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BugAC
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Good Western Books
Haven't read a western in years. I used to read my dad's Louis Lamour books when i was a kid. Any recommendations for a good western either fiction or non-fiction?


Tigertown in ATL
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Georgia foothills
Member since Sep 2009
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re: Good Western Books
There is actually a thread on this.

Telling you this so you can look for it. Not to be a jerk.

After reading Lonesome Dove, I wanted to pursue more westerns. I read a few and found them lacking in so many ways.

The Son is a good one though.

And of course the aforementioned Lonesome Dove is an absolute must. My favorite novel of all time.


Maytheporkbewithyou
Arkansas Fan
Member since Aug 2016
8276 posts

re: Good Western Books
This fall I'm looking at reading the Longmire series by Craig Wilson.


rebelrouser
Furman Fan
Columbia, SC
Member since Feb 2013
5381 posts

re: Good Western Books
Lonesome Dover Series
Little Big Man
The Big Sky
Lord Grizzly
Blood Meridian
All The Pretty Horses
Riders Of The Purple Sage
The Sister Brothers

and that's just the fiction.


Allthatfades
Mississippi
Member since Aug 2014
2400 posts

re: Good Western Books
If you read Lonesome Dove first, everything else will be disappointing.


Allthatfades
Mississippi
Member since Aug 2014
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re: Good Western Books
I would recommend Michael McGarrity’s The American West Trilogy. It isn’t Lonesome Dove but it’s pretty good. His Kevin Kerney series is also good. It’s more of a modern western.


Allthatfades
Mississippi
Member since Aug 2014
2400 posts

re: Good Western Books
quote:

This fall I'm looking at reading the Longmire series by Craig Wilson.


Started this series and I enjoyed the first book, The Cold Dish, very much. It kind of seemed the series fell off as it went though to me. I never finished it. The Indian mythology stuff got to be a bit much.


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Tigertown in ATL
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re: Good Western Books
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you read Lonesome Dove first, everything else will be disappointing.




That's what I found.


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bayoubengals88
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LA
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re: Good Western Books


Marciano1
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re: Good Western Books
Blood Meridian


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Loubacca
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re: Good Western Books
quote:

I would recommend Michael McGarrity’s The American West Trilogy. It isn’t Lonesome Dove but it’s pretty good. His Kevin Kerney series is also good. It’s more of a modern western.


another vote for these books


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Tigris
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Mexican Home
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re: Good Western Books
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If you read Lonesome Dove first, everything else will be disappointing.


True Grit holds it's own. Both are really good.


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Maytheporkbewithyou
Arkansas Fan
Member since Aug 2016
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re: Good Western Books
You ever read Centennial? It's a long read, but I enjoyed it.


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Sir Drinksalot
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Member since Aug 2005
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re: Good Western Books
Little big man

I am 40- but read this book when I was 11 and it turned me into a lifetime reader (among other books). It’s like I knew what good lit was before I really did :-)
This post was edited on 4/9 at 8:58 pm


tatervol
Tennessee Fan
Lexington, TN
Member since Nov 2008
1943 posts

re: Good Western Books
Comstock Lode by Lamour


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Jinglebob
Member since Jan 2020
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re: Good Western Books
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I would recommend Michael McGarrity’s The American West Trilogy


Excellent series


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mdomingue
LSU Fan
Lafayette, LA
Member since Nov 2010
11743 posts

re: Good Western Books
I love Louis Lamour, it may not be “great literature” but the man is a story tell like few others. I have started reading the Jess Williams series by Robert J Thomas. Somewhat formulaic but I really like them for the same reason, it reads like you’re listening to someone telling a story.

Also enjoyed reading The Hardest Ride by Gordon L. Rottman.


Dubosed
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Gulf Breeze
Member since Nov 2012
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re: Good Western Books
Valdez is Coming


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Thurber
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NWLA
Member since Aug 2013
15184 posts

re: Good Western Books
Craig Johnson
I’m a big fan of that series. Read many of them, and highly recommend them.


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SaintTiger80
LSU Fan
Member since Feb 2020
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re: Good Western Books
A Splendid Savage by Steve Kemper

Is a biography of Frederick Russell Burnham.

Non fiction but reads like an action novel. The guy was born in Indian country. Father died when he was young. Was left behind at the age of 12 to work and pay off his mother’s debts. Became an Indian tracker for the military during the Apache wars. Was a hired gun for one of the deadliest territory disputes in Arizona. One of the famous outlaws of the time ( I don’t remember which) stole his horse and he tracks him for days. Now, this is only the first few chapters of the book.
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