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Initial post: Dec 13, 2011 9:07:59 AM PST
Josue says:
Next year I will be dedicating myself to widen my genres and westerns are on top of the lists along with mystery. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has some really good suggestions. I already have a couple of books by Louis L'Amour on my Kindle waiting as well as Lonesome Dove. Any others?

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 3:56:19 PM PST
Try pushing yourself a little further back to the mountain man westerns. Terry Grosz has written a few mountain man novels, with a new one coming out: The Saga of Harlan Waugh.

Here's the Amazon author page for Terry Grosz:

His mountain man novels are Crossed Arrows, Curse of the Spanish Gold, and the forthcoming The Saga of Harlan Waugh. He'll have two more Mountain Man Novels published in 2012.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 3:57:40 PM PST
Try All Pretty The Horses by Cormac McCarthy and Thomas Berger's Little Big Man. Little Big Man is a GREAT novel.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 6:31:03 PM PST
You've got great fun in store for you, Jingle. In my opinion, L'Amour is pulp (I know I'm going to hear some objections), but he hits some high notes. Lonesome Dove is epic. It will make you cry. Little Big Man is like a western Forest Gump in which you get to see Wild Bill, Custer and other icons through the eyes of a picaresque protagonist. It really teaches a lot about the plains Indian culture. It was essentially revisionist when it came out in the late 60's during the Viet Nam war. Custer is the bad guy, and the Cheyenne seemed like the Vietnamese. But the book stands the test of time and remains powerful and relevant today.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 6:35:09 AM PST
Josue says:
Thank you for the suggestions. I will definitely give these a chance. Some are already on my WL for remembrance. As for Lonesome Dove, I hear similar stuff all the time. I can't wait to start reading it. It will actually be my very first western novel ever read.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 7:55:36 AM PST
Be sure to report back on the westerns you read. I'll enjoy sharing your adventure into the world of America's genre.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 1:16:31 PM PST
Josue says:
i do plan on doing that. i really can't wait. in just a couple of weeks i will be reading my first, being Lonesome Dove. i have really high hopes for it

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 3:18:02 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 17, 2011 3:21:34 PM PST
Sam Smith says:
May I recommend the short story anthology "Christmas Out West"? One of the excellent Pronizini / Greenberg projects. I re-read it every holiday season. A great mix of the classics and a few more modern contributions.


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 4:56:55 PM PST
Josue says:
thanks for the suggestion. will definitely keep an eye on this one. it must be great to re-read it so often.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 6:29:18 PM PST
Josue says:
Just started reading Lonesome Dove tonight. I've read only the first chapter but definitely a good. I really hope it continues this way. Totally different feel from anything I've read before.

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2011 12:11:09 AM PST
I don't want to spoil it for you by talking about some of my favorite parts. Read more and enjoy.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2011 7:23:34 AM PST
Josue says:
thank you, i'm sure i will. i just reached the sixth chapter and definitely got me hooked. i wish i had gotten into it a lot sooner.

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2011 12:56:20 AM PST
Try 'The Last Good Horse' for a modern Western.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2011 5:35:45 AM PST
Josue says:
thank you David, i hadn't seen that one before. it did sound very interesting. i immediately put it on my WL so i won't forget.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 11:16:12 AM PST
Josue says:
They're about to leave for Montana. What a great book so far. I highly doubt it can go downhill from here.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 12:13:47 PM PST
Blood Brother by Elliott Arnold.
Dances With Wolves, and The Holy Road by Michael Blake.
True Grit by Charles Portis
If you can find them, Will Henry wrote some really good ones.
Some of Louis La'mours novels were pretty routine. To me, his best westerns were
Bendigo Shafter
Last Stand at Papago Wells
The Ferguson Rifle
along with a few of the Sackett novels.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 1:58:26 PM PST
Josue says:
thanks for the suggestions. very much appreciated

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 6:19:11 AM PST
Josue says:
they're on the trail and one of the characters just died. all because of the water moccasins, it was a very sad chapter.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 7:38:58 AM PST
The writer who got me hooked on Westerns: Richard S. Wheeler. Pulp? I guess so, but Barnaby Skye is a classic hero.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 7:38:43 AM PST
Craig Clarke says:
I wouldn't call Mr. Wheeler's work "pulp." In fact, he's quite outspoken against the "traditional" Western and works hard to make his novels different.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 9:07:05 AM PST
craddock01 says:
I just read " The Orphan " by Clarence E Mulford Best book I've ever read. So far every Hopalong Cassidy book I've read by him has been thoroughly enjoyable. ( four so far )

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 9:30:20 AM PST
Craig Clarke says:
Thanks for the Mulford recommendation. I just finished That Damned Coyote Hill by Heath Lowrance, and it was excellent.
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