Sunday, December 3, 2017

Book Review—The Western Star by Craig Johnson #OpenBook Blog Hop

I've long been a fan of Craig's Johnson's series of Longmire books. I discovered them several years before they became the inspiration for the TV series and own most of them. (In print.) I've had about half of them signed by the author as he makes regular appearances in my part of the world.

So I was looking forward to his new release, The Western Star. In fact, it was on my wishlist for my birthday. It took me a few days to start reading it because I wanted to wait for the weekend when I could devour it without too many interruptions.

Most of the book did not disappoint. Johnson did his usual fine job of weaving an intricate tale including both present-day and historical references. Most of our favorite characters are back,  although they take a back seat in the story line. (Spoiler alert: for those of you hoping for more action between Longmire and Vic, don't hold your breath.) The major mystery is wrapped up nicely by our favorite sheriff.

But here's where I think Johnson went wrong. He left us with a cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers and refuse to write them. For those of you who have read the books, you probably remember the underlying story arc.Without giving too much away, that's the story line that leaves us hanging. In a big way. And since Johnson only seems to release one book a year, that's a long time to wait.

As a result, I'm giving this book 4 stars. But sure, I'll read the next one when it comes out.

If you've read the book, let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree with my rating. In the meantime, I'm off to see what our other authors are reading.

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  1. I haven't heard of this author or the TV series, but will check the books out as I like Westerns.

  2. I love the television series and have been meaning to read the series. I am not bothered by cliff-hangers though a year is a long time to wait. But considering that it will take me several months to get caught up, it might not be a cliff-hanger for me. Thanks for the suggestion.

    1. The books have changed through the series, but the writing and story in each are solid. I say the TV series is true to the spirit of the books but doesn't follow the same story line.

  3. I hate cliff hangers, too! They make me angry. I usually refuse to buy the next book if the author leaves me hanging. It just feels disrespectful of the author, like they're holding the characters hostage from their readers.

    1. I understand (to some extent) why Johnson did it—I suspect it was too large of a story to put in one book— but it still doesn't make me happy.

  4. I'm looking forward to watching the series. I hate cliff hangers too, especially when there is such a long time in between releases.