Set in an alternate version of Earth, where magic is used, flying carpets are a popular mode of transport and Satan advertises Hell on billboards as the place to be.
When Fate pushes Zane to the verge of suicide, he finds himself given a very rare job opportunity - to become Death.
Reading this book, reminded me a lot of Tom Holt's Expecting Someone Taller
, and also the US TV series Dead Like Me - Season 1 [DVD
] (which I later learned was loosely based on this book). I enjoyed both of those, and found this book enjoyable too. The characters were believable and the plot moved at a nice pace. The meeting with Nature confused me, and I read it a couple of times before it made any kind of sense, but apart from that it was very easy to read.
My only problem with this book, and it's only a small one, is the all too frequent use of "baulk" or "baulked". I have no idea exactly how many appearances it made, but I'd put money on it being in the top five used in the book.
I would recommend this book, especially to Tom Holt fans - as the style is very similar in my opinion.