Wendy the Super Librarian and Kristie of Ramblings on Romance are posting about Westerns this week, so I thought I’d list a few of my favorites.


Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond Of Each Other, covered here by Willie Nelson. It doesn’t get much better than that.


The Jump-Off Creek, Molly Gloss. Unrelentingly realistic and beautifully written, to boot.

Honorable Mention to Ledoyt by Carol Emshwiller.


Deadwood, no contest.

Al Swearengen: Sometimes I wish we could just hit ’em over the head, rob ’em, and throw their bodies in the creek.
Cy Tolliver: But that would be wrong.


Fall from Grace by Megan Chance.

Erotic Romance:

Roping the Wind by Kate Pearce is notable because it’s about a modern cowboy, a rodeo star whose career has been ended by injury.

Caine’s Reckoning by Sarah McCarty is more traditional. (It’s from the line that publishes my books, Harlequin Spice.)


The Magnificent Seven (yes, I know it’s really The Seven Samurai).

Chris: There’s a job for six men, watching over a village, south of the border.
O’Reilly: How big’s the opposition?
Chris: Thirty guns.
O’Reilly: I admire your notion of fair odds, mister.

It’s tied with High Noon.

Helen: What kind of woman are you? How can you leave him like this? Does the sound of guns frighten you that much?
Amy: I’ve heard guns. My father and my brother were killed by guns. They were on the right side but that didn’t help them any when the shooting started. My brother was nineteen. I watched him die. That’s when I became a Quaker. I don’t care who’s right or who’s wrong. There’s got to be some better way for people to live.

Dead Man gets a mention for being a very weird Johnny Depp movie.

TV Cowboy and Horse:

Roy Rogers and Trigger.

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