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The Last Drop [Kindle Edition]

L. Sprague de Camp , L. Ron Hubbard
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A humorous tale about a New York bartender who receives mysteriously special potions from Borneo which can make people grow or shrink depending on which one they drink. When our hero uses the potion to deal with some unfriendly mobsters, the results are comic and riotously unpredictable—including an unexpected run-in with a dogfish.

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The Last Drop, is about Mac the bartender who has been looking to make the perfect cocktail for some time. He finally does make it with a concoction that comes from Borneo. There is an unfortunate side effect, however. The Borneo alcohol, when mixed with certain substances can make one grow bigger or smaller. Another complication arises—the gang is out to get Mac and his bar patrons. Will they escape? Will Mac ever get smaller? Find out. –Book News and Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 663 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press LLC. (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DL3NWK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing March 21, 2011
By Bob
Format:Kindle Edition
First this is an excellent kindle edition as it is true to the original and contains no scanning errors also it contains copies of the original artwork which can be zoomed to view in addition there is a glossary which contains words or phrases not in common use now but were widely used America in the 1930/40s linked to the text and underlined. Also included in the book complete with photographs is a comprehensive biography of L Ron Hubbard.
The actual story is typical of the type written at the time when authors had to bash out stories in minimal time to meet editor's time scales and often paid by the word. I have now read 4 of these books, this one being from the "Fantasy Collection" it is a fairly short story with a straightforward plot based on drinking from a bottle of something from Borneo which causes someone to grow enormous and a "magic cocktail" which is the Borneo potion plus other ingredients which makes anyone who drinks it shrink. This is set against a background of gangsters .Worth reading to get a flavour of this type of book, which is an amusing read.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, breezy and fun pulp fiction June 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever in search of the perfect cocktail, one that he can name and that can catapult him into eternal fame, bartender Harry McLeod (Mac) thinks he's finally accomplished his mission. With the help of a syrup from Borneo, Mac creates something that actually tastes good. There is, however, the unexpected side-effect. Drinking the cocktail causes the drinker to become either giant or tiny (depending on the acid/base mix). When he accidentally shrinks a mobster, Mac goes on the run. But surviving as a ten-inch figure when full-sized and fully armed mobsters are after him isn't going to be easy.

Authors L. Sprague de Camp and L. Ron Hubbard deliver a sassy 'pulp,' first released in the golden age of pulps (before World War II). It's fun to see the world inhabited by the pulp writers...centering around the neighborhood bar, with drinkers discussing acid/alkaline reactions and the square/cube law, gangsters who must be confronted personally without thought of the police, and cross-town cab rides that can be had for a buck.

THE LAST DROP is a short story from a time when short stories were far more common than novel-length speculative fiction. It's a quick read, but it's enjoyable and a fun reminder of a mostly-forgotten art form.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not up to usual RLH standards December 1, 2011
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This short story screams "pulp" more than most that Hubbard wrote. Obviously written very quickly, with little thought to storyline or characterizations. I guess he just needed a paycheck (don't we all?). Not a bad story, though. It's quick and painless and has some quirky moments. If you've got nothing better to do, give it a shot. Hell, it's free.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously Fun Story! February 28, 2012
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The Last Drop is a really fun story, one for all ages and any genre you might like to read. The amount of trouble that Mac the bartender gets into when his goal to make the perfect cocktail backfires. But it is not just a cocktail that you would normally get in a bar--it makes his friend grow over sized and srinks him and a gangster that is after him. Then the fun begins and just keeps going.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Paced and Funny! June 19, 2014
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Hubbard's pulp story, The Last Drop is a hoot! Funny and fast-paced, it's a mood-lifter. I love the small nuggets added, such as his nod to the McGraw-Hill building. When he describes how the shrunken O'Brien figures out the timbre of pitch needed to reach McLeod, it's like a semi-lesson in physics. Very enlightening! The story is fun and a great read. I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The last drop May 11, 2014
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L. Ron Hubbard, what more needs to be said. A wonderful story about shrinking and "swelling". Throw in a gangster and it's quite the adventure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not much here March 9, 2014
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Despite the hagiography in the introduction (most of the claims that Hubbard advances about his own life were fiction, yet they are presented as fact here), we have a very basic pulp story. If Hubbard wasn't who he was, I doubt it would have been resurrected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and entertaining! March 24, 2012
By Regina
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This story is super short, straight to the point and fun. It really depicts the time period and the author tells the story with great description so your mind is racing the whole time! I definitely recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pulp fiction
L Ron Hubbard's pulp fiction books are highly entertaining, witty, and engaging. Too bad most people don't even know about them. This one is extremely funny.
Published 11 months ago by Noah Fence
5.0 out of 5 stars marco polo
This is a short story and I got a real kick out of it! It has a lot of funny lines that you would not expect, making me laugh out loud several times. Read more
Published 21 months ago by marco polo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Characters
It's a slice of the good old days, where characters were slightly over the top -- just enough to make a point and to be funny. When you need light reading to lift your mood, L. Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by Manyquills
5.0 out of 5 stars Just fun and wild! many Belly Laughs!
This book is just for fun. The story line is most likely detailed elsewhere with the bartender partaking of a potion from Borneo that shrinks him small as a mouse. Read more
Published on March 7, 2012 by Bruce O. Deming
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, funny fantasy adventure!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story! Fitting perfectly into the Golden Age in which it was written, it is fast-paced and the fun never stops! Read more
Published on March 7, 2012 by ELFlash
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Drop
Fast-paced humorous story where you take some fairly "normal" characters and throw some completely unexpected factors in their midst. Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by OverDriveSpecial
1.0 out of 5 stars Dave H
To say I am dissapointed in this short story would be a gross's a baseless and boring storyline premise with a good beginning and pointless ending. Read more
Published on October 27, 2011 by Dave H
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With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 280 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.

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