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Managing Death (Death Works Trilogy #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  402 ratings  ·  49 reviews
It's not easy being Death. For starters, people keep dying. And then, they keep getting up again.

Steven de Selby got promoted. This makes the increasing number of stirrers (and the disturbing rumors of a zombie god rising sometime soon) his problem. That time management seminar he keeps meaning to take would also remind him that he's got a Death Moot to plan, a Christmas p
Paperback, 368 pages
Published by Orbit (first published December 1st 2010)
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Alan Baxter
I'm really enjoying this series by Trent Jamieson. This is the second of three and it did have a bit of a middle book feel. For the first two thirds or so I was interested, but not gripped like I had been by the first one. The last third of the book, however, really picked up and interesting stuff happened. I'm really excited now for the last book, with the long arc of the series ramping up to be a very exciting confrontation.

Ideally I'd give this book 3 1/2 stars - being a bit "middle book", it
4 Stars

Managing Death, book two in the Death Works Trilogy is a solid middle read. As a whole it does a few things better than the first book and a few things did measure up. This book lacks the fun and excitement of the world building in book one. In addition, book one had a huge variety of baddies and ghoulies that Managing Death did not. Book one spent a great deal of time with world building. This book has a linear plot and a much narrower story line. There is less action even though the sta
I'm still really enjoying this series, and intrigued as to where it will end up. Not long to wait- I think the next books out in August.

Reading about Steve lying to Lissa was like watching a car accident in slow motion. Not trusting her with the truth was such a believable Stupid Guy Move. It's things like that which make Steve and Lissa's relationship seems so real.

I also loved the ending of this one. I can picture so many of the scenes so clearly, I suppose partly because it's set in a city
Gareth Otton
Following on from the intriguing Death Most Definite, Managing Death once again follows the journey of Steven, Australia's new RM, as he struggles to deal with the new powers at his disposal as well as the job itself.

I have to admit that straight out of the gate I was disappointed with this sequel. Steven has returned to being the lazy layabout he had been at the beginning of the first book and his willful ignorance was proof that he had learned nothing from the events of the previous story. Th
I love reading trilogies that are real trilogies, ie. the story could not be condensed down into a single book without losing its uniqueness and poignancy.

So far, so good!

Managing Death is unique, it is poignant, it is action-packed without lacking all introspection, and I am looking forward to the next one.
So I complained that the protagonist was sort of a jackass in the last book, and he was good for about 10 pages (stating that he made the girl the HR chick so she could recruit and train and go in the field). And then without seeming to even think about it, he does a fairly horrible backstabby maneuver on his relationship. Like, seriously, why did you do that?

And the plot gets more implausible and convoluted. It's usually enough to carry you along in its wake even though it doesn't make any d***
Casey Carlisle
Dude has more than nine lives !

After being so excited over the debut of this series, I picked up the next in the franchise with eager hands… Trent Jamieson’s novel approach to the Grim Reaper with this urban fantasy set in the streets of Brisbane, Australia; saw Steven De Selby once again face enemies gunning to knock him off his throne as a General Manager in the Death Business.

While ‘Managing Death’ wasn't as good as the first book, it maintained all the elements I enjoyed in ‘Death Most Defin
Some spoilers for Death Most Definite.

When we left the somewhat hapless Steve at the end of Death Most Definite, he had just managed – through no intention of his own – to become Australia’s Regional Manager of Mortmax. Essentially, he became Australia’s Death. He had also discovered that the Stirrers – that ancient foe of the Psychopomps (employees of Mortmax, responsible for ensuring souls get to the Underworld) – are awaiting the imminent arrival of their god, meaning that they are ‘stirring’
Yolanda Sfetsos
I was really looking forward to reading the second book of the Death Works series. So as soon as I received it, I got stuck into it. And let me start by saying that it didn't disappoint. :)

Steven de Selby used to be a Pomp. Well, he can still pomp the dead, but now he's a whole lot more... and he's not adapting well.

A few months have passed since the events of Death Most Definite. He might have helped stop a Regional Apocalypse, but things are still not going well in Brisbane. It's December, an
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Steven de Selby was a charming, geeky slacker in life --and it seems Death hasn't changed him much. Steven isn't dead... He IS Death, or at least part of a greater whole that comprises Death. In the world of the Death Works series, there are 13 individuals that carry the essence of Death and since the events of Death Most Definite, Steven is one of them. But unlike his peers, he never wanted the job. It was an unfortunate by-product of fighting for his life, and winning. Apparently the job sucks ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Steven de Selby is the newest RM of Mortmax industries, member of the Orcus and avatar of death for the whole of Australia.

And that’s not an easy job. It’s especially not an easy job when you have lost as many people as he has and are still reeling from the shock of a near regional apocalypse. Now he has powers he barely understands, duties he understands even less and none of it is something he wanted or asked for. Worse, the other RMs are all ruthless murderers who reached their position by cl
I pretty much loved everything about this. I loved reading about all this craziness happening in my lovely little city, I loved learning more about Mr. D, I loved Steven's growth and the further development of his world, and I even loved that Steve and Lissa themselves acknowledged how quickly their romance formed and both took ownership of the cracks appearing in their relationship.

I really think the story benefits from the male POV, and the male author. Steven feels like a man even when he's s
Bex Montgomery [  Aurelia {lit}{geek}{chic}  ]
Harry Potter for Grown-Ups Has Arrived!

The Short of It

The unendingly creative, and hilarious Jamieson brings us the second book in his Death Works series. Fantastic and fun, Managing Death feels a bit like reading Harry Potter for Grownups, while riding Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, and listening to Aerosmith (maybe just a little drunk on booze). The writing is superb, featuring tight plots, boundless imagination and witty charm. He gives us sterling characters woven through a wonder of new mythologies,
Book two of the Death Works Series and Stephen de Selby continues to have a hell of a time. Having ended up, without ever intending to, as regional manager for Australia of Mortmax his luck at doing or getting what he would actually like remains dismal. Part is his own fault. He keeps whining about his bad luck rather than try do something and be pro-cative. All right he ended up dead at the end of last book but how bad can that be when it means you have become DEATH HIMSELF or at least 1/13th o ...more
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and the second one didn’t disappoint. It deserves 4.5 stars.

In Managing Death our favorite new Australian Regional Manager Steven de Selby has to not only rebuild his numbers by recruiting new Pomps for Mortmax Australia, but also has to plan the Death Mort, where all thirteen RMs come together for their biannual meeting. However, at the beginning of the book, a drunken, sleep-deprived Steven has been shirking his responsibilities and has to be remi

Wow, I have to admit I'm impressed. My plan was to read the first book, then read some other book, then pick up the third. Then I would read another one before finishing the trilogy. Unfortunately, Steve and his misadventures had other plans. I honestly couldn't put it down. It was an intense and captivating story.

After some intense office politics, Steven de Selby is the new boss, regional manager for Mortmax Industries, Australia. Steve and his fellow Regional Managers each contain a piece of

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Siew Ee
Unlike a lot of 2nd books in trilogies, “Managing Death” held its own in content and storytelling and I would consider it on par with “Death Most Definite”. Once again, there’s lots of blood involved, and poor Steven got more than he bargained for after his promotion to Regional Manager of Death for Australia. Predictably, problems started cropping up left, right and centre barely three months after his new appointment, and together with Lissa and his cousin Tim, Steven had to struggle to contai ...more
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In book two of the Death Works series, hero Steven de Selby has stepped into the job of Mortmax Industries' Australian Regional Manager, aka Death. Steven never wanted the job, happy to tred water as a psychopomp but due to the catastrophic events in book one, his only choice was to sink or swim. He chose to swim but despite the rebuilding of
Sean the Bookonaut

We pick up the story from the end of the first novel. Steven de Selby is the newly appointed (if that's the right word) Death for the Australian region.

He's put off a regional apocalypse but Mortmax Australia is in a bit of a shambles, and so is de Selby. The Stirrer god is coming, Steve is hitting the bottle, testing the strength of his relationship with his newly resurrected girlfriend and despite having the powers of a Regional Manager someone is still trying to kill him.

Not to mention he's
The second book in Trent Jamieson’s “Steven de Selby” (Death Works) series is great; continuing the witty dialogue, original plot, interesting characters and just all-round darn good yarn that we discovered with the debut book Death Most Definite.

When Death is your subject matter you’re certainly allowed a healthy dose of black humour and Mr Jamieson uses Steven de Selby as not just the anti-hero, but as the perfect mechanism for great one liners and a very British, dry deadpan style of humour t
Steven de Selby is now the Death for Australia and responsible to manage Mortmax Industries. He has his girlfriend Lissa to recruit/train new Pomps and his best friend/cousin as his second in command for administrial duties. In between learning the ropes and arranging Death Moot for the whole 13 RMs in Australia, the last thing Steven wants is trouble. But it seems that it follows him no matter what, as someone is determined to kill Steven, and probably the rest of the RMs.

The second book in Dea
Kaje Harper
This is the second book in a new urban fantasy series with a fresh trope (psychopomps for the dead, with management infighting, Stirrers who want to take over dead bodies, etc.) The hero and his friends and enemies are engaging characters. The author is not afraid to include big events and changes (characters died right and left in the first one, and came to life -quite a range of surprises.) The main character, Steven, is interesting, unusual in the degree to which he is a slacker and not ready ...more
Steven is a Pomp; the souls of the dead pass through him on their way to whereever souls go. This is the second book in the trilogy and it didn't hold my attention as well as the first one. Steven is now the Regional Manager (RM) of Australia and there is a meeting called a Death Moot occurring which he is required to organize. Then there's a lot of political stuff with other RMs and then I lost interest. Don't think I'll go on to the third, but I think a lot of other paranormal fans will like t ...more
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
There's a possibility that I did a happy dance in the library when I saw that the sequel to Death Most Definite was finally on the shelf. Steven de Selby is back, only he's not a Pomp any more. Sure, he can still pomp the dead and banish stirrers. But he's now the Australian regional manager. It's just before Christmas, and there's a convention of all 13 regional managers on his turf in less than a week. And there's trouble looming.

I really enjoyed this. It wasn't quite as hectic as the first b
Yvonne Boag
It's been a few months since Steven has taken over Australia's Regional Death position. He is still mourning his parents and all the family he lost in the Regional Apocalypse. He can hear the heartbeats of every single person in Australia and he can feel when one stops beating is it any wonder he is drinking too much these days? But the Death Moot is coming up and this year it is Queensland. The thirteen heads from the other regions are coming and Steven doesn't trust any of them. Then there is ...more
Jennifer Lavoie
Another fantastic book in the Steven de Selby series. I loved the development of the characters, and how once again, the book starts you going and does not let you go until the end. The book is fast paced and the ending is a surprise that leaves readers demanding the next book. I don't know how I'll manage to wait until this fall to get my hands on the third book. I can only hope it is just as amazing as the first two, because it looks really promising.

I still love the idea of pomps and Death.
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FOUR STARS (consider it four out of four)

TRIGGER WARNINGS: non-sexual violence, substance use (alcohol), kidnapping, torture, self-harm

Highly recommended.
Tim Gray
A decent read, with some original ideas, but it just didn't grip me enough for a fourth star!
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Trent Jamieson is a science fiction and fantasy writer.

Trent works as a teacher, a bookseller, and a writer, and has taught at Clarion South.
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Other Books in the Series

Death Works Trilogy (5 books)
  • Death Most Definite (Death Works Trilogy #1)
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  • The Business of Death (Death Works Trilogy, #1-3)
  • The Memory of Death (Death Works Trilogy, #4)

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