My 10 Favorite Westerns

Ten Great Novels of the Old West -- with a Special Tip of the Stetson to the late Elmer Kelton, the Best Practitioner of the Genre
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message 1: by Manray9 (last edited Jun 15, 2013 08:06AM) (new)

Manray9 My list started with 10. Thanks for the additions. Those who favor Louis L'Amour should read Elmer Kelton. L'Amour was just a hack writer. Much of the low reputation westerns suffer in literary circles is due to his work.


message 3: by Jude (new)

Jude Brigley Elmore Leonard has contributed great short stories to this genre.


message 4: by Jude (new)

Jude Brigley Valdez is coming and The Searchers are separate books. oops

Also Phillip Meyer's 'The Son' which came out this year is very good.


message 5: by Manray9 (new)

Manray9 Thanks. I've seen both movies, but haven't read the books.


message 6: by Manray9 (last edited Dec 22, 2013 07:40PM) (new)

Manray9 "The Sisters Brothers" was a poor effort. I called it a western for the X-Box generation.


message 7: by Chrisl (new)

Chrisl With limit of 10, I didn't give Elmer Kelton his fair share; however, others here have acknowledged him.


message 8: by Manray9 (new)

Manray9 Chrisl wrote: "With limit of 10, I didn't give Elmer Kelton his fair share; however, others here have acknowledged him."

As I said above, this started out as my list of ten. Thanks for the additions. I tried to think of those works deserving special recognition, which is why Kelton's books were held to four. The four best (I think). Louis L'Amour can't hold a candle.....


message 9: by Chrisl (new)

Chrisl Manray9 wrote: ""The Sisters Brothers" was a poor effort. I called it a western for the X-Box generation."

I gave Sisters Brothers a tryout, mostly because of location, but it didn't make the cut to join my Goodreads team.


message 10: by Roderick (new)

Roderick Gittens Is this designed to comment only on books read ? I really want to read the floating outfit series. Is there a way to actually read these books here?


message 11: by Chris (new)

Chris Gager The Ox-Bow Incident is up there twice.


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