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Lonesome Dove series by Larry McMurtry

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AuntiePam
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Postby AuntiePam » Sun December 7th, 2008, 6:11 pm

I like pretty much everything McMurtry writes. Anything for Billy is my favorite, after Lonesome Dove. I was disappointed in his Berrybender books though -- a bit too much humor amidst the carnage.

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Postby Hunter » Wed December 10th, 2008, 9:41 am

I loved Lonesome Dove, both the book and the mini-series (I read the book first). However, I also haven't (yet) read anything else by McMurtry. I've heard the the prequels and sequels to LD aren't as good, so I haven't gotten around to reading them yet.

I did see the recent Comanche Moon mini-series, and while I enjoyed it, large parts of seemed pretty pointless by the end.

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Postby Margaret » Thu December 11th, 2008, 3:52 am

I loved Lonesome Dove and have reread it once or twice. I don't think the other books in the series are quite as good, but then few writers ever write anything as good as Lonesome Dove in the first place. It was made into a TV mini-series (as were some of the others), which my husband and I both enjoyed. But when my husband tried the book, he couldn't get into it - I think he had the same reaction as JaneConsumer. I loved the opening with the pigs fighting over a rattlesnake - but I guess one person's local color details to relish are another person's "just get on with the story, please."
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Postby diamondlil » Tue April 7th, 2009, 12:24 pm

I sometimes do not know what my library is thinking when it comes to some of the choices they make.

Today I finished reading Comanche Moon, the second book in this series, so went onto the library catalogue to request Lonesome Dove. It was on the catalogue a year ago, but now it has been removed. I don't get why you would keep the first two books in the series, but not keep the most famous book in the series, the one that won the Pulitzer Prize!

Turns out that it is available from my other library but grrrr!
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Postby EC2 » Tue April 7th, 2009, 12:53 pm

That's mad diamondlil and so frustrating as you say.
I really enjoyed Lonesome Dove.
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For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Ellie
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Postby Ellie » Thu April 9th, 2009, 4:24 am

My dad likes westerns I think I may have to get him Lonesome Dove for his birthday then.

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Postby Alex Worthy » Sat April 11th, 2009, 4:35 pm

"Ellie" wrote:My dad likes westerns I think I may have to get him Lonesome Dove for his birthday then.


I thonk he will like it. A long book, but one of the best.

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Postby Gaslight » Thu January 14th, 2010, 1:14 pm

I've read all of them except Streets of Laredo. Started that one, but the dismissive way McMurtry killed off July Johnson in the first few pages frankly PO'd me to the point where I refused to read further and I've never picked it up again. He was my favorite character in both the book and the mini series, and so I naturally didn't take it well. :p

However, I did read Dead Man's Walk and Comanche Moon. Liked the latter better than the former. The whole opera singer climax bit in DMW was a bit absurd, but CM sucked me right in. Probably the only book where I've gotten nauseous reading a scene - it was a pretty graphic description of skinning someone alive. Just FYI if you have a squick button.

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Postby Loveday » Thu January 14th, 2010, 2:57 pm

I read Lonesome Dove years ago, and then saw the miniseries. One of the rare times that a book translated to film so perfectly.

"Gaslight" wrote:I've read all of them except Streets of Laredo. Started that one, but the dismissive way McMurtry killed off July Johnson in the first few pages frankly PO'd me to the point where I refused to read further and I've never picked it up again. He was my favorite character in both the book and the mini series, and so I naturally didn't take it well. :p


I loved July Johnson! :eek: Now I'm almost glad I haven't read any of the other books in the series. :(
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Postby diamondlil » Fri January 15th, 2010, 11:50 pm

"Gaslight" wrote:I've read all of them except Streets of Laredo. Started that one, but the dismissive way McMurtry killed off July Johnson in the first few pages frankly PO'd me to the point where I refused to read further and I've never picked it up again. He was my favorite character in both the book and the mini series, and so I naturally didn't take it well. :p

However, I did read Dead Man's Walk and Comanche Moon. Liked the latter better than the former. The whole opera singer climax bit in DMW was a bit absurd, but CM sucked me right in. Probably the only book where I've gotten nauseous reading a scene - it was a pretty graphic description of skinning someone alive. Just FYI if you have a squick button.


I liked Comanche Moon better than Dead Man's Walk too and I am currently watching the Comanche Moon mini series. Neither of them stack up to my memories of reading Lonesome Dove, but I am hoping to reread Lonesome Dove and see if that is still the case.
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