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Good Western Books #14971611 06/15/20
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My Dad has read every old western book in his county library. The paperbacks all have different geezer initials all up and down the inside first page so they can see if they already read it. Clearly he needs new material for Father's Day.

Help me with a good western book or series about steely-eyed cowboys, slim-waisted rancher daughters, blazing Colt 45's and sidekicks named Blue.

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Louis Lamour, or has he been through all those?


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...Actually Sycamore, you are sort of right....
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Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry is the best ever imho.

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Try to find some westerns by J T Edson, he created Dusty Fog, the Ysabel Kid among others.

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Originally Posted by Sycamore
Louis Lamour, or has he been through all those?

This ^^^

Plus the books by McMurtry.



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When I was a kid, I liked the Young Trailer series by Joseph Altsheler. Great writing.


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Undaunted Courage (about Louis & Clark)

Empire of the Summer Moon (about the rise and fall of the Comanche Nation)

Blood & Thunder (biography of Kit Carson)


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I enjoyed reading the mountain man series from William W. Johnstone.

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Modern stuff by C. J. Box. Wyoming game warden keeps getting into other crime fighting...so to speak.

And mountan man books.. I think Johnston is the name. Those guys were tougher than cowboys anyhow bur they had squaws for the winter.


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Johnny Quarles, A.B. Guthrie Jr., Walter Van Tilburg Clark, Glendon Swarthout, Patrick deWitt, Edward Abbey, Annie Proulx's collections, Larry McMurty's debut novel, E.L. Doctorow, Pete Dexter.


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How about that, Nykki. Beat me by 1 second.


"Be sure you're right. Then go ahead." Fess Parker as Davy Crockett
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Longarm series.

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Longmire is based on books.

Zane grey hasnt been mentioned.

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Elmer Keith despised Zane Grey.

A few years back Texas Monthly did an article and talked about the trilogy of Texas novels one had to read...Lonesome Dove, All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy and The Wonderful Country by Tom Lea. I would suggest reading the last first, having read all three.

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Great recommendations, guys. Thank you.

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The Lonesome Dove series is actually four books. Historically speaking, the begin with Dead Man's Walk, then there's Comanche Moon, Lonesome Dove and Streets of Laredo. At least that's the only four I'm aware of. I don't read much McMurtry anymore.

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Originally Posted by Morewood
My Dad has read every old western book in his county library. The paperbacks all have different geezer initials all up and down the inside first page so they can see if they already read it. Clearly he needs new material for Father's Day.

Help me with a good western book or series about steely-eyed cowboys, slim-waisted rancher daughters, blazing Colt 45's and sidekicks named Blue.
Another western author with quite a few books to his credit is Elmer Kelton. Llano River is a good read. Stand Proud is another.

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Elmore Leonard, who wrote the books that "Justified" is based on, also has a bunch of good Westerns, many of which became movies. A personal favorite, not quite a Western, is "The Hot Kid', which has a lot of gunplay and seems to me to be a precursor to the Raylan Givens stories.

"Mountain Man", by Vardis Fisher, became "Jeremiah Johnson"

"The Big Sky" series by A.B. Guthrie

"Welcome to Hard Times"

"The Last Hunt"


What fresh Hell is this?

Don't be a Provincial Nitwit.
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I never really cared that much for L L
The only ones he wrote that I liked were
sacketts and last of the breed

Much prefer E Kelton/ Tom Early
W Johnstone is good ( just about
any of his books of any genre)
And Terry c Johnston
I Quantrill is the only Max McCoy
book I have, but it's a good one

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The Oregon Desert, ER Jackman. Non-fiction. Novels have not worked for me since I was like 12. Sad.


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