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A Century of Great Western Stories: An Anthology of Western Fiction

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John Jakes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of such acclaimed historical novels as North and South and The Kent Family Chronicles has long been both a fan and a distinguished author of novels and stories of the American West. Now, with the turning of the millennium, he has compiled in one volume a century's worth of his favorite Western fiction.

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Paperback, 528 pages
Published June 23rd 2001 by Forge Books
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Jun 25, 2011 Joshua rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who have seen all the classic western films
This is a big bulky collection of short stories of the Western genre. Many that were adapted or the screen and became legendary films. Earnest Haycox's "Stage to Lordsburg" became "Stagecoach" which launched the Western movie genre from B films to blockbusters along with catapulting John Wayne to leading man. Another blockbuster came in the form of "The Tin Star" which was retitled "High Noon" and starred Gary Cooper. The editor did a good job of pulling from Western kingpin writers like Louis L ...more
An excellent collection of stories and authors. I found myself wishing that several of these were adapted to television as western reality versus all the horrible current reality shows. Each story gave an introduction to the author and titles of other works. Gunslinging, posses, simpler love stories, stage coaches, gamblers, gunfights, sheriffs, and small towns with a thread of courage, valor, and respect drawn through.
A solid collection of all the varieties of the western tale: from recognizable classics, to weird and thinly plotted out pulp that just happens in a western setting.

Jakes is a good guide and has a firm editorial grip. Unlike other anthologies where the freaks are marginal entries from well known authors in other genres trying their hand in something new, the stranger additions to the collection are examples of genre stretching by authors so fully in the mainstream of the western tradition trying
S. Thomas
The Gift of Cochise (by Louis L'Amour)- 4 stars
The Tin Star (by John Cunningham)- 4.5 stars
Killers' Country (by Dan Cushman)-4.5 stars
Timberline (by Owen Wister)- 3 stars
All Gold Canyon (by Jack London)- 5 stars
The Lamb of the Flying U (by B.M. Bowen)- 4 stars
Gun Job (by Thomas Thompson)- 5 stars
The Burial of Letty Strayhorn (by Elmer Kelton)- 3.5 stars
Hell on the Draw (by Loren D. Estleman)- 2 stars
The Attack on the Mountain (by Glendon Swarthout)- 3 stars
Fear (by Bill Pronzini)- 4.5 stars
The G
Henry Marchand
Terrific collection. Gems by writers familiar and not. Not all are first rate in themselves, but any collection this size will be uneven. Much to enjoy, and for writers of short stories much to be be learned.
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John Jakes, the author of more than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today’s most distinguished writers of historical fiction. His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy. Jakes’s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of “the godfather of historical novelists” from the Los Angeles Times and le ...more
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