Empathic energy powers the world, and the
sole distributor of that energy is the Godden Energy Corporation a beneficent yet shadowy
and surprisingly omnipresent organisation that has an over-developed interest in Charlotte
puddings desk: a desk that has somehow managed to record a conversation from the
time when empathic energy was discovered. Intrude Vole Drakeforth, a man with a highly
tuned sense of paranoia and an ability to attract unwanted attention, into
Charlottes life and the recipes for misunderstanding and misdirection are complete.
Engines of Empathy is a fun brisk read by an author whom I
had previously only encountered before in short story and novelette length works. I can
happily say he has easily made the transition to novel without loss of quality.
I found this book to be a wonderful tonic to the seemingly endless parade
of fat fantasies that adorn the shelves of most bookshops. No endless parade of
heavily-thewed heroes and villains fighting for good or evil contending across a panoramic
landscape bigger than Texas. The quest in Engines of Empathy was
for patchouli oil and control of the desk and a decent cup of tea.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a little humour with
their mystery and doesnt need a romance. I certainly enjoyed Engines of
Empathy and wish the author will write more of this ilk.