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The Headless Horseman: A Strange Tale of Texas, Volume I

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  8,247 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Thomas Mayne Reid (1818-1883), was an Irish- American novelist. "Captain" Reid wrote many adventure novels akin to those written by Frederick Marryat and Robert Louis Stevenson. These novels contain action that takes place primarily in untamed settings: the American West, Mexico, South Africa, the Himalayas, and Jamaica. Reid had his first poem published in Godey's Lady's ...more
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Published June 26th 2009 by Dodo Press (first published 1865)
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L.G. Cullens
The Headless Horseman - A Strange Tale of Texas by Thomas Mayne Reid (1818 - 1883)

I became aware of this novel in of all places reading the book "The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival" by John Vaillant, and curious (this story has nothing to do with Sleepy Hollow) I downloaded it.

What I downloaded was a free public domain audio version (650.8MB) from LibriVox. The .zip download contained one hundred and one .mp3 modules, one for the prologue and one for each chapter. The chapters are
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Sona
Sep 17, 2014 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.
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
Dasha
Mar 27, 2011 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.
Anastassiya
good for young adults, some adventure, some detective story...poor description of characters.
Aida Vianna
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was 13 years old when I read this book for the first time. We were living in Texas and I was homesick for my beautiful motherland. I was invited to visit this girl who was adopted from my home country of Kazakhstan and she gave me a copy of this book in Russian. The book became my solace as I was going through puberty and all the emotions that were boiling inside me from being homesick. I read it cover to cover 10 times.
Now I’m a 30 year old living in NYC finding myself feeling homesick and t
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Ahdelina
Dec 14, 2010 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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Julia #BlackLivesMatter
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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Jane
Here's what Edgar Allen Poe said about Mayne Reid: "he is a colossal but most picturesque liar. He fibs on a surprising scale but with the finish of an artist, and that is why I listen to him attentively." Poe nailed it - Mayne told colossal and picturesque stories that thrilled generations of boys, including
Teddy Roosevelt and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (whose Sign of the Four bears a striking resemblance to Reid's work). He is even today still read by kids in Europe - hard to believe, given the ac
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Diana
Oct 13, 2012 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
Edita
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To banish from the thoughts one who has been passionately loved is a simple impossibility. Time may do much to subdue the pain of an unreciprocated passion, and absence more. But neither time, nor absence, can hinder the continued recurrence of that longing for the lost loved one—or quiet the heart aching with that void that has never been satisfactorily filled.
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In the physical world Time is accounted the destroyer; though in the moral, it is oft the restorer.
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.
Nerita
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot, character development and the whole story is unforgetable and elegantly told.
Anastasiya
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last book that I read was called "The Headless Horseman" by famous British author of 19th century - Thomas Mayne Reid. This books genre is fiction and its subgenera is realistic fiction, despite that reader might think that it is fantasy until the very end because main events seem totally magical. I those to read this book because it was advised to me by many people and also because it talks a lot about beautiful wild horses - my favorite animals.

The story takes place in the heart of the wild T
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Kakha
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely unique for me. Feelings that it gave me and left for life, were not lost, not weakened and no longer repeated anymore. And I am not few years old. The source of the author's inspiration, which made him write this wonderful book, is to be found in Texas folklore. I almost remembered many episodes of this brilliant novel almost by heart, so they made a strong impression on me then; I remembered also the full names of all the main characters, also the names of the places des ...more
Elmir Mukhtarov
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Headless Horseman was one of my most loved books from my childhood and the corona lockdown persuaded me to read it again after almost a decade. Although the book can be considered somewhat "shallow" or cliche at times, it still excited me whilst reading it. I took away one star because at some points the involvement of Isidora seems a bit pointless as it slows the natural progression of the story and makes the narrative less intriguing.

Overall a great book for children despite the conceited crit
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Cristina
I remember reading it when I was at middle school and then it left me a better impression.
Now re-reading it in my middle age, it seems too simplistic to be a detective story, too predictable to be really exciting. 3 stars for bringing back teenage memories. :)
Hristina Ivanova
I think I have long passed the age when this book would fascinate me, but I can see why younger readers would like it. I'm giving it a second star just because there was a small fraction of the book that really surprised me( and no, it wasn't the ending). ...more
Desi
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely book indeed! It was very pleasant to read!
Mariam
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the first books I have read with my mother and it will always stay in the warmest place of my heart.
Levani UCHUMBEGASHVILI
The book is so interesting that you easily get dragged into story, but as a lover of horror and paranormal activity I feel very much frustrated in the end
Anna
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jaroslav Tuček
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jay Enkhbayar
Feb 22, 2013 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.
Usukhbayar Lhagvasuren
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav
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Synnin
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-old-classic
I have no idea why I read this book so late - it's brilliant! Full of adventure, love, hatred, jealousy, mystery and the descriptions of nature are so beautiful and detailed, gosh! I guess i would've been even MORE fascinated if I read it at the teen age. Anyways, HIGHLY recommended :) I loved it.

The Mayne Reid writing style is unique, a bit unusual but i loved it as well.
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Daria
Great story - a classic, the tale that every child grows (or, in my humble opinion, should) up reading. Romance and mystery spun into one make it a wonderful read - and although by the end the answer to "whodunnit?" becomes rather obvious, the action and intrigue are wonderful. ...more
Christina
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dayana
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book! Great plot, incredible storyline! I love it! ^^
Geku
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, fiction
I really loved this when I was in upper secondary school.
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