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Managing Death: A Steven de Selby novel (Steven De Selby 2) Paperback – 20 Jan 2011


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841498602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841498607
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.6 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,560,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Solid writing and wicked humour' --Impact

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Darkly humorous and dangerously hip, this novel breathes new life into the business of death. Reaping - it's a tough job but someone's got to do it.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2011
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Having loved Trent's original tale of the business of death I really looked forward to this one to see what other new challenges would present themselves for Steve De Selby and whilst he survived the previous title by the skin of his teeth, our hero is to learn that its not easy at the top and that everyone's out to get you. Its wickedly good fun, it has great characters and above all else it's a plotline that you really can't put down.

Add to this a deliciously dark sense of humour that pokes fun at death as well as giving the reader some great prose and you really can't afford to miss this title. Finally add a magical sense of timing, some great prose alongside great pace and you know that it's a title that will keep you glued to the last page. It will be interesting to see what Steve's next book will do as after all, any author who has no qualms about grabbing the reaper and playing his ribs like a xylophone, pretty much has no limits. Great stuff.
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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. The lack of growth of his character is not only frustrating but robbed the first part of Managing Death of a lot of pace as Steven had to be caught up on the facts of life yet again.

There are a number of new elements in this book that were interesting though. The highly suspect motivations of the other RMs was always intriguing and the looming threat of the stirrer god felt just as exciting as it did in the first novel. The primary villain in this novel was also someone that inspired interest even if he did seem to be quite one sided and his reasons for acting as he did were never properly explained.

The problem with this book remains with one character though, Lissa. In the first book she was little more than a character who constantly highlighted the flaws in the protagonist. In this book, thankfully, that mockery and humiliation has finished. But in its place has risen a sanctimonious and impossibly perfect character (by the book's definition that is, not mine).
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Steven de Selby is now the Australian Regional Manager of Mortmax after having won his Negotiation at the end of book one Death Most Definite (Steven De Selby 1) in the series. However he has a Death Moot to arrange in a couple of weeks and he's not adjusting well to his new status. I have to say I was less than impressed when I started the first book in this series, but by the end of that novel I was eager to read this book. It certainly hasn't suffered from a middle book slump as Steve is about to find that things can get even more challenging than being RM and that Death hasn't finished with him yet.

I'm actually really looking forward to reading The Business of Death: Bk. 3: A Steven De Selby Novel (Steven De Selby 3) when it is released in a couple of weeks and this is by fart the best urban magic series I've seen come out of Australia and is as good as what many other authors are writing outside Australia. This is an author to watch I think.
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