Let’s Talk Longmire

I interrupt the regularly scheduled Lethal White for a quick geek out.

There’s a new Longmire book out.

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As I mentioned, I have sorely neglected my reading, but one thing I did do, back in August, was preorder Craig Johnson’s Longmire #14, Depth of Winter. I remembered that I did this last night while in the ER (ovarian cysts are fun), when I re-downloaded the Kindle app onto my phone and discovered, lo and behold, there was Robert Taylor looking like the last good man of the Wild West on the cover of Depth of Winter.

Confession time: I find the character of Longmire to be an attractive one. Here’s why.

The characterization of Walt Longmire is one that I like to call “the last good man.” Everyone around him is fallible, and he is too, but he is aware of this. He knows he’s flawed, and that’s what makes him “good.” He has a strict sense of justice, one that he upholds to the highest regard, but goes outside the law when he realizes the law will not serve him – his own moral code. Other characters that fit this type typically show up in Westerns: Chisolm in The Magnificent 7, Dan Evans in 3:10 to Yuma. (If that tells you anything about the kind of Westerns I watch.) The other characters in the Longmire mystery series are nuanced as well, but none of them strike me quite like Walt Longmire does.

So let’s talk Depth of Winter. This is one of those occasions where Longmire goes outside the law – he has to, Cady’s been kidnapped by his worst enemy. And one thing that we’ve learned about Longmire is that family (including his found family) is his weakness and his strength, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I’m about 30% of the way through the book now, and I have to say, it’s not gripping me like a Craig Johnson novel usually does. I think the reason for this is that Walt is the only recognizable character – the rest are new to this book, and I’m really hoping to at least see my beloved Henry Standing Bear soon. There is plenty of action, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve grown to love and care about the other characters for fourteen books – meeting these new ones puts a strange feeling of “new read?” into the novel that I don’t feel like should be there.

I am nothing if not a devoted fan of the series, though, so you bet I’ll keep reading. And don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying it. I’m just missing Henry!

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So now, I’m reading… four or five books, actually. Here’s an updated list of what I’m reading:

  • Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
  • Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson
  • The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

There are honestly a couple more I want to read (hello, Overdrive), but I’m trying to stop there. I’m planning on getting Lethal White read first, then Depth of Winter, then The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, and then The Song of Achilles if I can handle the audiobook – I’m not doing well on that front.

What do you think should be on my reading list for 2019? Let me know!

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