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The Collected Short Stories of Louis l'Amour, Volume 1: Frontier Stories

(The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour #1)

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With more than 120 titles still in print, Louis L'Amour is recognized the world over as one of the most prolific and popular American authors in history. Though he met with phenomenal success in every genre he tried, the form that put him on the map was the short story. Now this great writer--The Wall Street Journal recently compared with Jack London and Robert Louis Steve ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 4th 2003 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oct. 23, 2015
L'Amour's many Western, or "Frontier," short stories have been gathered together in a three-volume set (itself part of a larger 7-vol. collection of all of the author's short fiction), under the imprint of Bantam Dell. (Goodreads only has records for each individual volume, not for the larger or smaller collections.) Since L'Amour is my wife's favorite author and his Western writing is what she particularly appreciates, I got her all three volumes for Christmas a few years ago. And
Bob Cantrell
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A True Story Teller

I just like Louis L'amour stories. There is a simplicity to them that is a joy to read. Louis L'amour is a story teller and that is what you sometimes with a good story. The characters are either good or bad. Sometimes they start off bad but come to that fork in the road where they have to decide what they are going to do ride away from their life or continue on with the life of a bad man. Most chose unwisely and pay for their misdeeds and other just lose out to the better man
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My first read by L'more was "Off the Mangrove Coast". I have been hooked ever since.
I liked all the stories in this collection, some more than others, though I didn't like the narrator for these as much as for another collection I'd listened to, which influenced the rating, possibly more than is fair.
Julie Davis
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what made me sample a few of Louis L'Amour's short story collections on my Kindle. I was surprised to find his stories compelling and so picked up this collection via Paperback Swap. He has a talent for making you speed to the end of the story even when you're fairly sure you know what will happen ... because you're only fairly sure and often he flips the story just a bit on you.

I am now officially a fan of Louis L'Amour's short stories. Eventually I will try a novel but for no
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Things usually wind up a little too good for the protagonists; however, these stories are entertaining and have some real grit.
Wayland Smith
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: westerns
I've read everything Louis L'Amour ever wrote, sometimes more than once. I recently got this collection and reread it. When I first read his work, I was a lot younger and it was before I started writing. Now, going over this again older, as a writer, I have to say I'm deeply impressed.

You could teach master classes in writing off L'Amour's work. He mostly wrote Westerns, and I can see that turning some people off right there. Well, don't let it. He has great characters, wonderful settings, and
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the first collection of his stories that I've ever read... previously, I'd only read a couple of his. The stories are hit-and-miss, especially some of the ones published after his deaths, but the hits are solid and well worth the price of the book. Some especially good ones were "The One for the Mojave Kid," "Marshall of Canyon Gap," "Duffy's Man," but the standout was the novella toward the end, "Rustler Roundup." That particular story started a little rough (perhaps because it was, I ...more
David Barnes
Apr 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
My son gave this book to me for my last birthday. I'm all about sustainability these days and this book has opened my eyes to our roots in these united states. We were not always obsessed with accumulating more "stuff". When the west was being "won" we made a lot a sacrifices to survive. That included being very resourceful with everything. We still don't exactly know what we have and how to change the world, but I believe we are on a path in that direction.
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

Mr. L'Amour's characters are engaging: the frontier women are strong and the outlaws are sensitive. His historical settings of deserts, frontier towns and mining shacks are memorable. And his plots are fun, suspenseful and unforgettable.

I couldn't put it down. I'm officialy a L'Amour convert.
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: western
I love L'Amour's style of writing. I have truly missed him since his death. the man simply knew how to tell a story whether it be short or long. His descriptions of the West seem to be exactly right , even perfect . Finding this set of short stories was like finding new L'Amour stories that I had not seen before. The thing about L'Amour is you never mind reading a story of his twice.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every story in this book transports the reader to the old West. I felt the heat and dust of the desert, the cattle ranges, the loneliness of the frontier. Love L'Amour's writing style and so glad I found this book in a box that someone was tossing
Jim A
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something in this for every lover of western tales. Quite a few short stories plus a novella.

Every now and again, everyone should read a L'Amour story or two.
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful stories of the frontier written by a skilled wordsmith. If you've ever wondered what the Louis L'Amour fuss is about, try these stories, and you'll be hooked.
David Thormodsgard
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Louis L’Amour brings the Wild West alive in this series of vignettes about the American Frontier. L’Amour brings characters alive in the stunning landscapes he creates and creates an emotional connection to them that you can feel as you read along.

The beauty of this book is in its utter lightness, lack of substance. The stories are so easy to read, you are never really challenged by any of the ideas presented in them. You are thrilled and left wondering what is To happens next, but you are neve
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: louis-l-amour
This is a nice collection of short western stories from one of the masters of the genre. I enjoy westerns, whether they be movies, TV shows or books. Simple stories about the frontier. Cowboys and Indians, outlaws and small town sheriffs, frontier justice and even some strong female characters that aren't floozies or secondary to the male characters. I have just one minor disappointment, and it's not meant to be a complaint but an observation. Some (most) of the stories in this volume would be b ...more
Michael Reilly
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
A very enjoyable collection of (mostly) short frontier stories that cover a variety of escalating circumstances, relationships, conflicts and survival situations in the American West. L'Amour has a simple and direct energy in his writing that neatly reflects the nature of his characters and their storylines, bringing to life the environments and personal characteristics of each tale. I was impressed by the scope of this collection, and even though many stories follow expected pathways through to ...more
Michael Brown
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-reading
There are many good western writers. And many good story tellers. But few can compare to the tales from Louis L'Amour. His short stories and novellas are almost perfect. His characters are fully dressed and presented no matter how short the tale. While he repeats many themes of the good vs bad, people seeking to make amends, the hard pressed who will not just surrender, the seekers and the wanderers each new story has a different appeal and quality. This first volume of his shorter works covers ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of short stories. I can see the comparison to Jack London that people often make. Like all short story collections some were good and others not so much. However, on balance, if you're looking for a good western tale there were a lot of them in this book. I was honestly surprised how much variety L'amour was able to get our of the western setting. There are some very inventive stories in this book including a really solid novella. Overall, it's a tremendous value for a book an ...more
Oleta Blaylock
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the stories in this book. This is a new book that I didn't know existed. My mother-in-law gave it to me because she knew I love reading Louis L'Amour. There is a nice variety of short stories and they are all westerns. Some are very short and some have several chapters to them. They all highlight the wonderful imagination of Mr. L'Amour. If you are looking for a book that you can read while to are waiting in an office or traveling or sitting on a beach then this is that book ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-book, favorites
The volume showcases the range Mr. L'Amour covered in his writing. There are 34 stories; one of which has eight chapters. You will read about a wide variety of topics.Here is a list of some of the topics: a single mother, desert survival, trailing, prospecting, mining, you will meet one of the Sacketts, the necessity of quickly growing up, and gambling. All of the stories are good, they are all unique. I really enjoyed the final story, it has quite a fun twist to it.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been a L'Amour fan for a long time though I have never read his short stories. I bought all three volumes of his short stories to have in the reading room for a quick occasional read. Super good stuff. He develops his characters quickly in such a short space and there is almost always a surprising twist. On to vol. 1 and 2 :)
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Forgot to add this book when started, loaned from Blake Walker, but I also forgot what a great storyteller Louis L’Amour was. While the PC crowd 👎🏼 may not like all his character depictions this man really tells great stories.

Not a huge reader of Westerns today I had a Great Read with his collection.
Mac Daly
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, western
These are short stories of the American west. While some of the stories are engaging, e.g an interesting mystery about a murder and the hunt for gold, others do not stand the test of time. There are too many racial slurs and prejudices for this to be an entertaining escape.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say...

... that hasn’t been said by millions of others more eloquent than myself? L’Mour never fails to entertain, often with a lesson on morality to wrap things up. No matter how often I reread him I’m never disappointed.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it, westerns
I love Louis L’Amour’s books! He’s a fantastic storyteller.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
35 GREAT short stories that keep you wanting more. What a great "village tale-teller" he was.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read great author took it to the beach and it served its purpose nicely.
Charlie Shaw
Nice short, easy to read stories.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really great short story writing in this collection. I went outside my comfort zone and was pleased.
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Louis L'Amour was an American author. L'Amour's books, primarily Western fiction, remain enormously popular, and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death all 101 of his works were in print (86 novels, 14 short-story collections and one full-length work of nonfiction) and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers".

Other books in the series

The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour (8 books)
  • The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 2: Frontier Stories
  • The Collected Short Stories of Louis l'Amour, Volume 3: The Frontier Stories
  • The Collected Short Stories of Louis l'Amour, Volume 4: The Adventure Stories
  • The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 4, Part 2: Adventure Stories
  • The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 5: Frontier Stories
  • The Collected Short Stories of Louis l'Amour, Volume 6: The Crime Stories
  • The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 7: The Frontier Stories

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