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The Headless Horseman

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,071 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Texas in the 19th century. The War with Mexico is still a recent memory, marauding Comanches are a daily threat for new settlers of the Lone Star State. Louise Poindexter, a beautiful newcomer, is courted by two men - the arrogant and vindictive Cassius Calhoun and the dashing but poor mustanger Maurice Gerald. Calhoun plots to eliminate his rival when tragedy strikes: Lou ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Gloria Mundi (first published 1865)
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Sona
Sep 26, 2014 Sona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the best books i had ever read.
Its very full of sense book for me.Lot of love and romance.
It easily takes you inside of all the novel,every scene.Love it,my advice is read this book.
Leonid
Feb 19, 2015 Leonid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
На мой взгляд это один из самых лучших приключенческих романов всех времен и народов и определенно самый лучший в жанре "вестерн". Читал его в детстве несколько раз и потом перечитывал уже когда стал постарше. До сих пор помню имена почти всех героев романа.
Интересно, что роман, написанный на английском языке и действие которого происходит в Техасе ( США) мало знаком англоязычной публике. То есть мало кто из британцев или англичан его читал. Как говориться в своем отечестве пророка нет. У нас в
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Arnis
May 10, 2013 Arnis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man vienmēr licies, ka šī būs padrūma grāmata par tumšajiem viduslaikiem, jo anotācijai biju tikai pavirši uzmetis aci. Nekā nebija. Stāsts risinās saulainajā Teksasā tās sulīgajās prērijās un notikumus diktē karstais meksikāņu temperments.
Pretēji iepriekš lasītajām klasikas grāmatām biju patīkami vīlies, kas negadās bieži.
Nav nekāds spraigais sižets, intriga tiek kāpināta lēni. Tomēr, ja neskaita detalizēti aprakstīto notikumu sīkumus, romāns bija paredzams. Faktiski intriga bija līdz brīdim, k
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Dasha
Mar 27, 2011 Dasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think only Russians read Mayne Reid anymore.
He was such a favorite when I was small.
Ahdelina
Dec 16, 2010 Ahdelina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really happy, that I finally have read this book. And I loved it so much, I finished it in a few days.
This book returned me to my childhood and reminded me what a big fan of wild adventures I was.
I enjoyed reading about old Texas times. Actually I was a little bit jealous, that people used to live this way. They could live in forests and woods, hunt, drink from rivers, live with nature in peace and didn't really need much. I think it's obvious that the main and good characters of this book
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Vira Motorko
Jun 14, 2014 Vira Motorko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ну нарешті, і цю читацьку галочку я поставила, а то ж прямо був непорядок якийсь.
Недарма у мене були підозри, що станеться так, як свого часу сталося із Останнім із могікан: читатиму і почуватимусь школяркою-переростком, яку залишили на п'ятий рік у попередньому класі, і вона у 20 читає ті книжки, які в 15 читати годилося б :)
Приблизно так і вийшло, але не настільки страшно. Чи то мені думати не хотілося, але поки автор не написав, то я сама не здогадалася, як же таки з'явився вершник без голови
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Ishdolgor
Dec 13, 2014 Ishdolgor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zarim nomiig finished gh uyd goodreads.t 4,6 4,7 geh met ratings-uudiig bailgamaar sanagdah yumdaa.....
Jaroslav Tuček
Dec 08, 2015 Jaroslav Tuček rated it really liked it
It wasn't easy to get into The Headless Horseman. The writing is very wordy and the language so rich (or contrived) that you'll need a dictionary to read the book. To compound the problem, not much is really happening in the opening parts of the story.

Patience on the part of the reader is soon rewarded however, when what appears to be a sleepy Western romance between a mustanger and a rich planter's daughter is transformed into a riveting mystery adventure...

The open prairies of Texas, memorable
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Togoldor Erdenebileg
The author describes the events so vividly that I was even scared at some points :) Also he/she kept me absorbed in the book as I was always curious about the things to happen next. Overall, the book was good but it is my not my favorite.
Anna
Jan 02, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
I gave up on the title fool. I thought that this is the same "Sleepy Hollow", under which filmed the movie with Johnny Depp,and regret I had to take a minute to check whether it is indeed. It turned out that due to anything besides the two "riders" can not be combined with each other.
Light, a bit funny story with the criminal vein.What do mustangs hunter from Ireland, the beautiful Miss Luisa and the old trapper? Why the mysterious headless horseman is so difficult to catch?
This can be learned f
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Lilija
Dec 18, 2015 Lilija rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
knyga, kuri magiškai mane užbūrė vieną vaikystės vasarą... iki šiol menu tą skaitymo malonumą
Anastassiya
good for young adults, some adventure, some detective story...poor description of characters.
Julia
Jan 21, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Mayne Reid that i read.And i'm sorry to say, it's most likely the last one.
I really, really wanted to like the book and his style of writing.
And while the first proved to get better towards the end, his writing however, is not my taste.
The constant "toying" with the reader "Who was this rider? He was wearing this and that (previously described on a character), went there, did this, oh who could it ever be?" " It was, indeed *insert name* "
Like, i'm not that stupid, i ca
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Usukhbayar Lhagvasuren
Jan 21, 2016 Usukhbayar Lhagvasuren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav
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Jake Danishevsky
I read this book about 35 years ago. Yes, it was one of those books that was considered a classic and great reading material in Soviet Union. Every kid must have read it and I was not an exception. While being a timid and not a very tough kid at the time, I took a deep dive into the land of cowboys and Indians, mustangs, wild horses and fighting. Love, of course what boy doesn't want to be cool, tough and in love with a beautiful woman or be loved. That is as much as I can remember, since it was ...more
Tatiana
Apr 01, 2013 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Прекрасный приключенческий роман. Правда, захватывает действие не сразу. Сперва читателю предстоит несколько расслабленное путешествие по бескрайним просторам американских прерий. Лишь немногочисленные и не слишком-то "острые и густые" сюжетные заросли будут попадаться на их пути. Но живительный зелёный оазис, став приютом для страшной тайны, непременного взбодрит притомившегося путника. Да и как тут заскучаешь, когда, кажется, сам воздух пронизан ощущением чего-то мистически-непредсказуемого, ч ...more
Anna
Jun 11, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok
Книга рассказывает о мустангере и его возлюбленной, а также о коварном ревнивом кузене, готовым пойти на всё, лишь бы только получить то, что он хочет. Ну, и конечно, главная интрига - загадочный всадник без головы.

Самый интересный момент для меня - это как раз-таки всадник без головы. Эта тайна была единственным интересным местом в книге. Всё остальное, возможно, также показалось бы мне увлекательным, если бы я читала книгу лет в 8-10. Слишком уж все по-детски наивно и ясно. Особой художественн
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Eugenia
Эх, думала я, что будет жутко, а оказывается это простой детектив, и тайну всадника не так уж трудно было и раскрыть, не дочитав до конца. Но вообще мне понравилась, для разнообразия и легкого чтения можно.
Diana
Oct 17, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ap-reading
Very interesting and fascinating book. The novel's plot is a detective story. The headless horseman appears as a nonsense to a reader. Neither the characters nor the narrator know who is it. A mystery is around this typical setting of Texas. The narrator talks to his reader through the main character Maurice Gerald. The book becomes even more entertaining when romance between the main characters occurs. The ending is culmination of everybody's guesses which composes complete picture of a puzzle ...more
Elizaveta
Jan 21, 2016 Elizaveta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my first serious book read at 13. Very amusing, and reminds me of childhood.
Osilverman
Jun 18, 2015 Osilverman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an exciting read when I was young. I read it in 6th grade and loved it.
Nurana Axundzada
heç məktəbə də getmirdim bunu oxuyanda, yuxuma da girmişdi :(
Alice Hovsepyan
Feb 07, 2015 Alice Hovsepyan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was amazing novel, very interesting and mysterious.
Nazenin Yuzbasheva
Oct 09, 2014 Nazenin Yuzbasheva rated it it was amazing
This book was my favorite in my childhood =)
Пан Бібліотекар
Улюблена книга дитинства.
Oksana
read long-long ago
Елена Бугаева
Потрясающая книга
Gabija
Jun 28, 2015 Gabija rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book has quite good intrigue and the storyteller is remarkable (I had that strange feeling like he would be familiar person).
Jay Enkhbayar
Sep 17, 2015 Jay Enkhbayar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
The book in general is good, but the pacing was a bit slow and because of that i got tired after reading 10 pages at a time. The actions of the characters were very obvious. Also i think there was no grey zone in the book. By this i mean the characters were either good or bad. Because I read the book in Mongolian the language was sort of awkward too. The translation was bad. Planning to get a copy in English, maybe then my impression about this book will change.
Buje
Jan 14, 2015 Buje rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books from my childhood. Still remember the beauty of Texas steppe and my mustanger guy!
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