Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Fun ~ Delirium: The Debt Collector 1

Yesterday I was blitzed by DL Hammon's Blog Blitz. I want to thank everyone who stopped by and left a comment. As far as this blog goes, I really like to keep things upbeat here and on my pastor's blog. I find that having a positive attitude goes a long way in dealing with the bad stuff that happens in life. As most of my long term followers know the past two weeks have been bad for me with keeping my husband alive and other issues. Yesterday boosted me up. Again thank y'all (in my best southern twang) and DL it was perfect timing!

Today I'm reviewing a e-book because I've spent far too many hours in doctor offices this week. My denim across the body bag I purchased while shopping has been put to good use. It was one of the books I downloaded from on it's free day. These downloads now account for 75 books. I even get a daily update on what's free now although I really shouldn't even look at it because the books in my TBR pile is closer to two hundred.

Delirum: Debt Collector 1
by Susan Kaye Quinn
Genre- Science fiction
The Blurb
What's your life worth on the open market?
A debt collector can tell you precisely.

Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He's just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja's sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane... until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn't what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone--a dark pit he's not sure he'll be able to climb out of again.

My Impressions
After reading this book, I realized I don't like serials. At 48 pages and 12,000, it is a quick read. Perfect for the doctor's office, but abrupt in the ending. Author has a firm grasp of characterization, plotting, and grammar. World building is always a challenge for most authors, but Quinn does it well with familiar touches that the reader can relate to. 

Will I read the next one?
Probably not. Reason- While the author has the mechanics of writing down pat and colorful scenes, there just isn't enough substance for me. I like novels that can stand alone even in sequels. It reminds me of a television show, "Tune in next week. Same bat time. Same bat channel," or a comic book. To me that's not reading a novel or even a novella. I would have honestly felt gypped at the $.99 price tag if I hadn't gotten it for free. Now if you are a reader of comic books or a fan of serials by all means download it. It's just not my cup of tea.

It's still free for Kindle at Amazon.

Whatever you do make it fun!


  1. Hey Jo! I like how you've summed up the book. You're right about sequels being standalone stories! And I get what you're saying about the TBR folder. I am guilty of a huge backlog.

    :-)My best wishes to your husband's speedy recovery. God bless.

    Love, Vidya
    (Still a Blog-Blitzer!) :D

  2. Happy Blitz a day late. I was out sick and not at my computer. I'm getting a Kindle and I can't wait to start reading ebooks. I should be able to read my own, right? LOL Have a terrific weekend.

  3. Vidya,
    I want to click the page for a new chapter and not have to buy another installment. This year my TBR pile has jumped from 5-10 books to almost 200 thanks to my Kindle.

  4. That's a short book! It's even shorter than some kid chapter books.

  5. At least you got it free. Glad the Blitz was a good pick me up.

  6. glad you got blitzed - sorry been sick so didn't come by yesterday
    I have a few authors that I have enjoyed their serials but they do each stand alone as a complete work of fiction. Saying that I find that the more volumes the weaker the story line gets.

  7. This has nothing to do with your post. :) Where is Ceylon exactly?

  8. Amy, Ceylon is now known as Sr Lanka. It's a tear drop just at the bottom edge of India. An island nation.

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