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Last Call - Spoiler Free Book Review
« on: May 31, 2015, 06:46:25 PM »
Just a reminder, this is not a thread for discussion. It is meant to be a reference for people who have not yet read the book. This way, they can come and read this to see what our book club thought of Last Call without fear of spoilers and to see if they want to add it to their TBR list.
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Re: Last Call - Spoiler Free Book Review
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2015, 07:22:22 PM »
How did people find this? I would like to know as I'm undecided about reading the novel  :)
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Re: Last Call - Spoiler Free Book Review
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2015, 07:27:40 PM »
How did people find this? I would like to know as I'm undecided about reading the novel  :)

I'm a bit undecided about what I thought about it, TBH. So, not real helpful :) I respect the writing, and I can see why its so highly recommended and loved by some readers, but ultimately I never engaged with it as well as I would have liked.
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Re: Last Call - Spoiler Free Book Review
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2015, 06:59:27 PM »
I have to admit, I gave up just over halfway through.

I'd say you need to have either an interest in cards, some knowledge of the Vegas area, or some fascination with egyption mythology in order to get the most out of it.

If you enjoy thrillers, and action is more important than characters, this is pretty okay. If you're more into characters you can associate with and get behind/hate, I at least never got much from this at all, partly because there's just so many and you're switching heads (and in one case bodies) up to 5-6 times per chapter, and partly because pretty much every characters' motivations and actions are being driven by the inescapable fate of the cards.
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Re: Last Call - Spoiler Free Book Review
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2015, 10:29:35 PM »
I loved some aspects of this book, but felt too detached overall to really get invested in the story. The descriptions of cards got to be a bit lengthy for me at times.
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Re: Last Call - Spoiler Free Book Review
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2015, 10:51:00 PM »
Yea. I felt the same way about the descriptions of the Vegas strips and casinos. When the action got going it was pretty good, but I thought a good 50 if not 100 pages of words could have been shaved off and the story would have remained the same.
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Re: Last Call - Spoiler Free Book Review
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2016, 12:23:20 AM »
I initially abandoned this book about a third of the way through....didn't like it and found it really hard to want to read it so I just gave up trying to force myself to.
I decided to give it another go last month....I carried on from where I left off and this time round it didn't feel like such a chore to read, so I managed to finish it.

Overall this wasn't a book for me.
I knew that this was gonna have to be something exceptional for me to really enjoy it, as I'm not a fan of Vegas history, Tarot based plots/themes, card by card game play and gambling/casino storylines. So when you put all of these in one book.... :-\

Still, I gave it another go because I have been pleasantly surprised by other book club choices in the past.

Like some of the other readers, I couldn't really connect with any of the characters....all were tragically flawed - which usually helps engender some kind of empathy, but as they had zero redeeming qualities between them even that was too much of a struggle in this book.

I did manage to find the story intriguing enough to keep me reading, in the end - and this wasn't by any stretch a 'bad book' ... just not my cup of tea.

Also - I have to mention - for those that decide to give this a go I would not recommend the current Kindle version. It is annoyingly riddled with typos. (Which, considering this is a Fantasy Masterworks title, was extremely disappointing!)

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Re: Last Call - Spoiler Free Book Review
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2016, 08:12:27 PM »
@Jeni, you're back! Single best thing that happened today on the forums! :)
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Re: Last Call - Spoiler Free Book Review
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2016, 09:50:53 PM »
@Jeni, you're back! Single best thing that happened today on the forums! :)

Haha - thanks! I was starting to really miss this place and everyone :D

I'm easing my way back by catching up on a couple of the book club reads that I really want to read. Then I'm gonna try to finish the Malazan books. :)


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Re: Last Call - Spoiler Free Book Review
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2016, 01:19:13 AM »
@Jeni, you're back! Single best thing that happened today on the forums! :)

Piping in with my agreement! Great to see you back :)
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