Daily Archives: January 15, 2013

The Running Iron

by Lauran Paine
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

Category: Western

Personal Evaluation: I was skeptical that I would be able to read three westerns in quick succession and have them all be distinct stories, but I was surprised by the different plots the three I read have. This one has Native Americans intermarried with cowboys and the plot revolved around racism and cattle rustling. There is a lot of jargon and cowboy slang that I just don’t know the meaning of, which was sometimes annoying. At the same time, I tried to skim this book but partly it was interesting and partly I’m not familiar enough with any sort of formula there may be so that was very difficult.

What might interest children: I really don’t see kids checking out westerns, so I’m not sure they are interested in the genre, per se. But there is lots of adventure and shooting and horses, which are all popular elements of any kids books.