Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Books read in 2017: No. 36 -- Logan's Run

by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson

Started: Oct. 9
Finished: Oct. 10

Notes: This is an example of why I love used book stores so much. If you take the time to peruse the shelves, you can find books you didn't know existed, or had forgotten they existed. This is the case for me. The original "Logan's Run" movie and television show were big when I was a kid, but all things science fiction were suddenly cool in the late '70s after the success of Star Wars, and I had forgotten that it had actually been a novel. A novel which I'd never read. I'm correcting that now. I hope it's good.

Mini review: This was just a fun adventure tale, but one with something to say. The novel and the movie (for those who remember it) are pretty similar until about the halfway point, then each verges off into different territory, with the novel having the more surprising and interesting ending. The novel also is much more gritty than the movie, reminding me somewhat of the worlds of Blade Runner and even The Running Man to some extent. All in all, I prefer the book over the movie.

2 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Yep, I liked it much

Keith West said...

I remember the movie and the TV show, and watched both, although I didn't see the movie until a few years after it came out.

I read the book a few years later and loved it. There are two sequels to the book, both written by Nolan. I read them (in the early 80s) but recall very little. I don't think they rose to the standard of the original. I thought George Clayton Johnson may have written his own sequel, but that may be my imagination playing tricks on me because I can find no confirmation of that online.