December 27, 2005

Last Call, by Tim Powers

There are not many authors who can steep themselves in the myths of the Grail and the Fisher-King and put that together with mobster Bugsy Siegel and a sleepy little town called Las Vegas and come up with anything at all. Add in the tarot, poker superstitions, and a generous helping of the truly odd, and you've got Last Call, a long-time favorite of mine. Powers has a talent for making the strangest things plausible for just long enough. For example, how do camouflage an SUV against bad guys searching for it magically? Tape face cards to the hub caps.....

I really don't know what else to say about this book; it rather defies description. It's not a novel of the occult, though, despite the mention of the tarot. Good triumphs over evil, and a case can be made that underneath the symbolism it's a deeply Catholic novel (Powers is Roman Catholic, I recently discovered; who knew?).

Posted by Will Duquette at December 27, 2005 08:10 PM