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OT/Western writers?

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  1. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

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    Now that L'amour is long gone. Who are your recommendations as good Western writers?

    Thanks,

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  2. shot410ga

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    McMurty, Lonesome Dove, or anything he has written. The finest Western Novel ever written was Lonesome Dove. L'Amour and Grey are hackers compared to McMurty
     
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    Edward Abbey. Desert solitaire is one of the best books I've ever read.
     
  4. Ajax

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    Thanks Dave, I'll look a couple of those up. Ever get all the fires out on the East Side? I waited until Thursday to come back from Yakima and we had smoke and fires all the way home over White Pass.

    I've read Lonesome Dove and thought it was one of the best books I had ever read. Tried a couple others of his and did not think they were at the level of Lonesome Dove, but still thought they were pretty good.

    Ajax
     
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    McMurtry, Elmore Leonard,Terry Johnston. Three of my favorites.
     
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    Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles)
     
  7. Ajax

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    Thanks Joe, I'll look that one up also.

    Thanks to all for the recommendations. Some I was familiar with but some are new to me.

    Ajax
     
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    The Big Sky. A.B.Guthrie Jr. author. Jeff
     
  9. Wyoharris

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    Im an Elmer Kelton fan. CJ Box has some good books also. A bit fantastic at times, but fun to read.
     
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    The Big Lonely by Lou Cameron (if you can find one)is a good book. It came out in April 1978.
     
  11. Old Texas Marine

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    Check out anything by Elmer Kelton. He wrote,writes about the West (mainly west Texas) as it was changing in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Great stories, a lot of them based on historical events.

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    Who wrote "Cowboys and Aliens"?
     
  13. Brian in Oregon

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    I beg to differ. The finest western novel from the standpoint of command of the English language is Owen Wister's "The Virginian".<br>
    http://www.amazon.com/Virginian-Horseman-Plains-Signet-Classics/dp/0451531574/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352888187&sr=1-3&keywords=the+virginian

    Another interesting western book is "The Cherokee Strip" by Marquis James. This is about the section of Oklahoma called the Cherokee Strip which was the biggest land rush in American history. This story is seen through the eyes of a boy who grew up there.<br>
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Cherokee-Strip-Oklahoma-Boyhood/dp/0806135735

    If you want something more historic for old west tales, but still in storybook form, get a copy of Owyhee Trails. This is about the almost desolate O-I-N country, where Oregon, Idaho and Nevada meet. And the book will explain where the name Owyhee came from (hint - it's not an indian name).<br>
    http://www.amazon.com/Owyhee-Trails-Wests-Forgotten-Corner/dp/0870042815/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352888383&sr=1-1&keywords=owyhee
     
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