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SPOILERS FOLLOW FOR THE SHOW


after having watched the first three episodes,   there are some continuing threads about the shows, but each one could be watched by itself.    the first three has had similarities with book one, book four and book five in the series.   they kinda skipped over the second and third book.    now the show is NOT following the books exactly,  but there are some elements of the books found in the show,   for example   the second episode had the dead stripper found, and the third episode had show horses burnt up in a barn.     so there are items that follow the books, but the story lines themselves are alittle different.


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I am warming up to Robert Taylor as Longmire, but Lou Diamond Phillips just doesn't cut the mustard.
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According to my satellite provider they are not showing the episodes in order. They started with episode 1, then 4, then 3. I think they jumped to 4 because they wanted to get the conflict with Branch & Walt going to suck people in to that. I thought it was weird that both of the first shown episodes were a bit redundant, involved "lost girls". I'm liking the show but I rate it just below the top tier of cable shows.

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It would be neat to have a thread for favorite cable shows, but I don't know where we would put it even if Jane said it was okay.
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It would be neat to have a thread for favorite cable shows, but I don't know where we would put it even if Jane said it was okay.


Wouldn't have to be just cable shows ... Some network shows are pretty good also ...  A place for movies too ...  

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There was a gentleman in the library yesterday checking out Craig Johnson books.  I told him how happy I was to see that and mentioned "Longmire."  He started reading the books because he saw, and liked, the program.  I was really hoping that the TV show would bring more attention to the books.
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Very cool! I hope one of our TV Network or Cable channels pic Longmire up because I want to see it, that's for sure. My first Walt Longmire book should arrive any day now, I need to start reading them soon, in case they do.
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Hey!

With the Holidays upon us I would like to share a personal experience with my friends about drinking and driving.

As you may know some of us have been known to have brushes with the authorities from time to time on the way home after a "social session" out with friends. 

Well two days ago I was out for an evening with friends and had several cocktails followed by some rather nice red wine. Feeling jolly I still had the sense to know that I may be slightly over the limit. That's when I did something that I've never done before - I took a cab home.

Sure enough on the way home there was a police road block but since it was a cab they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident. This was a real surprise as I had never driven a cab before, I don't know where I got it and now that it's in my garage I don't know what to do with it.

See you on the trail,
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Friends,

It’s that time of year again, that time of night that gives me the kind of opportunity to give you something special. I hope you’ll be entertained by High Holidays; it’s a different kind of Christmas story because it doesn’t take place within the strict confines of what is seen as the traditional Christian holiday. I take liberties with the Longmire short stories in that they’re usually more of a character study than a mystery, which gives me a break from writing a story that has to have a murder. That said, I hope you enjoy it.

All the best to you and yours for the holidays—low, high, and in between….

See you on the trail,
Craig


Higb Holidays:
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Craig Johnson's Post-It Tip Ins

I was sitting at the kitchen table before going out to feed the horses, signing 3001 tip-in sheets for the next Walt book, A Serpent's Tooth, due out June 4th just about the same time as the second season of Longmire kicks off on A&E. Tip-in sheets, just in case you didn't know, are the pages they send me to sign and then they tip-them into the books when they bind them, providing signed books to bookstores that I might otherwise not be able to visit. That’s a trick because I visited sixty-four on the last tour, and my wife Judy says that I’m signing so many books that the ones I haven’t signed are going to be worth more—kind of like Pete Rose baseballs.
Have you ever signed your name 3001 times? I mean it's all right at first and you start adding little curl-cues and periods to make things interesting, but that only lasts through about a hundred or so. I was on two thousand, and the reason I mention this is that just when I was ready to paper-cut my wrists I thought about the hands into which these books are going to fall; the sheriff’s deputy in San Bernardino County, the BBC producer, the librarian at University of North Carolina, the housewife in Arkansas who used to live in Wyoming, the soldier in Afghanistan, the sheriff in Florida, the actor in New York… All these wonderful people make a yearly jaunt to Absaroka County and then take the time out of their busy lives to write me and tell me how much they appreciate the books.

I was once asked about the fans of my books, but interrupted and told the interviewer that I don’t have fans, I have friends who read. I guess there are a lot of authors who don’t have a contact button on their websites and I can understand, but I think they’re robbing themselves of the opportunity to have a genuine discourse. There are people I’ve never met but have been passing emails back and forth with for the last eight years.

Every once in a while I get a communication that begins with, “Whoever it is that answers Mr. Johnson’s emails…”  I’m always tempted to invent a character: Buck, a broken-down old cowboy from out on the Powder River who is now Mr. Johnson’s personal assistant. “We done answered seventeen emails today, damnit and we ain’t answerin’ any more—maybe tomorrow, but don’t count on it…”

In the meantime, I signed my name a thousand more times and developed my Lucian-Connally-Kung-Fu-Grip; my handwriting is getting pretty good, and I think I got it just right.
 
See you on the trail,
Craig

PS: The pilot episode of Longmire, written by Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny, was nominated for an Edgar Award, which is given by the Mystery Writers of America, winners announced in May.

PPS: There is a special Penguin short story called Messenger which will be released sometime in March/April as an ebook and will function as a lead-in to A Serpent’s Tooth, which will be out on June 4 and is available now for pre-order. A novella, Spirit of Steamboat, will be out in the fall as a hardcover from Viking, and a collection of all the short stories called Stay Calm, Be Brave, Wait For Signs, and some of the more interesting Post-its, along with illustrations and photographs will be out in March as well. More information as to how to order this to come, but there will be 26 slip-covered editions, signed by me, by Lou Diamond Phillips, who has done the introduction, and Margaret Coel, who has done the afterword, with the illustrations actually lithographed that will be $250. The trade paperback will be $40. Email me if you are interested in the signed, limited edition because they won’t be around for long, I’m thinking.

PPPS: Laura Lippman and yours truly are the honored guests at this year’s Left Coast Crime in Colorado Springs. There are still some spots available so go to the LCC website and sign up. Lou Diamond Phillips will be there to interview me. What a guy.

PPPPS: Don’t miss the special Valentine’s Day sale on brown women’s tee-shirts. Buy one, get one free. Just women’s, just brown. And the mugs are back in stock.

PPPPPS: Can you tell Judy is in charge of the PS’s? And you ask me who is the model for Vic.

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Pls share more info like this.



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Post-It: Rolling, rolling, rolling…



So my twenty-year-old suitcase died a few weeks ago, which is more tragic than you think, in that I’ll be living out of one for the next two months. In case it slipped by you, the eighth Walt Longmire book, As The Crow Flies, has hit the shelves in trade paperback this past week and the ninth novel in the Walt Longmire Mystery Series, A Serpent’s Tooth is on sale today, Tuesday, June 4th.

In preparation for the upcoming, sixty-three event tour, I sent my suitcase back for repair, hoping to resurrect it. . . again. Over the years I’ve developed a personal relationship with the guys and gals at Orvis baggage repair, not because they don’t make a fine product but simply because I’ve logged more miles on my classic, rolling duffle than a Class C licensed trucking firm.

The death knell came when Roger called me back from Missouri, where the Orvis elves do their magic. “It’s more than critical.”
Unwilling to let go of my old friend, I pleaded. “It’s still got life left in it… And it’s got a lifetime guarantee.”
“It’s life is over, Mr. Johnson. The wheels are busted, the handle is broken, the fabric is worn through on both ends, and all the leather straps are pulled apart.”

“The tag is still good.”
“We’ll send it back to you with the new, classic rolling duffle.”
I mumbled. “I like my old rolling duffle.”
“Are you going to like scrambling around on the baggage carousel for your clothes? ‘Cause I’m telling you that the thing is like a sieve.” It grew quiet on the phone, and he changed the subject in hopes of distracting me. “Hey, don’t you have a new book coming out?”
“Yep, A Serpent’s Tooth, which is why I need my bag.”
“What’s this one about?”
I read him the flap copy. “It’s homecoming in Absaroka County, but the football and festivities are interrupted when a homeless boy wanders into town. A Mormon “lost boy,” Cord Lynear is searching for his missing mother but clues are scarce. Longmire and his companions, feisty deputy Victoria Moretti and longtime friend Henry Standing Bear, embark on a high plains scavenger hunt in hopes of reuniting mother and son. The trail leads them to an interstate polygamy group that’s presiding over a stockpile of weapons and harboring a vicious vendetta.”
“Sounds good. Hey, do you ever worry about backlash from your fundamentalist polygamy readership?”
Ignoring the question, I tried another tack. “Can’t we patch it up, just enough so that I can use it one more time—you know, a final farewell tour?”

The advance reviews for A Serpent’s Tooth have been wonderful, with a starred, featured review from Publisher’s Weekly, and I’ve been doing a lot of interviews across the country. The response from the media has been truly gratifying with a lot of pre-readers saying this novel, rather epic in nature, might be their favorite Walt book so far.

LONGMIRE debuted its season 2 on A&E with record numbers on Memorial Day. Don’t forget that it’s on Mondays this season at 10 PM/9c for the rest of the summer.

So, life is good, right?
“Look, I know what you’re going through and I feel your pain, but there’s a time when you just have to let go. We have to pull the plug on this one; it’s a quality of life situation.”
“A mercy killing,”
“So to speak.”


See you on the trail with a new rolling duffle.

Craig

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I've just finished the whole Walt Longmire serie. It took less then three weeks. It's been a long, interesting tough journey in Wyoming and I'm upset that the TV show hasn't been broadcasted yet in my country.
I had to read it in english even if I'm italian and I'm not used to read in foreign language, but it worthed the effort. About the language, I found it a bit more complex than the other two novelist I've read in english (Last two HB Connely's novels and the whole Alex McKnight from Steve Hamilton serie). Of course this is due to my lack of knowledge of american phrases. Have any of you found the language used by Johnson much different from Connely's one (even if of course for an american reader could be tough to catch such diffeneces in style and language)?

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Have any of you found the language used by Johnson much different from Connely's one (even if of course for an american reader could be tough to catch such diffeneces in style and language)?


Yes, Johnson is very different from Connelly and Hamilton  ...  Connelly and Hamilton are also different from each other ...  America is so large that most areas have different phrasing and localisms ...  It's easy and usually fun to notice the writers unique styles ...

I love the series also and have read them all ... Just starting the new one, 'A Serpent's Tooth', today ... 

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Welcome Tassone, that's interesting that you would say that, for some reason I have trouble with Craig Johnson's writing. I find myself having to reread rather simple sentences a second time because its not clear to me what he's trying to say. I haven't been able to figure out what it is. Maybe he writes deductively and I think inductively or something like that. I have to say that I find that frustrating and have not continued with the series even though I love the setting and the characters.

BTW, have you seen Fogs & Crimes the TV show? I orderred it from the library to watch with our neighbors, she is from Italy and the family is bilingual. I'll ask them about the "logic" differences between Italian and English, may be that will help me solve my language mystery with Craig Johnson.
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Thanks for the answer Travis and Keys.
Of course my analysis about Johnson's language is less deep than yours. Probably the deductive/inductive matter adds up to more difficulties I had regarding the choice of words. Other writers (I can add Freeman who I'm currently reading in english - last novel The Cold Nowhere - to Connelly and Hamilton) use words of common sense, that I'm able to translate in my mind. Johnson often uses synonymouses or slang words even in normal descriptions/dialogues. I had been misleaded many times and I had to re-read, as you, many lines in order not to translate them literally but just to catch the meaning. Probably slang and synonymouses are less tough to understand for american readers, but I can figure out how difficult could be for you to read for example italian novelist Camilleri (sicilian, with slang that i don't catch in full myself) even if you'd knew enough italian to read other simplier italian novelists.
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Thanks for the answer Travis and Keys.

Johnson often uses synonymouses or slang words even in normal descriptions/dialogues. I had been misleaded many times and I had to re-read, as you, many lines in order not to translate them literally but just to catch the meaning. Probably slang and synonymouses are less tough to understand for american readers, but I can figure out how difficult could be for you to read for example italian novelist Camilleri (sicilian, with slang that i don't catch in full myself) even if you'd knew enough italian to read other simplier italian novelists.  



You are right, Johnson's use of synonymous and slang is very heavy ...  I think he wants to be as authentic to the area and speech patterns as possible ... 

You are way ahead of me, in that I only read and speak English ... :)

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The only problem I ever have when reading Craig Johnson is with the dialog.  Sometimes I can't tell who is speaking and have to re-read a line or two to be sure of that. 
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I've just found a version of the TV show in english with italian subs. Very curious to take a look at it.
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Post-It: Sofa to Seattle …

 
             I’m a big one for picking up signs from the natural world, so when my motorcycle wouldn’t start and the weather for the northwest called for a solid week of rain, my wife thought I should rethink my Outlaw Motorcycle Tour. “It’s going to pour.” My backup vehicle, a three-quarter ton diesel doesn’t get quite the gas mileage that the bike does, but it doesn’t leak. “Even the motorcycle doesn’t want to go.”

            For six years I’ve looked forward to the motorcycle tour as a way of clearing my head after the national tour, but all the signs were pointing against it. “My truck only gets sixteen miles to the gallon.”

            Judy, an arithmetic whiz, did the math. “I’ll give you the three hundred dollars.”

            Victim of a faulty battery, I’d replaced the thing a month ago, but it died again and with only twenty-four hours of turn-around time, I was in a tight spot.

            So, anybody got a sofa they need driven to Seattle?
 
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I've seen first 4 episodes of the Longmire TV show.
Said that it's always difficult and unfair to compare Books and picture, even more if the show last only 40 min per episode, my opinion is:
Taylor is the Longmire I pictured in my mind, phisically. But he has always the same facial expression. And he never smiles. I don't know if it's part of the grief for his old lady's death or it's something he'll carry on all along the serie.
L.D. Philips is more in the character than I expected, reading other comments.
Vic. Totally wrong. This is another character. Let's call her "Claire" and let's say that Walt in this TV show has a different Deputy than the novels. She always smiles, even in wrong situations. She's blonde (why? why? why?). She's not Victoria Moretti.

The TV show is barely acceptable (if you don't know the books) compared to lot of similar TV shows (plots are so so, mysteries are so so, production is so so). It looks like a 80's production.
Of course, for a Johnson's fan, to see those landscapes, to see those people you loved so much in the books it gains some more points.

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Post-It: Longmire Days
 
Last year the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce asked me if I’d like to participate in Longmire Day, an event centering around the success of the Walt Longmire Mystery series, both books and television. Maybe centering was a bit of a stretch in that it basically consisted of me signing books in front of the Busy Bee Café and sidewalk chalk art.
The chalk art was rather impressive, especially the portrait of Robert Taylor, the actor that plays Walt on the hit, A&E television show. My favorite part of the event though was when a local rancher spotted me before things got started. I was sitting on a bench in front of the Occidental Hotel with a couple of boxes of books.
”You waiting to get your books signed?” I smiled and started to respond, but he beat me to the punch. “The fellow that writes those books used to live around here, but when they got turned into a TV show he moved over to Jackson.”
            “Really?”
            “Yep, that’s pretty much what they all do.”
            He moseyed on down the sidewalk, but I noticed he was carrying a paperback of one of my novels in his hand, the soft covers not having my photo.
            Longmire Days turned out to be a surprising success in that people from surrounding states and some as far away as South Carolina actually showed up for the limited festivities.
This year, on the other hand, will be another story.
            While on set with a photo crew from the Wyoming Office of Tourism, they reported that the cast of Longmire was one of the nicest groups of individuals they’d ever had the opportunity to interview, at which point they asked about Longmire Day in Buffalo and wondered if the cast would entertain the idea of flying into Wyoming and participating.
            I asked—and most of them are.
            The cast of the highest-rated, scripted drama in A&E’s network history will be in Buffalo, Wyoming the weekend of August 17th and 18th, so make your travel plans now, half the motels in Buffalo (officially Durant for that weekend) are already booked.
            I like to think of Longmire Days (yep, it’s plural now) as a Valentine to the little town that provided the inspiration for fictitious Durant and Absaroka County, and an opportunity for the actors to see the actual area where the books take place. I think it’s a nice way for all of us to say thank you to the city of Buffalo, Johnson County, and the great state of Wyoming as a whole. 
That rancher with the paperback finally showed up in line last year to get his book signed, but when he saw me he tried to dodge away. I caught his arm and took the book from his hand as he laughed. “So, I guess you didn’t move after all, huh?”
I signed his book and handed it back to him. “Nope, and I never will.”
See you down the road or in Buffalo on August 17 and 18,
Craig
 
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After the season 2 finale I admit I found season 2 much better than season 1. I got hooked (but it's easier for those who loved the novels) and I really hope for season 3. Any news about it?
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A&E ordered Season 3 last week.
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