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Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories Paperback – October 27, 2015
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“Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and always entertaining, Wait for Signs is a complete delight.”
“Filled with classic Longmire wit and wisdom. Readers will once again find themselves transported to Walt’s world in Absaroka County, Wyoming, a world filled with lovable characters…[and] snappy, sharp dialogue….The modern era has given us a term called ‘binge watching’ where fans of a show will watch multiple episodes back to back. For fans of Johnson's Longmire books, Wait for Signs is the opportunity to binge. However, with stories this well-written some may find themselves wanting to hold back on the binging and save some for later... Whether or not you are a longtime fan of the Walt Longmire series, or this is your first taste of the fictional world Johnson has created, these stories will not disappoint.”
“Johnson pens a series that should become a must-read, so curl up, get comfortable, and enjoy the ride.”
—The Denver Post
"Each story reveals... the tenderness and compassion, as well as the melancholy, that is Walt Longmire. . . . the finely developed characters and top-notch writing... left me wishing for more."
“This story collection featuring the ironic Wyoming sheriff is a must. . . . [Walt Longmire is] one of the most memorable characters is crime fiction today.”
“Heartwarming . . . Sample, savor, and save these [short stories] for special occasions.”
“For fans of Johnson’s Absaroka County sheriff, all the familiar characters fill these stories—Walt, Vic, Henry, Cady, and of course the wild, open spaces of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for Craig Johnson and the Walt Longmire Mystery Series
“Like the greatest crime novelists, Johnson is a student of human nature. Walt Longmire is strong but fallible, a man whose devil-may-care stoicism masks a heightened sensitivity to the horrors he’s witnessed. Unlike traditional genre novelists who obsess mainly over every hairpin plot turn, Johnson’s books are also preoccupied with the mystery of his characters’ psyches.”—Los Angeles Times
“Johnson knows the territory, both fictive and geographical, and tells us about it in prose that crackles.”—Robert B. Parker
“The characters talk straight from the hip and the Wyoming landscape is its own kind of eloquence.”—The New York Times
“[Walt Longmire] is an easy man to like…Johnson evokes the rugged landscape with reverential prose, lending a heady atmosphere to his story.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Stepping into Walt’s world is like slipping on a favorite pair of slippers, and it’s where those slippers lead that provides a thrill. Johnson pens a series that should become a ‘must’ read, so curl up, get comfortable, and enjoy the ride.”—The Denver Post
“A winning piece of work…There’s a convincing feel to the whole package: a sense that you’re viewing this territory through the eyes of someone who knows it as adoring lover and skeptical onlooker at the same time.”—The Washington Post
“Johnson’s pacing is tight and his dialogue snaps.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Truly great. Reading Craig Johnson is a treat…[He] tells great stories, casts wonderful characters and writes in a style that compels the reader forward.”—Wyoming Tribune Eagle
About the Author
Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. He is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir, and the Prix SNCF du Polar. His novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.
Top customer reviews
I greatly enjoy Craig Johnson's writing, but, even better is listening, through Whispersync, George Guidall narrate Walt Longmire.
While driving, especially, I listen every chance I get to Guidall's splendid voice as Walt, the Cherokee Nation and Vic, the irascible sidekick/lover of the worn-down but not yet broken sheriff of fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming's least populous county.
I loved most all of these short stories, but, probably my two favorites were Slick-Tongued Devil and Messenger. The former shows Longmire at his cunning best, while the latter is strictly humor but with a focus on The Cherokee Nation's spiritual nature.
I also liked the introduction by Lou Diamond Phillips, who portrays the Cherokee Nation, or Henry, or Bear, as you prefer on the hit A&E TV series.
Yes, I agree with others that I get a slightly bigger kick out of the full-length novels, but I still got such a fun ride reading and listening to Wait for Signs that I'm giving it five stars. I am addicted to Walt Longmire, the greatest Western character since Tell Sackett.
Oh, if Craig Johnson happens to read this review, I have a suggestion. Do a novel focusing on Henry Standing Bear years earlier, just after he returns from Vietnam to, say, the love of his life. And how that affected him so that his friendship with Walt brought him back from the brink of suicide, until he saw signs from an eagle or an owl and that his real purpose in life was to protect Walt for the sake of Walt's daughter. Or something like that
Meantime love everything Caig Johnson has written that I have read to date. And one of the best authors...he's so good he spoils you for other favorites even. Short stories narration can vary too...so get rid of the auto questions...how is the authors writing...you could leave that one in...but
1. Old Indian Trick
2. Ministerial Aide
3. Slick-Tounged Devil
4. Free Bird
6. Several Stations
7. High Holidays
8. Toys For Tots
9. Divorce Horse
12. Petunia, Bandit Queen of the Bighhorns
If you've never seen Longmire or read any of the books or stories, you too are in for a treat. Just because you can write a novel, doesn't mean you can write a great short story, but checking out an author's short work can let you know if you want more. After enjoying these bite-sized doses of Absaroka Co, Wyoming's sheriff, Walt Longmire, with his best friend Henry "Standing Bear", his deputies Vic & Sancho, and his daughter Cady, along with a parade of colorful characters to fill things out... you too will leave this book with a fully satisfied feeling of contemporary western goodness. Just be careful about what you are drinking or eating at the time you are reading, as some of it might end up being snorted out your nose, or be otherwise lost and scattered, as you laugh, cry, and cheer through these fabulous short stories. :D