How long does it take to feed the class turtle anyway?
Outrageously busy, but I’ve got a few things on my mind:
The library gods smiled on me today. I’d been needing a Wodehouse fix. And I needed a new book on CD. And there in a beam of light was a BBC radio production entitled Right Ho, Jeeves. And we started right off with Rosie M. Banks!
That audiobook is only 3 1/2 hours long. So I needed something else. The library gods smiled on me again! Philip Pullman’s The Tiger in the Well.
Saw a copy of M.P. Haddix’s Running Out of Time yesterday, read the jacket flap and allowed my jaw to fall open in astonishment.
It turns out I’m not the first person to notice that the plot is extremely similar to the movie “The Village.” The book came about 10 years earlier. I checked IMDB and no credit is given to the book.
Then I found Orson Scott Card’s angry blog post about it. http://www.hatrack.com/osc/reviews/everything/2004-08-08.shtml
(Card claims that “The Sixth Sense” was a take-off on his “The Lost Boys.”)
Apparently Haddix and publisher were thinking of suing. I wonder if anything ever came of it?
Sam and Michael played Battle for Westnoth last night. Michael creamed Sam. Sam is grumpy about it.
Recently read my first Hardy boys book in 30 years or so. In the words of Lionel Ritchie: “Outrageous!”
The quality of the book fits with the story I once read about how much the author hated writing them.
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