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I-O by Simon Logan
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Oct 03, 2007

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Read in September, 2007

This book is pretty screwed up - that's my literary opinion.

No, really. A couple of the stories in this collection achieve a sort uncomfortable, dark paranoia and terror that's only achieved in the best David Cronenberg movies.

The most memorable of the stories is about a factory worker who's locked in a small room for his entire existence, doing the same task again and again, hour after hour, day after day. It happens that the task is sticking metal rods into odd lumps of flesh. The worker gradually comes to question his purpose and this leads to a pretty well executed conclusion on Logan's part. The factory makes workers to run the factory. Sounds corny, but Logan really delivers.

The most disappointing of the lot is the last, in which a brood of groupies collects the semen of rock stars in a glass jar and then commits mass suicide - or something like it. Sounds better than it is, believe me.

Logan definitely has talent, but his tendency to go overboard ruins an otherwise stellar collection.

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