Managing Death (Death Works Trilogy #2)
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...more
Ideally I'd give this book 3 1/2 stars - being a bit "middle book", it...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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’...more
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...more
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...more
I really think the story benefits from the male POV, and the male author. Steven feels like a man even when he's s...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The second book in Dea...more
I really enjoyed this. It wasn't quite as hectic as the first b...more
I still love the idea of pomps and Death....more
It was nice to see a different villain but Steven's whining did get tedious at times.
The Lissa/Steven relationship was fresh and kept interesting.
Overall, not bad.
All in all, a quick and fun read.
Trent works as a teacher, a bookseller, and a writer, and has taught at Clarion South.