Search Results: "L. Ron Hubbard"


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THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE by L. Ron Hubbard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"For Scientologists and die-hard pulp fiction aficionados only."
The 1939 novella that inspired John W. Campbell's short-lived fantasy magazine Unknown, appearing now for the first time in hardcover. Read full book review >

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FINAL BLACKOUT by L. Ron Hubbard
Released: May 1, 1989

Thoughtful war-as-character-builder yarn that first appeared as a magazine serial in 1940, then as a hard-cover in 1948: neither as bad as Battlefield Earth and the appalling ten-volume Mission Earth might lead you to expect, nor as significant as Algis Budrys' sycophantic introduction would have you believe. Read full book review >

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FEAR by L. Ron Hubbard
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Released: Jan. 1, 1990

A moldering relic from Hubbard's pre-Dianetics days, when he was a prince of the pulps: a ripely surrealistic horror novel—about a man plagued by four missing hours—finally receiving hard-cover publication after first appearing in Unknown magazine in 1940 and then as a mass-market paperback in 1970. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 26, 1998

"Dreadful preadolescent plotting in comic-strip prose."
Before his self-glorification as the founder of Scientology, Hubbard was an inhumanly prolific pulp-fiction hack. Read full book review >

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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD by David A. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Notwithstanding Johnson's strong stylistic ties to illustrators such as Randolph Caldecott and E. Boyd Smith, adults are the likeliest audience for this volume. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Although fine lines and a low contrast palette give Johnson's paintings a faded, smudgy look, he effectively captures the classic nursery rhyme's flavor, decking the matronly Mother Hubbard out in sweeping 19th-century gowns that are ruffled, fur- trimmed and elaborately accessorized, then dispatching her to a series of elegantly appointed shops and stalls for goods to lavish on her pampered canine. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Written too soon after the event to stifle self-dramatization—or to touch on the tenuous relationship between actual law practice and classroom drilling—this will be of interest only to masochistic, prospective law students but may mislead them, since Harvard's enormous classes, hothouse ambiance, and rock-rigid first-year requirements are less than representative of current options in legal education."
Like the hero of the book-then-film, The Paper Chase, Turow got all frazzled—smoking, drinking, making and breaking psychiatric appointments—by his first year at Harvard Law School (1975-76), the year with all the tough courses, heavy pressures, competitive snarls, and think-like-a-lawyer angst. Read full book review >

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EMILY L. by Marguerite Duras
Released: May 15, 1989

Duras (The Lover; The War, etc.) here offers a wise, graceful book, at once modern in its self-consciousness and classic in its clarity. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2012

"Illuminating, if sometimes a chore to read, and a welcome aid to understanding the evolution of Paul's offbeat ideas."
A breezy and generally admiring though not hagiographic look at the quixotic fixture at the far-right extreme of the last couple of presidential elections. Read full book review >

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"An election-year must-read."
Becker's novel, republished from 1995, imagines an alternate political reality. Read full book review >