Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Master of Forward Motion..Louis L'Amour.

Very occasionally someone will wander around the shop a few times, then approach the counter to tell me they just want 'a reading book'. Well, have no fear, we do in fact stock a small and selective range of the very best in 'reading books'..otherwise known as Genre Fiction.

One of our favourites is the master of Westerns, Louis L'Amour. If Cowboys, indians , gunslingers, outlaws, Texas Rangers and frontier marshals are the stuff of your dreams then you will no doubt be very familiar with Mr L'Amour.  If not, well, you can surely take the time to read at least one.  Think of it as a quick, rip-roaring read for your next holiday, or an exciting standby as you sit in the doctors waiting room.

An interesting piece of background to be found Here
 These books are strictly old school 'Cowboys and Indian' fodder, there are certainly no 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee' overtones. So keep that in mind. There is a reason most of the L'Amour movies are 'Made for T.V.', or, as in the case of 'Hondo', staring John Wayne, L'Amours short story inspired the movie, with the actual "Hondo' book coming last, as a 'novelisation' of the movie!.

And, while quoting from Wikipedia is really, well, appalling, I couldn't ignore this gem.. "At his best, L'Amour was a master of spectacular action and stories with a vivid, propulsive forward motion."  critic Jon Tuska, surveying Western literature (My italics). I don't think he meant it as a compliment. But I very much doubt L'Amour fans care, there is, after all, something to be said for the old familiar plots, the books that, once you enter their World, can be read time after time, much like listening to an old remembered song. In fact 90% of our L'Amour books sell to 'The Fans', who have usually owned all of L'Amours books, at least once in their lives. Time passes, and they sell them, or pass them on to family, only to end up buying the whole collection all over again.  To be sure, L'Amour fans must be among the most loyal and dedicated group of readers you will ever meet.