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Allthatfades
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Recommend a good Western/Western series
Other than L’amour. Read a lot of his. Thanks.


rebelrouser
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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
Elmore Leonard was quite the talented western writer. Check out some of his stuff.

My personal favorites (not EL) are The Big Sky and Lord Grizzly. I am also a big fan of reading nonfiction about the old west. Its a subject with larger than life characters and amazing stories.


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magildachunks
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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
Lonesome Dove


Elmore Leonard. My fave of his is 'Valdez is Coming'.


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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
Border trilogy


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IllegalPete
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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
Longmire is a modern western. Craig Johnson is author.

The American West Trilogy by Michael McGarrity is great. It is the prelude to his Kevin Kerney series which is a modern western ala Longmire. LINK

Matt Braun has dozens of old west books in print, the only ones I have read are the Brannock series (4 books), I highly recommend. LINK


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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
Have you checked out McMurtry's western novels?

Elmore Leonard started as a western writer. He provided the source material for the classic movies 3:10 To Yuma, The Tall T, and Hombre

AB Guthrie won a Pulitzer for The Way West (about the first wagon train on the Oregon Trail in 1843). He also wrote The Big Sky, about a journey up the Missouri River in 1830

Paul I. Wellman is a favorite of mine, more a historical novelist than a western writer: The Iron Mistress (Jim Bowie) and especially Magnificent Destiny (Sam Houston and Andrew Jackson) are definitely worth checking out

Little Big Man by Thomas Berger

Flashman and The Redskins (part of the wonderfully entertaining Flashman series) by George Macdonald Fraser

The Travels of Jamie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor is another Pulitzer winner about a wagon train, though I have not read it

You also might want to read The Virginian by Owen Wister (1902) to see where it all began



Nonfiction

Go to your local library and see if they have the Time Life Old West series



rebelrouser
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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
I forgot about Little Big Man. Such a great book and might be my favorite of the genre. I'm also a big fan of Flashman series but i would read those in order (or at least start w/ book one).


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Adajax
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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
I like the Steve Dancy series by James D. Best. It's more of a western era mystery series though rather than cattle drives. Saloons, shootouts and cattle barons are featured however.


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Rocco Lampone
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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
Berrybender Narratives by McMurtry.

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The Berrybender books begin in 1832 and end in 1836, three decades after Lewis and Clark blazed their trail. But the duo’s presence is felt in many ways. Sacagawea’s husband, Toussaint Charbonneau, and their beloved son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, are characters in the novels, and several narrative incidents and landscape features are lifted straight from Lewis and Clark’s journals. Still, we’re very far removed from the world Lewis and Clark knew; by 1832 the beginning of the end of the West was already evident. The Missouri River, a “superhighway” to the West, was teeming with travelers new to that wild expanse. Steamboats were laying down their carbon footprints in a virgin wilderness, and the soot fell on the just and the unjust alike. Into this world of exploration (and its handmaiden, exploitation), McMurtry introduces an improbable cast: an ultra-eccentric English family, led by Lord Albany Berrybender, an old codger who likes to beget children and kill wild animals. Why? Because he can. His entourage includes a much-put-upon wife, 6 children, and 26 characters listed as “Staff.” As the novels progress, you need a flow chart to keep up with the deaths, births, and couplings that mark this improbable pursuit of glory undercut by the rankest folly.
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DukeSilver
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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
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Go to your local library and see if they have the Time Life Old West series


Have you read those? What is the average length?


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10 Blade
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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
News of the World by Paulette Jiles


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LSUfan20005
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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
In this order:

Lonesome Dove
Dead Man's Walk
Comanche Moon
Streets of Laredo


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Rockbrc
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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
Elmore Leonard


Rockbrc
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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
Especially “Valdez is Coming.”


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LSUbase13
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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
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The American West Trilogy by Michael McGarrity is great. It is the prelude to his Kevin Kerney series which is a modern western ala Longmire. LINK


You mentioned this in a previous thread. You said something to the extent that McGarrity really captures New Mexico: its people, scenery, way of life, culture, and so forth.

Do you mind expounding upon that a little more. I'm very interested in the state - Taos, Santa Fe, etc, and would like to know more.
This post was edited on 2/12 at 12:12 pm


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Tigertown in ATL
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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
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Elmore Leonard .... Hombre


I read this and thought it was lacking in depth. No character development, wooden prose, but great plot. But maybe that is the appeal of the genre?

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Michael McGarrity ... Kevin Kerney series


I read this as well, and was underwhelmed.

My disclaimer is that I had just finished Lonesome Dove and was desperate for anything similar. And nothing compares.


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td01241
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re: Recommend a good Western/Western series
Blood Meridian


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