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It’s a common trope in fiction: a final confrontation between the central hero of a story and its central villain. It’s an important trope in Westerns, both on the page and screen — Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” is just one famous example. And we see it in works of fiction that are too many to count: … Continue reading Hero, meet your villain; or, never mind
I almost skipped reading “Comanche Moon” because of some critical reviews – and it does have a lot of flaws, which I’ll get into. In the end I decided to read it because it brings back Famous Shoes, the Kickapoo tracker who was practically the best single thing about “Streets of Laredo.” And there is … Continue reading Comanche Moon
They say that “Streets of Laredo”, the sequel to “Lonesome Dove,: suffers from not having Gus McCrae, who didn’t survive the first book. They also say that because fans wanted to see Gus again, Larry McMurtry wrote his prequels to “Lonesome Dove”, in which we get to see both Gus and Call in their youth: … Continue reading Dead Man’s Walk
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