The Shiny Guys

The Shiny Guys

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'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. 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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 20mm | 252g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • 0143565303
  • 9780143565307
  • 466,947

About Doug MacLeod

Doug MacLeod is a Melbourne writer of books and TV. In 2008 the Australian Writers' Guild awarded him the Fred Parsons award for contribution to Australian comedy. (He has worked as a writer on shows such as Fast Forward and SeaChange, and as script editor on three seasons of Kath and Kim.)

He also devised and co-wrote the animated series Dogstar, which has been screened all over the world. Doug received two Australian Writers' Guild awards for his scripts for series one, as well as the inaugural John Hinde award for science fiction. His best known book is Sister Madge's Book of Nuns, which started as a practical joke on a publisher. He left his full-time TV job in 2002 to focus on writing books for young adults. So far he has had seven novels published by Penguin. The most recent are The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher, a CBCA Honour Book in 2012 shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and the Aurealis Awards, and The Shiny Guys, shortlisted for the 2013 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. One of his novels, The Clockwork Forest, was presented as a play by The Sydney Theatre Company in 2008, and in 2013 he wrote Margaret Fulton- Queen of the Dessert, a musical about the life of Margaret Fulton.
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189 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 26% (49)
4 36% (68)
3 26% (50)
2 9% (17)
1 3% (5)

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The Shiny Guys by Doug MacLeod centres around Colin, a young person who finds himself in a psychiatric facility due to his admission that he can see creatures resembling giant, upright cockroaches at the periphery of his vision. These are the "shiny guys" of the title. During his treatment, Colin gets the chance to meet the shiny guys and finds that they are real and in need of his assistance. The story follows Colin's journey as he attempts to carry out the instructions given to him by the shiny guys. By the end of the novel, the reader is left to decide how real Colin's shiny guys are and this could leave some readers feeling uneasy about the character they have come to know. However, this story, while presenting a dark and ultimately ambiguous ending, is enfused with a gentle humour throughout that endears the reader to Colin and the other young people on Ward 44. I thoroughly enjoyed book and it has stuck in my memory long after reading it. It is definitely worth a look as it presents a realistic look (despite the giant insects) at the experiences of young people dealing with mental illness. Extra points for an Australian author also!show more
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