Deadwood may be one of the finest television shows ever written. In my opinion – for whatever that’s worth – it certainly had the best dialogue of any show ever aired. It’s early cancellation was criminal (right behind Firefly). Ian McShane’s acting is sublime and Timothy Olyphant is not bad by any stretch of the imagination (though nowhere near as great as he is in Justified). The excessive violence, foul language fluency, and glorious Shakespearean-Western banter made this a show worth watching, but are there any books out there that capture Deadwood feel? Yes, I think there are. The Sisters Brothers comes the closest in overall feel, but Lonesome Dove captures the true Western nature.
The Winter Family // Clifford Jackman. If Quentin Tarantino was a western….
The Son // Philip Meyer. Violent, but oh so good.
The Sisters Brothers // Patrick DeWitt. Witty, entertaining, and one of my favorites.
Blood Meridian // Cormac McCarthy. An emotionally exhausting novel, but worth it.
The Good Lord Bird // James McBride. While a historical novel rather than a western, the dialogue (sometimes) captures a similar sense of humor.
Lonesome Dove // Larry McMurtry. I feel like the is the obvious option, I couldn’t not include it.
I know there must be other Deadwood fans out there. Would you read a book reminiscent of the show? I know the western genre doesn’t appeal to everyone, but these ones are good, I promise. If you haven’t seen it, get on that! You won’t regret it.