mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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The Suicide Collectors by David Oppegaard.

This is an uncanny little volume. First off-- a hardcover with a tiny trim size? & the genre is post-apocalyptic; doesn't that usually get you in the sci-fi bin? Naw, this one has a very mystery shelf cover design to it, & quotes from...Stan Lee & Mike Carey? What the heck is this book? I wonder if the post-apocalypse trope has become "literary" now? I had sort of been eyeballing it at work, & after hearing an editor pitch the next book by this author, I decided to give it a whirl. I'm glad I did. The "everyone commits suicide" idea isn't as groundbreaking as a lot of the copy seems to suggest, but it is put in here pretty nicely. There are rules to the universe-- rules, & he doesn't beat you in the face with them. Oppegaard lets you figure them out, & puts natural, flowing directions to the narrative to get you there. Things are bleak, but the protagonist, while not a super magical saint, has some steel in him. I liked it. A quick read, I got through it on a few train rides.
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