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    Default Suggestions on good Cowboy books/writers?

    Hello all! Happy new year and whatnot Reading the Dark Tower has me in the mood to read some books about the old west, but I have no idea where to start! I asked my Dad and he gave me Wyoming by Zane Grey ... I read a few pages and (after teasing him a bit) told him that wasn't really what I meant (it's a bit of a romance novel and it's set in the recent past). Anything that might remind me of Roland would do fine!

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    I'm not a fan of the 'western' novels myself. There are lots out there to pick from tho. Why not try a different Zane Grey book? Or try something by Larry McMurty, he seems to have alot of 'western' books out there like 'Lonesome Dove', which was a bestseller and made into a great series on TV. Maybe ask at your local library what is trending in that area? Or, just do a re-read of the Tower books!!

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    Hi!

    I'm not into western novels but here's a link that might help.

    http://www.amazon.com/SOME-BEST-WEST.../R68R3AMXE9OLW

    Peace.

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    Default Re: Suggestions on good Cowboy books/writers?

    Starting sometime in the 60s, my granddad couldn't wait until each new Louis L'Amour book came out, and this was not a man who normally read books.

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    Try "Clay's Justice" by Dave Shifren. The author taught an excellent writing class I attended back in the 90's and the book is an awesome western.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sepia and Dust View Post
    Starting sometime in the 60s, my granddad couldn't wait until each new Louis L'Amour book came out, and this was not a man who normally read books.
    I read those when they were lying around; it was one of the few things I ever saw my dad read. (I read everything in our house as a kid, but despite my mom's reading habits I never developed a taste for trashy romance novels. Well. I suppose I did ... just got sated on them rather quickly.) They were kinda fun, IIRC.

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    Default Re: Suggestions on good Cowboy books/writers?

    Try Cormac McCarthy. All the Pretty Horses and The Border Trilogy are favorites of mine.

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    I loved The Road, so I'll definitely check out those McCarthy books. Thanks for all the great suggestions! I'm listening to the Dark Tower again in my car and was reading The Twelve by Justin Cronin (after finishing Cell and while watching Walking Dead on netflix) and just thought I needed something a bit less apocalyptic!

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    Default Re: Suggestions on good Cowboy books/writers?

    If your looking for westerns heavy on indiscriminate murder and light on romance, Robert Parker (the Spenser guy) wrote a few.

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