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Old 06-20-2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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I love westerns and was wondering if there are any good western type books that are any good? Are they as good as movies? Thanks guys

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Old 06-20-2012, 12:14 AM   #2
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do a search on Louis L'Amour, he was to western books what Clint Eastwood & John Wayne are to western movies.....plus he was a North Dakota boy like myself

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+100 Louis Lamour

Begin with the Sacketts series


1. Sackett’s Land
2.To the Far Blue Mountains
3.The Warrior’s Path
4.Jubal Sackett
5.Ride the River
6.The Daybreakers
7. The Courting of Griselda
(short story in “End of the Drive”)
8.Lando
9. Sackett
10. Booty for a Badman
11.(short story in “War Party”)
12. Mojave Crossing
13. The Sackett Brand
14. The Skyliners
15. The Lonely Men
16. Mustang Man
17. Galloway
18. Treasure Mountain
19. Ride the Dark Trail
20. Lonely on the Mountain
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Milo Talon, The Man from the Broken Hills, Rivers West, Bordon Chantry, North to the Rails, Fair Blows the Wind, Over on the Dry Side, The Fergusson Rifle

The first 5 or 6 are the best IMHO! Lando, Sacket and The Sacketts are pretty tasty reads as well. Also check out the "walking drum" and "last of the breed"

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Sweet sounds like a good start! Thanks guys!

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If everyone read Louis L'Amour books the world would be a better place.

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William W. Johnstone is one I like. His books are very similar to Jean Claude Van Damme movies though. Just about the same plot every time. Bad guys come in, stir up crap, Smoke Jensen cleans house, bad guys recoup and regroup, whip Smoke's a$$, and then Smoke comes back with a vengeance and just kills em all. Good stories, but once you've read a couple you start to get the feeling that you've read them all.

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Go with the Gunsmith books and Longarm series. Clint and Custis are badass mofos.

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Another vote for Louis L'Amour ,(that's where I got my user name). My favorite westerns that he wrote or the Kilkenny books, (Kilkenny, The Rider of Lost Creek, The Mountain Valley War) although I think my very favorite is The Walking Drum which I an re-reading now.

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Thanks guys Louis sounds familiar

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Lois L'Amour is the best, well written, great detail, great attention to history and compelling reading. Max Brand is good as well, but of a simpler style. Check out Shane (the book is better than the movie) and The Virginian by Owen Wister.

I don't care at all for Longarm, I read one once years ago, relies of sex to sell the books. Like romance novels for men I'm guessing. Lousy writing IMO.

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