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Happy birthday to two terrific people, goodnightlady and clara_swift! May both of you enjoy a wonderful day today and many more to come!

A couple of notes...

* Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is due out in the United States on September 30, 2008. Can I wait that long? It will be difficult. Dave McKean has already said it's much stronger than Coraline, and I adore that book. Gaiman answers the question of the book's target audience here.

* Fyodor Bondarchuk is currently shooting a Russian science fiction epic entitled Inhabited Island. Rumor has it that it boasts one of the biggest budgets of any Russian film to date at $30 million. Release is scheduled for October 2008. The movie is based upon the 1971 novel Prisoners of Power, a political satire of the Soviet regime written by science fiction legends Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. I don't know how good the film will be, but if it leads new readers to discover the Strugatsky brothers, I'll consider it a positive thing.
View the trailer.
Visit the official film website.

And a quote for the day:

Rule 3: Independent, stubborn thinking is the stock trait of a true evil scientist
A scientist who solicits the opinions of others, listens carefully to their suggestions, and acts on the recommendations wouldn’t seem very evil. Always ignore the advice of even your closest comrades, particularly when they offer sound suggestions like killing a nemesis quickly and verifying his or her death.
- from Ten Simple Rules for Graduate Students in the Evil Sciences


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Mar. 4th, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you :o)

So far, the day has been jst grand - even with being at work!
Mar. 10th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I'm so glad you had a great day! :)
Mar. 4th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can't wait for The Graveyard Book! It is sure to be excellent.

LOL about the evil scientists.
Mar. 10th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
Doesn't it sound marvellous?
Mar. 4th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
hehe! To an evil scientist, image is everything.
Mar. 10th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
LOL! :)
Mar. 4th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love the rules about evil scientists!
Mar. 10th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad! Me too.
Mar. 6th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
Yay! for Russian film. I'm going to have to get Prisoners of Power from the library - one more book to read. I've never read any of their books, but it looks like a great read. Thanks! And I'm always anxious for a more from Neil. September isn't really that far away.
Mar. 10th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! I'm so glad it's of interest to you. And you're quite right: September will be here before we know it!
Mar. 6th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Russian film, I recently obtained the MSTing of Jack Frost, which features the Baba Yaga in all her walking hut, flying mortar glory. If I were to describe what happens in the film, you would swear I was making it up. Arguably the goofiest film ever used on MST3K.
Mar. 10th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, I definitely need to see this. :)
Mar. 10th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
The odds of it being released on commercial video aren't too good, so remember:

Keep Circulating the Tapes
Mar. 16th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
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