Boss Spearman knows that times are changing on the open range for free grazing cattlemen who don t own land But and settlers are staking claim to the land, and when a local rancher kills one of Boss s crew, he knows he must make a stand.
Open Range Boss Spearman knows that times are changing on the open range for free grazing cattlemen who don t own land But and settlers are staking claim to the land and when a local rancher kills one of Boss s
If you've seen the movie, don't read this book with the expectations that it's a rehash. The book came first, and there are many differences, some small, and some very large. I really enjoyed the book for what it is, but I do prefer the movie.
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge: A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read.A patron recommended this book to me, and since he'd accepted many recommendations from me in the past, it was time I reciprocated. I don't normally read Westerns. In fact, probably the only one I've read -- and loved, by the way -- was Lonesome Dove. However, I remember seeing the movie based off this book, which I didn't know it was, but it makes sense, and thought I'd try it.It was good, was rather short, too. [...]
Not the movieI started this book because of the movie, at first thought it was going to be that same story. To my surprise s simpler softer tale.
Good storyWas a good read from beginning to end. I couldn’t wait to pick up the book again to read. I recommend any person to read this book.
This is going to be one of those times that I liked the movie better than the book. If I start listing why then it is going to be a list of spoilers and I don't want to do that.
Great story!!Love this book! Had everything I love - romance, cowboys, horses, lots of riding, and a great plot. Really enjoyed it!!
An excellent western novel of westerners who owned cattle and moved them from place to place. The novel was made into the movie with the same name starring Robert Ducal and. Kevin Costner.
Like most good westerns, this is a small story about small (as in unimportant) people -- no saving the world here, just a few good men trying to get along in a changing world. Nothing flowery, either in the story or the language -- short, tight sentences with few wasted words, probably like the men themselves. A "cowboy glossary" would have helped, though -- I had to Google a couple of things, like a Mormon hobble, soogans, quirleys, etc. (FYI, iron hobbles connected by a chain; bedroll; and han [...]
I had to read this one as it was chosen as January's book for the Book Club at my library. The story revolves around a group of freegrazers who are bullied by a ranch owner who has the local marshal under his thumb. The beginning and end are a bit slow -- most of the action takes place in the middle of the book. It was just okay; there were a number of convenient plot elements thrown in at just the right time - not very believable.
The story revolves around a group of freegrazers who are bullied by a ranch owner who has the local marshal under his thumb. The beginning and end are a bit slow. most of the action takes place in the middle of the book. It was just okay; there were a number of convenient plot elements thrown in at just the right time, not very believable.
One of the rare novels where the movie version is better, but the book is passable on its own. Fun, light Western story, but not nearly as gripping as say, Lonesome Dove, but that's a pretty high standard. Open Range is certainly just as good if not better than a lot of Louis L'Amour or Zane Grey stories.
MEH A good basic western novel. Plot is a little thin and predictable, but is also naive and plain spoken as one would expect of a western. Story is about old school free range cowboys clashing with settled ranchers and townsfolk. Nice storytelling and flow, without being too predictable. I felt it was an enjoyable light read.
I was actually a little disappointed with this book. I hate to say it, but I think the changes made for the movie were for the best. I love the character of Charley Waited Susan is a great character as well. Very quick read.
This book reminded me of a classic western novel. The good thing was I read the book before I watched the movie. Robert was a great actor choice for the role of the Boss but I think I would have changed actors for Charlie. Overall, the book was a really good intense, drama western.
I loved this book. Not only does the author make you feel like you have gone back in time, but the things that happened, although awful are believable. the author did a wonderful making the reader feel like they were on the open range right along with the characters in this book.
Not the movieHaven't read a western in years, but this book was really very good. I loved it. Saw the movie, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but the book is so much better. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Paine's books.
Really? Someone read this book and said, "Hey, this will make a great movie!" ? And all the chapters about mud-- really? I think this would have worked better as a short story, with have of it taken out. It was decent, but dragged out waaaaaaay too long.
A very good read.I really liked this book. It did get bogged down a couple of times, but over all the story was well written.
The last half of the movie and book are quite different. I think I prefer the movie in a lot of ways, and I may have enjoyed the book more if I hadn't seen the movie.
Different from the movie but not bad
I wish I'd read the book first. This is one of the few books I've read where I liked the movie better. And the movie didn't follow the book at all. Not a bad western. Just not great.
I liked the movie. The book is better.The book is more realistic. I don't know why I need to write more words. The book is much better.
Inevitable greed & violence ensues when government makes valuable asset free. Interesting Western characters.