March 4th, 2014


Toronto Thumbs Reviews DYING IS MY BUSINESS

The popular Canadian video game review site Toronto Thumbs is dipping its toes into book reviews now, too, with their Novel Ideas series. First up is my novel Dying Is My Business. And to misquote Sally Field, they like it, they really like it! Here’s a snippet:

Dying Is My Business is dark and action-packed, with great (and surprisingly believable) dialogue. Kaufmann does a great job incorporating everyday humour into the mix with some flair….If you like Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels with an urban twist, then Dying Is My Business should be right up your alley.

You can click through the read the whole review. It’s quite detailed, though without any spoilers.

It’s crowded field out there and it’s pretty rare for a book to still be getting reviews five months after its release, so I’m very happy Dying Is My Business is continuing to get some attention!

Originally published at Nicholas Kaufmann. You can comment here or there.


What Can Be Learned From DYING IS MY BUSINESS?

Here’s something cool. Author Fraser Sherman has a feature on his blog called “Is Our Writers Learning?” (cheeky!) in which he reads books and then writes about what he, as a writer, learned from them.

Last night, he posted about reading Dying Is My Business and the things he learned from it.

Click on through to see what he has to say. I know I sure learned a lot from writing Dying Is My Business. It’s cool to think other writers might learn a few things from reading it. Good things, anyway. I hope no one is reading it with an eye toward what not to do — though I suspect that’s inevitable, too. *shakes fist at universe*

As I sit here writing the third Trent book, Only the Dead Sleep, I find stuff like this very helpful as a reminder of what works for these books and what doesn’t, and also as a reminder that there are people out there actually reading and enjoying my work, which believe me is extremely helpful during those existential crises of confidence every writer goes through, oh, pretty much daily.

Originally published at Nicholas Kaufmann. You can comment here or there.