Scoops Random Thoughts The Upcoming Justice League Movie!!!!!!!

Coming up this Friday, November 17th, 2017, is the MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIE OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

JUSTICE

LEAGUE

!!!!!!

To celebrate I offer my usual predictions at to what will happen in this movie! And since my track record with my predictions sucks more a black hole stuck in another black hole, it shall be interesting if I come even close with my weird fanfic!

ONWARD!

 

The Codex from Man of Steel is what brings Superman back to life!

Superman will not be public because he is not at full strength!

Clark Kent will be back to work at the Daily Planet!

Clark Kent will be in witness protection because of Luther!

Clark Kent will fly at the farm with Lois, for the first time since Doomsday!

 

Lois and Clark will marry at end of the movie!

Batman will be their landlord, just like at one point in the comics!

 

Wonder Woman and Batman will have a quasi romance!

Wonder Woman will think of Batman as a child!

Wonder Woman puts the lasso of truth on Batman!

 

Batman will be rebuilding Wayne Manor!

 

An unknown actor will have secret role as the seventh league member!  Clues will be scattered throughout movie of secret member, revealed at the end! Maybe a female Atom? A Hispanic female Atom?? A lesbian Hispanic female Atom???

 

Green Lantern will show up for the final battle, and it will be Kilowog!

 

Superman and Flash will race, and Flash wins!

Flash will run around world, just like he did in the Justice League cartoon, and punch Steppenwolf!

 

At the end, their will be a montage showing the Justice League fighting other threats from the early comics, all set to a funkified Superfriends theme!

Also at the end, and also in montage will be various other heroes! Green Arrow (Karl Urban!)! Black Canary (Jennifer Lawrence!)! Hawkwoman (Nicole Beharie!)! Plastic Man (Matt Smith!)! Metamorpho (Dan Fogler!)! Vixen (Keke Palmer!)! All this will be shown while Flash gives a moving speech about Hope! And at the end of the speech, Flash names the team the JUSTICE LEAGUE!!

Flash thinks about naming the team Justice Society and All-Star Squadron!

 

Steppenwolf will mention having conquered Talok VIII, Rimbor, and Rann!

 

Luther will be shown hiring Deathstroke to take on Batman!

 

Luther will react with “I guess I just have to kill him again” when Superman returns!

 

Bryan Cranston will cameo as Lex’s dad!

 

Flash holds up a starfish to Aquaman and says “I’m an evil starfish” in a mock scary voice!

 

Cyborg’s apartment will be at the corner of Wolfman and Perez!

 

Aquaman will get a drink at that bar from the trailer, and the bartender will be John DiMaggio!

 

I could go on and on and on and on and on and on and… well you get the idea!

Can’t wait to see Justice League and see how right I am!

 

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Looking For: Joan Ethel Beatrice Botham, June / Jane Browning, and Elizabeth Crocock

As people who are following me on twitter and facebook know, I have been searching for my half sister, whom I recently discovered existed.

This is a post whereupon I expand on that search to include more family members who are what can be termed “long lost”.

With that, I am looking for:

 

  1. Joan Ethel Beatrice Botham. Born in late 1964 in Toronto. My half sister.

 

  1. Lina / Lena Irene Jessie Forsyth. Lina/Lena is a short form of Carolina. Born on March 10, 1917 in Peterborough to Annie Evalena Clysdale and Finnely James Forsyth. Passed away on October 9th, 1995 in Peterborough. Lived in Toronto, Smooth Rock Falls, Teeswater, and possibly Ottawa. She married Herb Browning in 1948. She remarried to Thomas Truswell, possibly in 1972. Daughter is June or Jane Browning. Any further information would be appreciated. My grandmother.

 

  1. June Browning or Jane Browning, not sure which is her first name. She was born on July 20th, 1950 in Toronto to Lina/Lena and Herb Browning. We can find nothing concrete on her after 1968. Possibly married and became June / Jane Edwards, and possibly had a son. My half aunt.

 

  1. Elizabeth Crocock. My grandmother Marion Grace Crocock was born in 1907 in Brantford. Sometime before 1934 she had Elizabeth and was not married. She kept Elizabeth for awhile, we do not know how long, then gave her up for adoption. My half aunt.

 

Many thanks for any help in locating these people, or any information about them.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Magic Of Family

The Boy Who Lived Is Now All Grown Up.

And His Son Must Now Learn To Live.

That’s not the best way to describe this tale, and I am sure J.K. would magically come up with something a billion times better, but that’s because she’s J.K.

My babbling is about the greatness that is Harry Potter and the Curse Child, the two part award winning play was written by Jack Thorne and based on a story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany.

We pick up right after the end of the last Harry Potter book, with nineteen years passing since Harry defeated Voldermort. Harry works for the Ministry of Magic and has trouble relating to his younger son, the already shown Albus Severus Potter, who is off to Hogwarts. Hermione and Ron are also sending a child to Hogwarts, and we see what became of several of our beloved characters.

On the train Albus meets Scorpius Malfoy, the son of Draco Malfoy. The two become unlikely friends, united by having famous and infamous fathers, and also because they are targeted for bullying. Neither of their fathers are happy with pairing, and both deal with it in certain ways. An added complication is Delphi Diggory, who also befriends the boys and wants their help to change time and save her relative Cedric.

Thus sets in motion a journey that lands them in time and popping into different adventures in Harry Potter’s life. Adventures their fathers soon follow them into. Which brings about twists and turns in the story, and the Harry Potter mythos, that proved to be slightly controversial to small minded members of the fandom.

Harry, Albus, and Ginny

J.K. has always bravely tackled important subjects, but not controversial, in Harry Potter and all her writings. And I definitely state not controversial since one of the main themes in Potter is how racism is bad, which should really be common sense and the human view of humanity. But in Cursed Child, we see a Harry Potter at a different stage of his life, as a worried not sure of himself dad, who never really learned how to have a normal childhood with a normal family. While Harry made mistakes and got angry in the earlier books, which was considered okay by the fandoms, here they expect Harry to be perfect and wonderful and caring. They fail to see how obvious this progression is, and how Harry learned how to fight a magic war because it was thrust upon him by destiny, one he had to win to save everyone, but now parenting a child might seem a smaller task, but many would say it is by far the harder task.

This frustration of Harry’s comes out several times, with one part involving McGonagall that many found awful, but really makes perfect sense. Harry is searching, oh so desperately searching, not for Horcruxes or Chamber entrances, but a solution to the pain his child faces. Is Harry’s idea to save his son a good one? No, it is not, but it is all Harry can think of.

Draco and Scorpuis

As for his son Albus, part of his problem is that he is the son of Harry Potter. This animosity is shared by Scorpuis, who also has issues with his father Draco. The boys form a strong bond, which some think is actually showing a homosexual relationship and I can see why, that causes their fathers to have to interact more. This is a vital part of the story is so many ways, and plays into a big twist that so many fandoms hated. Their problem is they simply do not understand all the implications of this concept, and how it’s mere existence effects Scorpuis and Draco very early on. J.K. plays the long game and the deals with the emotions that go with it, so all the parts of the play make sense and hits real issues these characters would face.

Albus and Scorpuis are fascinating together and apart. They want to live their lives but are constantly being held up to what happened decades ago. But when they see some of these events from the other side, they slowly gain empathy for decisions of the past. Parts of this echoes a subplot from Deathly Hallows, when Harry, Hermione and Ron learn of Dumbledore’s past working with Grindelwald. And even earlier in the series, when Harry finds out his dad and the Marauders were jerks and bullies while at Hogwarts. Both boys have enormous potential to be their own people, with real flaws and all just like their fathers, and part of this story is the boys learning this.

A final ignorant criticism of The Cursed Child is the time travel element being used and alternative realities showcased. This is not simply fanfic, but are actually paths not taken because of decisions made. They serve a valuable point in teaching lessons to Albus and Scorpuis of understanding the past and people.  It surprises me this simple concept has to be explained to these “fans” since this is a theme J.K. played with alot in the series.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an excellent and worthy addition to J.K.’s canon, showing us that evil and how the good fights against it have repercussions. Good and bad.

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The Shining Girls is a Thriller with a Message

The victim fighting back is not a new concept.

But author Lauren Beukes manages to make it a new concept.

The Shining Girls is a mystery thriller about a time travelling serial killer who brutally murders women. That is until one, Kirby Mazrachi, survives by chance and luck. She recovers and starts her own quest to find her attacker, but some clues make no sense. All because she does not realize that time travel is involved.

Kirby is helped along the way by an older journalist, Dan Velasquez. He is a sports reporter and wonders if Kirby’s mission is really a good idea or not, but becomes involved more and more.

Their evil prey is Harper Curtis. He is a remorseless killer who lives in Depression era Chicago and while escaping another murder, ends up by accident in a strange house that mysteriously speaks to him. The house allows him to leave into different years, where he stalks the victims in their younger selves, then returns in their futures to kill them.

The Shining Girls is a very taunt thriller that tells the tale in a very non linear fashion, which given the time travel element is not surprising, which very quickly becomes a page turner. Or in my case, a button pusher, since this was the first book I read on my kindle. The Shining Girls is by the way, a very mature read and not for the faint hearted.

Many interesting themes are explored by Beukes in this story, with the obvious being violence against women. It is beyond unfortunate that a book these days would have to highlight this issue, but it is to Beukes credit she takes it on. Her previous experiences as a journalist probably greatly informed her on this terrible human issue.

A subtheme, and some could argue is actually the main theme, is the part of the title references. Harper is “sent” by the house to kill Shining Girls. These are women in history who have untold of potential. These women have no idea they shine, no clue of their potential, and are simply trying to live or survive, their lives. They “Shine” and this cannot, will not, be allowed to happen according to Harper.

Beukes does an excellent job introducing each of the women, setting up the time periods they exist in, and giving us a feel for their problems. Each Shining Girl is different and interesting and it is heartbreaking when Harper meets them. In many ways, while serial killers like Harper may not be after Shining Girls in real life, the fact that so many promising young women have so few opportunities, and quite often none whatsover, is possibly the real tragedy Beukes is striving too highlight.

The fact so many ideas are so prevalent and strong in The Shining Girls is proof that Beukes has crafted much more then a simple thriller, or even a simple time travel thriller. And that part is not simple either, as this picture of Beukes planning the mystery of the Shining Girls out illustrates.

If you want a great thriller, The Shining Girls is a great bet.

And if you want a great thinking book, The Shining Girls is an even better bet.

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Lauren Beukes plan for The Shining Girls

 

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Star Trek The Next Generation Q-Squared: Q and Trelane equals Craziness

Star Trek has quite a long mythology, and one thing that most fans love is find a million different ways to connect a billion different ideas, all to create sometimes amazing stories.

Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, A.C. Crispin, and Manny Coto have proven themselves very very adept at creating these type of stories, but one writer who has achieved an 100 percent success rate at this is noted author Peter David.

And Star Trek The Next Generation Q-Squared is yet another major win for him in this category.

David takes the idea of Q and combines him with The Original Series character of Trelane, and of course chaos erupts. Now this concept has been around ever since Q first snapped his way onto the Enterprise D, but this story takes it, pumps it full of adrenaline, and smashes it into time travel and universe hopping dramatic craziness.

The tale, simplified and made linear as best as possible, is the following: Q and Trelane arrive on the Enterprise D and seek Picard’s guidance in helping mature Trelane, who is a younger member of the Q continuum. When that inevitably falls apart, Trelane goes on a tear and starts playing hopscotch with different realities. Cue Q and Picard trying to stop the mad Trelane, and survive all the crossovers of Picards and Rikers and Worfs clashing.

One of the realities shown is our main Star Trek, as seen on television and movies, that we all known and love.

Another reality is based on the Federation at war with the Klingons, as introduced in the classic TNG episode Yesterday’s Enterprise. This version is far more militaristic, paranoid, and downright brutal. You definitely would not want to hang out here.

The third reality is a David creation, and while more like our television version, it is also more dire. This is where Jack Crusher is still alive and Captain of the Enterprise, with his ex-wife Beverly Crusher as ships doctor, and busted to First Officer his best friend Jean Luc Picard. Riker and Troi have followed, shall we say, different paths here as well.

Yesterday’s Enterprise

David brings his considerable skill, not only as a writer of immense complicated tapestries, but as a guru of Star Trek myth and magic, to Q-Squared. Literally millions of bits of Trekkiness pop up all over the place here, and it all works because the powers of Q lends itself to just this kind of time and dimension jumping adventure. Reaching back to earlier Kirk tales is just one such example, and how it works so well here. Some connections are more obscure, and are probably meant to be so, because sometimes David goes abit dark.

Which means we all love Tasha from one place fighting side by side with Worf from another place, we also see how tragedy ripped the Crushers apart in another place. Cheers and tears mere pages away from each other in some cases.

Now David has done this before, it is another trademark of his starting with Strike Zone, his first Star Trek book which had Worf and Wesley in lighter and darker subplots respectively, and gives Q-Squared a definite feel of realism to it. Yes, a time travel tale set on a space ship can be realistic.

That is because David knows how to focus on the characters. Whether it is the Picard and Data we know and love, or the variations that pop up, we believe in them. One particular new creation that David logically inserts into one universe is completely natural and is a testament to his prowess as a writer.

The last part of Q-Squared smashes forward at super speed, with everyone and everything colliding in a massive derailment, so to speak. This breakneck ending is powerful and wonderful and funny and tragic and thinking and all Star Trek.

Just like Star Trek should be.

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Bridge to Terabithia is Simply Excellent

For a long long time, I had many many classic books on my To Read Someday List.

Some, like Black Beauty or A Wrinkle In Time, were okay. Others, like The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, were disappointments.

And then I collide with Bridge of Terabithia.

And I fall instantly in love.

SPOILERS to follow on the ideas the book presents.

Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia is a classic children’s book written by Katherine Paterson in 1977. The story, which came out of an event that troubled her son, won awards and is constantly censored. We start with Jesse Aarons, a lonely boy going into the fifth grade who trains and trains on the family farm to be fast enough to win a school footrace. This is very very important and a rather prestigious honour to win this unofficial prize. While running he meets the new neighbour, a tomboy city girl who is also in the fifth grade, Leslie Burke.

Jesse is slow to welcome Leslie, and Leslie disrupts the schoolyard dynamic when she, a girl, enters the footrace and wins. This chaos disturbs Jesse, who hides much from his large poor family including his artistic ability, but he overcomes and Leslie, who is a well read only child from a family with money, becomes a good friend. A development that causes ripples in many circles.

Leslie and Jesse proceed to have many dramas unfold around them, which leads to many thoughts and feelings being experienced and discussed, and the two learning of the differences that exist between them. Some of this occurs when the pair go adventuring into a secluded wooded area, just pass a creek, nearby their homes.

This land of playing and talking and make believe and planning and friendship is christened Terabithia.

And it becomes their secret refuge.

All until the massive emotional ending, when it becomes something else.

Bridge to Terabithia is a truly excellent story that packs a huge wallop, one that stays with you long after the final page. Add to that the multiple themes and concepts that are threaded expertly throughout the novel by Paterson.

Terabithia clearly takes place in the early 1970’s in a conservative small town where nothing seems to ever change. Little bits and pieces are sprinkled around to cement this notion, including how Jesse describes the music teacher, Miss Edmunds, who amazingly wears pants and sings folk songs, and he likes so much she is one of the few who know his drawing skills. This unconventional aspect is noticed but not commented on too much, but the discussions that spring out of Leslie coming to Jesse’s church for a visit are fascinating and show how the friends view the world, all shaped by their upbringings and environment. Another small chunk is the kerfuffle Leslie causes when she reveals to the class the fact that her family has no television set. And the passage involving spanking versus hitting kids is short but truthful to the cultures shown. So many moving parts pop up and immerse the reader in the setting, making it so easy to understand how Jesse and Leslie’s friendship would sprout conversation.

Now most would say the religious discussions alone, and the emotional ending, are the reasons so many small minded people want to ban Terabithia, but I have a different theory, one shared by many.

To me it is obvious that Jesse is gay and Leslie is lesbian.

It is never stated, nor do the kids ever express themselves in his matter, and I think only Leslie is worldly enough to even know or understand the concept, but this feels present to me right from the start. Neither Leslie and Jesse show any romantic feelings towards each other, which is not definitive of this of course, and also very refreshing to treat male and female characters as friends and not potential romantic interests, but you also get the idea they have no feelings towards almost anyone else as well.

And the almost part is what brings further complexity to Terabithia, and reinforces the LGBTQ theme showcased in the tine and place. Jesse has what seems like a crush on the pants wearing music teacher, the above mentioned Miss Edmunds, but it really is admiration for an adult who gets him and his art and encourages him. She is noticeably different and is fine with it, and Jesse longs to be this. His desire at the start of Terabithia to win the footrace was too fit in, and that was disrupted by Leslie being Leslie. Which brings up the idea that maybe Leslie does know she is different from the town norm, but because of her liberal big city upbringing with open parents, she is more at ease. This might be why Leslie wants to help and understand notorious school bully Janice Avery, even after she and Jesse help orchestrate part of her pain. Maybe possibly, once Leslie realizes the full story of Janice, her feelings towards the older girl changed. Some might call this a stretch, but so many things about Terabithia have such power and chemistry and reasoning behind them, that the Janice subplot just leads me in that direction.

Even if Paterson never meant this idea, Jesse and Leslie are excellent living characters who have an excellent wonderful friendship. Jesse grows massively from all aspects of his knowing Leslie, and Leslie benefits immensely from teaching Jesse about the wider world.

The two learn about life and God and living, both in their real world of 1970’s small town and in their fantasy woodland existence in Terabithia. They have truly wonderful and heartbreaking journeys, both together and apart.

And I loved every minute with Leslie and Jesse.

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…is currently reading Star Trek Captain’s Peril by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and William Shatner.  Googliebear picked this one for me!

P.S. Please avoid the terrible movie from a few years ago. So much is wrong with that film, far too many points to list. Just don’t.

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Distant Early Warning: Facing Your Zombies

A woman must face her life while confronting the unliving.

That is the basic premise of Distant Early Warning, a zombie quasi apocalyptic novel by Canadian author Elizabeth Hirst.

In the not so far future, society has changed and gotten more dire but not totally collapsed, because of ecological turmoil. To add to the world’s problems, recently the dead in northern Ontario have risen from the ground as screaming zombies and are pushing the people farther and farther south.

This mess is troubling to Felicia “Denny” Dennigan, a young woman working at a University who has family issues, majorly around her absent father that she loves so much. Then one day she sees news footage of her dad as zombie. Thus begins her trek up north, with the faithful dog Geoff, to find out what happened, and hopefully put him to rest.

And to say she is unprepared, emotionally and organizationally, despite her best efforts, is to put it mildly.

Hirst tells a very compelling tale, and the influence of thrillers like The Hunger Games can be felt on every page. Which means Distant Early Warning can get fairly violent sometimes (but not Katniss level), and some mature issues are present.

A sense of danger exists for Denny even before her trip, all because we can tell she has emotional issues that impair her life. Much groundwork is laid for this early one, with plenty of payoff at the end. Denny’s survival throughout the start of her journey stems mostly from determination and good luck, not skill and experience.

This emotional turmoil impairs good judgment, and when Denny realizes this issue, she does much better against the dangers that peril, her. But of course, like any great adventure tale, this also means the threats get amped up as well. Hirst wisely moves part of the action to the spiritual realm, as Denny smartly deals with foes physical and mental. Methinks the author has studied psychology, because Denny would make a great case study in grief and PTSD and intimacy issues.

My only small quibbles was that the ending happens rather quickly, even through it is all set for a sequel, and that some slight copyediitng would help it. Otherwise, Distant Early Warning is an interesting adventure story with fascinating characters and is quite gripping.

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