Search Results: "L. Ron Hubbard"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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WANDERLOVE by Kirsten Hubbard
Released: March 13, 2012

"A thoughtful and meandering travel narrative, this will find an audience among readers willing to take the time to get to know characters whose motives they might not always understand. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A tale of self-discovery slowly unfolds in this novel about a talented artist who falls for her travel companion as she backpacks in Central America. Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH by Mandy Hubbard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Harmless wish-fulfillment for romance fans. (Romance. 12-18)"
A Cinderella story set near modern-day Seattle brings a poor girl together with a handsome, uber-rich, famous guy. Read full book review >

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TWO IS FOR DANCING by Woodleigh Hubbard
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Still, the artist's innovative use of color and stylized forms is worth a look, and the joyous enthusiasm in each picture is pleasantly contagious. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The author/illustrator of C Is for Curious: An ABC of Feelings (1990) applies the same flamboyant style to the numbers from 1 to 12 with less success. Read full book review >

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THE FRIENDSHIP BOOK by Woodleigh Hubbard
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Children—as well as adults—will be amused by the humor and the strength of the visual expression. (Picture book. 5+)"
In her third book, Hubbard brings the distinctive style introduced in C Is for Curious (1990), an innovative pictorial exploration of the emotions, to a dozen aphorisms: ``A friend keeps your secrets''; ``Friends don't always agree''; etc. Again, the artist's vibrantly contrasted colors and decorative animal figures—in simple, dynamic shapes that could have been inspired by Matisse's cutouts—deftly express the subtleties of emotion, whether in a fearful blue creature clinging to its insouciant, boldly yellow companion, whose delicate stance declares understanding as well as courage; or in a comfortably rounded pair with similar shapes and dissimilar but related colors, relaxing among pleasantly curvilinear forms (``Friends just need each other''). Read full book review >

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LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 8, 2011

"This is a good story that would have been better with a change of focus. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Mandarin Ramey is the girl everyone wants to be or be with. Read full book review >

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PAPER COVERS ROCK by Jenny Hubbard
FICTION
Released: June 14, 2011

"Readers will eagerly anticipate her next work, and in the meantime they may try such similar, classic fare as A Separate Peace and The Catcher in the Rye. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
It may take a village to raise a child, but a boys' boarding school is a poor substitute, with its 24/7 peer culture and absentee parents "who pay shitloads of money to send their sons away." Read full book review >

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AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"As graceful as a feather drifting down, this lyrical story delivers a deep journey of healing on a tragic theme. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A strong, gentle, smart and powerful book about suicide's aftermath. Read full book review >

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DANGEROUS BOY by Mandy Hubbard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 30, 2012

"The fun here is in getting to the silly resolution, not achieving it. (Paranormal suspense. 12 & up)"
Danger threatens when Harper falls for the perfect boyfriend, maybe. Read full book review >