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Posted: 5/31/2008 6:56:25 AM EST
If you want to read a western/cowboy novel or short story, who do you pick up to read?
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 7:02:51 AM EST
Larry McMurtry
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 7:25:02 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/31/2008 7:26:06 AM EST by 338winmag]
J. Frank Dobie


ETA: How many schools and university buildings does Larry McMurtry have named after him?
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 7:27:32 AM EST
Louis Lamour hands down no questions
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 7:35:13 AM EST

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
Louis Lamour hands down no questions


End of thread.
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 7:37:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
Louis Lamour hands down no questions


End of thread.


Yup.
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 7:53:43 AM EST

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
Louis Lamour hands down no questions


FTW
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 8:01:32 AM EST

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
Louis Lamour hands down no questions

+another 1.
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 8:13:42 AM EST
Gotta disagree, McCurty was 100x better than Lamour.
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 8:16:40 AM EST

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
Louis Lamour hands down no questions


Since I am from North Dakota, I must agree.
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 8:19:00 AM EST

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
Louis Lamour hands down no questions


It took 3 replies to get the correct answer?

I think my mother has ALL of his books.
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 8:45:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/31/2008 8:45:54 AM EST by xxxAMISHxxx]
William Johnstone

ETA Ralph Compton wrote a lot of good books
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 9:12:58 AM EST
Larry McMurty's "Lonesome Dove" is the finest Western ever written.

Unfortunately he is very erratic and a lot of his other stuff is awful.

Lamour is rubbish... (ducks to avoid incoming rounds)
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 9:16:14 AM EST

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
Louis Lamour hands down no questions
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 9:24:09 AM EST

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:Louis Lamour hands down no questions


My thoughts exactly.
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 9:27:50 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/31/2008 9:29:29 AM EST by Hiwathl]
Elmer Keith's autobiography,Hell I was there

Interesting read IMO


*eta Yes I know he was'nt a Writer
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 9:35:24 AM EST
Louis Lamour = win

Larry McMurty = Brokeback Mountain

Nuff said
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 10:03:01 AM EST
Louis Lamour!!
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 10:23:30 AM EST
Any fans of Elmore Leonard?
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 10:39:41 AM EST
Lamour FTW. Between my mom and uncle they have everything he's ever written. I've read a handful and haven't come across anything but brilliance yet.
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 10:40:27 AM EST

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
J. Frank Dobie


ETA: How many schools and university buildings does Larry McMurtry have named after him?


Dobie for the win.
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 10:41:26 AM EST

Originally Posted By AmericanPatriot1776:
Any fans of Elmore Leonard?


The black guy from the '60's??
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 10:42:23 AM EST

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
Louis Lamour hands down no questions


I concur absolutely.
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 10:42:47 AM EST

Originally Posted By code99:
Larry McMurty's "Lonesome Dove" is the finest Western ever written.

Unfortunately he is very erratic and a lot of his other stuff is awful.

Lamour is rubbish... (ducks to avoid incoming rounds)


But Lamour has like eleventy gillion books- everyone a masterpiece.

I wonder how many ghost writers they employ?
Link Posted: 5/31/2008 12:13:54 PM EST
Lonesome Dove sucked.

Louis L'Amour for the win.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 9:45:27 AM EST
I've already replied Lamour (L'Amour, ftw, thanks to Ohio), but has anyone read Zane Grey? A lot of his stuff is non-fiction accounts, mostly of his own adventures. Some of his novels are pretty darn readable.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 9:57:27 AM EST

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
Louis Lamour hands down no questions
Yep, all others are just good. He was the best.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 2:15:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bodacious2182:
Larry McMurtry


Him and also Ralph Cotton.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 2:18:19 PM EST
Anyone ever read "Education of a Wandering Man?"
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 2:23:52 PM EST

Originally Posted By 87GN:
Anyone ever read "Education of a Wandering Man?"


Yup.

I also have all Louis Lamour's books

Another fun author is Jonas Ward. Totally worthless action thats fun.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 2:25:53 PM EST

Originally Posted By Hiwathl:
Elmer Keith's autobiography,Hell I was there

Interesting read IMO


*eta Yes I know he was'nt a Writer


The two best non-fiction books about the west that I've read are Keith's HELL I WAS THERE
and JOURNAL OF A TRAPPER by Osborne Russell.

For fiction, it's Lamour hands down, Lonesome Dove is cancelled out by Brokeback Mtn.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 2:26:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
Louis Lamour hands down no questions


Yup...
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 2:29:54 PM EST
Elmore Leonard

Hombre

Book in 1961, movie in 1966....
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 2:31:36 PM EST

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
Louis Lamour hands down no questions


+1
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 3:18:57 PM EST
Anybody ever read "The Scout" and also "Brules" by Harry Combs ? Two excellent western books.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 3:34:52 PM EST

Originally Posted By Ohio:
Lonesome Dove sucked.

Louis L'Amour for the win.


I agree L'Amour is by far the best, but I'd rethink that first statement.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 3:50:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bodacious2182:
Larry McMurtry


He did a great job with "Brokeback Mountain".
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 3:56:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By KrushR:
I've already replied Lamour (L'Amour, ftw, thanks to Ohio), but has anyone read Zane Grey? A lot of his stuff is non-fiction accounts, mostly of his own adventures. Some of his novels are pretty darn readable.


Zane Gray was a one of the best. The Lone Ranger

L'Amour was the Jack London of wester writers. He had a lot of life experience to draw from, kicking around in TX.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 3:59:48 PM EST

Originally Posted By KrushR:
I've already replied Lamour (L'Amour, ftw, thanks to Ohio), but has anyone read Zane Grey? A lot of his stuff is non-fiction accounts, mostly of his own adventures. Some of his novels are pretty darn readable.


Yes, and I have a few ZG books. Wanderer of the Wasteland is the only one I like. I have a difficult time getting into the extreme detail.
I'm working on completing my Louis Lamour collection my father started me on.
Not a western, but I'm working on Walking Drum for about the 5th time.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 4:00:09 PM EST
I have an uncle that took Louis Lamour all over SE utah for background. He was the greatest western writer ever IMHO
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 4:05:35 PM EST
Started several ZG books never got interested in them. Lamour was good, but got into a pattern and tended to copy himself, but did have a few great ones.

Wade Everett wrote a very few good ones.

Never really got much into westerns, must have read about 20 Lamour for lack of anything better around.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 4:11:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By 455SD:

Originally Posted By Ohio:
Lonesome Dove sucked.

Louis L'Amour for the win.


I agree L'Amour is by far the best, but I'd rethink that first statement.


It was so boring I couldn't finish it.
Terrible writing.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 4:12:36 PM EST

Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
Louis Lamour hands down no questions


End of thread.


Yep. There isn't even a close second.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 6:10:17 PM EST
I thought I read in one of Elmer Keith's books that he said he met Zane Gray and didn't think too much of him. Like he was all talk and no action. Someone here probably read EK's book recently and knows the story better. I read it about 15 years ago.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 6:15:42 PM EST

Originally Posted By Repete:
Yes, and I have a few ZG books. Wanderer of the Wasteland is the only one I like. I have a difficult time getting into the extreme detail.


a la Hemingway. Papa got a little carried away with details, too. I remember a paragraph in The Green Hills of Africa that was one sentence long, probably contained 200 words.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 6:47:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By krpind:

Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:

Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
Louis Lamour hands down no questions


End of thread.


Yep. There isn't even a close second.



HOLY CRAP WE AGREE ON SOMETHING!


There are some other very good writers but all in all Lamour kicks tail
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