Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson

First Sentence; First Story:  It’s hard to argue with an old Indian or his tricks.
      
How nice to have collection of Johnson’s annual Christmas, and short stories, all in one place.  There is the added gift of a new story, and a wonderful, personal introduction by Lou Diamond Phillips, the actor who plays Henry Standing Bear in the Longmire television series, which based on the series of books.
      
Phillips introduction expresses so much of what I feel about Johnson’s writing, as well as the pleasure of meeting Craig and his wife Judy. 
      
The stories are of the same, high quality we have come to expect from Johnson.  They are thoughtful and entertaining with each containing a small lesson as well.  From how one should never overlook the basics, to realizing that salvation can come from unexpected sources, to forgiveness and tolerance.  There are also lessons on acceptance, remembering others, giving, priorities, desperation and redemption.  But we also learn the history of the term, “Indian Summer.”

It’s lovely that there is even a small reference to the American actor Robert Taylor, perhaps best known for the Westerns he made in the 1960's, as an homage to the Australian actor currently playing Sheriff Longmire.  
      
Wait for Signs” is a classic example of Johnson’s humor, wisdom and wonderful writing.  As well as a treat for oneself, it is an excellent introduction to those who have not read Johnson before.

WAIT FOR SIGNS (Short Stories – Sheriff Walt Longmire – Wyoming – Contemp) – Ex
Johnson, Craig
Viking Adult, October 2014

6 comments:

  1. I definitely agree! I found Craig's books after the very first episode of "Longmire" and I've been hooked ever since! I HIGHLY recommend them to everyone I meet that reads for pleasure...as I get so much from them! Nice review!

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  2. I definitely agree! I found Craig's books after the very first episode of "Longmire" and I've been hooked ever since! I HIGHLY recommend them to everyone I meet that reads for pleasure...as I get so much from them! Nice review!

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  3. Craig writes of the West as no one else. He captures Wyoming at its best and worst. The characters are genuine. Keep up the great work. Love Longmire.

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  4. I LOVE Craig Johnson's writing. His characters are so vividly drawn, and Walt's first person narratives are like listening to stories being told by a good friend. I wait with anticipation for each new book! Wait for Signs was a wonderful collection of short stories that only add to the characters I've gotten to know and love in the full length novels. I seriously cannot get enough!

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  5. Thank You, LJ Roberts - We are of the same mind! Have enjoyed his books from day one. We are so pleased to claim him and Judy as a part of our community! This bookd of short stories gets a platinum star. Love it!

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  6. Just got an email from the Chandler PL; Waiting For Signs has been returned and I am next on the list.

    Can't wait 'til Monday, when I can get it. 'Til then, guess I'll 'Stay calm, have courage and wait for signs.' ;)

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