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The Last Coin
     

The Last Coin

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by James P. Blaylock
 

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The price of immortality...

Two thousand years ago, there lived a man who sold some valuable information for a fee of thirty silver coins. His name was Judas Iscariot and he is no longer with us. The coins, however, still exist - and still hold an elusive power over all who claim them...

Like Andrew Vanbergen, whose attempts at innkeeping bring in

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The price of immortality...

Two thousand years ago, there lived a man who sold some valuable information for a fee of thirty silver coins. His name was Judas Iscariot and he is no longer with us. The coins, however, still exist - and still hold an elusive power over all who claim them...

Like Andrew Vanbergen, whose attempts at innkeeping bring in stranger business than he ever expected.

And Aunt Naomi, whose most prized family heirloom is a silver spoon - with a curiously ancient-looking engraving.

And especially old Mr. Pennyman, who is only five silver coins short of immortality...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Blaylock's contemporary fantasy, the fate of the world falls into the hands of a daydreaming eccentric named Andrew Vanbergen. This quick-tempered Californian is muddling through the conversion of his rambling home into an inn and cafe when he unwittingly becomes one of the Caretakers who have kept the world safe for nearly two millennia. The danger is that someone like Andrew's mysterious guest Jules Pennyman will gather together Judas Iscariot's original 30 pieces of silver, thereby summoning up an apocalyptic magic. Against a lyric vision of the Southern California coast, cosmic conspiracy theories bump heads in a gleeful farce to produce another strange and wonderful book from the idiosyncratic author of Homunculus and Land of Dreams. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936535651
Publisher:
JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date:
07/15/2012
Series:
Christian Trilogy , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
511,248
File size:
537 KB

Meet the Author

James P. Blaylock was mentored by Philip K. Dick, along with K.W. Jeter and Tim Powers, and is regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern steampunk. Winner of two World Fantasy Awards and a Philip K. Dick Award, he is director of the Creative Writing Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts and a professor at Chapman University, where he has taught for 20 years.

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The Last Coin 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A mixture of the everyday and the fantastic, as the protagonist is drawn into a struggle to prevent the thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas from being reunited. The story has moments of humor, even hilarity, horror, and the bizarre as only Blaylock can write. It has well-written, suprisingly realistic characters, and gives us a glimpse of a world beyond the blinders so many of us wear so often.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy Tim Powers, Stephen King & authors like them, this book is for you. Mr. Blaylock is my favorite author, bar none. Read this & you'll be looking for the rest of his works in no time.