Stuff I like

Apologies to anyone who’s been trying to visit my blog and only got maintenance messages–something crazy has been going on with my website and I’ve only now fixed it. 8 (

Greetings from the tail end of my maternity leave. If you’ve followed me at or on Twitter @VickiEssex, then you know that about a year ago I gave birth to a wee little human. The wee bairn is in daycare now, and I’ve been spending the past few weeks recovering physically and mentally from the very long/very short year. Having a baby is hard, yo.

I’m going to *try* to write regular posts, but with my day job starting up again soon, a one-year-old bent on walking, a husband who loves me, a sick cat, writing, and innumerable hours of excellent TV to watch, that may be a pipe dream.

For now, here are some excellent things in the world of Westerns!

  • io9 is reporting Rockstar games’ latest teaser and IT BETTER BE RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2. As my only other post (culled from of any substance says, RDR was the inspiration behind THE DEVIL’S REVOLVER and it is probably the only sandbox console video game I have managed to complete (in addition to its zombie cousin, RDR: Undead Nightmare). 
  • If you haven’t seen HBO’s WESTWORLD yet, you are missing out. The nearly perfect pilot episode had me at Howdy. A fantastic and talented cast, great dialog, characterization and story actually tie in well with the idea of sandbox gaming and moral alignment. I was a huge fan of the J.J. Abrams/Jonathan Nolan collaboration Person of Interest, so I know this will be a real treat.
  • The Magnificent 7 remake debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, and while I haven’t seen it yet, it’s pulling a steady 63% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Kind of hard to judge a modern remake of a Western  based on a Samurai film, but I’ll get around to it eventually.






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