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Last Call: A Novel (Fault Lines)

By Tim Powers

In Last Call, the Locus delusion Award and global fable Award winner via Tim Powers, ex-professional gambler Scott Crane hasn't lower back to Las Vegas, or held a hand of playing cards, in ten years. yet nightmares a few unusual poker video game he as soon as attended—a contest he believed he walked clear of an incredible winner—are drawing him again to the mystical city.. as the mythic video game didn't finish that evening in 1969. And the cost of his winnings used to be his soul.

This variation of Last Call encompasses a precise P.S. part with extra insights from the writer, heritage fabric, feedback for additional interpreting, and more.

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Anything may glance again at you. How approximately silver cash? Uh…three of them. With girls on them. ” The glove compartment was once jam-packed with previous automobile registrations and damaged cigarettes and buck chips from a dozen casinos, and between this muddle Scott came across 3 silver money. “And there’s a roll of Scotch tape in there,” Ozzie stated. “Tape pennies onto the tails facet of the cartwheels. Copper is Venus’s steel, I heard from a witchy lady one time. ” Envying his neighbors in highschool who didn’t have fathers who made them do that type of factor, Scott discovered the tape and connected pennies to the silver cash. “And we'd like a field to place ’em in,” Ozzie went on. “There’s an unopened field of vanilla wafers within the backseat. unload the cookies out within the street—not now. Do it while we’re crossing Chapman; it’ll be greater in an intersection, a crossroads. ” Ozzie clanked the auto again into apparatus and drove ahead. Scott opened the field and dumped the cookies out because the vehicle surged during the intersection, after which he dropped the silver cash into the field. “Shake ’em round, like dice,” Ozzie stated, “and inform me what they are saying, heads and tails. ” Scott shook the field, then needed to dig within the glove compartment back for a flashlight. “Uh…two tails and a heads,” he stated, retaining the flashlight beside his ear and peering into the field. “And we’re going south,” stated Ozzie. “I’m going to make a few turns. continue shaking them and analyzing them and permit me be aware of after they arise all heads. ” It was once whilst Ozzie became east onto Westminster side road that Scott seemed into the field and observed 3 heads—three profiles of a lady in silver bas-relief. despite himself, he shivered. “Now they’re all heads,” he acknowledged. “East it is,” acknowledged Ozzie, rushing up. The cash had led them out of the la quarter, via San Bernardino and Victorville, prior to Scott labored up the nerve to invite Ozzie the place they have been going. Scott had was hoping to spend the night completing the Edgar Rice Burroughs publication he’d been examining. “I’m now not certain,” the previous guy spoke back tensely, “but it yes seems like Las Vegas. ” quite a bit for The Monster males, Scott notion. “Why are we going there? ” he requested, conserving lots of the impatience out of his voice. “You observed the moon,” Ozzie acknowledged. Scott made himself count number to 10 slowly sooner than conversing back. “What’s going to be varied in regards to the moon whilst we’re in Vegas than it used to be after we have been domestic? ” “Somebody’s killing the moon, the goddess; a few girl has it sounds as if taken on the—what could the notice be—goddess-hood and somebody’s killing her. i feel it’s too past due for her, and that i don’t be aware of the situations, yet she’s bought a toddler, a bit woman. An little one, in truth, to pass judgement on through how shut Venus used to be to the moon once we observed it. ” the following i'm, Scott concept, protecting a vanilla wafers field with 3 crumb-covered silver cash in it with pennies taped to them, using to Las Vegas and never interpreting Edgar Rice Burroughs—because Venus used to be just about the moon this night. Venus is perhaps just about the moon forever. “Dad,” acknowledged the seventeen-year-old Scott, “I don’t suggest to be disrespectful, but—but this can be nuts.

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