- Series: Andy Adams Collection (Book 2)
- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (January 2, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1520290306
- ISBN-13: 978-1520290300
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Cattle Brands (Andy Adams Collection) Paperback – January 2, 2017
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I. DRIFTING NORTH
II. SEIGERMAN'S PER CENT
III. "BAD MEDICINE"
IV. A WINTER ROUND-UP
V. A COLLEGE VAGABOND
VI. THE DOUBLE TRAIL
VIII. AT COMANCHE FORD
IX. AROUND THE SPADE WAGON
X. THE RANSOM OF DON RAMON MORA
XI. THE PASSING OF PEG-LEG
XII. IN THE HANDS OF HIS FRIENDS
XIII. A QUESTION OF POSSESSION
XIV.THE STORY OF A POKER STEER (my fav story. Told from the point of view of a cow :)
In general, I liked this collection, although I wouldn't recommend it to my literati friends. For one thing the writing is a rough in places, and for another thing, there is just something odd about the structure of some of the stories. "A Winter Round-Up" demonstrates this phenomena well. Set in winter, the author describes a wolf hunt, but there is no main character, and no real point that I could see to the story, except to describe what such a hunt was like.
The other thing that Andy does, which is a little disconcerting, is create two plot lines within a story that don't have a clear link between them. In "Around the Spade Wagon" for example, the story begins with a chance meeting of two friends during a trail drive. As evening arrives, they fall to discussing what they've been doing, as well as what happened to the girls they knew. Then, out of nowhere, talk veers off to focus on an acquaintance who died of consumption. The story ends with a description of this man's last days and the reactions of his devastated wrangler friends. The girls aren't mentioned again; there is no dénouement, nor any overlaying element that ties these two halves together. (Although it is entirely possible that I'm just dense and don't 'get it').
In any case, the end result for many of the stories is that you get more of a view of what life was like on the trail, than you do character development. If that doesn't bother you, and if you are interested in the Old West, you ought to enjoy reading through this book. Three Stars [C+]
Pam T's 'look inside this book' ~
The deputy secretly engaged seven or eight bad men
of the long-haired variety, such as in the early days
usually graced the frontier towns with their presence.
This brand of human cattle were not the disturbing
element on the border line of civilization that writers of
that period depicted, nor the authors of the
bloodcurdling drama portrayed. The average busy
citizen paid little attention to them, considering them
more ornamental than useful.
And from another story:
"We made a fine stream, watering early in the afternoon.
As they grazed out from the creek we fed them through
between two of the boys. The count showed no cattle
short. In fact, the Val Verde boy's count was confirmed.
It was then that our medicine man played his cards
wrong. He still insisted that we were cattle out, thus
queering himself with his men. He was gradually
getting into a lone minority, though he didn't have
sense enough to realize it. He would even fight with
and curse his horses to impress us with his authority.
Very little attention was paid to him after this, and as
grass and water improved right along nothing of