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on 18 April 2010
To be honest, I'd never heard of the sub-genre 'industrial crime thriller' before picking up this book. However, having read Katja from the Punk Band, I'm keen to read more from Logan. In fact, he's probably just entered my top five writers with this one book - a feat, indeed!
It's difficult to describe Katja without resorting to visuals - this is a book that reads like a movie. Think RUN LOLA RUN, shot by Tarantino and scripted by William Gibson and you're halfway there. Only, Katja is better than that. Seriously.
Basic story has a rag-tag bunch of interlinked characters trying to hoodwink each other over a vial of narcotics that seemingly buys a ticket off an island somewhere close to Eastern Europe. It's not clear when the book is set, whether in the recent past or near future; Logan's economic narrative and short, sharp use of chapters leaves little room for anything short of the essentials for this caper. Each chapter is written from the perspective of a different, fecked-up character, rinsing out their drug-fuelled paranoia and OCD quirks in a unique and fresh style. And you're always left hanging, always wanting more - Logan's infernal use of cliffhangers making his writing as addictive as the perceived contents of the story's main plot device.
In summary, for a neat slice of punk lit, Logan won't see you wrong. Katja speaks to the disenfranchised; Logan populating her pages with a wonderful menagerie of characters from start to finish. This is a page-turner like none other, a merry-go-round of bizarro that will have your eyes bleed with tiredness rather than put this bad girl down.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2011
it's an incredible tale, fast paced with no time to take a breath. the 'industrail' in the genre might refer to the steel of every sentence, beautifully constructed and hard as nails. it's poetic in its shap, bright focus and, like one of the characters in the story, you might have to wear special goggles to protect eyes. magnificent in terms of character, setting, plot and emotional involvement.
there's been a lot of talk about the Lisbeth Salander of Larsson's trilogy - much as i loved her, i think i'm going to save myself for Katja and make sure i buy a suit of armour if we ever get a first date.
on 31 July 2011
Katja...' is the type of novel that surprises you, in a good way. Let me tell you now, there is no way of knowing what is going to happen next and how this story will turn out. Described as an 'Industrial Crime Thriller', it's a rip-roaring tale following Katja and her attempts to escape off a Work Island using a stolen vial of chemicals to barter her passage onto the mainland. Along the way, there are many characters introduced as the frenetic pace which is set early, goes into overdrive meaning you are turning page after page in order to find out what happens to each character.
The narrative flows through each chapter, seamlessly drifting between different characters as the story unfolds. This is a testament to the skill of writer Simon Logan, that he never lets the plot spiral out of control, letting the story and characters tell the tale and revealing information effortlessly. Logan quite plainly knew how he wanted to tell this story.
The characters are well drawn and almost cinematic in nature. The descriptions of them, especially Katja, are incredibly well written and imaginative. The way in which more aspects of their personalities are revealed, in particular, is extraordinary in the way Logan blends these in with plot and story revelations.
The setting is quite spectacular as well. A 'Work Island', it sits perfectly as the backdrop to this story. With its gaming arcades and dark alleys, my only gripe with the book is that it is not explored in more depth. But this is more to do with me loving these type of creations and would probably have slowed down the pace of the novel.
All in all, I'd recommend anyone looking for something a little different than the norm, in the crime fiction genre, to read this book. In fact, go read it anyway, as Logan is a terrific writer. Excellent prose and pacing make 'Katja...' one of those books you'll endlessly recommend.
on 11 August 2011
Hard, brutal, tangled web. A vial containing a mysterious drug holds the key to escaping from the island. Katja is determined that she will get hold of the vial and make it to the mainland and is willing to do whatever it takes to get there. In her way are drug barons, police and other desperate people like herself.
Logan moves around amongst and between the characters who inhabit this desperate place and shows all of their darkest moments and weaknesses as they all search for their own illusive desires.
There is no trust, no loyalty and it's every dog scrabbling for supremacy as the clock ticks down to the final showdown with the mysterious man in red on the ferry who is waiting for the vial.
Very worthwhile read from an intelligent writer who can make you feel the dirt, grime and blood on your hands. Logan manages to induce a sense of disorientation through his use of multiple viewpoints, often recounting the same scene from a different characters point of view.
If you are looking for something different from the usual P.I. novel, then this is certainly for you and I look forward to reading more of Logan's writing in the future.
on 10 September 2011
Some writers use words like bullets. Simon Logan has a Kalashnikov. In Katja From The Punk Band, he fires off dialogue, characters, images, plot points, twist and turns and all manner punky goodness in a speed -freak paced, multi POV, action packed futuristic hardboiled crime novel that never lets up.Beaut!