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Length: 48 pages

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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

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  • File Size: 663 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press LLC. (March 23, 2010)
  • Publication Date: 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: #531,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 320 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most enduring 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.

Then too, of course, there is all L. Ron Hubbard represents as the Founder of Dianetics and Scientology and thus the only major religion born in the 20th century.

While, as such, he presents the culmination of science and spiritual technology as embodied in the religion of Scientology.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bob on March 21, 2011
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 By booksforabuck VINE VOICE on June 19, 2010
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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 By J. Walker Blue on 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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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!

A bartender invents a truly amazing concoction that changes the sizes of people, for better or for worse. So it's reality-based but with a fantastical twist. The writing quality is truly genius as is anything I've read so far by this author - can't wait for more. I'm glad of this reissuing of old classics from the 30s and 40s as they're such fun to read and are definitely a change from the fiction out there today.

I think anyone looking for a fun fast read will definitely enjoy The Last Drop!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryland Hawkins on 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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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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By morehumanthanhuman on 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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Hubbard may be infamous for saying "if you want to get rich, invent a religion" shortly before "discovering" Scientology, but he was also one of the great Sci-Fi writers of the golden age, as proved by the back-story of his religion!
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