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« #225 : December 01, 2023, 01:04:44 AM »

The War Wagon - Clair Huffaker




I don't remember I ever saw the movie, but if I did I don't remember a thing about it. Judging from the trailer and the synopsis they left little of the novel: basically only a reformed version of the mechanism of the assault to the gold carriage. The character played by Wayne seems to be completely different from the one of the novel: that does explain the change of the original title (Badman). The story is basically that of the plan to steal the gold and the relationship of the main character (a badman with a code) and his accomplices in the heist, among whom there is his little brother. 7/10 because it is short (not even 130 pages) and the way the coup is planned.


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« #226 : December 04, 2023, 12:51:01 AM »

Riders West (Dell, 1956)



Small but valuable collection, including 3 stories of various lenght (all 8/10), the famous article by Raine debunking the Wyatt Earp myth; and another good one on  range cooks.


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« #227 : December 09, 2023, 05:55:56 PM »

Great Western Stories (ed. by William Targ)





A half sized edition of the Western Stories Omnibus I commented upon in this thread.


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« #228 : January 08, 2024, 06:56:47 AM »

The  Pocket  Book of Western Stories ed. by Harry E. Maule



A good mixture of classic stories, pulp fare and just good tales set in different locales and in different situations. I had reviewed the slightly more large hb edition. 7-8/10

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« #229 : January 20, 2024, 03:47:10 PM »

The Gallows Land - Bill Pronzini



Pronzini is a dependable author, both in P.I. and western genre. I have still to read something by him that doesn't contain some item of interest and this one is no exception. It is very good for 3/4 and it has a thrilling chase in the arroyo and some good desert lore. 7/10


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« #230 : January 22, 2024, 06:45:50 PM »

Quincannon - Bill Pronzini



Not much of a western, but a detective story. Secret service agent Q. going after  a gang of counterfeiters. 7/10

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« #231 : January 23, 2024, 08:42:06 AM »

The Last Days of Horse-Shy Halloran - Bill Pronzini





Pronzini adds some humor to this story of a would-be highwayman who has not an easy relationship with horses. 7/10


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« #232 : May 01, 2024, 03:50:44 AM »

The Lawmen ed. by Pronzini and Greenberg



This is part of a series The Best of the West collecting thematically some of the best short stories published before the 1980's, when these volumes were published. All of these stories are good, though not extraordinary. 7/10

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« #233 : May 03, 2024, 01:27:04 AM »

The Horse Soldiers ed. by Pronzini and Greenberg
This one is part of the series The Best of the West. It is average like the above, a solid 7/10. But there are 2 stories that are worth mentioning: the one by Frederick Remington (I didn't know he was also a story-teller)  is the best one here, actually it looks like it was written in the 1960's or later, sure not more than a century ago. And the last one, signed Clay Fisher, because is so politically incorrect. (The one by Elmore Leonard is also very good, but his entire western production is a must for every aficionado).


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« #234 : May 06, 2024, 10:45:40 AM »

The Cowboys ed. Pronzini & Breenberg     








As the level of the stories is a bit higher compared to the ones above this gets 7-8/10

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« #235 : May 28, 2024, 09:05:09 AM »

The Custer Album - Lawrence A. Frost



 It has got a ton of pictures, I had never guessed the General was so far from being camera shy. 10/10


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« #236 : June 12, 2024, 12:31:44 PM »

Hi
Yes, it is worth including all books about Westerns, both literary and film, to create a comprehensive knowledge base on this topic. Thanks to this, readers and Western fans will have easy access to a wide range of information and sources. Posting a photo would be a great addition to attract attention and make the books easier to visually recognize. Such a database could include descriptions, reviews and ratings, which will further increase its value.
Best regards, Richard 😁

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