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In Bear Country by Kiernan Kelly
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Jan 16, 11

bookshelves: favorites, novella-plus
Recommended for: serious western readers
Read from January 10 to 14, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

This is not an ideological western with hot guys walking around bow-legged in tight jeans for the pleasure of the audience.

This is a world where the line between life and death is so thin that one unfortunate mishap can cause a long agonizing death. This is a land where the only lights at night is the moon and stars, the nearest town, if you are lucky, is fifty miles away which equals two days on horse and longer on foot. If you need the law, you will have to travel farther because this is the untamed west.

Pride has worked for four years for a nickel a month for an ornery rancher. It took him four years of going without to put enough money together buy a bag-of-bones horse and supplies so that he can travel over the mountains to go to California and the promise of a better future. That was until he was attached and everything that he owned was stolen, he was tied to a tree for the critters to take care of. Bear came along and plucked him out of the mouth of a mountain. Now trapped by a blizzard Pride and Bear forge a tentative friendship.

This story about two men who have lost it all only to find that they could have a family in each other. I loved every minute.
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01/12/2011 page 83
40.0% "It's been a while since I have read a true western and not an idealized version. Some of the phrases used are a little off but otherwise pretty good."
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