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The Empathy Effect

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The hardboiled tale of a psychic traffic warden.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 18th 2010 by Screaming Dreams
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Heavensent1
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Empathy Effect is a science fiction fantasy novel.

Cooper Jones, a Swansea traffic warden, is an alcoholic who has a special ability, he is an empath. He is almost able to read people's minds...almost!

Via the emotions of others, Cooper is able to "sense" what they are thinking and being able to easily read people, he never has a problem with bedtime companions.

On the day he gives Merc Man a traffic ticket, things begin to wrong. As he is writing the ticket up, he senses fear coming from a lit
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Neal Asher
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
First let me get a disclaimer out of the way. I’ve chatted to Bob Lock over the Internet for years, so you could take this as ‘what his mates say’. However, I didn’t much like his previous book so said nothing about that one at all.

I just have to wonder if Bob first rejected agoraphobic steeplejack and claustrophobic miner to then settle on the most unlikely of heroes: an empathic traffic warden. He stuck this character in the somewhat precarious position of being cling-filmed to one of the supp
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Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award

The book is well written, the setting one the author knows well, and it shows. The style is slightly experimental as part of it is told in first person while the third person is used for the scenes where the main character does not appear,. The limited colour palate of the cover works well, although some of the judges felt that the title and author did not stand out enough, and preferred the image on the back to the front. There were a few concerns that the p
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Stephen Theaker
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Nov 01, 2010
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