If I Were You

If I Were You

by L. Ron Hubbard


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Circus midget Little Tom Little is the king of midgets, loved by crowds and carnival folk alike. Only he doesn't just want to be a bigger circus star, he wants to be just like the circus' tall and imposing leader.Trouble begins the moment that a set of ancient books containing the secret of switching bodies finds its way into Tom Little's tiny hands. When he magically trades his small frame with that of the circus chief, he finds himself in a giant-sized heap of trouble-his craving for height has landed him smack in the center ring surrounded by forty savage cats!ALSO INCLUDES THE FANTASY STORY "THE LAST DROP"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592123599
Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date: 09/08/2008
Series: Stories from the Golden Age
Pages: 121
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.49(d)
Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

As one of the 20 top bestselling authors of all time, with more than 325 million works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard stands alongside an illustrious company of writers. But he also stands alone—as an author who actually lived many of the stories he wrote.

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“You are wondering,” said the Professor, “why I have sent for you.” His voice was very low and Little Tom had to put his ear close to the evil-smelling lips. “In your mind,” said the Professor, “you are turning over the reasons for this. I must put you at ease, for I have always respected you.”

Little Tom was startled.

“Yes,” said the Professor, “I have seen much to admire in you. On the lot about me, men are afraid. They spread away from me when I approach. But you . . . you were brave, Tom Little. You did not cower away. You had steel enough in you not only to meet me and speak to me, but you also had courage enough to risk my wrath—a thing which all other men feared.”

L. Ron Hubbard

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If I Were You 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been wondering what fantasy titles were going to come out that would captivate me as much as Harry Potter did and I think I found it. This was a great audio book. Action, adventure, good clean fun. I really like fiction stories that not only entertain me but leave me feeling like I learned something too. This new series that is out by Hubbard is really something!
tomjohnson1940 More than 1 year ago
“A Fun Fantasy Romp.” This book actually contains two stories: IF I WERE YOU, originally published in the February 1940 issue of FIVE NOVELS MONTHLY, and THE LAST DROP, co-written with L. Sprague de Camp. IF I WERE YOU is a circus setting. Little Tom Little is only 30-inches tall, and wants to be bigger. Well, not just bigger, but he wants to also be the Ringmaster of the Johnson Super Shows circus, but standing in his way is Hermann Schmidt, a huge, powerful ruffian that currently holds that possession. Tom has made the Professor mad, because he won’t bend to his will. On his deathbed, the Professor call Tom to his bed, leaving his trunk of magic and books of evil knowledge to the little man, knowing that Tom will use the books to get into trouble. Which, indeed, he does. Learning the power of switching minds with anyone, Tom chooses Hermann Schmidt, and then everything starts going wrong for the diminutive fellow. In THE LAST DROP begins in the Hole In The Wall bar, where bartender Euclid O’Brien has received another whiskey bottle from his brother in Borneo. Euclid’s assistant, Harry McLeod decides to make his own mix with the strange brew, but nobody will take a chance, so Harry swallows it down, then leaves the bar. He’s not gone long before a fly lands on the mixture, sips the nectar and instantly begins to swell to enormous size. They also learn that Harry is now the size of a building, and one of the wise men figures out an antidote – if that mixture makes them bigger, then his mixture will reduce them in size. Yes, it works, but the local mob enforcer gets shrunk instead, and now the mob is involved. It can only get worse from here. The stories are definitely odd, but totally fun. I highly recommend the book for its fast-paced entertainment.
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ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
This book has two pulp stories by L. Ron Hubbard first published in magazines years ago. The first one: If I Were You - This a fantasy stories about a little person, named Little Tom, and a black magic magician at a circus.  The magic dies but Little Tom inherits his books even though the magician hated him. Thing of course go awry and body switching ensues. I enjoyed this one a little. I do like Hubbard’s fantasy more than sci fi.  The second story is :  The Last Drop- A bartender drinks adds a strange syrup to his drink and his head inflates and mob boss comes in.  The Mob Boss whole body begins to shrink after he drinks the syrup.   This one was strange and remind me of the scene in Alice in Wonderland.  I do not remember how it ends but I am sure it was strange because that is what Hubbard does well strangeness.  If you think of it these two stories are centered around plots that we have had in movies before and get redone after time. Like the first story we would probably think of Freaky Friday and the second story as I said Alice in Wonderland. Of course the ending is different for each. Decent stories  but stuff I have seen before. 
aly_313 More than 1 year ago
Very suspenseful story. Wasn’t sure I would enjoy because I’m not a big circus fan, but Hubbard made the characters all come alive and the sound effects and music definitely held my attention! My mom listened with me and she said as a retired school librarian, I think this would be a good story to share with middle school students because of the moral of the story….the size of your character is way more important than your actual physical size. I enjoyed the short story, The Last Drop, better. It was hilarious!
woody1 More than 1 year ago
This pulp is so wacky and far-fetched that one has to admire Hubbard's imagination. This is the story of circus dwarf, Little Tom Little. The front flap of "If I Were You" states: Tom is "king of midgets, loved by crowds and carnival folks alike." The problem is Tom wants more than the recognition of being a "cute and dear" little man. Looking at people's shins all his life and being considered a freak has taken its toll. He has big dreams in his little body... he longs to be ringmaster. His life changes when he discovers ancient books that contain the "how to" secrets of switching bodies. Without giving away the conclusion, Little Tom Little craving a larger body, embarks on a naive, but brave and perilous journey that finds him center ring in a heap of trouble. It's an unbelievable and fantastical tale, but at the same time, it offers a portrait of the extent a human being will go to achieve his dreams.
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Gordon2009 More than 1 year ago
Circus midget, Tom Little, is loved by friends and audiences but not by himself. He wants desperately to be "big". This is a compelling and revealing study of the importances of the size of one's body, one's spirit, one's strength of character, and integrity. While it takes place in the bawdy atmosphere of a circus, there are lessons to be learned, on a deep level, about the value any of us place in physical vs. character attributes. This is more than a shallow amusement. It is a revelation and lesson in who we really are and the value of real relationships. I'd recommend this to anyone who has a physical quality about themselves they do not like and to all pretty people as well.
Jasonjwillis More than 1 year ago
This one is something special. A great fantasy yarn in the classic pulp tradition, but as fresh and original now as it ever was. I couldn't put it down and loved every second of it. If you like cookie cutter characters and demand only the pure, handsome hero, stay away. But if you like a great adventure fantasy story, with a unique main character and a whole roller coaster of twists, I couldn't more strongly recommend this story. I loved it.