicked into high gear and the suspense level sky rocketed The last one hundred pages flew past The characters were well developed, even the villains and supporting characters.While I didn t think it was as good as The Anubis Gates, it was at least as good as Three Days to Never Tim Powers fans and fans of Gaiman and Zelazny should give this one a read