YMMV / The Somnambulist

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Edward seems to be suffering from some sort of depression.
  • Anti-Villain: Reverend Dr. Tan/The Narrator who generally just wants to make the world a better place. However, he resorts to murder and petty revenge as well...
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Depending on your interpretation of the ending, the narrator's Batman Gambit may have ended like this. According to him, the cult succeeds and everything works in his favor. However, there are shades of Unreliable Narrator with this.
  • Badass Adorable: The Somnambulist
  • Chaotic Evil: Hawker and Boon, full stop. Both are Type 1.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Edward. He frequently visits a brothel whenever he's bored, but he also treats the women in his life with great respect.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Barabbas
  • Designated Villain: Maurice Trotman
  • First Installment Wins: A very minor example, but this book seems to have gotten better reception than its companion novel, The Domino Men.
  • Foe Yay: Moon and Barabbas.
  • The Grotesque: Mina and the other prostitutes at Puggsley's.
  • Ho Yay: Barrabas and Owsley.
  • Inspector Javert: Mr. Skimpole.
  • Iron Woobie: Edward Moon and Mr. Skimpole.
  • Lawful Evil: Mr. Skimpole
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Prefects cross it by beating Skimpole's son to death as their "payment."
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: YMMV on how you define "fixing it." In an effort to see his plan go off without a hitch, the Reverend Dr. Tan hires Arthur Barge, aka the Mongoose, to kill the members of the Directorate. This prompts Skimpole to hire the Prefects, who kill Arthur, Trotman and most of Dr. Tan's army, buying Edward enough time to cause Coleridge to break down.
  • Ugly Cute: Moon's favorite type of prostitute. His current favorite is Mina, the bearded lady who has a thing described as a curious deformity, a grisly pink piece of flesh which bore a ghastly, visceral resemblance to the severed arm of an infant growing out of her chest.