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Just started re-reading Louis again. Have all his books that I know of. Remembering how I have always enjoyed the stories he wrote enough to read again and again. I especially like to follow his stories on old maps to see where events took place. Having worked in my younger days on a ranch I can relate to some of his characters. Some of my favorites are:
The Lonesome Gods
The Comstock Load
The Sackett Family series
What are your favorites? Let's get a little sharing of favorite authors and titles going on. Nothing I enjoy more in the evening than reading a good book while listening to jazz and blues. Can't think of a better forum to share this on.
My favourite L'Amour books? Hmmm...
Top four in no order, but based on frequency of re-reading:
- Dark Canyon
- Silver Canyon
- Reilly's Luck
- The Sackett novels
- The Last of the Breed (non-Western)
I have most of his novels in paperback, but would like - before retiring - to buy a complete set in leatherbound hardcover to keep and re-read until I shuffle of this mortal coil.
Call me irresponsible...
About a decade ago we had backpacked into the middle of Baxter State Park. I was
making supper when a guy walked up to the next lean to. He was barefoot,
wearing jeans and had a huge knife on his belt in a fringed holster.
He had no pack of any kind....
I knew it was too late to get back to a car; so I asked him where his pack was. He said "All a man needs is a good knife". Despite being in my 40's I had never read a Louis Lamour novel. He piled up a bunch of leaves in his lean to and said goodnight.
I'm an early riser. I woke up before dawn, at roughly 4:30 am. It had been a cold night, August here is no guarantee against temps in
the low 40's, and it felt cold even in my 4 pound bag (admittedly old and less effective than it once had been)...
When I camped, I always brought gourmet coffee in foil packs, really good stuff. I'd also bring canned milk, so I could have coffee just like I had at home. I brewed up a pot and went over with a cup to give to him, but he was gone. All that was there was a big pile of leaves.
Poor bastard must have froze his ass off and left in the middle of the night. Later someone told me about western novels....
If you have not already read the book, the Haunted Mesa is a good combination of X-Files time/space travel mixed with earthly characters who love the Western life. If was my first LL book, and I still reread it on occasion.
Yes I have read it (more than once myself). Great book.
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