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« on: July 12, 2017, 08:20:09 am »


We are going to TX, NM, AZ, UT for 6 weeks next month.  I started reading “Westerns” to get in the mood.  I love Larry McMurtry and Zane Gray.  I decided to branch out and read Texas John Slaughter by William W. Johnson.  What a piece of s&*t.  I had to keep checking to see if I was reading “The Perils of Pauline” or a Greek Deus ex machina drama.  I can see how he wrote 973 books.  It would be quick and easy to knock this type of dribble out.  <I give myself 4/10 for my rant>

Please suggest some Western authors that write quality books (like McMurtry).
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2017, 09:54:10 am »

I'm a big fan of Elmer Kelton.  He knew Texas and horses.

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2017, 03:16:15 pm »

Lewis B Patten is one of my favorites as is Ed Gorman. Johnny D. Boggs is very good, he's contemporary and makes a concerted effort to get his history correct. He's also a friend so I didn't want to mention him first.  Wink

I refer you to the Fantastic Fiction web site, https://www.fantasticfiction.com/b/
There you'll find almost every author of every genre.

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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2017, 03:47:48 pm »

I'm a big fan of Elmer Kelton.  He knew Texas and horses.

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But his best work, to me, although a Western, by location, was set in the 1950s.

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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2017, 06:40:40 pm »

There's always "Legends" by Forty Rod.

Set in eastern Colrado ca 1885. 1895.
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2017, 06:41:07 pm »

Louis L'Amour is the best western writer of all times..

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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2017, 09:40:55 am »

Thanks for all the suggestions.  I'm off to Amazon.com  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2017, 08:15:50 pm »

If your local library has a "friends" chapter, check out a used book sale.  Or get one on interlibrary loan to see if you like the author before investing in a series.  Used book stores are also a great place to look, also.
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2017, 03:42:44 am »

Jeremiah, your probably home by now, but here are a couple of suggestions. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. Unusual and well written. But you have to read Butchers Crossing by John Edward Williams. I just wanted this book to go on and on. It is about the last days of buffalo hunting and the men involved. Insightful and creates a world long gone.
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2017, 01:31:01 pm »

...The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. Unusual and well written...

Fantastic book! While they aren't authentic, I am also a fan of Robert B. Parker's 'Appaloosa' series. But only the ones he wrote. The ones written after he passed don't hold up, in my mind.
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« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2017, 01:51:31 pm »

Just remembered another. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. You won't forget it quickly.
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« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2017, 12:40:51 am »

I really appreciate Ed Gorman, one of the best IMO  Roll Eyes
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