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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-20-2018, 03:10 PM
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I just finished a couple of really good historical fiction books by a woman writer named Paulette Jiles. The books are "News of the World" and "The Color of Lightning". The main characters live in Young County, Texas and all of her place-names are period correct. I know that area well since I was born and raised in Young County, Texas and have been to many of the places she talks about. I hardily recommend both books.

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post #22 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-23-2018, 09:35 AM
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Since this thread has received new life I'm going to recommend Elmer Kelton. All his novels, although fiction, are based on historical context. Don't want Winchester 92's and peacemakers, he's your guy. Firearms are correct for the era and there usually isn't too much bloodshed involved. I'll recommend "Stand Proud" and "The Man Who Road Midnight" as two of his very best. Also try out "The Good Ol' Boys" and the follow up novel. Tommy Lee Jones made a movie based on it and it followed the book closely. I'll never forget the scene of the youngest kid and his first encounter with ice cream.



L'Amour was very good but I consider Kelton to be every bit his equal or better.
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L'Amour was imo the best western writer. A close second was Max Brand (Frederick Faust). His most famous western character was Destry.
If you haven't read his books,give him a try.

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Larry McMurty has written a few. He wrote Lonesome Dove, Dead Man Walking, Streets of Lorado, and a Trilogy. Probably some more.
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I've enjoyed Louis L'Amour since I first read one of his books over 45 years ago as a kid. I have almost all of his books in the Leatherette editions. The only gripe I have is the unrealistic shooting abilities sometimes described. That aside, he provided me many hours of entertainment.

I've not read any of Kelton's books, I'll give him a try. Thank for the heads up.
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