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 peace and harmony, Charlotte is going to discover just how far some people are prepared to go to maintain tranquillity.
Engines of Empathy is also available from select bookstores within New Zealand:
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Praise for Engines of Empathy
“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.”
“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
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).
27 New Zealand and American authors delve into the strange, the unexpected, and the downright terrifying things that kids say in this collection of all new flash fiction. From the mouths of babes come 37 stories, from the haunting to the hilarious to the horrific.
Leave the lights on tonight. So you’ll see them coming.
Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Collected Work, 2014
Winner – Australian Shadows Award for Edited Publication, 2014
Winner – Australian Shadows Award for Short Stories, 2014: Debbie Cowens, “Caterpillar”
Finalist – Australian Shadows Award for Short Stories, 2014: JC Hart, “The Dead Way”
Paper Road Press is proud to support Duffy Books in Homes by donating the proceeds from sales of Baby Teeth to their programme, which provides free books to over 100,000 New Zealand children every year.
Caterpillars Debbie Cowens White Grant Stone Burying Baby Paul Mannering People Pleaser M Darusha Wehm Con Somma Passione Lee Murray Giant Jack Newhouse Winter Feast Elizabeth Gatens What’s the Story, Mother? Lewis Morgan Blonde Obsession Jean Gilbert Simon Says Matthew Sanborn Smith Tarantella Moon Dan Rabarts Backyard Gardening Jake Bible Because I Could … Celine Murray End of the Rainbow Jenni Sands Kiss Your Mother Alan Lindsay Practice Makes Perfect Sally McLennan Blood Sisters Matt Cowens Windows M Darusha Wehm Dad’s Wisdom Eileen Mueller Recession Darian Smith Paper Butterfly Alan Lindsay The Skulkybunking Wurld Champyon of the Hole Woorld Paul Mannering Teach Your Children Well Lee Murray The Character of 82 James St Anna Caro Love Hurts Jan Goldie Dark Night Jenni Sands Friends AJ Ponder Shadowed Halls Michael J Parry If They Hadn’t Landed So Close Matt Cowens All the Ghosts Dan Rabarts The Boy with Anime Eyes Kevin G Maclean The Oracle of Karawa Paul Mannering Lockdown Piper Mejia The Birthday Present Sally McLennan Peter and the Wolf Lee Murray How They See You Morgan Davie The Dead Way JC Hart