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Los recolectores de suicidas / The Suicide Collectors

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  703 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 30th 2011 by La Factoria De Ideas (first published January 1st 2008)
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
There are some good things about this book and some really irritating things. I’ll start with the good because David Oppegaard is on Goodreads and will undoubtedly read this review. I think it’s well written, it flows well and it kept me interested. I wanted to know what happened next. The characters were believable and fairly fleshed out. Although post-apocalyptic novels are common and most involve journeys, I felt he handled it well. The premise is different and thought-provoking. I really app ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Some time in the not-too-distant future, everyone in a popular night club in Tokyo committed suicide. Not long after, suicide rates around the world started climbing. Tokyo was only the beginning of a world-wide Despair. Depression, hopelessness: it sends people hurtling from the tops of buildings, dashing in front of trains, swallowing pills, slashing wrists. Your friends, your family - at first people are constantly calling each other, checking that their still alive. After five years, there'r ...more
There's going to be some varying opinions on this book. Mr. Oppegaard spins a pretty interesting tale and paints well with words. He tells a tale here of human civilization in the decline, several years in the grip of a world-wide loss of heart known as "The Despair", and the Collectors who gather those who have taken their own lives, but mostly he tells of a small odyssey of three misfits in search, first of a cure and later of different sort of ending to the Despair.
I guess, being a hard scien
Feb 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopian
When I read that The Suicide Collectors was the story of a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by “The Despair,” which drove billions of humans to death by their own hands, I thought, “Whiz! BANG!”

And that’s exactly what I expected.

I expected a world that went out with a bang. And I expected bangs to greet me throughout the book and a nice big bang to end the book.

None of those bangs came.

From beginning to end, The Suicide Collectors is a tale of a whimper. There were promised moments of action an
Dec 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Suicide Collectors is a good book full of horrible things. I mulled it over, and that's really the only way to describe it.

In Oppegaard's dystopian world, the entire planet has been gripped by an epidemic called The Despair. Ninety percent of the Earth's population has committed suicide in the past five years since the "disease" started to spread, leaving the remaining survivors left to deal with the crumbling society and the most ominous force of all -- the Suicide Collectors, shrouded figu
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a book. David Oppegaard takes the dystopian novel and manages to create something new and horrifying. In the not-so-distant future, few people are left in the world due to wide spread epidemic called the Despair. There is no cure and no known reason why the majority of the human race succumbs to the Despair which results in suicide. To add to the creepy factor, Suicide Collectors show up to retrieve any body that died from a result of a suicide. How the Suicide Collectors know about the sui ...more
11811 (Eleven)
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read October, 2010 and December , 2015. Bumping it up to five stars. It earned it.
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Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to really like this book just because the premise was so fascinating. But I think this dude had a deadline he was about to miss because he ended it very abruptly, without explaining anything, and it just didn't gel with the rest of the book. It was a little like drinking a decent cup of coffee. It's doing its job, it tastes pretty good, but you put it down for a minute and when you pick it back up it is cold and more bitter than you thought previously. So you stop drinking it and get an ...more
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You guys already know this about me, but I'm not a huge fan of science fiction, or dystopian fiction. There is actually very little of either genre that I tend to enjoy, but when I do, I love them. I think I can still count on two hands, the total number of books or series that I enjoy from either genre. I first read The Suicide Collectors back in 2009, when it first came out. I hadn't started blogging yet, hence I've never written a review for it before, and since I decided to dust it off, and ...more
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: SciFi & Fantasy Group 2009-03 SciFi Selection
This was the SciFi selection for the Goodreads SciFi and Fantasy Book Club for the month of March 2009. Visit this link to see all of the discussions, group member reviews, etc.

Well, I waited too long to write this to remember all the details of my complaints, but this basically felt like a mostly-tolerable first effort.

The nature of the apocalypse is never adequately explained, and while that might be fine in some cases — allegorical, or magical realism, or somesuch — it really didn't work here
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really good for a first novel and quite excellent for a random grab off of a library shelf. I do enjoy post apocalyptic/dystopian fiction and this was an interesting entry into the genre dealing with, as the title states, suicides. Strong characters drive the story across the country as we witness the devastation that 5 years can being in the world that lost hope and desire to live. There are definitely some interesting ruminations on the phenomenon of suicide and the power of human spi ...more
Wayne Eury
Feb 08, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oppegaard struck me as a weak writer. I was hoping for more from this.
Alice Lee
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
What a disappointment; I was all looking forward to my first GoodReads author read of the month too. So, just to cover the basics, this is a book about a future where the Despair "plagued" people and almost everyone started offing themselves, and then this One Man who was resistant and his buddy went on this journey across the Country, after hearing a rumor about some doctor who was working on The Cure. It's got a nice post-apocalyptic, dystopian feeling to it, at least for the first half of the ...more
Peter Derk
Sep 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This was another book read for genre-expanding.

The basics of the plot: There's this great sadness, almost like a disease, spreading over the world and causing people to commit suicide. A lot of people. Like 90% of the world. Of course, there are some survivors, and they make a pilgrimage of sorts.

The story clips along, and it's like reading a good zombie book or post-apocalypse story. What's nice and different is that the author doesn't make every person into a complete asshole, which is unusual
Apr 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-read
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Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh.... This book is a poor attempt at a mix of The Road, The Happening, and a little like the Matrix.

The part like The Road: 1. a world where most of its inhabitants are dead. 2. A cross country road trip to find a population. 3. Marauders and crazy people. Where it fails: Cormac McCarthy was so visual in his storytelling that I felt like I was there. The Suicide Collectors starts off well with its visualization but about half way through it gets lazy with its description.

The part like The Hap
Not as bad as I expected but certainly not a book to recommend. The story is fine, good concept and the characters are very easy to buy into. Character development is also decent to good, Norman being the main growth/transformation vehicle. The world building was simply awful. Knock Neal Stephenson all you want for overly descriptive minutiae, at least he creates reasons for his imagination. Oppegaard seems to hastily invent random unlikelyhoods so his plot doesn't fall apart. Highways made of ...more
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Feeling a bit too optimistic as of late? Thinking that nothing can get you down? Try David Oppegaard’s THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS on for size! It’ll get you back to earth like the rest of us.

It’s set in a future in which the apocalypse took the form of “The Despair,” an overwhelming urge among 90 percent of the world’s population to commit suicide. Our hero, Norman, and his wife are managing to survive in a slowly dwindling Florida community, when she finally gives into the suicidal despair that’s
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fiction, 2012
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Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: end-times
A very interesting and strange trip across post apocalyptic America, from Florida to Seattle, with one of the surivors of The Despair. It seems that after The Despair hit the world five years ago only about 10% of the population remains, the others having commited suicide. This book had great potential until the ending. Perhaps others will not agree but I did not like how the author wrapped this one up. Not that it caused me any great consternation, I just did not quite get into how the author b ...more
Mar 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
So, I’m not really sure what to say about this one. It had potential. Had. Not really sure what happened. It became a collection of vignettes about a man traveling the country to find the remnants of American civilization, but it didn’t really come together like it should have. “The Despair” has seized the world, and about 99% of the population has offed itself. Yay!

The problem is that “the Despair” was caused by something, and I didn’t like the cause, so…..enh.

Should be 2 1/2 stars.
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Meh ... 1 1/2 stars really. Mediocre, disappointing ... much ado about nothing.
A gripping tromp through a much ignored topic (in alternate reality worlds). The ending was a tad to abrupt for me - I wanted more!
Brian Taylor
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I realize it’s been a while since my last in-depth book review. I have been reading. I simply didn’t have many good things to say about what I’ve been reading. That all changed two days ago when I opened this book. To be honest, I haven’t sat down and read a book this quickly in good, long while. Onwards with the review!

From the publisher:

The Despair has plagued the earth for five years. Most of the world’s population has inexplicably died by its own hand, and the few survivors struggle to remai
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
El libro me entusiasmó enseguida, y realmente lo he disfrutado en casi toda su totalidad, pero hubo detalles que no me terminaron de convencer. Que dices bueno, los podría pasar por alto, pero son de esos que arrugas el morro, de ahí la bajada de estrellas.
El final como tal me gustó, pero creo que la cagó mucho en el epílogo. En serio, casi que por mí lo habría quitado. El final del epílogo me parece una tomadura de pelo.
Se me hace raro ponerle 3 estrellas a un libro que me ha gustado tanto en
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. The book was well written and I liked the characters but the ending was a huge disappointment. I think this book would have been better if it had been longer and more fleshed out. I wanted to know way more about everything.
Ann Vallimaa
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Thank you for overriding it and letting me see. I appreciate that! They did come to the store angry.

Finished on 10/09/16......
What to say? It is heart breaking. I've read a lot of books from Private London by:James Patterson all the way to this. Some people just want you dead and some are life savers.
I am heart broken, but not suicidal. end up seeing it is spiritual or something weird, baiting perhaps. The more you watch the less you want to hurt yourself.
Inheritance. ....are peop
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David Oppegaard is the author of The Town Built on Sorrow (Flux 2017), The Firebug of Balrog County (MN Book Award finalist), the Bram Stoker-nominated The Suicide Collectors, Wormwood, Nevada, And the Hills Opened Up, and The Ragged Mountains. David’s work is a blend of science fiction, literary fiction, horror, and fantasy. He holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University and a B.A. in Engl ...more
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