About the book
One of the many advantages of being a single, professional woman who lives alone, is there is no one around to judge you on your relationships with the household appliances. So it was without feeling like a complete idiot that I stepped back from the toaster and waited until its defensive growls subsided.
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.
Douglas Adams meets Jasper Fforde in the first in a trilogy of comic sci fi novels by Paul Mannering.
About the Author
Wellington-based author 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 access to some odd reading material (Forensic medicine textbooks and years of Reader’s Digest) has shaped much of his writing ever since.
Engines of Empathy will be Paul’s fourth book, following The Man Who Could Not Climb Stairs and Other Strange Stories (self-published 2011), Tankbread (self-published 2011, Permuted Press 2013) and Tankbread 2: Immortal (Permuted Press, 2013). He is also the co-founder of BrokenSea Audio Productions.
Known as a writer of horror and the macabre, Paul wrote Engines of Empathy as a story that his family might feel comfortable reading. Previous stories having given his mother nightmares.
Engines of Empathy's cover will be illustrated by Henry Christian-Slane, a New Zealand artist currently based in London, UK. We will be posting updates on Henry's progress with the cover during the course of this campaign.
How will the money be spent?
This campaign is to raise money towards the costs of the first print run of Engines of Empathy. Editing, typesetting, design, art and distribution costs have already been covered by Paper Road Press.
As of 11 March, we have reached our target of $1,500! Time to see if we can squeeze in some last-minute stretch goals before the 15th:
- $1,750: Every backer who has selected a print book reward will also receive a free Engines of Empathy bookmark
- $2,000: Paul will write a bonus short story set in the Engines of Empathy world, which will be sent free to every backer as an ebook
Plus, if you've selected the paper backer reward or above, add $5 to your pledge and Paul will personally sign your copy of Engines of Empathy!
About Paper Road Press
Paper Road Press is a New Zealand publisher of ‘books from beyond the beaten track’ – compelling stories that explore new horizons, that poke holes in old genres and stitch them up with something new.
Engines of Empathy is the first novel published by Paper Road Press. In 2013, we published Baby Teeth: Bite-sized Tales of Terror, a collection of flash fiction by 27 New Zealand and American authors, all proceeds of which are donated to Duffy Books in Homes. Click here to read a sample of Baby Teeth, including a short story by Engines of Empathy author Paul Mannering.
We promise Engines is less freaky than Paul's Baby Teeth stories. Pinky swear.
Risks and challenges
Engines of Empathy has already been edited and is currently being prepared for print. The money raised through this Kickstarter campaign will be put towards the initial print run. While the book will be published regardless of the success of the campaign, backing this book on Kickstarter is a great way to show your support for New Zealand small press and pre-order a first-edition copy of Engines of Empathy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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