The Last Coin

The Last Coin By James P. Blaylock, The Last Coin An evil man strives for immortality by collecting the thirty pieces of silver that once belonged to Judas but somehow ended up in California and only a sing coin stands between the world and certain
  • Title: The Last Coin
  • Author: James P. Blaylock
  • ISBN: 9780441113811
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. James P. Blaylock

      James Paul Blaylock is an American fantasy author He is noted for his distinctive style He writes in a humorous way His characters never walk, they clump along, or when someone complains in a flying machine that flight is impossible, the other characters agree and show him why he s right.He was born in Long Beach, California studied English at California State University, Fullerton, receiving an M.A in 1974 and lives in Orange, California, teaching creative writing at Chapman University Many of his books are set in Orange County, California, and can specifically be termed fabulism that is, fantastic things happen in our present day world, rather than in traditional fantasy, where the setting is often some other world His works have also been categorized as magic realism.He and his friends Tim Powers and K.W Jeter were mentored by Philip K Dick Along with Powers he invented the poet William Ashbless Blaylock and Powers have often collaborated with each other on writing stories, including The Better Boy, On Pirates, and The William Ashbless Memorial Cookbook.Blaylock is also currently director of the Creative Writing Conservatory at the Orange County High School of the Arts, where Powers is Writer in Residence.

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    1. On the whole I like what I ve read by J Blaylock In this case I d be likely to characterize my feelings on this book as not disliking it.This is the third of the books usually grouped together as Blaylock s Christian books This one has what I think is a hook or basic idea that would catch a lot of reader s interest We re looking at a story built around the 30 pieces of silver payed to Judas to betray Jesus These coins have been used by others as plot points and they are usually seen to carry a [...]


    2. I m glad that there are plenty of readers out there who appreciated this book, because it was not my cuppa tea Correct me if I m wrong, but I think this was supposed to be humourous kind of like The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy , but I find that I often struggle with humour on the page.I think this would be an excellent TV show the main character Andrew bumbling along like Maxwell Smart and his wife Rose herding him in the right direction just like Agent 99 young folks, go to YouTube and sea [...]


    3. I went through a time when I experienced a perfect love of Blaylock s works Each one gave me exactly what I wanted out of a book at the time, and I eagerly sought out the next book after I d finished the last The Last Coin, The Paper Grail, and All The Bells On Earth are my favorites and I am ever thankful for the gift of Blaylock s imagination, quirkiness and humor As happens, tastes change and I haven t been able to get back into his books as I once did But if you happen upon them at the right [...]


    4. Jules Pennyman is searching for the last of a set of thirty magical coins the thirty pieces of silver Judas received to betray Jesus Unbeknownst to himself, eccentric innkeeper and would be restaurateur Andrew Vanbergen owns the last coin, which must be kept out of Pennyman s hands I ve loved Blaylock s first couple of books, The Elfin Ship and The Disappearing Dwarf, for many years they re set in a fantasy world but show Blaylock s remarkable ability to intertwine the mundane and the fantastic [...]


    5. Frustrating dreamer and compulsive liar opens an Inn, plays tremendously immature pranks on his guests and causes the death of at least one hapless coin collector, whose only crime is an innocent desire to embody some kind of wickedness.The idea is pleasant enough, but the whimsy of the generally trivial signs and portents is slightly annoying.


    6. The Last Coin begins with a reflection in the Prologue followed by a family legend in Chapter 1 In the first, a man named Jules Pennyman, in the Mideast, recalls a storm at sea near Cyprus The crew is calling him a Jonah, ready to toss him overboard Instead, they take a coin from him that crackles with St Elmo s fire, casting it into the sea A vast shadow rises from the deeps to swallow the glowing coin The family history from another side of the world, 75 years before the events of the novel, r [...]


    7. Blaylock combines two very different kinds of stories here a magical thriller and a screwball comedy The comedy dominates for the great majority of the book, leaving the thriller neglected.The magical premise concerns the 30 silver pieces paid to Judas These have vast power, when gathered into the possession of one person The villain of the book, Mr Pennyman, after surviving for centuries, is nearing his goal.The hero is Pennyman s landlord, a schlub called Andrew Vanbergen Andrew is not nearing [...]


    8. Andrew and Rose Vanbergen have recently purchased a California inn which they are fixing up and getting ready for guests They live in the inn along with aging Aunt Naomi, her numerous cats, and her companion, Mrs Gummage The Vanbergens have only one real guest so far the mysterious Pepto drinking Mr Pennyman.Andrew has grand plans for the inn Unfortunately, he s also a bit of a slacker and he s always managing to find excuses for doing anything but the actual work that needs to get done While hi [...]


    9. The pernicious Mr Pennyman aims to gather the last of the thirty pieces of silver given to Judas Iscariot Standing in his way is Andrew Vanbergen, Vancouver innkeep and cereal connoisseur Vanbergen has to be one of the dumbest protagonists I ve come across genuinely doltish, the sort of person who thinks they re much clever than they actually are I had hoped for tension in the story than Blaylock provided the concept was certainly interesting.


    10. this is the first Blaylock s book I read and I found it really charming,not as much the story line but the style and the language, the way Blaylock describes even small details I remember having the book on my night stand and I would just read a random page before going to bad I am looking forward to a new book from the urban fantasy series.


    11. This story makes me happy One of my all time favorite books I read it again last year, twenty years after my first reading it hasn t lost it s sparkle A charming, hilarious, inventive story, perfectly told Wonderful characters, love it, love it, love it



    12. Absolutely fantastic One of my favorite books of all times I reread it again recently, and it was just as good as the first time Love it


    13. This is my third or fourth time reading this book It happens to be one of my favorites and I ll be discussing it with a group in a couple of days One of the reasons it s a favorite is it isn t what one usually expects from a fantasy novel Andrew Van Bergen is an unlikely protagonist and certainly an untrustworthy point of view character We can also truthfully call this a Big Fish story And if you ve ever seen the movie, Big Fish, I think you can justly compare some aspects of this book to it, in [...]


    14. One of my favorite books The pacing is just right and the book is charming and funny It s a contemporary fantasy not sure if the urban paranormal label fits it just right Here is the Publisher s Weekly summary of the book 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 C [...]


    15. Andrew and Rose Vanbergen have recently purchased a California inn which they are fixing up and getting ready for guests They live in the inn along with aging Aunt Naomi, her numerous cats, and her companion, Mrs Gummage The Vanbergens have only one real guest so far the mysterious Pepto drinking Mr Pennyman.Andrew has grand plans for the inn Unfortunately, he s also a bit of a slacker and he s always managing to find excuses for doing anything but the actual work that needs to get done While hi [...]


    16. Strange, quirky, absurd James Baylock s characters are flirting with the sanity line and it is hard to tell on which side they will end up The premise of this unusual novel, where animals are safeguarding the world, is that the 30 pieces of gold that Judas betrayed Jesus for are roaming the world If they come together a terrible power will be at work Pennyman has been at the task of gathering the coins for many years, and the last one can be found in a little town on the northwest coast of the U [...]


    17. It was the trifles that signified the cut of a man s beard, the too convenient discovery of forgotten money in a disused wallet, the overheard conversation between two fishermen early in the fog shrouded morning as one of them hauls out of the ocean a crab trap with an ink stained note in it There was a secret order to things Sadly the rest of the novel didn t live up to the above quote The characters were a bit juvenile and underdeveloped, there was some implicit misogyny in the passive charact [...]


    18. Blaylock writes a kind of small town American magic realism, and at it s best it s lovely, quirky, and charming This isn t my favourite Blaylock, though I enjoyed it The protagonist does some pretty dumb things, especially in the beginning, and I got second hand embarrassment listening in to his thoughts And I think I prefer the ones where he s working from the Grail legends rather than from Christian mythos directly Still a fun, light read, and Mr Pennyman is a nicely sinister villain.


    19. I read this a long time ago and really liked it I d like to find another copy and read it again.Well, I finally did Listened to the audio book version from Audible It was fun to hear this story again full of quirky characters, animal allies, unexpected bizarre and strange events set in a seemingly normal California inn where an epic struggle of biblical proportion between good and evil get played out.


    20. Not the same cover, not the same edition, but close enuf Blaylock is in that minority of SF writers who re also clearly comical I like that combination Other writers that spring to mind are the team of G C Edmondson C M Kotlan, Ron Goulart, Rudy Rucker I d read by him if I ever ran across anything again There s something about absurdist SF that s dear to my parallel dimension baboon heart.


    21. Most enjoyable Reminded me of Confederacy of Dunces by JK O Toole I think that s who wrote it Detail to minutaiem everyman as hero, the major difference was the supernatural element, but that did not figure too largely really I half expected an ending that explained everything in normal terms I look forward t reading of this man s work.


    22. Blaylock weaves a strange urban fantasy drawn out of every day victories and failures which end up having catastrophic impact upon a moral universe The angels are watching and laughing, but they know what is at risk, so they don t laugh too hard.His hero is fallible and frustrating, sometimes too much so, yet redeemable Maybe we see him as being too much like us.


    23. Kurz vor Ende 90% weggelegt, weil mir die Energie zum Weiterlesen gefehlt hat War kein schlechtes Buch, aber mit dem Protagonisten bin ich bis zum Schluss nicht warm geworden, zu unverst ndlich und sprunghaft war mir sein Handeln Ausserdem habe ich das irgendwie in Robert Rankins Brentford Romanen schon viel besser gelesen, z.B in The Antipope.


    24. Whimsy is a tricky beast, and rarely successful This book is sort of like the movie Amelie for me I didn t find the main character s antics very charming or amusing, so they end up reading as psychotic and irritating Reminded me of novels I read in junior high school, though I don t think it s a young adult title.


    25. I love Blaylock s work He and good buddy Tim Powers write wonderful fantasy frequently set in California with depth and heart This was a wonderful tale Don t hesitate if you haven t read him before or Tim Powers for that matter Excellent stuff


    26. This book is quirky, which, I understand, is how many of Blaylock s novels are It is pretty funny and enjoyable, but if you re looking to laugh out loud a lot, I wouldn t say this book brings that on It definitely brings on some smiles, a few chuckles and an admiration of the characters.


    27. Very quirky and unique story I didn t like the random pages of pig lore that were shoved into the book and the ending was very anticlimactic if you ask me If you can find for cheap at a used book store it s worth the read


    28. Contemporary Fantasy My main problem with this book is that I simply cannot drum up one ounce of concern or respect for the main character He is insipid, irresponsible, immature and ungrateful His ongoing dialogue with himself was tedious to the point of frustration for me.


    29. Tim Powers lite, very enjoyable I found myself constantly laughing at the ceaseless internal monologue of the main character The story was engaging if not earth shattering I ll be reading from Mr Blaylock.


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