Mark is a Day Boy In a post traumatic future the Masters formerly human, now practically immortal rule a world that bends to their will and a human population upon which they feed Invincible by night, all but helpless by day, each relies on his Day Boy to serve and protect him Mark has been lucky in his Master Dain has treated him well But as he grows to manhood and hMark is a Day Boy In a post traumatic future the Masters formerly human, now practically immortal rule a world that bends to their will and a human population upon which they feed Invincible by night, all but helpless by day, each relies on his Day Boy to serve and protect him Mark has been lucky in his Master Dain has treated him well But as he grows to manhood and his time as a Day Boy draws to a close, there are choices to be made Will Mark undergo the Change and become, himself, a Master or throw in his lot with his fellow humans As the tensions in his conflicted world reach crisis point, Mark s decision may be crucial In Day Boy Trent Jamieson reimagines the elements of the vampire myth in a wholly original way This is a beautifully written and surprisingly tender novel about fathers and sons, and what it may mean to become a man Or to remain one Trent Jamieson is a teacher, bookseller and writer of science fiction and fantasy, including the Death Works series He has twice won Aurealis Awards for his short stories He lives in Brisbane Jamieson gives the reader beautiful prose and a very original plot, making for an excellent read BookMooch This a book about boys and men, their rivalries and cruelties, and the love of fathers and sons It is a joy Vampires in the Sunburnt Country At the fingertips of a gifted writer there will always be new and interesting takes on the vampire tale and happily, Day Boy is one of them Melbourne Review of Books This book dances to the beat of its own drum It comes waltzing into your life and leaves footprints on your heart A one of a kind story you d be foolish to miss Marianne de Pierres Escape Club In Day Boy, Jamieson has kept all of the central facets of vampire mythology while fashioning something new and often riveting Poetic and meditative at times frightening, visceral and bloody this is a dark journey worth making Aurealis
Day Boy Mark is a Day Boy In a post traumatic future the Masters formerly human now practically immortal rule a world that bends to their will and a human population upon which they feed Invincible by night
I ve always been a fan of Trent Jamieson as a writer and as a human being and I knew Day Boy was going to be something special It still blew me away, even with all that expectation The writing is sublime Poetic and evocative.Mark s voice is perfect The world building is entirely and brilliantly original The plot and its dark undertones moves at a measured pace, inexorably towards a series of life changing moments.I love the Australian ness of this book, and the fact it never once uses the v word [...]
5 Stars Day Boy by Trent Jamieson deserves full marks from me simply due to the fact that this book made me rekindle some of my old love for the Vampire genre I was already a fan of Jamieson as I love his Death Works trilogy but I am now cemented in as a full time fan and will read anything he puts out.In Day Boy we are dropped into a surely post apocalyptic world where The Masters Vampires now rule the world Our protagonist Mark is a young adult known as a Day Boy He serves his blood sucking an [...]
Wow, just wow This book took a turn I wasn t expecting at all Beautiful writing I hope there will be another book coming I think I need another book with Mark in it Loved it from start to finish Trent Jamieson has a talent for writing full of life characters
It s bitter cold and a sky so clear that the stars burn Breath streams from us, and no matter that we re dressed warm, it s still a shock, like jumping into water that s colder than you expected The moon s a sliver in the sky, but everything is so clear Land looms around us blue and hulking, drawing in and receding, and you suddenly get a sense of how big everything is and how little you are, but it s still wonderful, because small and brief you re still here and breathing plumes in the dark def [...]
The world Jamieson creates is so interesting filled with it s own history There could easily be a series for each character I found I wanted to know about the different people places But there s only so much that can go in a single book, so I found myself always wanting A dayboy as a main character makes sense, they can cross almost all worlds, but Mark I found boring His parts are sometimes too slow frustrating, which is why this is 4 instead of 5, but overall still a worthwhile read.
I ve been a fan of Trent Jamieson for a long time and I m lucky enough to call him a friend, but even then I was dubious about this book A vampire story I m so over vampire stories But Jamieson has created something truly brilliant here The writing is beautiful and powerful, an assurance of voice that s rare and hard to maintain, but he nails it The mythology of the new world, post some kind of apocalypse that s never fully explained, is rich and compelling I have one question that still snags w [...]
V ampires, like all good monsters, are something of a blank canvas Meanings can be projected onto them They can be monstrous, yet elegant They can be the night refined or crude and hungry Trent Jamieson, 25 June 2015, Readings Blog.See Trent Jamieson project a slick new perspective of his own on these beguiling beasts.
You can hear my thoughts about the novel on episode 46 of The Writer and the Critic podcast.
4.5 I loooooooved this book, and anyone who has listened to me whine about how boring vampires are will appreciate the kind of turn around me enjoying this book represents.It s a little fantasy, a little sci fi, a little post apocalypse I love that the Australia Jamieson imagines for the future feels very similar to the Australia of the past I don t mean literally in terms of vampires, but in terms of the kinds of things have always hunted the edges of reality in Australia The ancient monsters w [...]
Strangely poetic contemporary vampire fic Wish there was setting rather than fantasy let s explore the whole new world , but still compelling especially for the language.
Day Boy, whilst not being a contender for my book of the year has certainly become the frontrunner in most pleasant surprise category of 2016 a newly invented category for my fictitious book awards but what the hell.A book about vampires aimed at the Young Adult market really isn t my thing and I have to say I wasn t looking forward to reading this one all that much but I was really pleasantly surprised This is a very good book indeed.I think Trent Jamieson has written something really quite spe [...]
Okay, so I ve stepped outside my comfort zone with this onet a genre I would usually read, but I am so glad I did The author of Day Boy is Trent Jamieson yet another talented writer that Avid Reader Book Store seems to breed so well must be something in the coffee Day Boy is set in a dystopian or post apocalptic world where the Masters immortals, and vampires of sorts, although so much than that are served by Day Boys mere mortals, but offering a special kind of apprenticeship The Day Boys are [...]
An absolutely brilliant read, the so for being completely unexpected.Our leading character is Mark, who is a Day Boy for his Master Dain and as we follow hi around his daily tasks in a small, arid, vaguely Australian town we piece together the reality of his world In this Dystopian future Vampires the masters have become the social cohesion that hold the world together There is not much word really, a city or two a railway the Night Train which brings necessaries and the majority of the populat [...]
Sank its hooks in me so I had to stay up late to finish Beautiful writing Just beautiful And too many quotable lines to quote
In a market overloaded with vampire stories, Jamieson manages to find an original voice in a world I ve not read before A fantastic coming of age story with flashes of horror.
Original, atmospheric, and beautifully written Great characters Can only think of Lindqvist s Let the Right One In to compare it to.
A Highly original, elegantly and eloquently written piece of Australian horror Jamieson s fascinating take on the vampire mythos is also a compelling insight into performative masculinity and the roll of violence in masculine hierarchies.
I recall Lisa L Hannett writing about the Australian Gothic in Wide Open Fear, a piece for her column in This is Horror Trent Jamieson is part of that cultural literary trend in Australian genre writing and his previous short works and his Death Works series make valuable contributions to a cohort of writers and writing that holds its own internationally Then comes Day Boy , which I think might be the finest book Trent Jamieson has written to date, and perhaps the finest articulation of Australi [...]
I don t remember how I first discovered this book but once I did, I was hugely intrigued by the subject matter and started reading it as soon as it arrived in the post The story follows and is told from the point of view of a teenage boy, Mark Mark is a Day Boy and has been in the service and under the patronage of his Master, Dain, since he was small Mark s job is to look after all of Dain s needs and watch over him whilst he is asleep during the day and at his most vulnerable Dain is like a fo [...]
I am normally not a vampire book kind of person, I find they fall into two camps, horribly vapid romances and the gore hour I was pleasantly surprise by Day Boy though At its heart is a father son relationship between the vampire Daine and his Day Boy, Mark It s a brilliant and harsh apocalyptic world Jamieson has sketched here yet humanity has been able to adapt to it s situation At times I found the boy, Mark s, behaviour perplexing and irrational, why would he ignore half the things said to h [...]
Some copy editing errors mar the book, which is otherwise very well done A year after reading it, after putting down a few other books, with annoyance for wasting my time, I m impressed by how well this one holds up Everything works well about this Except the copy editing Particularly good was the depiction of small town life in Australia Even though things have changed considerably, well, plus ca change Because I could feel the warmth of the evening air I could smell the damn eucalyptus, and ha [...]
This is not another vampire story and it s not another post apocalypse book, but it s got both Don t disregard because you ve not seen this before It doesn t even use the word vampire I love that it s firmly set in Australia, unapologetically although it never uses that word either Mark, the main character draws you in and keeps you there His relationships as complicated and hidden beneath layers of backstory, some of which is explained, some is alluded to and other bits are left for you to gues [...]
This is a beautiful, beautiful book I m generally not a fan of urbane vampires, instead preferring killing machines a la 30 Days of Night or Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan s The Strain Trilogy But Jamieson does a brilliant job of capturing a world where the vampires are only urbane because they dominate a pretty much entirely subjugated population And this book is as much a heart rending coming of age story as it is a tale of the post apocalypse Day Boy Mark s tribulations will ring bells fo [...]
Many other reviewers have already expressed the admiration I have for this excellent novel It s a vampire novel that s not about vampires A post apocalyptic novel that s not really post apocalyptic A horror novel marked by empathy and sorrow than gore Evocative, gorgeous prose with sentences that capture emotion with a minimum of words, Day Boy is a wonderful read from start to finish that will completely change your mind about what a horror novel can be.A fantastic book.
I am a judge for the 2015 Aurealis Awards This review is my personal opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team To be safe, I won t be recording my thoughts if I choose to here until after the Aurealis Awards are over.
I thought i d had my fill of Vampire fiction for the foreseeable future, until I d read Jamieson s Day Boy The world he s created is so vivid and full of solid characters, that I was looking forward to a flow of spin off books and movies before I d even finished reading the novel I m crossing my fingers that there s plenty on the horizon
I started this book, put it down and then picked it back up to finish it It was an interesting take on a genre generally well padded with good and bad books The book didn t resonate with me like I wanted it too Maybe it was too abstract for me, maybe it s because I have never been a teenage boymm I still found it an interesting concept.
It s been a while since I read a novel I ve found it hard to sink into someone else s words, someone else s story This is mainly because my mind is pretty scattered these days I found myself hypnotised by the style, drawn in slowly but surely This isn t really a vampire novel It is, but it isn t I ve just finished, and all I can think is wow Just wow.
A darkly lyrical coming of age story with a fascinating father figure I loved the way the novel unfolded and slowly revealed the landscape of the strange future outside the small town of Midfield Characters that breathed with real life kind of ironic given that half of them are dead A great read by a fantastic Brisbane author.
I loved this book Its not just about vampires, but about the protective relationship of Mark s master, Dain, and his Day Boy This was a modern take on vampire stories set in the somewhat nearish future, the timeline is never quite explained, but it is set in the future.The author is a Brisbane boy and there are many Australianisms to be found.