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Katja from the Punk Band (Katja From The Punk Band)

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** Spinetingler Magazine "Top 10 Crime Books 2010", joint winner of the 2010 Fireball Award and Best New Voice Nominee**

Katja, like everyone else stuck on the work island they call home, wants to get to the mainland by any means necessary. Shooting her boyfriend and stealing a chemical vial is one way to ensure her safe passage?the only problem is, she's not the only one w
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Published April 15th 2010 by ChiZine Publications (first published January 1st 2010)
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Althea Ann
Aug 06, 2015 Althea Ann rated it it was ok
I'd seen this book floating around Goodreads for a while, and my curiosity was whetted. Punk rock dystopic crime thriller? Sounds cool! So, when the opportunity came up to read it... I took it.

What's good here is the plot. It's an action-packed, violent book with nicely interlocking events involving several different low-lives and druglords all chasing after a mysterious vial, with the ultimate goal of escaping the island. It's quick-moving, good fun.

However - I have to admit that this felt like
Mar 02, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, punk-rock
Katja from the Punk Band by Simon Logan is the introductory book in the Katja series. Simon is the author of the industrial fiction novel Little Things To Fill Up The Void and three collections of short stories. He is also the author of Get Katja.

A few months ago I read Get Katja, the second book in the series, and loved it. This week I was happy to find Katja from the Punk Band was available to me. I dropped everything else and jumped on this book. I was not disappointed. Katja, along with most
Nigel Bird
Feb 07, 2011 Nigel Bird rated it it was amazing
How often do you pick up a book and take an instant shine to it? Feel that you're reading something the likes of which you've not come across before? Decide that the author is a gem and that you're going to check out everything else he's done or will do in the fullness of time?

If you're like me, not that often.

I wish it were a more frequent occurance for I love the way it makes me feel - the excitement, the stimulation, the tingles as the desire to work out how it's done overcome by the desire
Tiffany Leigh
Mar 08, 2011 Tiffany Leigh rated it it was amazing
I was intrigued by Simon Logan's KATJA FROM THE PUNK BAND, reading about it on his "coldandalone" author website about a year before it was published. I was re-reminded of the book via Spinetingler, who short-listed it on their list of 2010 Best Opening Lines.

I finally picked up a Kindle copy, couldn't put it down, read it furiously like I was sweating out a fever dream, and subsequently picked up Mr. Logan's entire bibliography. KATJA is a strong intro to his unique vision and worldbuilding, a
Jul 09, 2011 Mxyzptlk rated it it was amazing
This story starts and ends with Katja but in between is an intricate web of shifting and converging storylines told from many different characters point of view. Very enjoyable... the plot jumps from one person to the next often with overlapping timelines. This kind of thing has been done before but not quite to this extreme I do not think. Recommended!
May 10, 2011 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn’t put this down. Everything you could want from a steam punk noir. Absolutely brilliant – 5 stars.
Apr 16, 2014 readtoomuch rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
This book was a quick and entertaining read with some colorful characters and an interesting world. This story played out like a Quentin Tarantino film with its gritty, nonlinear storyline, crazy pacing, crazy yet quirky characters, extra violence, and the crazy twists. Just like a Tarantino film, you have to suspend disbelief of some elements - Katja and her trach tube but seemingly no difficulty in speaking - and the lack of any real story or character development to fully enjoy the ride.

Fiona Johnson
Aug 11, 2011 Fiona Johnson rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 23, 2011 Peter rated it it was amazing
_Katja from the Punk Band_ is a fast-paced urban dystopia that takes place in a single night on an industrial island, separated from the rest of civilization. Katja, who is supposed to partake in a drug deal with her pseudo-boyfriend to get off the island, learns that he plans to betray her. She preemptively shoots him, takes the vial of an unknown substance, and begins on a long path to escape the island.

The novel is told from several viewpoints: Katja, our protagonist with a trach in her neck,
William Freedman
Feb 13, 2011 William Freedman rated it liked it

Let's see: Frenetic pacing? Check. Unique, distopian setting? Check. Strong, believable, sympathetic-but-imperfect characters? Check. Unpredictable twists? Check.

So why did I like this Simon Logan's "Katja from the Punk Band" but not love it?

I'll confess that this was my entre into "industrial" fiction, which is apparently cyberpunk without the cyber. I expected more of a speculative element than just the setting, which is apparently some mash-up of immediate-post-Soviet eastern Europe and the E
Mar 10, 2012 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Tarantino
Recommended to Katy by: netGalley
Shelves: ebook, net-galley
Disclosure: I received a free eBook ARC galley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis from NetGalley: Katja, like everyone else stuck on the work island they call home, wants to get to the mainland by any means necessary.

Shooting her boyfriend and stealing a chemical vial is one way to ensure her safe passage: the only problem is, she's not the only one who wants it, and the freedom it will bring: There's Nikolai the joystick junkie; Aleksakhina, Katja's parole officer; Vladimir
Shawn Scarber
Mar 18, 2011 Shawn Scarber rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this crime fiction novel set on a strange industrialized island where the main source of entertainment seems to be drugs and old arcades. Katja retrieves a vial of an unknown chemical from her boyfriend she just shot. She thinks this is her key to getting off the island and onto the mainland. Her paths cross and recross with a desperate junkie, a few powerful drug dealers, and eventually with the mistakes of her past.

Simon builds a thrill ride of a novel by giving the reader mu
Sep 02, 2012 Corey rated it really liked it
You want weird? Katja is Elmore Leonard via William Gibson, a fast-paced cyberpunk thriller that commands attention with great dialogue, twisted characters, and a fine sense of place. Set on an unnamed urban island and following a woman delivering an unnamed vial of something, Logan traipses back and forth through time and POVs, keeping the reader off-balance and filling in the blanks later with a precision that would do Christopher Nolan proud. This is a grimy, gritty, terribly unpleasant world ...more
Michele Lee
Jul 26, 2012 Michele Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, reviewed
Sharp, dark with a drug-induced dystopian flare, Katja is the story of chemical dealers, druggies and dreamers, all on a quest to escape their island prison. An unconventional collection of anti-heroes and antagonists, it's remarkably similar to the gritty tales of Sonja Blue by Nancy A. Collins. It's a toss up whether the sheer violence wins out over a theme of the struggle to find a better life. But it's all good, dark and fast paced, like being stuck in a trunk during a drunken joyride. Recom ...more
Jul 24, 2010 Matt rated it liked it
This was a good book. It was short, quick and entertaining. I don't know how memorable it will be. The characters are decent and I even cared about a couple of them. The plot has lots of twists in it and the only complaint I have is that there was too much re-narration of key scenes from the point of view of 3 or 4 different characters, without a lot of unique touches to each point of view. All in all, it surprised me for something random I picked up at the library.
Greg Gillis
Feb 13, 2011 Greg Gillis rated it really liked it
Have you not read a book by Simon Logan neither had I before I purchased this one. Wow what an amazing writer with a great story to tell. Go ahead if you like to read and are looking for something a little different this is the book for you. There is no difficulty trying to figure it out it is straight forward and entertaining the characters will be your best friends.
the gift
fast. fun. pulp of the grungy future. neo-noir. characters for each thread of the complex plot. yes, sometimes aristotle is right: plot is everything.
Mar 25, 2014 James rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
From Amazon: "Katja, like everyone else stuck on the work island they call home, wants to get to the mainland by any means necessary. Shooting her boyfriend and stealing a chemical vial is one way to ensure her safe passage; the only problem is, she's not the only one who wants it."

This fast-paced novel, full of twists, turns, and treachery, clearly influenced by Tarantino and late 80s action films, is told in the present tense, which was somewhat distracting. Sometimes I had a little trouble ke
Colleen Wanglund
Apr 08, 2010 Colleen Wanglund rated it really liked it
I actually give it three and a half, but I figured I'd round up. :))
Chris Shaffer
Feb 27, 2011 Chris Shaffer rated it really liked it
Frenetic, fast paced, industrial crime.
Wayne Simmons
Mar 11, 2012 Wayne Simmons rated it really liked it
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 th
Jul 17, 2012 Luca rated it it was amazing
'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 meani ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Located on a nameless, drug-infested Eastern Bloc island, this grotesque comedy of errors centers on a chemical vial, and the people who fight to get their hands on it. Word has come down through the grapevine that whoever manages to smuggle themselves onto the mainland and deliver the vial to a mysterious man in red will win their ticket out of poverty. Characters include a misfit punk guitarist, a junkie, a couple of drug lords (one of whom is an S&M performance artist), and a battered wif ...more
May 06, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
A really taught thriller, and complete departure from what I have come to expect from the author. This is good! It shows growth and maturity.
Really well paced, fallowing the story lines of a few converging charas, it is a glimpse into the modern mystery novel.
Set in a gritty hard boiled world, it creates a rapid series of scenes that quickly push into one another. Keeping you on edge, and gasping for the conclusion, it ignores any principles that could have kept it from becoming the distilled e
Mar 15, 2014 Jaki rated it it was amazing
*I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This review is also at Tangled Bookmarks.

Note to self: when restarting your book blog after a prolonged absence, make sure your first book is an absolute ripper that will keep you up reading all night and bleary-eyed in the morning. It’ll make it all worth while. :D

Set over the course of one night, Katja from the Punk Band moves at a breakneck sp
Tyrannosaurus regina
There was a relentless kind of momentum to this story, but it was constantly spinning its wheels rather than actually going anywhere. The narrative steps and backsteps in circles around the action, bouncing from actor to actor until it all comes together in the climax, but when you get there nothing's really happened. The most interesting part is the setting, but we don't get to see or understand enough of it, really. There's so much potential that doesn't feel realised. I can see why this might ...more
Sandra Kasturi
Feb 23, 2010 Sandra Kasturi rated it it was amazing
A terrific fast-paced thriller in the vein of Run, Lola, Run.
Erik Buchanan
Aug 15, 2014 Erik Buchanan rated it really liked it
A fun, dark little book about poverty, despair, jealousy and the desperation they all breed. I found the continual switching of viewpoints and shifting in time a bit confusing at first, but the end result is a good story and an ending which is realistic to the character's situations without taking away their hope. A good book.
Mar 08, 2014 Hyzenthlay rated it liked it
I think I liked the idea of this more than the actual book. The combination of sentence fragments and run-ons totally made my head spin, but not necessarily in a good way.

Josef Hernandez
Apr 03, 2014 Josef Hernandez rated it really liked it
A fun and original novel

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