The Best appearance of Grown Men in School Boy Uniforms….
I know, I know, this book seems custom made for the boys of AC/DC to win. And any other year they would have. But the fact of the matter is I have not in fact read any books featuring or including the boys from AC/DC. But we got a trophy for this award; we have to find a winner. Dig deep Nathan, the integrity of the whole process depends on you.
Well look at that, we have a nominee. This year I read a nice little book by Jonathan Barnes, The Somnambulist. It was a strange little tale full of red herrings and McGuffins, interesting people, mysteries a plenty (most of which were never answered). A nice mix of weird, mystery, and meyhem. I loved it, but its unique style doesn’t make it for everyone.
But the most important thing about the book for our purpose is the inclusion of The Prefects, a duo of supernatural forces of nature that appear as grown men in their school boy outfits. They are delightful nasty; finishing each other’s sentences, taking their payment in horrible ways, and delighting in the terror they cause.
Hmm, looks like we have a winner by default. Unless Angus Young makes a late run for the award in the next few moments? No? Ok Mr. Barnes, looks like it is yours. Congratulations, your very own Barney Award!
My review of The Somnambulist.