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Engines of Empathy (Drakeforth Trilogy Book 1) (English Edition) par [Mannering, Paul]
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Longueur : 264 pages Word Wise: Activé Langue : Anglais

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Présentation de l'éditeur

"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 Murder & Matchmaking and Mansfield with Monsters.




A computer psychologist, a retired god, and a family secret walk into a building. Then it explodes.

Charlotte Pudding, computer psychologist and recent orphan, is not precisely thrilled with her lot in life (and not just because of the ‘orphan’ bit). Nevertheless, having her routine disrupted by a shadowy corporation, a man who claims to be a retired god, and the secrets of her own family history isn’t a walk in the park, either.

Charlotte’s quest for answers will lead her on a perilous journey into a religion based on Quantum Physics, a hunt for unexpectedly rare plant oil, and a fight to the shame against a black-belt in sarcasm.

In a world that runs on empathy, Charlotte is going to discover just how far some people are prepared to go to maintain the status quo.

Winner of the 2015 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel.

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“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 and Murder & Matchmaking

Biographie de l'auteur

Wellington-based Paul Mannering’s voracious reading and writing habit began at age 8 after his family’s black and white TV set blew up during the opening credits of an episode of Space 1999. This personal trauma and some odd reading material (Forensic medicine textbooks and years of Reader’s Digest) has shaped much of his writing since. Engines of Empathy will be Paul’s fourth book, following The Man Who Could Not Climb Stairs and Other Strange Stories (2011), Tankbread (Permuted Press 2013) and Tankbread 2: Immortal (Permuted Press, 2013).

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 264 pages
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  • Editeur : Paper Road Press (12 mai 2014)
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HASH(0x943c4174) étoiles sur 5 A desk, a refrigerator and a toaster walk into a bar... 10 octobre 2014
Par Author Tonia Brown - Publié sur Amazon.com
Charlotte Pudding is a fairly average woman with a fairly average job and a fairly average life. However, she does possess a fairly non-average roll top desk. Enter Vole Drakeforth, super non-average wack-a-doodle armed with a conspiracy theory and obsessed with patchouli oil. Well, that and Charlotte’s ample… um, how shall I say this? Her desk. He wants her for her desk. Throw in machines powered by empathy, a heartless corporation that only wants to help you, and a badass monk with an even more badass name. This is the stew that makes up the brilliant meaty storyline of Engines of Empathy. Sound crazy? You betcha! Crazy good.
I really enjoyed Mannering’s sarcasm and cutting wit. He is a funny guy. I found myself laughing out loud several times. Mannering writes a fair bit of horror, and I have enjoyed his work in the past. It’s always a pleasure to read a Paul Mannering novel. Great stuff. This double knocked my socks off (and yes I was wearing two pair at the time, so there!) because it was just so damned complex, yet he managed to yank all of those threads together at the end. Simple throwaway lines early in the novel become important plot points halfway through, and produce ‘ah ha!’ moments at the end.
In short, great book.
Now, onto the narrative. I had the amazing pleasure of listening to this book via Audibles. This particular vehicle is a hard row to hoe, because while some folks do a fine job of reading aloud, very few folks actually narrate a novel. Fiona Thraille not only narrates the book, she brought it alive. The book was already awesome, and her reading raised it to FREAKING AMAZING. Her Charlotte was as natural as could be, while her Drakeforth made me giggle in delight every time he spoke. Every character sounded just as fleshed out as the writing made them feel. Like I could just walk down the street and hear Mr. Pretense chatting with a friend at a bus stop. Then sock him in the nose for being such a corporate puppet.
On a final note, I must say the ending left me in tears. I won’t spoil it by saying why, but I did cry like a baby. Somewhere between Mannering’s touching writing and Miss Thraille’s superlative narration, I wept. And I am not ashamed to admit it.
Great books folks. Seriously.
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HASH(0x92cd43f0) étoiles sur 5 This book has it all! 17 mai 2014
Par The Bookie Monster - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
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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HASH(0x9577fbf4) étoiles sur 5 Even the silly names didn't put me off 30 novembre 2014
Par Mike Reeves-McMillan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The blurb compares this book to Pratchett and Douglas Adams, and there is some resemblance. I know why they picked those names - everyone knows them - but it's really more like two other writers: Jasper Fforde and Tom Holt.

It has the slightly-off-from-our-world feel, and the silly names, of Fforde, both of them turned up beyond 11. Perhaps too far; I kept tripping over the world's oddities (is the row of cinnamon in the herb garden a difference, or a mistake, since cinnamon is made from tree bark?), and the silly names are extremely silly: EGS Benedict, Anna Colouthon, and Spaniel Pudding all make an appearance. I'm no fan of punny or silly names, especially when taken so far. I put up with them in Pratchett and Adams because they do everything else so well.

It also has the setup of a Tom Holt story, or rather, of the Tom Holt story, since all Tom Holt's books are essentially the same. Loserish Britishish person's dull life is abruptly complicated by supernaturalish events. Helped by another loserish person of the opposite gender, main character overcomes the supernatural problem, and they hook up.

Having said all that, I enjoyed this much more than I've ever enjoyed a Tom Holt or Jasper Fforde book. It makes up for the silly names (just; they are extremely silly) by some beautiful passages. "Driving less like the wind and more like a sea fog..." "'I have a plan,' Drakeforth grinned. 'Did you ever think that life would be so much easier if you had a hamster called Clarence instead?' I asked hopefully."

Also, the plot is not what I expected. There's some depth to it; it manages to have some more serious and even dark moments without descending into Holtean cynicism, and the ending took me by surprise, in a good way.

With all the language play it's hard to be sure, but I did spot one definite error: "illicit" for "elicit". The ebook is also full of unexpected hyphens in the middle of words, as if it's been scanned from a print version. Otherwise, the editing is largely clean.

This is the first of a trilogy, and I'l be watching out for the others. I found out about it on the SpecFicNZ forum thread for Sir Julius Vogel Award nominations, and I'll be adding my nomination. Silly names notwithstanding.
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HASH(0x943c2918) étoiles sur 5 Recommended for Douglas Adams fans! 4 juillet 2014
Par Gerry Marrs - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
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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HASH(0x9577f1e0) étoiles sur 5 Cover reviews wide of the mark 23 mars 2015
Par Phipedro - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Pratchett and Adams glibly touted, but this is safely into Jasper fforde territory. And it more or less survives the comparison. Rather too many silly names, but there's plenty that is actually amusing, and it all bowls along in a spirited way. And the jumping-off point for Book 2 is certainly intriguing. Those three stars are a rounding down; I expect the sequel to get four.
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