FF: Reading the Wild West

Kel: A Cat of the Wild West

I’m glad to hear that folks enjoy this list of what I’ve been reading.  This week’s reading took an unusual turn when I felt a sudden craving for Westerns.

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.

The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

I’d love to hear what you’re reading!

Recently Completed:

Mustang Man by Louis L’amour.  Audiobook.  I have a sneaking fondness for Nolan, a would-be bad boy Sackett.  Reread.

The Case of the Toxic Mutants (Dragonbreath 9) by Ursula Vernon.  Mutants have never been so cute.

The Man From The Broken Hills by Louis L’amour.  More red herrings in this one than in a fish market. Reread.

In Progress:

The Sackett Brand by Louis L’Amour.  I have an old fondness for this one.  Reread.

Knight-Napped (Dragonbreath 10) by Ursula Vernon.

Tempest and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce.  Audiobook.  Just started.


Wolf’s Blood by Jane Lindskold.  About three-quarters done.

And some back issues of magazines, because I’m so far behind!

9 Responses to “FF: Reading the Wild West”

  1. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I’ve never read any Westerns, unless Cormac McCarthy counts? Or Stephen King’s Dark Tower series…. I should rectify that gaping hole.

    Recently completed-

    New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. Not what I was expecting but I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Meh…it was okay. I guess Norse mythology just isn’t my thing.

    Falling Kingdoms by Mogan Rhodes. As the first book of the Falling Kingdoms series, it set everything up well.

    Currently reading-

    Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes. This is the second of the series and I just started it.

    Wow! Only one book in my currently reading? That’s unusual for me. Maybe I should go by the library and find a Western. 😁📚📖📕

    • janelindskold Says:

      I admit to a fondness for Louis L’amour’s work, but it isn’t everyone’s taste and some have plot holes big enough to drive a herd of long horns through. But I started reading them young enough I can just saddle up my bronc and go along for the ride.

      I haven’t read Gaiman’s take on Norse mythology, mostly because I already pretty much know the material by heart.

      • John C Says:

        My exposure to westerns is limited to a couple films. Do you have any recommendations on how I might introduce myself to the genre?

      • janelindskold Says:

        I’m limited in my reading. I sort of imprinted on L’Amour and his work remains my favorite. I remember liking The Daybreakers, a lot.

    • Peter Says:

      For a Western with a fantasy take, try hunting up the short story “Spud and Cochise” by Oliver LaFarge (originally published in 1936, so you could probably find the text online in a public-domain repository.)

      For a more recent Western(ish)-that-will-appeal-to-the-SFnal, Elizabeth Bear’s Karen Memory is superb.

      • janelindskold Says:

        I very much enjoyed KAREN MEMORY, and agree that it’s “westernish” but not a Western. Good book with appealing characters and an interesting situation.

  2. Ann M Nalley Says:

    Just finished rereading the first book of THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING by T.H. White! I started the second book, but it gets so depressing when the magic of Merlyn stops! Also beginning a Joe Leaphorn book, and finishing a re-read of DEATH OF A MAID by M.C. Beaton. Two weeks ago, I read KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by David Grann; it was excellent.

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    I’m very fond of Louis L’amour – only westerns i generally read, in fact – but they are a very particular style of western. Which probably why I don’t read others. In a lot of ways I’d say he’s to the Western what Georgette Heyer is to Romance. And I can’t stand the current practitioners of either. Gritty realism and ripped bodices just aren’t my cup of tea. Although the western writers do toss in the occasional cow for variety.

    I’ll jump up a week for my current listing, since i seem to be running late

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