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Westerns (traditional)

In the manner of classic westerns by Zane Grey, William McLeod Raine, Max Brand, Louis L'Amour, and others. These stories usually feature a hero who, like a Knight of the Range, answers the call to adventure, rescues damsels in distress, and brings bad guys to justice. His idealism drives him to right wrongs and/or seek vengeance for injustices done to innocent people.

Westerns (historical fiction)

These stories are centered around historical events and feature characters who have a keen desire to survive, no matter the odds. "Cold Mountain" is one example.

Westerns (non-fiction)

This category includes journals, diaries, and narratives by people who actually lived during the early years of American history, as well as historical texts and articles based on actual events.

Westerns (contemporary fiction)

The Western culture is not dead. Stories set in present time contain all the elements we look for in a good western story. Cowboys, rodeo stars, and humble folk on farms and ranches are alive and well, even in this modern age, and continue to contribute to our western lore.

Westerns (suspense/mystery/thriller)

These stories may or may not have a romantic subplot, but the main thrust will be "who dunnit," woman-in-jeopardy, solving the mystery, or trying to survive a running battle with the bad guys.  A good example is Alistair Maclean's "Breakheart Pass."

Westerns (historical romance)

These stories feature heroines, as well as heroes, and the strong sensual attraction between them. The central plot deals with their developing relationship. Like all romance stories, these have "happily ever after" endings.

Westerns (contemporary romance)

These stories, set in present time somewhere in the west, often in one of the southwest or Rocky Mountain states, feature cowboys, ranch hands, rodeo stars, horse trainers and so on. The plot centers around their courtship of the woman they've set their sights on. The heroine, usually the main character, has the guy jumping through hoops to win her heart.

Westerns (Inspirational)

This category includes inspirational novels with a western flair.  These stories set in the Old West have a Christian element appropriate to the times.

Westerns (time travel romances)

These stories are similar to the historical romances, except one of the protagonists travels back in time and has to face the arduous task of melding his/her modern perceptions with very old fashioned ways. Like all romance stories, these have "happily ever after" endings.

Westerns (spicy romances)

A new trendy genre has developed, featuring romance plots studded with sexy scenes. These aren't recommended for readers under the age of eighteen.

Westerns (Poetry)

Westerns (Young Readers)

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"I think of myself in the oral tradition - as a troubadour, a village tale-teller, the man in the shadows of the campfire. That's the way I'd like to be remembered - as a storyteller. A good storyteller."

~ Louis L'Amour


Free e-texts of classic western novels in the public domain 

IN HTML FORMAT:

Zane Grey 
Riders of the Purple Sage
and other novels by him at:

Project_Gutenburg
  
Thalasson
Palm-Press

Memoware
Tantor Media   

Joseph A. Altsheler:
Lords of the Wild

Jack London:
Brown Wolf and Other Stories
also at Black Mask in various formats.

IN TEXT FORMAT

William McLeod Raine
numerous novels at Thalasson

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Stephen Crane
The Red Badge of Courage

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B. M. Bower
The Uphill Climb
and other novels 

Ralph Connor
The_Man_From_Glengarry
and other novels

Max Brand 
from memoware 
Way Of The Lawless  
Riders of the Silences

SOURCES OF FREE 
WESTERN_EBOOKS

Thalasson

Black Mask

Memoware

Authorama

Amazon

Project_Gutenburg

Palm-Press (for Palm readers)


 

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