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Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories Hardcover – October 21, 2014
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“This story collection featuring the ironic Wyoming sheriff is a must....[Walt Longmire is] one of the most memorable characters is crime fiction today.”—Publishers Weekly
“Heartwarming....Sample, savor, and save these [short stories] for special occasions.”—Booklist
“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)
Praise for Spirit of Steamboat:
“A nail-biter.”—Publishers Weekly
“Johnson is a born storyteller, and he spins this old-fashioned adventure tale deftly….An extremely pleasant present for fans of this popular series.”—Booklist
“A suspenseful adventure story….Series fans along with adventure and Western readers will raptly devour the details.”—Library Journal
Praise for A Serpent’s Tooth:
“Suspense propels the brisk plot, complemented by a sly sense of humor and a breathtaking look at Wyoming.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred)
"Authentic....The story moves at a brisk pace, with room for some good-natured humor and plenty of gorgeous Wyoming scenery."—CNN.com
"A tense, action-filled story with Johnson's usual touches of humor and romance."—Kirkus
"Maybe [Johnson's] best one yet."—Charleston Gazette
"Johnson employs his trademark humor, many literary allusions, a cast readers can't help but love and Johnson's obvious love of the land he's writing about. Readers will experience the West in all its grandeur while Walt battles the evils trying to encroach upon his beloved county."—Shelf Awareness
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 author of the award-winning and New York Times bestselling Longmire mystery series, the basis for Longmire, the hit A&E original drama series. Johnson's next Longmire book, Any Other Name, will be published May 13, 2014. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five. Visit craigallenjohnson.com and aetv.com/longmire.
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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
In Slick-Tongued Devil, a fellow shows up at Walt’s house with a very expensive bible and Martha’s name embossed on the cover. Martha, Walt’s wife, had passed away recently and Walt was pretty sure that Martha wouldn’t have ordered it. Walt recognizes what’s happening and deals with this bible salesman in a fair but businesslike manner.
One of the funniest stories is titled Messenger and features not only Walt but his deputy, Vic Moretti, and his pal Henry Standing Bear. They’d been called to a camping area by forest ranger Chuck Coon; a woman is being menaced by a bear. When they arrive, Henry lures the bear away from the outdoor toilet but they soon discover an owl trapped in the sinister area underneath the toilet seat. The story takes on mystical tones when Henry states that the owl is a messenger and must be rescued. Walt, Vic and Henry go into action and bring the owl out to safety.
In Ministerial Aid, Walt remarks that he’d had a fight with his daughter Cady and she went back to Seattle where she’s in law school. In the third story called Fire Bird Walt tells of getting a call from Cady who’s in Philadelphia. The latter case is more consistent with other stories and Johnson’s novels since Cady does complete law school, becomes a successful attorney, and eventually marries Vic’s brother, all taking place in Philadelphia. This is not a big deal but overall consistency of such a central character would seem to be important.
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
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