Western fans are familiar with Jeff Arnold through his wonderful blog, Jeff Arnold’s West, where he deconstructs western films, novels and historical incidents. It’s an essential spot on the Web for western fans (or Westernistas, as he calls us). Arnold has now turned his formidable talents to the novel and his first, Stay and Die, […]
Here’s a review of Jeremy Perry’s champion collection of short stories, Hard Luck.
A Terrific Western Trouble on the Smoky Hill Trail is the first of the Pearl Brothers series of westerns, and it’s a honey. The trouble begins in the idyllic town of Elder Grove, Kansas, where a group of renegade Indians abduct two teenage girls. The renegades are soon tracked by a delegation from the town, […]
It’s almost impossible to parse the pleasures of Bowie’s Gold by Evan Lewis. In an age when many true-life Western heroes are on the verge of being forgotten, Lewis brings Jim Bowie back to lusty life. And is it life! The Bowie in this book is a full-throttled adventurer. It’s almost impossible to read without […]
Well … wow. Having read deeply about the American West for two decades, I had thought that there would be few surprises left in store for me. And then, happily, I came across S. C. Gwynne’s masterful, Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History. If you read only one book about the so-called Indian Wars, let it be this one.
No figure – including that glorious tall-tale-spinner Buffalo Bill Cody – is more riddled with confusion, controversy and misinformation than that hero of the Alamo, David (Davy) Crockett (1876-1836).
I often find myself pulling down familiar books during the Christmas season. Some, like the Christmas novels of Charles Dickens, are about the holiday itself. Others, like the superb novel Monte Walsh (1963) by Jack Schaefer, have a Christmas-themed chapter that I find irresistible.