Death Most Definite (Death Works Trilogy #1)
Steven is no stranger to death-Mr. D's his boss after all-but when a dead girl saves him from sharing her fate, he finds himself on the wrong end of the barrel. His job is to guide the restless dead...more
Things that are really great:
Different world from the usual fantasy fare. The only "standard" things in this aren't that common: a being called Death and psychopomps, except these are human. There have been great TV shows with reapers such as Dead Like Me and Reaper but this is still different. It really felt fresh to me.
Humor that is fairly funny.
Main characters who actually have families and friends....more
Steven is no stranger to death-Mr. D's his boss after all-but when a dead girl saves him from sharing her fate, he finds himself on the wrong end of the barrel. His job is to guide the restless dead to the underworld but now his clients are his own colleagues, friends, and family.
Mr. D's gone missing and with no one in ch...more
Except things are going badly wrong. Pomps are dying, ghosts are going unpomped and the whole organisation has fallen apart. Worse, the Stirrers are coming through in greater and greater...more
The structure of the pyschopomps (or reapers) and the way they conducted business was very efficient, unique, and amusing. I thoroughly enjoyed the little details in regards to the psychopomping, and how the souls of the dead moved on. There was also a lot of detail involved in the underworld and the One Tree, without it feeling overwhelming to the reader. This was probably my favorite book containing zombies ever, because zombies tend to be hit or miss for me. And I'll admit, it...more
Pomper: Grim Reaper equivilent. Humans that work for Mr D. (Death himself) and are conduits for sending dead souls into the underworld.
a pomp: a soul needing to be or sent back to the underworld.
to pomp: the act of sending the soul back.
Still with me? Ok lets continue
Stirrer: a lon...more
Blog post - 26/11/2010
I quite like the Urban Fantasy sub-genre – seeing the gritty streets of L.A. or London through the gritty eyes of the protagonists, often as they splatter said streets with the bubbling ichor of dread demonic hordes, foul undead legions and any other evil adversary with extra added grit. And, since I grew up in Brisbane, I hugely enjoyed reading Death most definite by Trent Jamieson, which sees some very gratifying splattering on the...more
Steven de Selby is a Pomp who lives in Brisbane. It's in his blood, and while he doesn't actually love the job, it's a way to pay the bills and not have to do/think too much about the job. You see, Pomps help the spirits of the dead to pass over after death. All it takes is a touch, and the...more
Steven de Selby is a necromancer. Not just any old necromancer, but a bona fide white collar nine-to-five psychopomp who works for Mortmax, a company (based in Brisbane) that specializes in bringing the dead to where they're supposed to go.
I have to admit that I almost put the book down after the first few pages - the writing, or rather the expressions used, are rather Australian and thus a little odd to my eyes. It's also written in pre...more
Steven de Selby is a bit of an underachiever: when he's not working as a psychopomp for Mortmax Inc. (a good 9 to 5 job sending souls of the departed on to ... wherever it is they need to go), he's sulking over his ex and drowning his sorrows in a pint (or s...more
DEATH MOST DEFINITE is the first in a new urban fantasy series about the corporate side of death, that blends an amalgam of afterlife mythologies, and a zombie uprising, all told from the POV of the underachieving guy who realizes he has to save the world and fight Death itself for the girl he can never get.
Pomps pomp the dead, we draw them through us to the Underworld and the One Tree. And we stall the Stirrers, those things that so desperate...more
Steve is in the family business - pomping the dead. Basically, he's a reaper, transporting the souls of the dead from this dimension to the next. When other Pomps (including basically everyone he knows) start turning up dead, he's left running for his life....more
Despite an intriguing opening sentence: "I know something's wrong the moment I see the dead girl standing in the Wintergarden food court.",
the book is not particularly original. The main character is familiar (to quote myself) “We’ve yet another male-less-than-stellar-magic users; thrown in to the thick,” but this time the protag’s got more of an occult power. He’s a psycho pomp (Read: grim reaper)...more
Death is a person and he has people who work as POMPS
who aid the souls departure from the mortal world..... they can see dead people..
POMPS also stop STIRERS from trying to sneak into the dead body....from the 'other' side
Steven sees a dead girl and just as he trys to 'pomp' her she pulls back and says 'RUN'
someone nearly shoots him
These are the days of Steven trying to avoid being killed and trying to help his family and fri...more
The novel is classed as Urban Fantasy but could also comfortably fit in to the Paranormal category, well maybe Paranormal for blokes. I like that Orbit have gone with a sensible cover too - not a tribal tattoo in sight.
I am not a fan of paranormal fiction, or pop culture shows like the Ghost Whis...more
Right from the start of the book, we see Steven dodging bullets and trying to find out why Pomps were dying left, right and centre, and why there was Stirrer activity aplenty. Li...more
I found it a little hard to get into at first. I know it sounds sexist, but most of the books I read are written by females, so of course us females write from a different frame of mind. I was surprised to find myself sucked into it by about the 3rd chapter. Trent gets quite discriptive with his scenery and the many ch...more
All in all a strong debut. Steven de Selby is your average office slacker. He stays up all night, and comes into work drunk. He gets his work done, barely, and only the intervention of family and friends in high places are keeping him from being terminated. But Steven doesn't have an average job. He's a Reaper, as in the grim kind. Technically, he's a psychopomp, someone or something that transports the souls of the dead to the underworld. His Regional Manager, Mr. D, apportions his powers out t...more
The hero is a reaper who falls in love with a dead girl in the first few pages of the first chapter. Even before we have a chance to learn about him, his work or his world. I couldn't let myself believe that and since that was one of the core elements of the b...more
I have always liked the concept of the personification of Death. This is reminiscent of Piers Anthony's, On a Pale Horse, in that Death is a human doing a necessary job. Jamieson takes it a step further and has made Death a business. A very necessary business. He painted a firm picture in my mind of mortician dressed people standing at funerals and act...more
Fast paced and energetic, this book feels like the grand opening for the series, getting all the ducks in a row for future plots. The characters are rather loosely sketched, but I still got a good feel for the most important ones.
I love the mythology. It feels deep and real, and confined to one culture's view of the afterlife. And the book gets extra points for having Australia as...more
Main character and narrator is Steven de Selby, a slightly underachieving twenty-something who works, just like the rest if his family for Mortmax as a pomp. The reader is thrown into the story quite abruptly and is introduced to the world alongside. The book is divited into two different parts which are quite...more
Trent works as a teacher, a bookseller, and a writer, and has taught at Clarion South.