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The Last Coin by James P. Blaylock
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Dec 14, 09

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy-and-science-fiction, authors-ab
Read in June, 2008 , read count: 1

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. The Last Coin is even better at this: the book is set squarely on the California coast, peopled with seemingly ordinary people and animals, yet even the ordinary becomes the extraordinary. I'm also fond of Blaylock's oddball characters; Andrew especially is endearing in spite of (or maybe because of) his maddening vagaries and laziness.
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