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It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to ...more
Paperback, 149 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Bantam Books (first published 1967)
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Killer Rabbit
Try to blot the godawful movie adaptation from your mind.
This is my idea of funtastic 'classic' scifi. Here's why I think so:

1) It's written in short, snappy, slap you in the head sentences.
This writing style helps me feel that I'm in some cold, uncaring future. To reinforce that vibe, the Sandmen who want to make sure you get 'retired' at the officially sanctioned, ripe old age of 21 carry weapons that fire charges of Homers, Rippers, and other implements of uber-nastiness.

2) The story is a cou
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Manny
Definitely a good bad book, which anticipated cyberpunk the way Robert Sheckley anticipated Douglas Adams. In Logan's world, everyone has to submit to voluntary euthanasia when they turn 21 and their palmflower goes black. But Logan decides he'll try and find Ballard, who's 42 and has lived a double lifetime. Maybe he can help him escape to the mythical Sanctuary.

It doesn't exactly make sense, but there are lots of very memorable sequences...

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Just saw that Ni
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St-Michel
So I picked this up for 87 cents basically for two reasons:
1. It's Logan's Run!!! What more need be said?
2. Come on, 87 cents? Did I mention that it's Logan's Run?

Ok, I hate reading the book after I've seen the movie (this pretty much goes with any book-to-eventual-movie combo), but really, I vaguely even recall the movie - I remember scant parts and I think most of the parts I remember aren't even in the book and I think the other parts I remember are those refreshed by stills wedged into the m
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Michael
Can I make a confession here? I've never seen the movie version of "Logan's Run."

I know, I know. I should probably turn in my geek card at this point. Either that or I should dust off the DVD version I picked up for a low price and put the shiny disc into the player and cross it off my list of shame.

For a long time, my excuse has been that I'd never read the book. And once I found out that the book came first, as a book-a-holic, I could at least say that I wanted to read the book first. So, fina
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Stuart
In the year 2011, it is impossible to discuss the Logan's Run novel without mentioning the 1976 movie, which I believe has surpassed the original work in terms of notoriety. Upon comparison, the reason for this is all too clear. While my modern tastes found the 70's movie to be rather charming, I cannot say the same for the novel.

The first problem comes with the age limit. With no character over 21, descriptions of people as "man" and "woman" are confusing and try the limits of my suspension of
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Stacey
I always like the idea of reading old sci-fi more than the actual experience, and it certainly held true with this book as well. Logan's Run is, of course, iconic. Immortalized in a futuristic, and now cult-classic b-movie, it has cinematic influences on everything from Bladerunner to Minority Report.But there's really just not that much story here. Ultimately, that's what disappoints - that there could have been such an interesting story, but all we get is a chase through various decaying and e ...more
Kernos
Jan 22, 2012 Kernos rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kernos by: Lovers of the movie and SF aficionados
Shelves: science-fiction
Logan's run is an action adventure Sci-Fi that never lets up. It is impossible to read this book without comparing it to the movie. The latter is a favorite I've probably seen 15 or 20 times since I 1st saw it at the movies. The movie works and contains the major themes of the book. In his preface to the omnibus Logan: A Trilogy, the edition I am reading, Nolan states there are many layers to the novels, like peeling the layers of an onion. I've read many novels that are many layered and this ju ...more
Dori
I admit I'm a little torn on this one. Written in the late 1960s, this sci-fi thriller had an interesting message and seems to have influenced a fair bit of modern sci-fi, but it was done in a somewhat superficial manner.

A synopsis: It's a couple hundred years after the 20th century and nobody is allowed to live past age 21. The entire world is connected by a giant subway system controlled by a powerful computer in the heart of a mountain in the middle of America. Everyone wears implanted "flow
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Checkman
Sometimes classic science-fiction isn't as good as you hope it will be. While a better written novel than the sequel it isn't as fun. As pointed out by Stacey it's nothing more than a glorified chase through a exotic series of sets. The future world of "Logan's Run" just isn't as developed as it should be. The predictions for the future are wildly off the mark which makes the book feel very dated. It's obviously a product of it's time and it's also apparant that the authors (who where in their l ...more
Trendhater73: S. Bledsoe
This is a book I have been searching for, but was having trouble finding at the used book shops. I have always wanted to read it and to my great surprise, recieved it from my parents on my 25th birthday. It is the 1976 version with the silly picture insert of movie images. To say I was thrilled is a drastic understatement. In fact, no words can come close to describing the nerd-uphoria I felt. It took me very little time to read the tiny book, but it was quite the adventure and I would love to s ...more
 Jo Ann
I loved the movie, I loved the series, but not so much the novel. I was prepared for the dated feeling and I knew that there would be some differences, but not to such a degree.

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Tobin Elliott
Though it definitely shows its age, Logan's Run is still a fun read. The last time I read this was 38 years ago, at the tender age of 14 and I can still remember being blown away by all the cool futuristic concepts and thinking I'd be on the cusp of changing from blue to red. And my life would be two-thirds over.

There's the interesting staccato narrative, the countdown chapters, the sometimes stream-of-consciousness writing...there's a lot of stuff that wouldn't be caught dead in a book publishe
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Mike (the Paladin)
I read this back in the 70s. The movie appeared (not a bad science fiction movie for the day) and I ran the book down. It was better than the movie by quite a bit.

This is another cold war view of the future and a fairly dark outlook. While it's not the best or the worst one I read it's a fair read.
Terri
In a society where lifespans are short to curb the population problems, a man is sent to stop those who try and run away from their fate. Only then it is his fate too and Sanctuary is looking more appealing. One of my favorite distopian books
Brian
Mar 23, 2013 Brian added it
Read this a long time ago and was reminded of it by a similarly premised book released recently.

Need to re-read this for comparison.... oh, and to rate it, of course ;)
Angela
This is a book I have wanted to read for about 2 years and I eventually got my hands on an electronic copy at Christmas after discovering this is very difficult book to come by in physical form; no public libraries had it in stock, the library where I work didn’t have it, all the second hand bookshops I trawled through didn’t have it, and when I checked on www.amazon.co.uk it was ridiculously expensive for such a short book.

I’ve never seen the film all the way through, only the last half, perhap
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Joseph Mitchell
I'm not a reviewer, and this isn't a proper review, just my thought upon finishing this book I've been meaning to read for decades. I saw the film version of this story at a drive-in movie theater when I was a kid and absolutely loved it. I expected that the book, like most film adaptions, would be significantly better than the movie, but not in this case.

Nolan takes the idea of 'show, don't tell' to the extreme. There is very little description of things that really ought to the described. This
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William Cameron

I reread the trilogy every few years. All three books are pretty slim (which is the reason you usually find them together as The Logan Trilogy or whatever). They hold up pretty well. For people that only know the Movie (and the TV Series, which was corny but I remember it well from my childhood) the books are almost completely different, and well worth checking out. They expand a lot of the world and are ... well, more Adult
( more sex, more violence (Different shots in a Deep Sleep gun, each on
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David Sarkies
Nov 06, 2012 David Sarkies rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of the movie
Recommended to David by: My mum (through the movie)
Shelves: sci-fi
I was wondering through a second hand book shop one day and found a book called 'Logan's Search'. I picked it up and discovered that it was the third book in the Logan trilogy, which made me realise that that really awesome movie that was made in 1975 was actually a book, and in fact the first in a trilogy, and so began my quest to find a copy of the original book (as well as part two, which was easier than finding the first book, which I did eventually manage to do, otherwise I wouldn't be wri ...more
Rebecca
It's impossible for me to review this book without drawing comparisons to the movie. I am a fan of the movie. The story stands up against the aged special effects and mediocre acting. The world created in it is a fascinating and original "utopia".

While the movie draws a lot from the book, the film and novel are very much their own entities.

What surprised me most in the book was the quality of the writing. It was poetic and raw. It pulled at the senses so that you were drawn into each of the mul
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Melissa Prange
In the 23nd century, every person is fitted with a flower crystal that turns black when its wearer turns twenty-one. Once the flower turns black, the wearer has only two choices: Allow themselves to be put to sleep or run for their lives.



Logan is a DS. He hunts down runners and makes certain they don’t survive their twenty-first year. It’s the job he’s worked for since childhood, but now that his own twenty-first is approaching, he’s beginning to question the rightness of all those killings and
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Jeff
A little backstory--or "sauce for the goose". I loved this movie as a kid. The love of my life and I have shared references and jokes from this film for many years. I recently brought an extra DVD of this film to my oldest and dearest elementary school friend, who had tears in his eyes when I told him it was his to keep. I wikipediad the novel the film was based on and learned so many interesting things. (I won't ruin it for you). Imagine my surprise when I found this book on my doorstep (i thin ...more
Mike
Logan's Run isn't so much of a science-fiction novel as it is a detailed summary of event a novel might contain. Passages literally fly by with nothing more than "Logan saw a trap/robot/animal/person in his way. Logan killed it and went on.". Exposition is at a minimum and characters are one dimensional with no growth or development (not that there's any time for it in under 150 pages). In many ways this should be the perfect movie, as it is only a collection of set pieces.

That said, the idea of
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Bridget
Again, I like reading novels that the sometimes hokey sci-fi movies I ADORE are based on. (see: < a href= "http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..., Planet of the Apes .)
Logan's Run followed and yet subverted my expectations. I expect books to be better than movies and this was no exception- more nuanced, more description. At the same time, the essential plot is insanely different- there is a whole other level of activity and character interaction that I was not expecting.
It's difficult to p
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Bob
wow- just wow. I opened this book and fell in, headfirst. I admit, I'm a sucker for strange societies, utopian and dystopian- but this book is simply a magic carpet.
Even the two-page dedication is amazing and amusing.

I read this book first when I was just a kid, before the movie ever came out- and I was _extremely_ disappointed with the film they actually made. If, by some miracle, you haven't seen the movie, _don't._ It's a total waste of time and film.

I enjoyed watching Logan grow through t
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Kathleen
Had to ask my library to find this via interlibrary loan, since ours no longer has a copy. After reading, and dissing, The Giver, I felt it was time to see if Logan's Run has stood the test of time.

I found the writing more sparse and disjointed than I remember. At times there is a lack of logic in how the characters move through the world. Distances travelled are glossed over and escapes from certain scenes read almost like a video game. It actually feels as if it was written for television, or
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Robyn Blaber
I wanted to give this more stars, because of it's combination of seriousness and camp which plays will to my sensibilities in that I read a lot of very serious novels about very serious things. Unlike Orwell, there is no compelling reason for the dystopia nor is there any reason as to why it should end. In Orwell's "1984", and Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" you get a sense that once the truth behind the dystopia is discovered that there is really nothing the protagonist can do about it... which, I ...more
Bausertron
I did not like this book AT ALL. I enjoy sci fi, but this read more like a Jr. High action adventure novel that takes place in the future and HINTS at important social undertones, but completely undermines them with flimsy background information and sensationalistic plot lines.

They go to Antarctica and almost get caught, but they make a daring escape. Then they go to a jungle and are almost caught, but make a daring escape. Seriously, it's like the story took place 5 times in different settings.
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Clayton
This is a pretty intriguing little story. It's much different from the movie of the same name (which was also quite interesting), but it's easy to see why they had to change the plot for filming. My biggest complaint with the book is how hectic it seems to be. Logan and Jess, the main characters for most of the book, travel to so many places and encounter so many perils, it's hard to keep track of after a while. Still, the writing style helps you feel the panic of the chase that is going on in t ...more
David Szondy
The year is 2116 and Logan 3 is a Sandman; a combination of policeman and executioner charged with the duty of tracking down and killing anyone who commits the heinous crime of wanting to live beyond their 21th birthday. Armed with the Gun, a weapon with a small arsenal of specialised bullets, he is an efficient killing machine. He has also just turned 20 and as the crystal implanted in his palm blinks from red to black, he decides to spend the last 24 hours of his life hunting down the legendar ...more
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William F. Nolan is best known as the co-author (with George Clayton Johnson) of Logan's Run -- a science fiction novel that went on to become a movie, a television series and is about to become a movie again -- and as single author of its sequels. His short stories have been selected for scores of anthologies and textbooks and he is twice winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award from the Myste ...more
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