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Managing Death summary Managing Death, series Managing Death, book Managing Death, pdf Managing Death, Managing Death 3da5c0337c It S Not Easy Being Death For Starters, People Keep Dying And Then, They Keep Getting Up AgainSteven 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 Party To Organize, And An End Of The World Thing To AvertSteven Must Start Managing Death, Before Death Starts Managing Him, Or This Time The Apocalypse Will Be Than Regional


10 thoughts on “Managing Death

  1. says:

    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 s not really a 4 star in my mind, but it s better than a 3 As the option doesn t exist on Goodreads, I m giving Jamieson the benefit of the doubt and erring to 4 stars These books are well worth your time and money.


  2. says:

    4 StarsManaging 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 stakes are higher Steven however is even literally He has a new position with the business of Death and all the responsibility that goes with it His growth is a highlight.Jamieson does a great job at pacing these books They are fast and fun reads He also does a good job at making his characters than two dimensional cut outs I love how both books one and two have very good beginnings and endings that also fit right into the bigger story line that runs through out I can t wait to finish this blast of a series.Highly recommended.


  3. says:

    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 I know so well.It s definately a worthwhile read.


  4. says:

    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.


  5. says:

    Harry Potter for Grown Ups Has Arrived The Short of ItThe 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, which they navigate with perfect pacing The book manages to be at times funny, at times scary and over all profound He counts among a handful of living fantasy writers who can juggle all that so well.The ReviewI have to confessI ve pretty much stayed away from books that hint that they may involve rituals, demonic gods or blood lust Why It s simple I scare really, really easily I m afraid of the stuff seeping into my dreams and taking over I honestly got creeped out by The Hobbit when I read it in Jr High, just for an example of how very wussy I really am.But, in this case the publisher s description seemed too delicious to pass up, and I decided if the book was half as entertaining as the potential the concept offered, I d chance a few nightmares After all, surviving Mockingjay relatively unscathed, ha I m kinda feeling like I can take on the world So yes, I took a chance on this book on the strength of the publisher s description alone I knew nothing about the series or the author, but a quick Googling, google ing Am I making up words again Yes took me to his entertaining website complete with funny you tube vids where he talks to himself whilst shamelessly plugging the book Encouraged, I dove in.I m so glad I did.Oh, and before we start let me clear something up No demons in the book Not a one Some other scary fantastical charactersyes, but nothing I would consider truly demonic.The ConceptThe whole idea of Death being managed in modern times by a multi national conglomerate was genius It takes the back stabbing of office politics to a whole new level One of the most fun things about the book was that I never knew who to trust And Steven de Selby, our main character who is finding his feet in his new position as Regional Death for Australia, is just as unsure So I rule the land and the sea around Australia as Death, because once there were warriors and they killed Death itself No, you cannot kill Death, only shape it s form And no, you do not rule the sea Harry Potter for Grownups Really Really I was in a state of childlike wonder reading most of the book at not only the humor with which it was told, but the sheer magic of the thing Self healing buildings and magical powers aside, The whole underworld and death mythology that Jamieson has created is so well built up, so layered, so deep He takes us to an entirely new, incredibly creative world in which nothing is quite what you expect He takes known mythologies like the character of Death and the classical underworld concept and bends and twists them in the most fascinating ways His writing also reminded me a bit of Neil Gaiman, especially his Anansi Boys for the dark, timeless myth Throw in some Zombies, than a little magic and a stellar cast of characters and you ve got something really great.Bedtime Stories ErrNo It is indeed something I would consider an adult book I do think it s a touch too scary for the younger set There s a bit of adult humor and language, which serve to really hammer in the humanity of the main character It s also on the gorier side of my reading list Without giving away too much about the book, I ll just say that it does contain a fair amount of blood But one of the things I appreciated about it is that it didn t feel at all gratuitous It was mostly essential to the storyline, to the job description, to the pain growth of the characters I never felt like it was just there for shock value There are, though some very creative ways that people manage to die in this book We ll just leave it at that The twelve year old me would have had plenty of nightmares Sometimes I would like a job that involved less stabbing Scones in BrisbaneMost of the characters in this book were so well developed I know it was a sequel so a few of them carry over from the first book, but there were plenty of new additions, and each one was interesting, complex and intriguing I especially liked some of the fantastic creatures that he created like the fatally flawed Aunt Neti, spidery guardian of the Underworld, who bakes the best damn scones around I also enjoyed the morally ambiguous other RM s who made up the Orcus Trying to figure out what they were after was great fun They all pulled at my imagination.I would have liked to have seen a bit from the love interest Lissa in this book, because I felt I didn t get to know her that wellbut I suppose that is my fault for not having read the first book, where I get the idea she has than her share of page space.The setting of this story was fun for me too Not only have I never been to Brisbane, I ve never read a single book set there Crazy So, it was fun for me to get to know a bit about that city and the Underworld below The SeriesI was slightly afraid I would be lost in this book, by once again jumping in mid series I wasn t Simply because Jamieson writes a series as a series truly should be, each book is capable of standing alone, and yet together they form an epic arc Having finished Managing Death, I can t wait to get my hands on Death Most Definite, the first book in the series and am happily awaiting the September US release of The Business of Death book 3 I d still suggest reading them in order, simply because some of the necessary back story that seeps into Managing, gives away what are I m sure major plot points of Definite.The AuthorEven though this is only his second novel, Trent Jamieson is hardly new to this fiction thing He has published over 60 short stories in the past decade, 2 of which were winners of Aurealis Awards No, not from us silly He also works as a bookseller, fiction editor and creative writing teacher Now, why am I telling you all of this Because it absolutely shows The writing is mad good It comes across the work of a seasoned pro.Cover Story BThe good news is I just received confirmation from the author that the cover on display on Goodreads and is wrong The correct US cover is the alternate showing as a foreign here on GR Although I do like this version better, I still want something a bit from a book that s hitting Best Urban Fantasy lists left and right Still, it s kinda growing on me, especially alongside the cover for the first book It s also the kind of cover you really need to see close up for the detail Check out the author s website for a closeup view.Okay, that s than enough from me on the subject Go Read the book, and I d love to know what you think of it.Review Copy Provided Courtesy of Publisher Orbit via NetGalley This review originally appeared on Aurelia Jan 7, 2011.


  6. says:

    This one was even goofier than the last It s kind of frustrating cos there s some interesting world building going on but nothing ever gets properly explained These are terrible books but of course I m going to finish the series.


  7. says:

    Although initially resistant to the lifestyle of the book s characters of alcoholism, rock music and footy cut a bit close to the bone , the story turned out to be satisfyingly compelling Having lived in Brisbane for a couple of years, I found it reflected the lifestyle and culture faithfully Interesting interpretation of all things afterlife I will keep an eye out for the others in the series at second hand books shops, and charity shops Actually the copy I got was ex library.


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    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 , or breaking through into our world via the recently deceased, with increasing frequency To help him cope with this, he s changed several people into Pomps, most of them Black Sheep those with family connections to the Death business but who had themselves not chosen it Oh, and he d also brought back to life the woman with whom he d fallen in love when she was already dead, and turned her back into a Pomp, too.It s not really a surprise that Managing Death opens with Steve having a nightmare.The first few chapters deal largely with Steve being his normal whingy, drinking too much self, despite his greatly enlarged powers and the fact that he now actually gets to hold Lissa without fear of sending her to Hell Through him we get to meet a few new characters my personal favourite being Aunt Neti, an eight armed and totally intimidating character who helps guard Hell, usually with a batch of scones served on some awfully nice bone china heh Also newly introduced, and getting a significant amount of page time, is Suzanne, the Regional Manager for America She s a fairly standard cutthroat business vixen type, but she gets some pretty good lines I think her 2IC or Ankou, in Jamieson s terminology , Cerbo, is interesting, although he gets less space to himself There are also a number of characters from the first book who reappear, of course, including Lissa, who sadly doesn t get quite as much of an increased role as I had hoped While she is important, and is never just a damsel in distress or bed warmer, I was disappointed by the short shrift I think she got particularly towards the end Steve s cousin Tim, now his Ankou, has a fairly significant role, and we also get Wal Ah, Wal the fat cherub tattoo Steve got when drunk one night, who pops off his arm and bad mouths Steve whenever he s in Hell Even than the fact the story is set in Brisbane, Wal is a sign that this is a very Australian book That, and a burnt sausage Christmas lunch.The plot of Managing Death, on the face of it, is simple It revolves around Steve well, Tim having to organise the Death Moot a get together for all the Regional Managers and Steve trying to convince them that the approaching Stirrer god is a problem they all need to deal with Along the way there are also business issues that must be resolved particularly how to recruit Pomps so that they don t get overworked can you imagine trying to write that job advertisement Or answering it Jamieson complicates matters with someone attempting to kill Steve Although there are several lulls where little seems to actually happen Steve is a bit too whiny and introspective in this novel for my tastes it is nonetheless exceptionally page turn y Something always seems to be going wrong.Overall, I enjoyed the book The characters are generally likeable or disagreeable, depending on their relationship with Our Hero they have just enough depth so as to not be completely transparent The plot largely kept my interest, although I do think Jamieson wrapped everything up a bit too quickly towards the end, and there was one particular solution to a problem that I thought came from far too far out of left field to be entirely comfortable with It s definitely a Book Two Jamieson does a fairly good previously in Death Works wrap up, but nonetheless I don t think it would work well without having read Death Most Definite Similarly, although some problems are tidied up, there are numerous issues left hanging to be resolved I hope in the third book, The Business of Death, which I believe is due in 2011 Despite niggling issues with the book, I am definitely looking forward to the third book Call me sadistic, but I am looking forward to just what Jamieson does to Steve next And given the original way in which he has dealt with the idea of Death and the Underworld, I expect that the ultimate resolution will also be appropriately original.


  9. says:

    Contains SPOILERS if you haven t read book 1 Managing Death is the second book in Trent Jamieson s Death Works series.Steven de Selby is back at his psychopomping best Except this time around he isn t middle management in the business of death in this second book Steven has actual responsibilities as Australia s Regional Death Still working for Mortmax Industires, Steven is now a head honcho with his own understaffed team, a conference to plan and a zombie god to destroy and save the world just another day at the office, really.Jamieson unabashedly jumps helter skelter into his second Death Works novel There is little page time given to the magic of this alternate universe and not much ground is revisited from book 1 And the lack of back tracking actually works, because the book picks up pretty much where Death Most Definite left off and the releases are fairly close together It means that from the on set Managing Death is quick balls to the wall, pedal to the metal, take no prisoners summer blockbuster reading BRILLIANT Steven is back and dysfunctional as ever In the first book he was an aimless slacker, and wholly likable for his average joe relatability In Managing Death Steven is still dealing with the fallout from his apocalyptic heroics, and struggling with his new responsibilities up the Mortmax corporate ladder Steven has turned to drinking away his problems among which are severe under staffing and a zombie god hell bent on destroying the world It s no wonder Steven hasn t been coping well I still love Steven as our hero He s such a typical Aussie bloke, and it s that ordinariness that makes his moments of brilliance far and few though they may be that much impressive I love that Steven is saving the world while dealing with his own neuroses and character flaws.I read and liked Jamieson s first book, Death Most Definite but I had a few BIG issues with the artificial romance in that first book In Definite Steven quickly and against all common sense fell in love with a ghost called Lissa Well following the events of the near miss apocalypse, Steven got the girl and Lissa is back in this second novel even if their relationship isn t running as smoothly as either of them would like.Surprisingly what I didn t like about Lissa and Steven in Definite , I was able to ignore and enjoy in Managing Death It helps that in this second novel the impossibility of Steven s attraction is just taken as a given it happened, I had to get over it And in the aftermath of that awkward romance, Steven and Lissa actually have a rather epic and romantic sometimes tragic love story to be told in Managing Death I especially loved the fact that Jamieson acknowledges the hurdles these two have to overcome if they want to be together And those hurdles are illuminated by a disgruntled ex employee called Rillman.I also loved the humour in Managing Death It s that slightly irreverent, Aussie farce a little bit dark and biting, but ultimately hilarious Jamieson inserts humour into what would be otherwise hum drum scenes to elevate the tension and drama and I LOVE it I kick open the door And there are my staff having their Christmas party A big Christmas tree is in one corner, someone is giggling by the photocopying machine Tim is talking to some bigwigs from the state government For all this, everything seems so forced a party going through the motions The door slams shut behind me.Everyone, glasses in hand, spins around, and there I am Me with my blood staining my shirt Me with a bloody knife in one hand Me with the torn and gore stained pants Me with blood squelching in my shoes with every step.I walk over to the bar and pour myself a Bundy a tall glass, neat My pinkie finger still dangles a little I down the rum in one gulp No one has moved, not even Tim Oh, and merry fucking Christmas, I say, waving the glass in the air. Managing Death is definitely summer blockbuster reading Expect blood and gore, blokey heroics and a dash of romance Jamieson offers up a sizzling Aussie Urban Fantasy and I can t wait to dive into the third book


  10. says:

    3 stars again A solid continuation from the first The characters become a little real the story steps up a bit, though it s still very much in the action movie style.Devoured this one faster than I should have Highly entertaining.


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