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!

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. 🙂

 

 

I Swooned….Then I Did a Super Giddy Happy Dance!

So, I already knew that Outlander was being made into a TV event on Starz. I was excited, but extremely bummed out too, because I didn’t think I could watch it, being in Canada.

Anyway…I was looking around at Pinterest today, pinning stuff to my Outlander(obsession lol) board, and stumbled across a link announcing that Showcase Canada had picked it up!!!!! Feeling light headed and giddy, ;P, I quickly checked to see if we are already subscribed, and yes! Woo HOO!!

I am a wee bit excited. hahaha!  

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Sunday Musings on Time Travel

I just started reading Outlander 7, “An Echo in the Bone”. I settle in for Outlander with an intent of comfortable escapism to unwind from my week, as I do for most of my Sundays these days…in my big recliner with a huge cup of tea, and my dog sleeping next to me. I CRAVE being “inside” those books, actually. So hard to put down and be away from. I take my Kindle everywhere…

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By book 7, the characters feel like family. I know that sounds a little wacky, but it is true. I am a bit wacky, so for me, it is normal. 😛  It is like I stepped through the stones myself in a way. I feel like I am right there watching everything, but like Samantha does on ‘Bewitched’, when she wants to observe without being seen. Just sitting above what is going on, completely invisible. So, anyway… I got to thinking about time travel, like I often do, and wondering….

If you were to go back into time 200 years…and even though you could return back to the present time…decided to stay in the past time and live out your life(without interfering with things such as meeting any ancestors, etc.)…And if it was totally separate from anything that could complicate your being born in the future (assuming that your just being there didn’t alter the space time continuum in the process)…. would you still be born into your future time? Having essentially lived nearly a whole life 200 years earlier? Would you be born “yourself” and grow up to be the person you were past the point where you stepped through the time portal? Or would you repeat that, as though it was destiny…over and over again? Only live in your present time until you went back? Living each separate life over and over? Or different yet…if you lived in your present life until you stepped back into time, would the past life be the same over and over, or would you know things to thus alter it, after having already experienced it already?

Chew on a licorice stick, and muse on that mind bender for a while! 😉 hahahaha!

A documentary on the subject of time travel…not related to the book…but fascinating….always, infinitely, to the end of time and space… fascinating. 🙂

Love it. Love it. Love it.