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Suspense, politics, war, humor and intergalactic finance. A towering masterwork of science fiction adventure and one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time, L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth opens with breathtaking scope on an Earth dominated for 1,000 years by an alien invader and man is an endangered species. From the handful of surviving humans a courageous leader emerges Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, who challenges the invincible might of the alien Psychlo empire in a battle of epic scale, danger and intrigue with the fate of the Earth and of the universe in the tenuous balance. "Tight plotting, furious action and have at'em entertainment." —Kirkus Review

Topics: Aliens, Space, Alien Invasion, War, Rebellion, Futuristic, Far Future, Speculative Fiction, and Epic

Published: Galaxy Press on May 20, 2005
ISBN: 9781592128464
List price: $7.99
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This is the reason I joined 'Library Thing'.The book is so bad that I had to read it all to tell people how bad it is. Without reading it, I could not state a warranted opinion. The only good thing about the author was the way he found the tax avoidance loophole by creating the Church of Scientology. You just gotta give credit where it's dueread more
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Man, did I love this book. First of all, I was entranced by the way it all worked out, sometimes in ways that I couldn't imagine, yet still logical. I always love to be surprised.Secondly, I loved to watch a struggling underdog overcome the insurmountable odds against him. After I finished reading this book I wanted to put a poster of the main character, Johnny, on my bedroom wall, that's how cool I think he is.And finally, it's HUGE! And that just means there is more of a good thing.So, if you're like me, kinda into science fiction, and you ( thank god ) haven't had your expectations soiled by the god-awful movie, check this book out!read more
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I enjoy long books, and Battlefield Earth happens to be the world's longest book. Hubbard's writing and storytelling is great, but Hollywood messed it up (not to mention Hubbard is the creator of scientology, which adds another layer of craziness to this tome).read more
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This is the reason I joined 'Library Thing'.The book is so bad that I had to read it all to tell people how bad it is. Without reading it, I could not state a warranted opinion. The only good thing about the author was the way he found the tax avoidance loophole by creating the Church of Scientology. You just gotta give credit where it's due
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Man, did I love this book. First of all, I was entranced by the way it all worked out, sometimes in ways that I couldn't imagine, yet still logical. I always love to be surprised.Secondly, I loved to watch a struggling underdog overcome the insurmountable odds against him. After I finished reading this book I wanted to put a poster of the main character, Johnny, on my bedroom wall, that's how cool I think he is.And finally, it's HUGE! And that just means there is more of a good thing.So, if you're like me, kinda into science fiction, and you ( thank god ) haven't had your expectations soiled by the god-awful movie, check this book out!
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I enjoy long books, and Battlefield Earth happens to be the world's longest book. Hubbard's writing and storytelling is great, but Hollywood messed it up (not to mention Hubbard is the creator of scientology, which adds another layer of craziness to this tome).
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Let's see: Cardboard characters...check!Unbelievable plot...check!Bad science...check!Poor writing skills...check!Yep, it's got it all.But, by my own standards, I couldn't give it the ½ star rating it really deserves. I had such a sick fascination with it that I actually skimmed through the middle 700 pages to find out how this gobbler was brought to an end. That would make it a 1½ star book. Impossible!...I'll average it to 1 star.Oh, I forgot to mention the introduction Mr. Hubbard wrote for the book that evidenced an ego the size of California.Do not buy this book!
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Horrid. Absolutely horrid. I must first, for honesty's sake, unashamedly admit that gave up on this book at page 511. I figure if you read 500 pages of a book and you still hate it, it is time to quit. The characters the Hubbard portrays are lifeless, cardboard, cliché caricatures. The Psychlos are flat and stupid. To be continually outwitted by a farmboy, using their own technology, was eventually too much to take. Hubbard’s writing style leaves much to be desired. He uses clichés, is very wordy, and repetitive. It is mind-boggling that he is able to fill so many pages, while saying so little. All that being said, however, my biggest complaint was how unrealistic his character dialog’s were. No one talks like this. I have seen B-Movies with better dialog.All in all, I would recommend reading ANYTHING else. I have not read a book this bad in memory.
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Good science fiction? No. But pure pulp. Fun, stupid read. Just check your brain at the door.
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