The Shiny Guys

The Shiny Guys Wouldn t it be funny if they were real Shiny red men What if I were the sane one and everyone else was mad One night the shiny guys visit fifteen year old Colin Lapsley They don t speak but Colin ca

  • Title: The Shiny Guys
  • Author: Doug MacLeod
  • ISBN: 9780143565307
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wouldn t it be funny if they were real Shiny red men What if I were the sane one and everyone else was mad One night, the shiny guys visit fifteen year old Colin Lapsley 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 44 There he discovers Wouldn t it be funny if they were real Shiny red men What if I were the sane one and everyone else was mad One night, the shiny guys visit fifteen year old Colin Lapsley 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 44 There 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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    1. Colin Lapsley is in Ward 44 because he has a little problem. Colin’s troubles began with the disappearance of his little sister three years ago. Briony was snatched from a hiking trail while under Colin’s care, and ever since her disappearance the Lapsley family haven’t been coping too well. Then new information came to light in Briony’s cold case… and ever since then, Colin has been seeing the shiny guys.Because of Colin’s issues with the shiny guys, he is in Ward 44. Everyone here [...]

    2. Wonderfully written story that is different, twisted and full of humour, but is still serious with the issues at hand (ECT and mental illnesses).-------What is there for me to say about this book without repeating myself due to its brilliance? This review is quite hard to write as it’s one of those books that gives you an appreciation for many things. As I am studying Psychology and have looked into mental illnesses and know how it’s like and how someone can act and experienced it children w [...]

    3. I had the good fortune of speaking with Doug MacLeod about two years ago. We had a phone interview and he answered all my silly questions and was very generous with his time. I tell you this because it's rare to have contact with an author, and therefore have some insight into their motivation to write. MacLeod is a funny man (seriously -- he can't switch it off), and having read his other novels, I was surprised by how dark this novel is (even though he warned me over the phone). At the same ti [...]

    4. I saw this book in the library and the cover grabbed me and sucked me in with the image of the Shiny guy. When I read the blurb I was gone, engulfed my the magic his words created. This is my book written in 2012 or 2013 as it is quite a new book but a really good one. The book follows the rehab journey of 15 year old Colin Lapsley. When his sister disappears he feels and his parents silently agree with him that he it was his fault for what happened . He can't sleep so he takes a whole lot of sl [...]

    5. Although I was confused for large chunks of this book, I've decided that the writing is genius. The story is about Colin who ends up in ward 44 following the abduction of his sister. He starts to see shiny guys and experience some rather disturbing things. His friends, mango and Anthea are really interesting characters with their own set of problems. The genius in this book is the authors ability to make you believe all Colin is going through which in reality is just the effects of his mind, hal [...]

    6. Doug MacLeod is a wonderful writer. This book is strange and quirky, and it took a while for me to figure out whether Colin was really in the middle of a sci-fi story, or just crazy. So terribly sad in parts, and laugh out loud funny in others. I really loved his friend Mango, and his comments on his horrible room mate Len. There is a lot of compassion in this book, and I'm still trying to make up my mind about the ending. A real insight into how tragedy affects people, and the guilt of those le [...]

    7. This further cements Doug MacLeod as one of the best Australian YA authors today. The bits that are funny are snort-worthy, and the bits that are sad, totally heart-wrenching.And if everything isn't spelt out or clear, well, probably that's what life is often like for Colin. He's a great main character - flawed, but resourceful and loyal.I am left with Qs, and I shouldn't be surprised.

    8. Brilliant, unhinged, desperately funny and sad. Set in a 1985 psychiatric ward, this novel tips its cap to Kafka with giant cockroaches and an ending that I found both whimsical and hopeful. For those who like their books to be what Kafka believed they should be: a hatchet to break the frozen sea within us.

    9. I was expecting a grand finale that tied up all the ends, but this did not happen for me. Set in a psychiatric hospital, I found the characters hard to engage with, and while there were some clever, funny bits, I was left feeling this shortish book was a bit like cake dough that needed a bit more cooking. I can see how the aim was to convey insanity, but this is very, very hard to do.

    10. The Shiny Guys By Doug MacLeodI could not put this book down such was the enthralling nature of it. This is ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ meets Franz Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’. And yes, it is a book for young adults and has been nominated in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards! The setting is Ward 44 in a psychiatric hospital in Melbourne. The main character is 15 year old Collin who is admitted for taking an overdose sometime after the disappearance of his younger sister Briony. He i [...]

    11. To echo some other reviewers of this novel - wow. This was not what I was expecting at all. Doug Macleod has penned a very sophisticated and involving story indeed. I was totally captured by the story of Colin Lapsley and the "shiny guys".The setting is a psychiatric hospital in 1985 and Colin is seeing things no-one else sees (shiny guys) on the periphery of his vision. His parents have hospitalised him following a family tragedy and little by little we learn about how Colin came to be where he [...]

    12. While this book was a quick read, I couldn't get into it and found myself reading quickly just to get it over and done with and to go onto something else.The storyline was very different but I was too distracted by the cockroach parts to really enjoy it although I know why he saw these things I just got bored.Colin is in a psychistric hospital Ward 44 after a tragedy in his family it's there we meet some interesting characters: Mango (Colin's best friend) who hugs people from behind and then has [...]

    13. It's hard to know what to write about The Shiny Guys. I feel like I need to read it again with a new perspective now that I've read the ending. To me, that's a sign of a good book.We know that Colin is in a psychiatric ward, so we can't really trust his narration, yet we can't help but see things through his eyes and wonder how much is real and how much is in his head. Giant cockroaches abducting humans seems too crazy to be true but Colin is so charismatic and down to earth that part of me, lik [...]

    14. The Shiny Guys is still a haunting concept, even now.A friend of mine recently asked me to borrow it out. I took her advice; definitely one of the better things I’ve listened to. Because throughout the entire novel, I kept thinking, “This is brilliant. I love this.”When a girl who’s into light-hearted stories about strong female leads who realise life’s not going their way loves something dark and more boyish, you know the book’s excellent. There’s no specific audience: just people [...]

    15. Doug Macleod has done it again with his latest book, the dark, humorous and emotionally moving novel "The Shiny Guys"."Wouldn't it be funny if they were real?""Shiny red men?""What if I were the sane one and everyone else was mad?"Set in a psychiatric ward in 1985, The Shiny Guys follows the story of Colin Lapsley, a fifteen-year-old boy who suffers from severe depression and guilt (view spoiler)[ after his little sister Briony went missing under his supervision whilst the family were camping at [...]

    16. The Shiny Guys by Doug MacLeod was a difficult book to get your teeth into from the beginning. 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 a [...]

    17. Wow. Like. Wow.This book is just so unusual. It is the story of Colin Lapsley. The year is 1985. 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 44. 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. Colin doesn't mind. He just waits until Mango calms down. And then there's Anthea.Parallel [...]

    18. Absolutely fantastic. 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 [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. I don't get it. 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?"I don't recommend this to slow readers. Or fast readers. 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 [...]

    21. Set in a mental insitution during the 1980s, 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 [...]

    22. I really must say just how much I loved MacLeod's wacky topic choice in "The Shiny Guys". 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 [...]

    23. A great book. 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 eyeA fantastic read for kids/teenagers 12 [...]

    24. It’s 1985 and Colin, Mango and Anthea re teens thrown together into Ward 44, a psychiatric unit. Colin’s sister, 11 year old Briony, was abducted 3 years earlier – while bushwalking with Colin – and has never been seen since. Colin’s reality and the reality outside his mind are at odds. The reader is taken on a strange and confronting journey, and finally must reach their own conclusion. Doug MacLeod is a talented author.

    25. 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 4.5 stars.

    26. Um what do I say about this book? It was very strange and I have read Doug MacLeod books before, I thought I knew what to expect. Apparently not!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. 2.5 stars.

    27. 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?

    28. An engrossing and affecting story on another serious subject, depression. Colin is a 15-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.CBCA 2013 shortlist: Older readers

    29. 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).A very interesting and thought-provoking book about the effects of depression, shock, and shock-treatment on people's minds.

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