Friday, January 13, 2012
The Friday Five
I loved these books as a kid, and when they started to arrive in those yellow envelopes over the past couple of weeks, I jumped into the stories with the same abandon. I was taken right back to those summer afternoons in the Salina Public Library.
I have long been a fan of westerns, so for today's Friday Five, it's my five favorite Western Writers:
1. Zane Grey. The mac-daddy of western authors. Favorites include: The Drift Fence and The Hash Knife Outfit, as well as The Trail Driver and 30,000 on the Hoof.
2. Louis L'amour. His Sackett series, particularly the first three in the series. Sackett's Land is a textbook on how to keep the action moving at a breakneck pace.
3. Robert B. Parker. His Appaloosa series taught me a lot about show, don't tell, though the prolific use of 'Said' in his dialogue can drive someone up the nut-tree.
4. Abel Shott. You can't beat Solo Strant.
5. Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove series. This is a powerful set of books. It must be, because NOTHING good ever happens to the characters, and yet, I could not put these stories down. I had to know what was going to happen next.