L is for Longmire

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My theme this month is 26 of the Best Characters in Fiction.

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Two Longmire books in a stack of my TBRs from December.

I’ve had several letters where I’ve had to choose between one character or another (or like 5 different ones), but this is the first one where I’ve had to choose between a hero (Longmire) or a villain (Hannibal Lecter).

Walt Longmire is an interesting guy, and I first got acquainted with him on the TV show of the same name. He’s the hero of a series of mystery novels by Craig Johnson, the first one of which is The Cold Dish. Yes, it’s referring to revenge.

The show and the books are similar only in a few of the main characters, and the basic plot of some of the books.

Longmire is the sheriff in Absaroka County, Wyoming. He’s an old-fashioned hero, always trying to do the right thing. He’s chivalrous and has a rigid moral code that he lives by.

There’s nothing wrong with an old-fashioned hero; it’s just that many modern heroes tend to be more emotionally complex. Sometimes it’s nice to spend time with a guy who always wants to do the right thing.

His friends are always trying to get him to take better care of himself, but he lives for his his job and protecting others. He knows and is on good terms with most of the people in the county. There’s also an Indian reservation right near Longmire’s county, and he has has some experiences with Indian spirit guides throughout the books. Longmire’s best friend is Henry Standing Bear, and I could have written an entire blog about Henry as well (but I didn’t).

I appreciate the differences between the books and the show, and I enjoy them both. It’s nice when they’re different, but still both enjoyable. I think that often, when that happens, it’s obviously largely because of good writing, but it’s also because of strong characters who can carry two different storylines and still remain true to who they are.

Have you seen the show or read the books?

 

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October Reading Wrap-Up

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In October, I read a bunch of new books.  I’ve recently gotten back into the Longmire series of books, and am trying to read them all.  I love being the annoying person who points out the differences between books and movies (or, in this case, TV). I actually enjoyed everything I read last month, which is always a nice surprise.

  1.  For Women Only, by Shaunti Feldhahn.  This was a really good self-help type book for insight into the male mind.  I picked it up because it was recommended reading on how to write men in stories better, but I see that it also applies to the men I know.
  2. I Was Here, by Gayle Forman.  I loved If I Stay, and the follow up, Where She Went, so I have no idea why I hadn’t read another book by her before this.  I went looking for fiction to read on suicide, and this was a good one.  It drew me in from the start, and did a decent job of showing the devastating effects on family and friends.
  3. You, by Caroline Kepnes.  This one was recommended by my book club.  Funny story: because of who sent it to me, and the title, I thought it was a self-help book, or something like that.  Yeah, it’s definitely not.  It’s actually a thriller about a stalker and his victim.  Brutal, fascinating, and disturbing, it’s pretty much everything I want in a book.
  4. The Shining, by Stephen King.  When I read You, I found out that The Shining has a sequel: Doctor Sleep.  Apparently I’ve been living under a rock, because I had no idea.  None.  It’s been years since I read The Shining, and since it’s one of my favorite King books, I wanted to reread it and be fresh from it when I read the sequel.  It’s still one of the best horror novels I’ve ever read.
  5. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King.  I was really skeptical that a sequel could be as good as The Shining, but this one was definitely worthy.  I’m sure it could work as a standalone book, but I was glad I had just re-read The Shining, as there were a lot of references to it.
  6. Death Without Company (Longmire #2) & Kindness Goes Unpunished (Longmire #3) & Another Man’s Moccasins (Longmire #4), by Craig Johnson.  I’m a fan of crime novels, and I love the Longmire shows on Netflix.  These are quite different from the TV show, but they’re good in their own way.  Walt is a pretty similar character in both the books and the show.  I actually like Henry a bit more in the books.  He’s a more active character, and frequently involved in Walt’s escapades.
  7. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black.  This is a vampire book, but not a typical one.  It’s what would happen if vampires were shown to be real, in the modern age.  One girl wakes up to a massacre that happened at a party, and it begins with her saving her ex-boyfriend (who’s been bitten), and saving a vampire who helps her.  I like books where vampires aren’t portrayed as sexy teddy bears who just happen to like blood.
  8. The Liar, by Nora Roberts.  I’m a sucker for Nora Roberts books, mostly because I know that she usually mixes romance with other things, like suspense.  This one has it all: a great love story, murder, secrets, conspiracy, and an underdog who comes out ahead.

I liked every book I read this month, and I can’t always say that.  I got most of them on my Kindle, through the library.

What did you read this month?