The Business of Death (Death Works Trilogy #1-3)
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...more
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Ten Things I’ve Learnt about Writing about Death by Trent Jamieson
--> Blurb for the third volume:
Life is tough at the top when work is a matter of life or death.
It’s one thing to run Mortmax International as head of a team, but it’s quite another to rule alone. Staff fatalities have left Steven by himself on the Throne of Death, and there’s no time to get comfortable. The Stirrer god’s arrival is imminent, threatening life as we know i...more
Steven de Selby's life is very complicated. He's Death, which means dealing with a very dark power from within, the Hungry Death. There's also the Stirrer god very close to breaching our world. And the Death of the Water is also very angry with Steven and wants revenge.
That's a lot for one...more
Steven is a likeable protagonist, and a strong enough character to carry the series. In the first book, he did come across as a little wishy-washy but he grew in character and had an unassuming honesty that’s easy to relate to and eas...more
But seriously it’s been a pleasure reading the series and getting to the end.
Clearing things up
Business of Death was to be the titl...more
The ultimate horror, a thing that seeks not only your death but to consume your soul. Reaming your most essential essence that makes you who your are. It draws ever closer. Everything that Steven de Selby has faced in just a few months won't make a difference.
As our story winds to a close, Steven has nigh ultimate power. Even so, the approaching deity has even more. Steven was given a tremendous ace in the hole in the last novel and yet, the problems that he must face are almost more than he can...more
The Business of Death opens with Steve having the entire Hungry Death inside of him, and as the only Regional Manager...more
I've enjoyed this series, but it's hard to see how there can be any more sequels past the final volume and it's probably the best urban fantasy I've seen come out of Australia.
The conclusion to the trilogy continues with the adventures of Steven de Selby, the regional director (a.k.a Death) of all pomps in Australia who help those who die move into the afterlife. Once again Lissa and Steven are at each other’s throats in a love/ hate relationship. Lissa is dedicated to the company and Steven always needs a little push and motivation to fulfil the role he was assigned to manage.
I was surprised by the ending, a lit...more
This is Aussie fiction so the setting is naturally in Australia. They have some of the best fantasy writers.
The ending stank. Hated it. hatehatehatehate.
Those of you who read this book might ask "How could it have ended differently?" I don't know. I don't care. I just hate the ending with a fiery, burning passion that could ignite the core of a glacier.
My hatred for this ending could start the fusion burn of a star.
When taken together, I suppose I enjoyed the trilogy, but the ending on the thi...more
Just Finished Book 2. The story line is continuing on well enough and it will be interesting to see how the series will be conclused. At the very least I expect a huge battle of some kind.
Finally finished the series. The last book...more
And to read a great horror/fantasy novel set in Australia that works was a bonus for me.
Brisbane as a gate to the underworld? Sure, I believe that. :)
As an atheist, I did like that there was a non-religious feel to the Underworld in this story.
On to the second book, Managing Death!
Update (sorry it's been so long) - I'm finished with this book now and the whole thing was a light, fast read, and very action-packed. I liked it.
So I purchased the first two books separately and now I'm expected to pay $16 for an omnibus if I want to read the third and final book?
Nice try, but I don't think so. This is one series that I loved but won't finish unless I can get the third book by itself, though it doesn't seem like that's going to be happening. If I had known they'd be doing this, I would've just waited for The Business of Death instead of buying the first two books.
Even though all three books are in this one volume I have rated the other two separately. I actually read the first book from the library.
I liked the first book (4 stars). The second book was weaker (3 stars), but the third book was much better (4 stars) ... until the ending (1 star).
The ending ruined the entire series for me and I wish I hadn't read it at all.
Trent works as a teacher, a bookseller, and a writer, and has taught at Clarion South.