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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 is riddled wi 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 is riddled with guilt and has lost touch with reality and see Shiny guys in his peripheral vision Support characters, Mango and Anthea provide additional perspectives on the reasons for mental illness amongst teenagers This is the story of their coming to terms with mental illness and accepting what has occurred in the past and forgiving themselves and undergoing the arduous journey to recovery The mystery behind why these patients are in this institution makes for compelling reading.Reality meets fantasy and leaves the reader puzzled at times as they try to decipher the inner workings of Collin s mind MacLeod cleverly delves into mental illness, paranoia and hallucinations and the tricks that patients will try to avoid taking their medication and escape from the facility.This book is certainly not for the faint hearted and would suit older teens due to the disturbing nature of the content This being said it is an outstanding read and MacLeod uses subtle humour to take the heat out of the content thus making it approachable for its audience The characters are sympathetically described, believable and evoke strong affection from the reader.An outstanding read by the one of Australia s most clever writers for Young Adults 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 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, hallucinations induced by ECT and his trauma This book has a lot of pathos and whilst I think it s above most kids understanding, those that persist will reap the rewards The reference to Kafka throughout the book was just genius and that it brings the book to a stunning conclusion makes it all theinteresting Enjoy, it s so worth it @Epub ⚷ 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 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 wardThere he discovers an alien world, a powerful weapon, a gentle giant, and a girl who may be able to see what he can seeThe Shiny Guys is a dark, sometimes funny novel about how fantasy and reality can merge, especially when electricity is involved 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 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 sleeping pills and finds himself is ward 44 The story continues with his fight through depression, the helping of the Shinny Guys and his friends he makes.This book is amazing I could go on for ages about it, it leaves you guessing and you get to decide what you think it means to you personally I think this is a well written book and well wroth the read Wouldn t it be funny if they were real Shiny red men What if I were the sane one and everyone else was mad That is my favorite quote from the book as it questions if the so called crazy people are really crazy after all and just see the world in a different way to everyone else and are actually very clever.My favorite character is Mango as I feel sorry for him as he had a bad start to his childhood and because of that developed the disorder he has of not letting people go I think that he tries to make the best for himself under his circumstances Arthur and Mango get along really well as Arthur has gotten to know him, Arthur knows that he is a gentle soul and can t help hugging people so he forgives him for that If Arthur and Mango didn t get along then Mango would have been portrayed differently and not as gentle and caring as he is.I learnt from this book what devastating effects that a bad childhood can really have on someone and their adult life Mango is a very friendly and uplifting person and it is very easy to connect with him through out the novel especially at the end and how the reason for his hugging is reveled This part made me feel very sad and I even cried 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. 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 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 left behind Beautiful stuff 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. 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 bitcooking I can see how the aim was to convey insanity, but this is very, very hard to do. 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 with 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 with them first hand, it just makes this less of a review butso praise for Doug MacLeod for writing a story directed at young adults, dealing with such a difficult subject as this And Doug does it with such skill that you don t find yourself reading from the perspective of someone who is depressed, or has anorexia, or a development disorder You read it as though they re like every other normal person with big dreams, hopes, and ambitions just with an unlucky streak Reading The Shiny Guys is a breather from the shelves of and countless other young adult books today.Now, don t think this book is a breather literally Colin our main character does not give you much of a chance to take a breath with his never ending playful jokes and his witty and jesting narration, even through the highs and lows, the dips and falls, in the book Although Colin has had a traumatic experience not long ago which you will learn of when you read and finds himself in this psychiatric ward Ward 44, and surrounded by all these other patients some he likes and some he despises he doesn t stop with the jokes, even in his one on one meetings with his psychiatrist doctor This is another reason why I could praise Doug MacLeod to no end and it s very hard to explain why right now so I m just going to sit on this and think about it , so that I can put it in a meaningful and comprehendible sentence But a passage I thought could encapsulate what I could want to say is That night, I feel uplifted by the new focus in my life When we are all gathered in the dining room, I tell everyone that before we eat I would like to say grace Patients look surprised Val thinks this is a lovely idea I close my eyes, clasp my hands and recite with quiet dignity While shepherds watched their flocks by nightAll seated on the grass,The angel of the Lord came downAnd kicked them up the arse Amen Mango and Anthea burst out laughing Even apologetic Jill cracks a smile Val and Len, who sit together, are clearly not amused Val tells me that there will be a day of judgement, and I won t let be let into heaven This is fine by me The place is probably full of reformed alcoholics p.111 112 Now this may not be funny, but it sure does show how much Colin loves to joke around and make fun of those patients he doesn t enjoy being around Val is one of them, a woman who is heavily religious but is an alcoholic There s your background information.Every now and then though we also get a type of QA between Anthea the young girl with anorexia and her doctor, giving us a path to fully recognise and learn Anthea s predicament, and also we get a couple chapters from Mango s point of view that are expressed differently Mango s narration is full of spelling mistakes as if it s that way he would spell it, and although he is around the same age as both Anthea and Colin, he has developmental problems which affects the way in which he communicates and deals with the world around him and the people who he is with These chapters could be the breathers from Colin s.Within Ward 44 we see a crush develop into a severe infatuation which doesn t turn out the way Mango had wanted it to We see evil cockroaches the shiny guys inhabit Colin s reality and his quest by the human sized cockroaches called Nestorians to eradicate them And we see Anthea try and defeat those shadows lurking near her, within her All in all, it s about discovering the truth and not hiding behind your own self created lies Something we must all learn in ourselves and which many people with disabilities of all kinds can do so much better at than those that don t.You should all read this 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 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 time, The Shiny Guys is adventurous, emotional and in a really unhinged, heartbreaking way hilarious It s set in 1985 in a psychiatric hospital But that s all I m giving away.Doug MacLeod is truly an under rated Australian writer