Freaky Freakin’ Book!

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“Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch is one of the most mind bendy books I have read to date. I love parallel universe stories, and this one is delivering on the “makes you ponder your existence” thing. 😛

First of all, I am writing this and have not finished the book yet! lol I just feel compelled to talk about it today.

It is giving me weird dreams. Bizarro, freaky, weird dreams! I kinda like that, though. haha

It explores the theory of the multiverse, in a geeky way, and also a way that is understandable… I think so, anyway. 😛 It is like pondering what is beyond the Universe…just mind boggling to think about a new “branch” or new world being created every time we make a choice. When we don’t take a job, when we decide to get married, have children, cross the street, eat broccoli over asparagus one night, etc. etc. In some other alternate world, we chose the other thing, and life goes in a different direction. Every. little. thing. Infinite. EEK! It is so mind-bendy, but sooooo interesting too! It makes for a great story!

I have not finished it yet, like I said (I am about 75% or so into it), but things are getting super weirder now. They were bizarre before, but now…whole other level! haha It is a page turner, and keeps me up reading until I can’t keep my eyes open. Great for that middle of the night insomnia I get these days too…although my early morning dreams seem prone to be the strangest I ever have! The other night  I had a dream where I was trapped in a building, just trying to find the exit to get back to my family, and every staircase I took led to the same floor. Not exactly what happens in the book, but nevertheless, totally influenced by it! hahaha

Blake Crouch is also the author of the “Wayward Pines” trilogy, which also, btw, are great page-turny, mind bendy reads. I highly recommend the BOOKS, and not the TV show made from them. It did not capture my attention, and was not nearly as good. Deviated too much from the books, IMO. Blake is definitely one of my current favourite authors, and I will likely devour any book he writes from now on. 😀

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Something Feels Off…

That is the main character’s very accurate assumption in Pines, by Blake Crouch.

I picked this book up on my Kindle for $2, as I was just searching for new sci-fi titles, to add to my wish list… and it was well worth more. It caught my eye because I like freaky stories about towns where all is not what it seems. lol

My fave Twilight Zone episodes often feature this theme, and this book definitely had a touch of TZ feel to it. Also reminded me of Twin Peaks(of which the author admits inspired him), and of TheTruman Show with Jim Carrey. Freaky little touches here and there to give the reader that subtly creepy feeling of things being off kilter. Then it suddenly ramps up, and I couldn’t put the thing down. A “snack read” for me at around 300 pages…I devoured it in about two and a half days. The ending was not what I expected, but in a good way, as it was very unpredictable.

All in all, a good, fast, twisty, creepy sci fi-ish read. And the first of a trilogy….starting book two today, also picked up at Amazon for my Kindle at a good price. 🙂

from http://www.blakecrouch.com/wayward.php :

“Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. Intense and gripping, Pines is another masterful thriller from the mind of bestselling novelist Blake Crouch.”

Living In My Own Little Realm of Giggly Strangeness

I am…. a wee bit weird.

Yes, it is true.

A total geek grrl, too….

And only those who adore Thor

Will find the next little tale

Funny without fail….

And yes, it is also a fact,

That I am a poet,

And completely know it.

 *giggles* that was so bad! 

So, anyway, that was off the cuff, as I sat down to write about my weird little geeky grrl self, and the thing that made me giggle and smile this morning. Since those two things are sometimes rare for me to find in daily life, these days, with so much heaviness weighing on my mind lately, I embraced it.

First off… I name my vehicles. I probably got this from my mother, who also did that. I remember her little Volkswagon “Julius” and our Toyota Corolla in the 70s she named “Lisa” for whatever reason. Anyway, the boys love my weirdness, and just jump on my bandwagon lol. We have a snow white van, and snow white truck. The van, the boys and I dubbed “Snowflake”, for obvious reasons, , and the truck that came along 3 years later, “Frost”. I know…we are soooo original! hahaha!

Today, we were in the van backing down the driveway, on the way to school, and we were passing the truck sitting there. I mentioned to them that it was going into a body shop today to have it’s hail damage dings fixed. So, I naturally said….because naturally I also talk to my vehicles like they were people …..  I said “Bye, Frost”. Then it hit me…

Bye Frost. Bifrost. 

  

For those not getting it…. well….watch Thor, I guess. 

“The Bifröst Bridge is a magic rainbow bridge in Asgard guarded by the warrior Heimdall, the omniscent god. It’s a link between all the Nine Realms of the Norse cosmos, but can be opened only if Heimdall permits it: the bridge is in fact much too powerful, and it would destroy all realms if left opened. ” http://marvel-movies.wikia.com/wiki/Bifrost_Bridge

The boys got it. Of course. They so get ME. bahahaha! 

Girl From Mars

Right now I am reading the novel, “Mars” by Ben Bova. It has so far captured my imagination, even though I am barely into it yet. Because it has to do with Mars! A good hard sci-fi read about that intriguing rust-colored world just beyond us.

I don’t really know what it is exactly, about the Red Planet, that so fascinates me, but it does…deeply. It draws me to it. In an eerily compelling way. Every movie about it, every book about it, every image of it, ESPECIALLY the real ones sent back by the probes like Curiosity, I revel in.

Ever since I was a little kid, Mars has captured my imagination. I look for it in the night sky often. I imagine what it might have been like a billion years ago. Did it resemble Earth? Was there, is there, life there? Questions that intrigue lots of people, I suppose.

It is just cold, dusty, and barren. So what is it? What is the draw? Intensely beautiful and mysterious, it holds some secrets….of that I am convinced.

High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera…click on image to go to Nasa’s awesome JPL website!

Dinos, Time Travel, and Weirdness, Oh. My.

While on the subject of page turners, re: my last post ‘Book Junk Food’, I feel compelled to mention another fun, page-turny series concerning the wonderful world of weirdness in story-telling.

I don’t even really know how to describe the series from James F. David, but I’ll give it a whirl….The series starts with “Footprints of Thunder”, which concentrates on large portions of the Cretaceous Period ending up switching places with present day Earthly locations, complete with man-eating dinos with large teeth, and how people cope with this bizarro situation, then onto the second book, “Thunder of Time”, where there is mind-bendy stuff going on with strange energy gathering pyramids that invoke time jumping to ancient Mayan civilization, where sacrificial rituals are going on(eek!), to alternate time scenarios, to hanging out on the moon with a few more dino predators, and crazy people, too…very fun read! (my fave of the three, btw). The last, “Dinosaur Thunder”, completes the series with more time travel through mysterious portals, and a fast paced race to escape the dino extinction asteroid before time is altered FOREVERMORE! dun, dun, dun! lol Throw in a little “past-life on Mars excursion”, and voila! Perfect, delicious, escapism.

I loved every one of them. Read them fast. More “book junk food”. “Far-fetched”(duh…hahaha), imaginative, fascinating, and SO FUN to read!

Mind Distractions

So, here I am again. Posting something. Anything. It always helped to write in the past, and I finally have a few minutes of breathing room to do so. Even though I should be cleaning my house which has been horribly neglected over the last little while, either because of the busyness, or the vortex of crappiness that has turned me into a spaced out zombie most of the time.

I am making a birthday cake, today, however. My oldest turns 13 tomorrow! A milestone b-day. I want it to be nice. He also shares his birthday with Mr. Robert Plant, who turns 66. Being a huge Led Zeppelin fan, I was thrilled(and still am) with this little factoid. I share mine with Harrison Ford and Patrick Stewart. Zeppelin and sci-fi…two of my most favourite things(are they “things”? pastimes? obsessions? Yeah….obsessions would be the word). The Universe sometimes smiles at me.

So, Happy Birthday to my big sweetie, and to Robert, tomorrow. Two of my favourite men. 🙂 Here is a song for the occasion, courtesy of one of them….

So…mind distractions.  I was thinking about this after my post yesterday. Things that help me cope. Things that distract my mind when it gets overwhelmed. Music helps, of course, but even it can conjure too many emotions. What has been working for me, lately, is computer games that require using my brain. Word games, and games like Bejeweled, where I have to concentrate, and use my mind for moving this to there, etc. There is no room for other thoughts, when I do that. History and science documentaries also completely absorb me. Movies help too. Especially sci-fi/superhero movies. I recently took the boys to see Guardians of the Galaxy. Which we LOVED! Excellent tuneage in it too, just to add to it’s awesomeness! With the exception of a couple songs, it was like Starlord had my iPod! The boys rolled their eyes at me. haha. I didn’t think about my problems for two entire hours. Because those kinds of movies are so visually rich, my mind is too busy taking it all in, while following the plot, to think of anything else. I GO to that other world, and I live there, and it is good.

My little dog reminds me of Rocket when she gets bushy-haired….too funny. I love that.

Especially sci-fi with reading too. I read A LOT when I get sad, or tense. Ok, I read A LOT all the time. Most of my free time, actually. Books are my portable escape pod from reality. I love science fiction for this, particularly. Far out, fantastical, surreal, and full of hard science and physics. Things I have to read with ALL of my mind just to grasp understanding of the scenes unfolding, and the plot. There is no room for other thoughts to creep in when I am able to get in the zone of a good sci-fi novel.

I have two on the go right now, and even as I sit here typing this, I am wanting back into them. Especially this one….

Can hardly put it down.

Went to see X-Men, and then….

Firstly….I LOVE the X-Men movies! My kids love the X-Men too, but have mostly seen the animated shows, plus one of the movies. Anyway…Days of Future Past was awesome! I loved it! Best X-Men movie yet. Time travel and everything in between! woo hoo! Perfect movie for me. 😀

 

I needed an escape movie last week, very badly, as I was visiting my elderly parents all week…one is in a nursing home, the other is weak and frail, and in hospital, where she has been for the last month. 😦 When I get in “emotional wreck state”, a good movie often helps, and this one definitely did.

So, anyway, we went to the second run theatre in town, and basically our two choices came down to X-Men or Spiderman. The boys love superhero movies as much as me, so either would have worked. But…X-Men won out. Both were rated PG. Not PG-13 on the description at the theatre…just PG. Ok. I knew there would be some of the usual superhero violence, but the Marvel movies usually keep the gore factor at a bare minimum, if any. So, good to go, with my 13, 11, and nearly 8 year old.

Rated PG. Parental Guidance. Since when, please tell me, does a movie which drops the f-bomb, and “a$$hole” at least twice, get a PG rating?! It was only once for the f-bomb, but… ACK! Cringe!!! It really felt like a bomb dropped. People literally gasped in the theatre. Really…what do you do then? Can’t cover their ears after the fact. My 13 year old already hears it plenty at the blended jr. high/high school he goes to, and I can’t do much about that….but the other two just don’t hear it in their little world. We don’t say it around them, and aren’t around anyone who does.

So after the movie, my oldest starts lecturing us… “how could you knowingly taking your kids to see a movie that dropped the f-bomb and other “swears”?!”. lol That just made it almost comical, in a way. I guess if I had researched it better, I might have known about it. Would I have skipped taking them? Maybe. But hindsight….and all that. It is what it is, now. I won’t be letting them watch the DVD I eventually get (I collect ALL superhero movies) until they are older though, unless there is an edited version. I have a family friendly version of ‘Avatar’, so they do such a thing sometimes. So far, the little guy hasn’t picked it up, and the other two, hopefully haven’t either. I don’t know how they talk when I’m not around, but I think if they were saying it consistently at school, or wherever, it would slip out, and it hasn’t.

Old fashioned Mom? Maybe I am. But I think that word is too casually thrown about. And it makes people sound trashy and uneducated, IMHO, when they do it as part of their everyday speech, and not just when they stub their toe, or whatever.

The movie should have a PG-13 rating, with a warning about coarse language. Mine weren’t the only kids in that theatre under 12. Rant over.

With it all said and done, we all had a good time, and the boys and I had loads to discuss afterwards, like which mutant power we would have, if we could have it, and what we would do with said powers. Driving Dad nutty with the nerdy chatter. lol Good bonding for (Geek Grrl)Mom and her wonderful boys. 🙂