Saturday Shorts: Seattle & Snowpiercer

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My husband and I are in Seattle visiting his sister and her family. The weather is beautiful. We’ve seen Mt. Rainier everyday and we explore Seattle while everyone else has to work! We had lunch in a little neighborhood with about three blocks of shops, cafes and an old movie theater.

My husband noticed a movie was showing he’d read about–Snowpiercer. I hadn’t read or heard anything about it, but it sounded interesting when he talked about it…a train which has traveled around the world for 18 years with what is left of humanity. The poor people are at the back of the train trying to survive and the rich are at the front of the train living in luxury.

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Synopsis from IMDb:

Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.

Director: Joon-ho Bong

Starring: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Kang-ho Song

Chris Evans (The Avengers, Captain America) plays Curtis who leads the rebellion; Tilda Swinton is very good as a “minister” in charge of keeping order on the train, i.e., “everyone in their place.”

We don’t see movies in the theater very often so this was a treat. It was a weekday afternoon and we were two of the five people in the theater!

The movie is a post-apocalyptic class war on board a train! It has a bit of violence, but that didn’t bother me too much. I guess I didn’t feel too invested in the characters. I felt removed from them…as the first class passengers at the front of the train obviously felt. I enjoyed the movie. It ends rather ambiguously as a lot of science fiction does, but thought-provoking and entertaining.

In the movie we see the inside of only about 20 train cars, but the graphic novel has many more.

Adapted from a French graphic novel that took 30 years to translate into English.

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The first volume Snowpiercer, Vol 1: The Escape was published in January 2014 by Titan Comics.

I love the retro look of these images.

 

Twitter etiquette questions?

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I’ve decided to create a new topic on my blog called Saturday Shorts.

I won’t have something every Saturday, but when I have something . . . a short review, review of short stories, a cover reveal, a discussion topic . . . something short, in other words!

This Saturday Shorts is about Twitter. Now that I’ve used Twitter for two or three months I have a few questions which I hope others can help me with.

I’m asking these questions mostly of people who have book review blogs, but anyone else with an opinion is welcome to comment! I don’t think these have a hard and fast answer, but I would like to have other people’s opinions who have twittered longer than I have!

 

Do you twitter about more than just your posts and book reviews? If so, what kinds of things do you tweet about?twitter

  • I’ve read that is something we should do–but is it necessary?

Do you send out more than one twitter about a book review? If you do, how many times do you repeat your tweet? All in the same day?

  • Again, I’ve read about sending out several tweets about our posts during the day of your post.
  • If you do re-tweet does it help you get more people coming to your blog?

Some of the people who become my twitter followers are people I’ve never heard of! What do you do when someone you’ve never heard of becomes a follower? Do you follow them?

  • I don’t follow the people I don’t know–either by their blog or as an author or as a publisher.
  • I don’t expect everyone I follow to follow me, but I don’t know the etiquette!

Do you include the author’s twitter name (if they have one) in a tweet about your book review?

  • I have done this a few times when I really like the book and their twitter name comes up as I’m tweeting. I’ve had a few authors respond to my tweet and it’s been fun to talk with them, but if I don’t like a book I don’t want to add the author’s name! Also I don’t want to act too much like a fan girl…LOL! And I want to feel my reviews aren’t influenced by past encounters with an author.
  • Do others worry about these things?!!

Feel free to discuss one or more of these questions and help me out . . . . Or if you have other questions or comments about Twitter . . .