What's Up Wednesday! (30)

What's Up Wednesday is a little weekly post that I'm hosting. Just something short and sweet about what's new with me, the romance realm and what ever else strikes my fancy.

So, what's up with me?

Well, I've recently discovered two things: One, I love prequels and I'll explain why further down in my movie review section. And two, I've discovered that my maternal grandmother is cruel. She is and I feel in a way that by recognizing this, I've lost an innocence that I didn't even know I had left to loose.

If you met my grandma you'd think her the sweetest woman and in a way, you would be right. She is super sweet and most enjoy her presence. What you wouldn't know is the necessity of guarding your tongue. My grandma is a hound dog for gossip and once she's got something juicy, she'll spread it around like wild fire. Gossip isn't a bad thing. Old biddies love to gossip but my grandma is smart, smarter than I've given her credit for. Or rather, it's not that I didn't think her smart it's that I didn't think her capable of wielding such passive aggressive cruelty against her own family.

Here's what happened: My mom's birthday was last week. She had a good time. A real good time. Give my mom three glasses of wine and she's a hoot and a holler! Thinking nothing of it, I went about my life. A few days later, my grandma calls me all serious like wanting to know if my mom was mad at her and if she had a good time at her birthday dinner. My response was of course, couldn't you tell? Apparently not. My grandma distorted every moment into a vicious act by my mom all of which she believed was directed at her. A bit shocked by my grandma's misguided observations, I told her repeatedly throughout the conversation that she was wrong and that her impressions where hers and hers alone. Knowing that my grandma spreads gossip, I didn't want her telling people that she thought my mom had behaved poorly especially where my grandma was concerned. My efforts were in vain.

It turns out that my grandma told my mom's sister who phoned my mom peeved as hell. Now mind you, her information is totally wrong because it's coming from my grandma. Some further back story: My family is a extremely divided but it's left me wondering if some of the reason is because of my grandma. She intentionally pollutes one or more people with her own misguided perceptions effectively turning that person against another. It doesn't help that no one will confront each other or resolve issues, instead, things are brushed under the rug to fester and rot. In a way, this allows my grandma to have control over each individual. She'll always be overlooked in a group but on an individual scale, she'll appear the one with all the knowledge.

Not so funny ending: My grandma calls my mom making no mention of the fact that she's been bad mouthing her to the entire family but instead acts as though she has no problem whatsoever. As if the whole thing never happened. As if she's just a little old lady minding her own business. Now that's the cruelest act of it all.

Weekend Movie Review!

I've come to the realization that I love prequels. Think "Casino Royale", "Wolverine: Origins" and now "X-Men: First Class". I love learning why characters are the way they are. For instance, I loved learning why Bond wears tailored suits, why he likes his drink shaken not stirred, why he's a womanizer, and most importantly, why he distrusts all but himself. Simply put, I love the rush of discovery.

"X-Men: First Class" featuring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. First of all, it's official, I've fallen head-over-heels in love with Michael Fassbender and to some extent, James McAvoy. God these boys with their lilting brogues know how to bring me to my knees!! This is the prequel to X-Men. We learn the discovery of mutants and the entire backstory for Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and Eric Lehnsherr a.k.a. Magneto (Fassbender). This was good. So good! Set in the sixties during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the mutants unite to help stop World War III while also unveiling themselves to the world. My only complaint, the movie didn't feel or look like the sixties era except for when it came to the TV's. It was a bit jarring to randomly see old TV sets. Otherwise, loved the film and the actors. Rating: 4.5 Stars 

"Thor" featuring Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth. After his arrogance thrusts his world to the brink of war, Thor (Hemsworth) is banished to exile on Earth. He must learn the error of his ways, to think of others and not only himself. Once he's done that, he can reclaim the powers he's been stripped of and return home. In the meantime, he's thumping and fighting his way on Earth with the help of Jane Foster (Portman). On the brink of scientific discovery, Jane wants answers from Thor but she's also finding herself falling in love with the him. When this golden hunk of man starts to gentle and show some manners, he's pretty stirring and definitely not hard to look at. Not much of a plot but featuring some laughs, excellent special effects, and a beautiful lead hero, "Thor" is good one night stand. I doubt I'd give him a second run though. Rating: 3 Stars

What's new in romance!

Want to know how much influence and editor has on an author? Check out a discussion with paranormal romance author Meljean Brook and Berkley editor, Cindy Hwang HERE on GoodReads.

Meljean Brook is giving away some ARC's of her steampunk November release HEART OF STEEL HERE!

Here's some new cover candy:

TANGLE OF NEED by Nalini Singh
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Series: Psy-Changeling Book 11

So, what's new with you?


Blodeuedd said...

I need to watch Xmen! Did watch Thor though :D Oh how the Nordic mythology was funny, lol, Thor was born after the cult of him ended ;)

The_Book_Queen said...

I'm sorry that you've had some, well, rough time with family matters. I can simple picture your grandmother as you told your story, and I can easily see her as a character in one of the many books we read, causing problems yet acting innocent to it all.

I've yet to watch the newest X-Men, but I understand what you mean about prequels. I think Wolverine's story is my favorite movie in that series ... Though that could be due just as much to the fact that it's all about Hugh Jackman as it is the actual storyline... :D Lilting brogues, huh? Definetly have to watch it then!

I just watched Thor last weekend, actually. And while I have to agree that it wasn't quiet all that I had hoped for, I was still interested (maybe a 3 or 3.5 rating). Perhaps a combination of the mythology behind it and the (fairly) hunky man playing the God of Thunder led me to this rating? :D From the way it ends (or doesn't, really), I hope they have a sequel planned. But more importantly, I hope any sequel(s) are a bit more captivating storyline wise than this was.

I'm still not "lovin'" Tangle of Needs cover... if they just had the hunk on it, it would have been perfect. But the glitter and fabric layering? Ick... However, I won't hold this against Singh, as I enjoy her work and know it's not her fault anyway. I'll just put a stretchy fabric cover over it when I read it--you know, the ones kids put on their textbooks? :D Problem solved. Lol.

As to my life... well, not much new on the homefront. Just trying to get back up and running with The Book Palace. Managed to finish a review today (yeah!) and should have it up in the next day or so. Almost done with the next book I'm reviewing, so at least I am (slowly) making progress.

Hope the remainder of your week is a good one, filled with hunky men, even if most of them are only in fictional worlds! :D


Jen said...

Your grandma sounds like mine. She always had (she died two years ago) to be "mad" at somebody and since my mom was her least favorite child and favorite target, I was usually guilty by association. And then everyone would have to make nice for no real reason. When she died, my mom (and the rest of us) was relieved and even though that sounds like a horrible thing, it really wasn't. What's the saying about how it takes so much more energy to be mean than it does to be nice? Something like that :) I do have some good memories of her but it's hard to dig them out from under the bad ones.

Lover of Romance said...

I know what its like to have hardship with family matters, hope things improve for you!!

Fiction Vixen said...

Great post. :)

I don't like the Nalini Singh cover. Not at all.

I just want to say that I love your blog header. It's so pretty!! xoxo

VampFanGirl said...

Hey Blodeuedd!

Yes, watch X-Men. The whole franchise is stellar.

And Thor. Sigh...what a hunk of man meat! Chris Hemsworth will reprize his role as Thor in "The Avengers". Yum!

Hugs, VFG


Hey TBQ!

LOL! My grandmother could definitely be a character in a book! She's got the spunk and the agressive intelligence to be a two-faced family matriarch. Love it!

I loved "Wolverine: Origins" too. Anything with Hugh Jackman actually. He's so beautiful. He also makes a funny cameo in "X-Men: First Class".

Honestly though, Michael Fassbender is a new favorite of mine. Check him out in "Jane Eyre". He's so enigmatic and sexy. And James McAvoy never seems to fully disguise his Scotish accent. Too thick and too yummy. :)

I was really disappointed with the ending of "Thor" mainly because I don't think they're going to do a sequel. Chris Hemsworth will reprize his role as Thor in "The Avengers" but I'd be shocked if Thor is revisited in his own movie. It'd be nice to have some closure though especially regarding him and Jane.

Yeah, TANGLE OF NEED still needs to grow on me. It reminds me of the old bodice ripper covers. All it needs a scantily clad woman in the lower right corner and BAM! Oh well. They can't all be winners but you'd think with the Psy-Changeling series going hardcover, they'd put more into the cover look.

It's great that you're bringing back The Book Palace. I'll be sure to stop by later.

Hugs, VFG


Hi Jen!

Wow, you're grandma sounds like a piece of work. I'm sorry you got hit with excess aggression. Mine, while sincerely annoying, is still somewhat harmless. But she's 79 and showing no signs of slowing down so I anticipate that the anger, while passive aggressive now, may evolve into something more extreme as she ages.

I'm glad your family has been able to heal with your grandmother's passing. (((HUGS)))

Hugs, VFG


Thanks Lover of Romance!

Hugs, VFG


Thanks Fiction Vixen!

Another negative for Singh's latest! It is so different too from her other covers. What was the art department thinking???

Oh and thank you for the compliment on my blog header. I've had it for a year now and I'm still in love with it.

Hugs, VFG

Lover of Romance said...

I am very excited for Tangle Of Need, I have just come to love this author!!! And the covers to her books are just amazing, thanks for sharing!

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