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Managing Death by Trent Jamieson

Last night I finished the second book in the Death Works Trilogy by Trent Jamieson. This one was another fun read similar to the first book. In this book though, things are very different. Steven is now the RM of Australia with his cousin Tim as his Ankou. So now we get to see more about the day to day stuff of the buissness of death with still quite a bit of Steven running around and getting into trouble. And we finally get to meet some of the RMs from the other regions around the world, particularly Suzanne, the RM of the US.

I found this story to be more interesting than the last one, there is more neat Death powers and less running away from stirrers. The story is also more complex with two, (or maybe three?) bad guys this time around coming from the history of Mortmax.

Some things in the novel were rather predictable, a few tried and true plot points. But other things swung at me way from left field. So far from left field it makes me wonder how and why they happened. Almost doesn’t make sense. But then again, when you’re dealing with beings who have been alive for millenia who really knows what they think about?

One thing I really wanted explained were the caterers. Who the hell were they? They’d been at every death moot so are they human? If not, why would there be an inhuman catering group? What do they do for the rest of the year? Are there other groups around the world that require their services? It seems a small detail but I really want to know. It seems like the author has a habit of having things and people in his universe but never really explains how they work. Strange considering how well his concept of death is developed. I’ve always been one of those who really enjoys a book if the author really makes everything work. Magic and other phenomena work based on a set of logic and rules that fit their world. I don’t understand Jamieson’s world.

I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

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The Cal and Niko Series #6

Cover to Cal and Niko Novel #6So I just finished the sixth book in the Cal and Niko series. I thought it was the last book the series but while googling for a picture of the cover I discovered another book due out in March, “Doubletake.”

This book was very different from the others, Cal wakes up on a beach with no memory of who he is. Right off the bat he acts differently from the Cal in other novels. He is still the same snarky killer but with a conscience apparently. Which me makes note of, a lot. I’d estimate about a third of the book is Cal’s inner voice telling himself that what he’s doing is right, or feeling about people he did kill. It gets rather annoying after awhile.

Niko also acts differently in this book, I won’t get much into it so I won’t spoil anything but the way he was acting seemed forced. Sometimes it make sense, but others I’m  really confused.

The rebound from everything that happened in this book should be interesting to read about in the next. And to see what sort of lasting effects everything will have on Cal.

I’d give this novel a 3 out of 5

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