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Monday, 3 January 2011

Wild West eMonday - Intermission

Before our great eBook giveaway I would like to remind you all of the reasoning behind Wild West eMonday - we want you all to buy a western eBook today and show publishers and retailers how important the genre is to us.

What is a western? The western is perhaps the prime means by which America interprets and represents its history, but the western is not only an American myth - indeed it belongs to the world and the Old West was populated by many races besides the Americans and the myth and legends of the Old West are universal. The western usually, but not always, concerns a time period between 1860 and 1900, a time in which a great nation was built and a time in which the identity of that nation was set down.

Westerns often open with a scene of a lone rider in the saddle of his weary horse. He travels across the endless plains towards the small frontier town. He wears a wide brimmed hat, a bandanna tied around his neck and a gun rests in a well worn holster at his side. This scene is familiar to all and yet within the framework of the western we can find easily understood moral messages. The stories of the Old West can contain great suffering, sacrifice, love, greed, envy and rich heroism. The western can speak about the entire human condition. During the period most westerns concern themselves with full scale Indian Wars were fought, vast railroads were built, cattle empires flourished and fell. It was a time of true romance and high adventure and we can revisit this time in the pages of a good western.

Farmers, outlaws, lawmen, ranchers, soldiers, gamblers, businessmen all have a part to play in the western - it's one of the things that make the genre so rich and varied.

So come on you all - head over to Amazon, GoodReads, Borders, W H Smiths or one of the countless other eBook retailers and buy yourselves a western eBook.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

The Archive recommends Edge: The Loner featuring an introduction by Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin

Buy it HERE


Randy Johnson said...

I must have missed something. I can find no link to the Black Horse bundle and can't find it on the internet. A little help please.

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Randy -I'm unable to find it also. Typical situation - the bundle became available on the 1st Jan and it can't be found on Amazon or anywhere else. The book coming out on the 1st was the reason I held the Wild West eMonday back until the 4th Jan. Ahh well I'm sure it will be available soon but for now might I recommend another western eBook. The Edge book maybe.

David Cranmer said...

Very well put, Gary. The western as a genre remains vital and relevant to us today.

Randy Johnson said...

I jumped on the Edge book as soon as it was release. Been a longtime fan. I'll find another western ebook somewhere to pick up.