The Shiny Guys is a dark, sometimes funny novel about how fantasy and reality can merge, especially when electricity is involved. This item is not currently in-stock. It can be ordered online and is expected to ship in days. Our stock data is updated overnight, and availability may change throughout the day for in-demand items. Please call the relevant shop for the most current stock information. Prices are subject to change without notice. Sign in or become a Readings Member to add this title to a wishlist. War has broken out in the quiet suburb of Kinglet.
It all started when Seth Parrot's father flicked cow poo at Mr Raven from the council. They don't speak, but Colin can read their thoughts. They want him to pay for the terrible thing that he has done. When the shiny guys won't go away, Colin is admitted to ward Ther he discovers an alien world, a powerful weapon, a gentle giant, and a girl who may be able to see what he can see.
The Shiny Guys is a dark, sometimes funny novel about how fantasy and reality can merge, especially when electricity is involved.
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Jul 29, Ashley rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Doug Macleod has done it again with his latest book, the dark, humorous and emotionally moving novel "The Shiny Guys". The Shiny Guys is a brilliant book about guilt, trauma and what it means to be mentally ill. I would recommend it to everybody. May 15, Annette rated it liked it Shelves: The characters, Mango, Andrea and first person Colin were multifaceted and intriguing in many ways, however because of the way the mental illness was depicted, I found the storyline a little disjointed.
Colin had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital a few years after the disappearance of his sister on a family outing. He became close to Mango and they became good friends. Enter Andrea who had been admitted after drug use had played havoc with her life and the three became a force to be reckoned with. The shiny guys were part of an hallucination and drove the story. What is real and not real becomes blurred! The addition of letters to personalities outside the institution, the development of the shiny guys and the real life story and the back story weaved in and out.
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This is one of a host of books on mental illness and disability that seem to be popular at this time. May 18, Miffy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is just so unusual. It is the story of Colin Lapsley. The year is Colin sees things out the corner of his eyes. Shiny red guys, in leather jackets.
As soon as he looks at them, they go, but he knows - they're always there. Colin is admitted to Ward He shares a room with revolting Len. He has a good friend, Mango. Mango has a compulsion to hug people - and he can't let go. He just waits until Mango calms down. And then there's Anthea. Parallels have made between this book and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - but besides them both being set in a psychiatric facility, there aren't really any similarities to be drawn. I enjoyed that way that Doug teases out the story, giving the reader little clues and teasers as to how and why Colin is where he is and why he is.
This is a really 'different' book. Mar 27, Lynda added it Shelves: At first when you read this novel, the devastation and tragedy hits you, including the guilt and resistance which Colin shows towards his treatment for his mental illness. However, there is a strong undercurrent of laugh-out-loud humour, and the healing power of love, care and proper attention. The reader is taken on a strange and confronting journey, and finally must reach their own conclusion. Doug MacLeod is a very talented author.
Jul 03, Stella Silverstein rated it it was amazing. The way the story moves is almost fluid even though it jumps through characters and styles of writing. The world that the main character becomes involved with is nightmarish and so well depicted that it feels real when it's read. Even Ward 44 takes on a frighteningly realistic shape when Colin, so seemingly level headed, lives out his time there.
The book does get very, very dark and bleak towards the end, and you can start to piece together what is really happening. It's uns Absolutely fantastic. And the end is an absolute killer. It's almost what you expect, but not quite and it really left me asking if there was something else I could read to satisfy my craving for more of this book. I really enjoyed it. Oh, also make sure to read this in an Australian accent.
Sep 21, Andrew rated it really liked it.
I'll admit, this book messed with me. Once again, Doug MacLeod creates absurd drama for smart kids, but this book delves into new depths of psychological creepiness. Exploring the minds of a misfit cast of teenagers living in a psychiatric ward, there are plenty of laughs to be had, but you almost feel bad for it. And as the plot develops, the stakes are raised, until you're not at all sure which - if any - of the narrators are reliable, and the unfortunate revelation is as inevitable as it is sh I'll admit, this book messed with me.
And as the plot develops, the stakes are raised, until you're not at all sure which - if any - of the narrators are reliable, and the unfortunate revelation is as inevitable as it is shocking if you'll pardon the pun. Jul 05, Tam Lynn rated it it was ok Shelves: I don't get it.
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Just wait until you read the last sentence- it's not particularly exciting, but, it will make you question the sanity of the author rather than the character. To quote my cousin, "What was this guy on?
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Or anyone who actually cares about how they spend their time. The characters were underdeveloped as people apart from their mental illnesses, and the writing style was extremely boring. The only reason I finished reading it wa I don't get it. The only reason I finished reading it was because I really needed to find out what on earth was going on. Would recommend for ages and up. Dec 03, Tony Wilson rated it it was amazing. Set in a mental insitution during the s, Larkin achieves that 'One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest' thing of combining humour and poignancy.
The protagonist is afflicted by a situation in which he sees cockroaches out of the corners of his eyes, and for much of the book, and the author does not reveal whether this is a fantasy book ie the cockroaches are real, and so are the protagonist's adventures into their world or the coackroaches are part of the central character's delusion. An odd and st Set in a mental insitution during the s, Larkin achieves that 'One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest' thing of combining humour and poignancy.
An odd and strangely moving book, that had me laughing out loud in parts. Especially the hugger who won't let go! Jul 01, Jas rated it really liked it. It totally wasn't what I expected when I purchased it spontaneously at a bookshop impulse shop, but in the absolute best of ways. MacLeod ingeniously combines Colin's fantasy world with his actual real-life struggle, leading you to reflect upon your own internal fantasies. I loved this read, and was sad when it was over - especially considering the end is a bit of an anti-climax and I just wanted it to keep I really must say just how much I loved MacLeod's wacky topic choice in "The Shiny Guys".
I loved this read, and was sad when it was over - especially considering the end is a bit of an anti-climax and I just wanted it to keep going! Even so, would definitely recommend.
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Jun 10, Caitlin rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't like tagging it; putting it into a genre post-read will affect the way you read the story, so avoid reading anyone's genre labels! Characters are wonderfully drawn and the mystery elements kept me hooked!
Colin is admitted to a mental health facility following the disappearance of his sister. Clever and funny, Colin uses magic and humour to cope with his new life, even though he can still see 'the shiny guys' out of the corner of his eye May 23, Kohde rated it really liked it. This is definitely one of the better books that I've read and I loved it, The characters are all a bit quirky but then it gets you to think how people with some sought of mental illness. At the same time as being funny it also tragically sad and depressing knowing that Colin the main character has lost his Sister to the shiny guys well that's what he thinks But still a very good book and I rate it 4.
May 25, Claire rated it it was ok Shelves: It was only after I actually finished the book did I start putting things together and I only have just had another piece fall into place as I type this over a day after I finished it! For me it falls between ok and good. Apr 28, Catherine rated it really liked it Shelves: I am convinced that Doug is a genius.
We know that the main character in this story is in a psychiatric facility and yet Doug manages to make the reader want to believe his hallucinations. We want to believe his reality because we like this poor flawed guy and his friends. Not only that but the author manages to incorporate wry humour, raw emotion and serious issues with the whole mental health system into every page while entertaining us every step of the way. How does he do it? Apr 25, Rhondda Powling rated it liked it. An engrossing and affecting story on another serious subject, depression. Colin is a year-old boy who, after a very traumatic event, is hospitalized.
He exists in a world where fantasy and reality merge in his mind. Some of the other patients offer him friendship and are part of the lighter aspects in the story. Although not a comedic novel there are many touches of dark humour. Nov 05, Catherine rated it liked it. This story was SO not what I thought it was going to be about at all!
I found it quite difficult to rate, as I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure about the ending.
It's the story of teenager Colin, who is in a psychiatric ward due to a number of different factors, one of which is that he can 'see' large shiny guys cockroach type people.