Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories
As a short story, there is no character development, no big insights into the characters’ thought processes. The entire story itself hinges on one main, rather simplistic, plot point: a sheriff is trying to get his detainee, an inf...more
I've been away from reading anything for some time, consumed with other necessary distractions, and have a good twenty books on my bedside table to read, and another dozen on my Kobo. The kind of funk that settles in when you're away from something you love for a long time clouds everything, so I wanted to read something different.
I had not knowingly been exposed to Elmore Leonard until I watched "Justified", and then (as slow-witted as I sometimes can be) realized he had wr...more
We know all about Elmore Leonard these days, the master of the underworld dialogue and plots like corkscrews. It was a surprise to hear he made his name writing tales of the 19th century western frontier but no surprise at all to find that this early work was very well written and an enjoyable read.
I say that but I still don't consider myself a westerns man, the closest I get to that would be drooling over the cinematic achievement of There Will Be Bloo...more
I liked each of the stories, "The Captives" more than the others (this should have been the title story of the collection).
Pretty macho stuff, really. In almost every story, the climax is punctuated with manly gunfire.
I haven't read a lot of western fiction (mostly Cormack McCarthy), and was happy to read something light from the genre and not a big novel that left me exhausted. As I'm pretty...more
Trust was rare and precious in the wide-open towns that sprung up like weeds on America's frontier—with hustlers and hucksters arriving in droves by horse, coach, wagon, and rail, and gunmen working both sides of the law, all too eager to end a man's life with a well-placed bullet. The New York Times-bestselling Grand Master of suspense deftly displays the other side of his genius, with seven classic western tales of destiny and fatal decision . . . and trust as essential to survival as it is ha...more
Once I got into the stories, it seemed like there was often a small twist at the end that made me think, "THAT was the point of this story?" Different than a...more
I mentioned the book to a friend before I bought it and he said there's been a good movie called THE 3:10 TO YUMA in the fifties. The next day I heard that Russell Crowe's new mov...more
I picked up the book because I had seen the new movie with Russell Crowe of the title story and really loved it. I was intrigued and wanted to know where such wonderful characters had sprung from. The short story of "3:10 to Yuma" is different than the movie but you can see...more