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on 10 November 2009
Good Westerns are hard to come by, and classic Westerns can probably be counted on the fingers of two hands. Journal of the Gun Years, whilst not a classic, is certainly a welcome addition to the titles classed as good.
Wtitten as a journal charting the life of a youth from early soldiering in the Civil War, to his untimely death a few years later, the story is a gritty and unromantic look at the Old West. Well written and with a storyline which captures and keeps the readers interest, the novel should appeal to those who prefer the Larry McMurtry style of Western.
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on 29 October 2012
Joe Abercrombie mentioned this book as one of the books that inspired his 'Red Country' novel so I thought I'd give it a go and I'm glad I did. It's a short book and is written as excerpts from a diary of a man named Clay Halser. Throughout the book we witness his slow downfall from farmer to notorious gunslinger. It's a great read and portrays a rather more realistic and bleaker outlook on a gunslinger's lifestyle - one that fits in well with Joe Abercrombie's books. Very entertaining and sad in its own way it is an excellent alternative take on life in the Wild West. Recommended.
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