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Engines of Empathy
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Engines of Empathy [Format Kindle]

Paul Mannering

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Until this morning, Charlotte Pudding was almost happy with her life. Apart from her homicidal toaster, dead parents, and general ennui.

Well, maybe not that happy.

Either way, now that she’s on the run from a shadowy corporation, seeking the secrets of her own family history and tolerating the inanities of a retired god, things are looking a bit more interesting.


“A hint of Adams, a dollop of Pratchett, all delivered with a mischievous smile for an intriguing tale that is great fun … A wonderfully humorous tale that keeps you smiling and intrigued to the very end.”
- Te Radar

“Ever wondered what life would be like if all our machines were powered not by electricity or petrol, but by emotions? Neither had I. But now, thanks to Paul Mannering, I can't stop wondering. Clever, satirical and more than a little weird, Engines of Empathy introduces one of the strangest worlds I've encountered in New Zealand fiction - a world that, much like our own, is haunted by the moral consequences of an energy-intensive industrial revolution. From sulking toasters, depressed computers and a passive aggressive fridge to quantum religions and corporate conspiracies, Engines of Empathy is a crazy ride.”
- Dylan Horrocks

“Engines of Empathy is charming, clever, funny, and a rollicking good read. Charlotte Pudding is a heroine sensible and capable enough to tackle an abundance of eccentric characters, shady conspiracies, neurotic machines, attack-sarcasm, and a religion based on quantum mechanics. If Douglas Adams had been forced to undergo relationship counselling with his toaster, this is the book that would have resulted.”
- Debbie Cowens, author of Mansfield with Monsters

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 986 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 264 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0473275287
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Paper Road Press (12 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book has it all! 17 mai 2014
Par The Bookie Monster - Publié sur
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Engines of Empathy is one of those books that at first glance of the cover art, you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get yourself into. Upon reading the synopsis you may think you have an understanding of exactly what it is you’ll be reading, but then once you start, you’ll find out that you’re dead wrong.

From the first chapter I was hooked on this newly released sci-fi fantasy novel by Paul Mannering. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read anything other than horror and to be quite honest I was blown away by the read. Mannering laces the story with comedy and sarcasm that I found both entertaining and endearing. The main characters are Charlotte Pudding and Vole Drakeforth (“of the Williamsburg Drake-forths, not of the Terracouth Drakeforths. Those other Drakeforths are syphilitic, sister-loving blaggards of the first order"). The back and forth banter between not only the two of them, but everyone else they encounter in the book is not only believable, but downright hysterical. Mannering has created quite the chemistry between the two as we bear witness to the ups and downs of their adventures.

Picture a society in humanity has discovered a new source of clean energy. This energy is powered by “empathy technology”. You know that fax machine at work that you seem to find yourself constantly cussing at? Well in this book, that fax machine would hate you. Imagine a world where you’re forced to think positive thoughts at your computer or where your remotes sing to you when you can’t find them? (I’d actually enjoy that very much as this is a huge problem for me.) Cars go to auto-therapy clinics and your refrigerator kindly reminds you that you’re out of milk. All these things and more are all possible due to the efforts of The Godden Energy Corporation, the largest employer in the country.

When Charlotte meets Drakeforth at a bus stop one morning, her world as she knows it is turned upside down as it takes an adventurous turn and she realizes her entire life she’s been led to believe false truths. This book has got it all! A seemingly utopian society, a dynamic duo, an evil corporation, wild religious zealots, an outrageous adventure and much more. I could barely put the book down, which is how I was able to read it in less than a day and a half. It also helps that Mannering’s writing style is quirky and seamless, making the read a remarkably enjoyable one.

I was often reminded of The Lutece Twins from the video game Bioshock: Infinite as I read the quick witted back and forth conversations between Pudding and Drakeforth. Each character interaction was carefully crafted and each scene described in a manner that made me feel that I was present. I could definitely see this book going to film sometime soon, in fact, I would be quite surprised if it didn’t get a film adaptation.

If you’re the type of reader who finds that they need a break from their normal reading routine or just a sci-fi fantasy nut, then please take a chance on Engines of Empathy, you will not be disappointed, you will be pleasantly surprised.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the cleverest books I've read in a long time 20 août 2014
Par C. Rabarts - Publié sur
Engines of Empathy is a departure from Mannering's gore-soaked Tankbread series (which is well worth a look for any fan of the zombie genre), and instead dives into a strange world of sentient furniture and quantum religions. This book, for me, was a laugh a minute, in the fashion of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, and is also full of moments of insight and heart-pounding excitement. If you're after a wild ride, which will make you laugh and think and look twice at the writing desk in the corner ofthe room when it creaks at you on a dark night, then give this book a go. Very pleased to hear that there are potentially two more in the series on the way.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Recommended for Douglas Adams fans! 4 juillet 2014
Par Gerry Marrs - Publié sur
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This is an absolutely entertaining summer read! If you're a fan of cerebral science fiction stories with a satirical twist, then you will love this book! There are enough interesting characters to keep you on the edge of your seat looking to see what else the author has in mind for the main character, Charlotte Pudding. I'm a huge Douglas Adams fan so this book will leave you feeling that itch scratched and satisfied. I recommend this book for your summer reading list!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Can't wait for the next instalment! 19 juin 2014
Par Kirsten eriksen - Publié sur
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I had been reading little snippets for this book on the authors facebook page for months, and this got me interested. It's a singularly funny novel that transports you to a world where other than electronics running on positive emotions it's fairly similar to our own... or so you think.

It's very easy to invested in the two main characters, although every now and then you'd like to smack them... just like old friends really. I'm very interested in where the trilogy goes next, given the ending in this book.

Definitely shades of Terry Pratchett in the humour, if you like his stuff you'll like this one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pudding! 29 mai 2014
Par Lee Murray - Publié sur
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There are no zombies in Engines of Empathy, so this latest book will be a surprise for hard-core Mannering fans. Instead, Engines of Empathy, Mannering’s own answer to Hal-9000’s famous question, “Will I dream?” is a delightful mix of Miss Marple-style mayhem, semi-sentient machines and manic car chases, all of which arise when the story’s heroine, the self-depreciating Charlotte Pudding, sets off—rather reluctantly, I might add—to discover why the Godden Energy Corporation might be taking such interest in her living oak desk. But other parties awfulise the situation: Charlotte’s new friend, Drakeforth, to an extent, the pair of Angst and Antique removers, quite a lot. Even the Arthurian monks who offer her sanctuary are not entirely all there… Hilarious, off-beat, and weirdly recognisable, this latest offering from Paper Road Press is patchouli for the soul.
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