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Last Night at the Brain Thieves Ball

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Paul Galambos is an ordinary professor of psychology, struggling to glean any degree of satisfaction or success from his family and his career—until one day he is recruited by a top-secret organization and given carte blanche to pursue experiments and studies as he sees fit, no longer confined to lab rats. This is the life that Paul was destined for, replete with money an

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Published October 12th 1987 by Ballantine Books (first published 1973)
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Ian
Dec 10, 2010 Ian rated it liked it
Paranoia, 70s-style, about a rather full-of-himself experimental psychologist who joins a top-secret think tank and finds himself involved in an what seems to be an ongoing program of mind-control experiments being carried out on an unwitting populance. The brief (150+ pages) length and twist ending tend to give it the feel of an extended Twilight Zone episode and some of the period detail has dated it a bit, but otherwise it's a thought-provoking read.
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Mar 16, 2014 Andy Mitchell rated it it was amazing
This short story was odd and compelling.

I loved the author's use of an insane narrator to tell this story.

If you're interested in a quirky, psychological maze, then this book is for you.

I give it my highest recommendation.
Ann
Dec 31, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
Clearly a younger Spencer's work. But it shows a couple of my favorite aspects of his writing: brashness, anxiety, really fine crafting, lack of sappiness of any kind. This one would be a fun movie to make.
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Scott Spencer (b. 1945) is the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of ten novels, including Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper, both of which have been nominated for the National Book Award. Two of his books, Endless Love and Waking the Dead, have been adapted into films.

He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, and Williams College, and Bard College's Bard Prison Initi
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