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Subject: Need Western recommendations
Date Posted: 12/11/2008 8:00 AM ET
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I posted this in the Western forum and didn't receive any replies so thought I would try it here too:

My husband recently started reading westerns and just loved the "First Mountain Man" and "Last Mountain Man" series by William Johnstone, but hasn't cared for his other series. Now he is looking for another author. Can anyone recommend other books or series that would be along the same lines as the two series he loves? Thanks for any and all help given!

Date Posted: 12/11/2008 9:42 AM ET
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I've read The First Mountain Man. In addition to Westerns he might also like adventure stories.

Best western I've ever read is Lonesome Dove by McMurtry. Rather lenghty but very captivating. After I read it I watched the mini-series.

Date Posted: 12/11/2008 12:16 PM ET
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I second Sheila's rec of Lonesome Dove.  I loved it.

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 2:47 AM ET
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Apaloosa and Resolution by Robert Parker are good choices for a man. Hell, I'd never read a Western before those two and I loved them. If he liked the show Deadwood, he will like these novels.

I've also heard that Lonesome Dove is an incredible Western.

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 8:46 AM ET
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I found this:

  • If you like William Johnstone (Mountain Men) you might like:
  • Richard S. Wheeler
  • Terry Johnston
  • Dan Cushman
  • Winfred Blevins
  • Ray Hogan
  • Stephen Overholser
  • Date Posted: 12/13/2008 10:02 AM ET
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    If you'd told me I would like a western, I would have laughed in your face---until I read Larry McMurtry's books. The trilogy he did in the last five years or so is fantastic, if you have not seen that. It's about an eccentric English family traveling throught the west.

    I'ver read all of his. Just wish I could find more like those.

    Date Posted: 12/27/2008 9:21 PM ET
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    The best westerns I have ever read:

    Valdez is Coming - Elmore Leonard

    Hombre - Elmore Leonard

    True Grit - Charles Portis

    Shane - Jack Schaeffer

    The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains by Owen Wister (mostly good)

    Date Posted: 12/27/2008 9:24 PM ET
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    Can't really go wrong with Lois Lamour.

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    Subject: westerns
    Date Posted: 12/27/2008 9:34 PM ET
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    Lois Lamour is great for short stories and novelles. Zane Gray is another great classic novelist. If your husband would enjoy longer books, I add my vote to the Larry McMurtry books. Anything for Billy and Buffolo Girls are two of my favorites of his.


    Date Posted: 12/27/2008 10:09 PM ET
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    Hubby recently started reading Ralph Compton westerns. He hasn't read any fiction in years (maybe as long as I've known him) and I got him a few of the Ralph Compton books and he says he hasn't enjoyed reading fiction this much in  years, so that's saying something.

    Date Posted: 12/27/2008 10:54 PM ET
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    I recently finished

    In the Rogue Blood by James Carlos Blake http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780380792412-In+the+Rogue+Blood

    and thought it quite good.  He's written several other westerns, but right now only The Pistoleer is actually in the system. 

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    Subject: More westerns: Elmer Kelton, Steve Hockensmith
    Date Posted: 12/28/2008 1:26 AM ET
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    Elmer Kelton  has some stand-alones and some that are part of a series. _The Good Old Boys_  (part of the Hewey Callaway series) was made into a movie with Tommy Lee Jones. These are set around 1900.

    Steve Hockensmith has some funny mysteries set in the 1890s, Montana to California.

     edited to complete actor's name

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    Date Posted: 12/28/2008 1:43 AM ET
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    I don't read many westerns.  I really enjoyed Jubal Sackett and The Ox Box Incident.  Also, he might enjoy the Deerslayer, Last of the Mohicans, etc. series by James Fennimore Cooper.

    Date Posted: 1/31/2009 8:03 PM ET
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    I would read anything written by "Elmer Kelton" and he has written a lot of them.  He has a real understanding of the way things were in the old west. 

    The Lonesome Dove series:  1.Dead Man's Walk  2.Comanche Moon  3.Lonesome Dove  4. Streets of Laredo    by "Larry McMurtry"  is going to be  timeless probably right up there with Gone With The Wind.  And, it was a great story.  I think this was the best of Larry McMurtry.

    The Sackett Series: (Too many to list. Prob17-20.)  But, start with Sackett's Land and To the Far Blue Mountains ) by "Louis L'Amour".  These two are the beginning of the story of the Sackett family in America.  Louis L'Amour is another western writer who knows how to give you a realistic western story. This series is well worth collecting.  And, any Lous L'Amour book is worth a read.

    And, of course there are the many stories of the Texas western frontier where the trail drives started. The following books are not particularly concerned with trail drives but are a good insight into the frontier life of early Texas.

    The Texas Brazos series:  1.Texas Brazos  2.Fortune Bend  3.Palo Pinto  4.Caddo Creek by "C.Clifton Wisler"

    Texas Empire and Lords of the Land by "Matt Braun"


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    Date Posted: 2/2/2009 7:59 PM ET
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    My SO reads westerns.  His favorites are Louis L'Amour, Zane Grey and Max Brand.  He has read all of L'Amour and Grey's and now he is working on Max Brand's

    Date Posted: 2/4/2009 9:08 PM ET
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    I second the suggestion of The Virginian by Owen Wister, but please know there's an animal cruelty scene in that book that has stayed with me from the day I read it about 5 years ago now.  It is an incredibly good book, but there's that one part . . .

    I also loved The Ox-Bow Incident -- the book Melody suggested.  There was a great movie starring Henry Fonda made during the black-and-white era that was based on that book!

    Larry McMurtry is incredible.  He has yet to disappoint with anything he's written!

    Subject: Western novel
    Date Posted: 2/9/2009 9:27 AM ET
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    There is an old book that I read back in '61 or '62 that is titled "The last hunt" sorry I do not know who it is by.  You should find it on the web somewhere.  It is about the plains and the buffalo hunters.  It was a very good read for me, but remember I was about 12 or so at the time (that is not to say I had 'bad taste' in books at that age.  It is a long book and is a bit historical in regards to how the buffalo were destroyed.  I am really surprised that it was never made into a movie.

    In fact, I just talked myself into finding it and re reading it.



    wayne hamlin

    PS    I have a DVD with about 150,000 books on it (text format only).  I have folders with the different types of stories.  There is a huge western section that I have collected.  From the early pulp fiction (dime novels) to the masters of their day.

    I offer it free of charge to anyone wanting a copy.  It is a DVD and not a CD.  I can put the western section (or any section - folder) on a CD if you only have a CD player.  Again, it is free.  Why do I offer this?  If you are a book lover who likes to share, you do not have to ask.

    Email me at captainpaycheck@hotmail.com and let me know if you are interested in recieving the disk.







    Date Posted: 2/21/2009 9:02 PM ET
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    Lonesome Dove is such a great book.  I saw the mini-series first, then brought the book.  


    Date Posted: 2/21/2009 10:29 PM ET
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    Lonesome Dove is one of my all-time favorite novels. I have read it several times and I always catch something new with it. I recommend this book to everyone I know. It is just about the perfect American novel.
    Date Posted: 2/22/2009 9:48 AM ET
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    He might like the series by Don Coldsmith.