The Last Thunder Song by John G. Neihardt

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Title: The Last Thunder Song
Author: John G. Neihardt
In: The Mammoth Book of Westerns (Jon E. Lewis)
Rating Out of 5: 2.5 (Readable, but not worth reading again)
My Bookshelves: Westerns
Dates read: 20th May 2020
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Robinson
Year: 2013
5th sentence, 74th page: Very few have recognized it as such; there was so little noise along with it.

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An interesting mix of cowboys and Native Americans. Rituals and practices.


In this collection, The Mammoth Book of Westerns, this is the first of the short stories that has a very obviously Native American influence. Which was incredibly refreshing. It was nice to have a Western which didn’t feature cowboys and the such. Although, it still did… just not as overwhelmingly so. Overall, this was quite a nice, differently featured short story.

I was hoping that as I read through this collection, the genre of westerns would begin to grow on me… so far, it hasn’t happened. However, I think that this story made a good attempt. I did enjoy it, I just wasn’t totally enthralled by it.

As with many of the other short stories in this collection, this was a nice, simple and easy read. It was quick and pleasant. But not the kind of story that I plan on reading again and again.

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