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Discussion in 'Book Search & Suggestions' started by timplad, Jan 12, 2010.
Hi i was just wandering if anyone knew any good western/ Cowboy books to read? thanks.
I have only read Lonesome Dove and Blood Meridian. I enjoyed both of them and Lonesome Dove is one of my all-time favorites. But if you are a western fan you have probably already read that one.
First, welcome to BAR.
Second, what western authors have you read?
The Shootist by Glendon Fred Swarthout
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
True Grit by Charles Portis
The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains by Owen Wister
Death Comes For The Archbishop by Willa Cather
Hondo by Louis L'Amour
The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton
The Time the Cowboys Quit by Elmer Kelton
Shane by Jack Warner Schaefer
Also, Don Coldsmith has a series out called the Spanish Bit Saga. The first book is Trail of the Spanish Bit. This is a a Western series from the perspective of native americans. I haven't read any of them yet (Trail of the Spanish Bit is on the top of my reading pile), so I can't tell you from experience whether or not the series is any good, but I have read some promising reviews.
Also, Cormac McCarthy Border Trilogy is suppose to be very good. The first one in that series is All the Pretty Horses.
I hope this helps.
I've read some of the Spanish Bit series, and enjoyed them very much. Coldsmith also wrote a book called Runestone, which is set much earlier than the Spanish Bit series. I liked it, and would still consider it a 'western' simply because it involves the same general area.
I'd also recommend James Alexander Thom's Sign Talker. I haven't read this title, but I have read many of his others,which I loved. Since this one is about the Lewis and Clark Expedition, I'd say he's worth a looksee.
Pressure? Just because purchased the second book on your recommendation?
There is a series by Louis L'Amour. 18 or 19 of them, with an umbrella title of The Sacketts that I've read and found enjoyable.
If you hate it, I'll feel bad...:whistling:
I promise not to say anything if I don't like it.:flowers:
A very enjoyable series! I believe there are 19 titles, but two are found in short story collections.
But I wouldn't want to stifle you either...just don't say, 'You IDJIT, why did you EVER tell me to read this book?!?!?':lol:
:lol: I wouldn't do that!!!!:innocent:
Ahhh, and more than likely, that's where I first encountered the series. Thanks.
My favorite cowboy novel is Wild Times by Brian Garfield.
You're off the hook. I finished the first book, Trail of the Spanish Bit, and I enjoyed it very much. I thought the launguage was a little simple, but on second thought, it probably isn't all that bad considering that the narrator was just learning the native american language. I gave it high marks for being interesting and I gave high marks to the author for writing it in such a way to allow the reader to decide whether the changes to the native american culture were good or bad. It was an old story (see the comments on the movie Avatar), but well done and worth reading.
I'm looking forward to reading the second book.
Great classic Western
Try True Grit.
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