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When eight people go on a cruise in the Bahamas, they plan to swim, sunbathe and relax. Getting shipwrecked is definitely not in the script. But after the yacht blows up they're stranded on a deserted island, and there's a maniac on the loose....

Title : Island
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ISBN : 9780747215103
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Number of Pages : 366 Pages
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Island Reviews

  • HFK
    2019-05-22 04:42

    3.5 stars.My first but not the last Richard Laymon.Admittedly, it is mighty freakish that I own so many Laymon's books even I had not read any of them before Island. I have bought them myself, I have gotten them as gifts from my dear friends yet I had no idea would I actually like him.Sure, I knew Laymon's horror is extremely sexualized, which I guess is a sign of really understanding the essence of knife equals penis, brutal and many parts gory. That is all good, I mean, fear and desire are a good couple, aren't they. So, do I like him? Yes sir and ma'am, I very much like him.Island took me back to the horror movies from the 70's and 80's, those low budget (though some not, and even if so, many gained the honorable label of cult) cinematic jungle fevers that were all flesh and blood, drooling and boobs, knives and bodies, sex and violence cuddling fiercely, petting but not quite getting to make the home run.Laymon is all that, and quite a lot more with the home runs from right and left. Island is surprisingly multilayered story, there is so much roads the plot could take, many possibilities to explore and build to life. You often think you know what is going on, and then you kind of not know, but can fairly guess if you are a friend of this type of horror. It is well structured, perhaps too long and sometimes dragging, but always finding its way back to the action.Because the main character is an horny young man stranded on an remote island with four spicy women, you are getting exactly what you would expect to. All of the women are strong, attitude oriented, fierce fighters on their own way, but they are also fleshly objects to lust over, look at and fantasize about. How are strong women finally put into submission. If your favorite word is "misogynist-ish", this book could make your panties, that so neatly cover your round buttocks, twist painfully. Laymon combines sex and violence intriguing but not original ways when comes today's offering, but when most of his books were written, he most likely was a fresh and strange breathe of air. I was engaged to this story despite of the slow pace. There was few scenes that do deserve a nomination for one of the bests and ickiest. There was slight frustration for the constant sexual atmosphere, but the dialogue followed the ground rules of any such horror. There was few scenes that made me laugh at the image in my head. Laymon indeed knows how to tell a story.I can't say I was blown away, but here is an interesting talent I want to explore because I have this feeling of these books actually containing strong and deeper messages of intellectualism instead of a typical, randy horror without a slightest sense whatsoever. Penthouse meets humorous slasher.

  • mark monday
    2019-05-15 03:47

    Island is incredibly offensive, bizarrely interesting, and often a lot of frenetic, fast-paced fun. sleazy, escapist enjoyment; i felt guilty. the novel is reprehensible and often terribly written. but like i said: fun! horrible fun. a bunch of survivors of a suspicious explosion on a private yacht run around a tropical island, getting picked off or captured & abused by unknown assailants. fortunately, a relentlessly horny teenage boy is on hand to be our fearless hero, audience identification point, and cataloger of all things he deems attractive or unattractive in Laymon a banal and vapid writer or is this all deliberate - could there be intent behind it? who knows. sometimes i can't help but get the impression that everything he knows about human conversation, emotion, and motivation is what he learned from bad tv and 80s slasher movies. well in this novel that debit actually works well because of the hilariously banal and vapid protagonist. the cataloguing of various cute physical attributes of his fellow castaways gets so repetitious and out-of-place and obsessive that the novel almost becomes an absurdist farce. no matter how dangerous or grueling the situation may be, no matter how often everyone is running for their lives or trying to stake out their tormentors... our hero still pops a boner at the slightest hint of T&A and his inner monologue remains ludicrously obsessed with the most puerile, laughable details. i'm not sure i've read anything like this. the protagonist awkwardly getting in touch with his dark side a couple times was a nifty touch, although it also meant having to get through some repulsive, drooling depictions of abuse (par for the course for Laymon readers, unfortunately). but "nifty" is definitely not the right word for the very ending, one where our boy-hero decides to bring his exploration of that dark side to the next level. genuinely disturbing is probably a more appropriate phrase.witness this finale, in which our horny young idiot of a protagonist finally gets some of his sexual fantasies fulfilled: (view spoiler)[ after many struggles, a lot of quick thinking, and a bit of luck, he manages to heroically save the day by violently dispatching both of the heinous, monstrous villains... and then simply decides to keep his fellow survivors imprisoned ("uh oh, I can't find the key to your cages!")... and so is able to take those villains' place, living in their island mansion, a bunch of naked women he's been salivating over throughout the novel now full of gratitude towards him... and now also available for his every whim - that is, if they ever want to get out of those cages... (hide spoiler)]. golly gee, i guess it really IS a happy ending for our brave lad!that ending is diabolically clever. Laymon, you really went there - that does take some stones. to make matters even more unnerving, the tone of the novel's first person narrative, one that is in a journal format, is both angsty Young Adult and gee whiz, what a crazy adventure i'm having! that tone remains consistent from the zippy opening to the upsetting final decision. the reader is positively not let off the hook and i was left with that lingering, sickening, dread-filled feeling in my stomach that so many horror authors aspire to create but fail to obtain. maybe Laymon isn't such a bad writer after all. having a hero who gradually, increasingly exhibits villainous attributes is nothing new - but it was genuinely startling to see it happen in Island. and i suppose it can also be said that crudity can sometimes get more visceral results than ambiguity and literariness.

  • Stacia (the 2010 club)
    2019-04-23 03:06

    1.5 stars. ***MAJOR Spoilers ahead. I'd encourage you to read them though. You'll want this story spoiled. Trust me.*** I would say that Island had zero redeeming qualities, but I did like the last 2 pages, so I'll give an extra half star. The ending was a perfect cap on a pretty revolting book. This book would have kicked major ass if Rupert had been normal for at least part of the story. HOW DOES ONE BECOME STRANDED ON AN ISLAND WITH A MAD KILLER, ONLY TO BE RULED BY HIS PENIS COMPASS? Penis compass. Yes, I said it. Actually, I wrote it, but that's neither here nor there. Do you ever read other people's reviews and think "eh, it can't be THAT bad?" You know, maybe people are easily grossed out or something. Well guess what? It was THAT bad. I wouldn't have minded Rupert having random thoughts about sex here and there (if he didn't he wouldn't be a teenage boy), but the majority of time spent in Rupert's head was like being sucked into the t.v. while it was tuned to late night Cinemax.Rupert (a.k.a. waste of skin), was too busy watching boobies bounce and sweat glisten to even pay attention to a lurking killer. He fumbled and tripped his way around the island, ignoring the danger, while noting every detail of the women's bodies. And their thongs. And their bug bites on their asses. He wanted to be stranded instead of being rescued. His emotions were pushed away.That's right. He wanted to stay stranded with a killer because in his mind, he might have a shot at the 3 single women who were stranded with him. Hormones, bitches. They rule all. Oh, but it gets worse. When Rupert discovers that the women have gone missing, he starts imagining who he'd want to find know, in case he only had one chick available to bang. Rupert's thoughts : Do I pick the hot mom with the big tits and affectionate touches? Or the older daughter who's the hottest but hasn't flirted with me yet? The youngest daughter can die - she's a bitch. Oh, BUT IT GETS EVEN WORSE. Rupert stumbles across a pair of 14-year-old twins (long story) and starts getting all bloated in the pants at the thought of them riding his junk. Never mind that he just watched one of the twins go through a brutal assault and rape. I wished I hadn't watched. Also, though, I wished I could get to see it all again. I know, sick. The thing is, you don't get a chance to see something like that every day.What's even weirder about this story is how Rupert had MULTIPLE chances to kill the person(s) terrorizing his group and he was too wishy-washy to do it. Did the video Hell No teach us anything???Final notes : 1. Rupert wondered if the women would turn lesbian. Considering that (at the time of musing) the women's only options would be their sister or mother, that would fall into the realm of incestual leanings, not lesbianism. 2. I liked the end because it was the only VIABLE ending that lined up with Rupert being a sick little perv. This author may have been a pervy old man writing out the pervy, overblown fantasies of a teen boy, but he got one thing right - put those hookers in a cage and throw away the key. I mean, if the main character is going to be sick in the head, the story might as well fully commit.Some people might ask - wouldn't Rupert's complete perviness be the perfect commitment to how he will turn out in the end? Isn't it foreshadowing? I would say no. The author could have thrown in the occasional boob glance or sexual thought just to show that he always had sex on the brain, while managing to avoid bombarding the reader with pages of needless description about boobs bouncing or sweat glistening. Rupert contributed NOTHING to the family's survival. Hell, I still don't know much about their survival. The following passage sums up the book perfectly."What's the matter?" I asked. Big mistake."Your hard-on's the matter, you fucking degenerate." "Connie!" Billie blurted."Well, look at him!""He doesn't need you pointing it out to everyone.""It's already pointing out to everyone," Kimberly said, smiling.3. Of all the women to end up screwing Rupert first, I found it kind of squicky that the bouncy, busty mom was all over it - and this was AFTER she encouraged Rupert to go hit on her naked daughter. But mom was ready to mount Rupert while she was still in a cage because she couldn't help herself. So sorry for the loss of your husband, Billie. Here's a pimply-faced 18 year old to ease that pain. 4. Not sure why I tacked on that last note but something about the way that happened made me feel dirty. This book made me feel dirty. I read bizarre, dark, and taboo erotica, and this book still made me feel dirty.

  • Gianfranco Mancini
    2019-05-07 03:56

    "Lord of Flies" meets "Ten Little Indian" with a slasher Laymon-style! A funny, gory and sometimes disturbing read, a real page turner but the "shocking" ending was not much a surprise at all for me. A perfect summer reading for splatterpunk horror fans.

  • Traveller
    2019-05-18 05:55

    What would be worse than being forced to read a 14-year old girl's entire diary? Perhaps being forced to read a 14-year old boy's entire diary? Ah, I know! Being forced to read Rupert's entire diary!This book is so slow-moving and vapid in places that one finds oneself skimming through pages without missing out on anything but the narrator's inner dialogue.It seems to be a piece that tries to be both splatterpunk and BDSM, but succeeds at neither, it is so incredibly badly written, and lacks so much credibility that it's only entertainment seems to lie in having the reader marvel at how incredibly dumb the narrator is. The only really entertaining bit is the part where Thelma chases Rupert toward the end of the book, and that is so entertaining because it is a kind of a slapstick comedy, like Laurel and Hardy.I'm putting Island under 'comedy' because this rather sick misogynistic juvenile teenage boy's wet dream could surely not have endeavoured to be taken seriously.

  • Danger
    2019-04-23 22:37

    Rating this book is difficult. In a lot of ways, it’s an amazing book: steady, suspenseful, fun, and completely 100% enthralling. I mean, it is 503 pages front-to-back and I finished it in less than a week. THAT’S how readable this book is. And the twist come along at a constant pace, the action is brutal and gory and the narrator has a definite “voice” that I enjoyed…but also, sometimes, didn’t enjoy. You see, the book is written as if it were the journal of an 18 year old boy castaway on an island with his girlfriend and her extended family, many of whom are hot chicks. And as an 18 year old boy, he notices these things. Boobs and butts and curves and all the lovely bits that make women a pleasure to look at. So that goes into the journal. Only problem is, it comes up A LOT. Like, he’s constantly ogling these women and thinking about sex, even as a killer on the island is picking off family members one by one. BUT HERE’S THE THING: as eye-roll inducing as that horny-teenager mentality is, it makes PERFECT SENSE for the character. So it’s hard to fault the book for that, even after the 20th mention of his girlfriend’s mom’s boobs barely fitting into her bikini top. All of this really does round out Rupert (the narrator) as a character though. And in the scenes where the violence ramps up or the twists start coming, these minor peccadilloes wane to what is just a great story. And the ending…and I refuse to give anything away…was completely satisfying for me, considering the story I had just read. I don’t know if this is the right book to start with if you’re going to start reading Laymon, but it was a damn fine book regardless and I enjoyed the hell out of it.

  • John Wiltshire
    2019-05-17 01:57

    Dear God. Does this kind of stuff really get published? Where do I start? I suppose it's my own fault. I was feeling aggrieved. I'd just read about the new move to have novels published with "trigger warnings". Then partner and I went to watch The Maze Runner--seriously, were these actually males of the species? Had they had enforced castrations? Everything in my life seemed to be constricted and feminised and it was pissing me off! So, in an act of bravado I looked for some macho, non-feminised novels. Richard Laymon popped up as a good bet for some genuine, in your face, slasher horror.So, as I said earlier. It's all my own fault. The entire book is narrated by a 17-year-old high school boy called Rupert. I think I preferred the girl-boys of Maze Runner to be honest, tending their tomatoes and making little fat-bellied carvings. Rupert is the most unpleasant creation I've ever had the misfortune to join on a journey. He spends the entire book leering at the girls in their bikinis, even when they are being brutalised, raped, beheaded, whipped, skinned... It's not even done humorously as you might chuckle at in a Beavis and Butthead way, but it's seriously creepy and disturbing, and it's so repetitive, over and over and over again, here we go, girls stand up... let's have a long description of the damn bikini strap again. So, there's that. Shudder.Then we have the horror of the story. So called.Slasher stuff very badly done if you ask me. People running around with knives and axes and spears all missing shots, tripping, (losing bikini tops), falling over, making mistakes, (losing bikini bottoms) except for the bad guys who manage to savagely kill them or rape them one at a time.I haven't finished this book. I decided I didn't care who lived or died or whose bikini top slipped again--and to be fair to me, I wouldn't have cared if it was a guy's shorts slipping either. I'd have told him to tie them more securely, get some better damn weapons and do something more useful.Seriously guys, if you ever dream of writing a novel and having it published, this book must be inspiration for you. If this gets published, anything can. Read it and weep.

  • Ruth
    2019-05-16 21:47

    This is my favorite book by Richard Laymon.

  • The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
    2019-05-14 22:04

    This book doesn't deserve a full explanation. I'll just say that it's not my favorite. I give it 2.75 stars, and I'm tempted to round down, but, I'm trying to be generous.Let this be a warning to writers with skill. If you are going to walk the boundary between good and evil behavior. Make sure you ground your story in some principle or value that is "Good" or you'll lose the thread to the dark side. Especially if you have some skill. The technical aspects of the writing are okay. The subject mater and content start okay, then, it starts going South and stays far below the equator. I don't mind racy story lines. I don't mind sex.I don't mind a little DiD, or even a little BD with the SM.I don't mind rape in a book, if it's written correctly and treated with proper respect payed to the victim and perpetrator (it wasn't here). I don't mind violence in books if it's required for survival or saving the world or in some way part of the struggle kick evils butt and grow into stronger people. The violence here turned out to be completely gratuitous. Hell, nearly every book I read has some violence in it and I'm find with most reads. The bottom line is, that I want a read that ends well, gives hope, shows how mankind (the characters) grow and or give in to their ugly selfish desires and perish. I like good to conquer over evil. Basically I'm not fond of books like Dexter where the Hero is only a glorified villain, but I understand them. THis is a book written to entertain and amuse, and, I think it needed a better moral compass as a storyI have faith the writer has skill has has written, and will write other books that I can enjoy. This isn't one of them.This book could have managed 3 stars, except the ending sucked. (view spoiler)[ What possessed Laymon to take a perfectly good, human, young man and turn him into a serial pervert that is as bad, or at best only marginally better, than the villains he vanquished is beyond me? The girls were all bitches, the guys were all assholes, even the hero was a dufues. Seeing as they weren't real, I was hoping that something would happen to them. Then, when it did, I learned a lesson about thinking it's different when fictional characters reach bitch and stay there. No growth is utterly disappointing and their demise only disheartening and depressing. Rape, sexual slavery, sexual abuse, controlling behavior, characters that, despite the proof in front of them, can't see good in people or even take pride in themselves leave little to be liked and a lot to be desired. The stupid justification of a twisted, might makes right, attitude and the flawed idea that even the most twisted means can be justified in a flawed ending that only mimics being good and really stinks like Leather-face's skin mask.(hide spoiler)]Or, to quote the late, but wonderful Father Martin, "Start out with a screwy premise and you'll end up with a nutty conclusion." I'm generously giving this three stars but it's 2.5-2.75 ish. I'm sure someone will enjoy this, and they are welcome too. I enjoyed the begining, then, as the rude and obnoxious characters started wearing me down, the plot turned sour and got worse-beyond bitter.Warnings (always warnings, and this one needs them!)1) Sexual Violence and Abuse towards women and children in this book. I do not believe it was handled well. It'a wolf in sheep's clothing. Written with all the skill of a good writer, but in the end, the writer pissed on the plot as if fooling us to believe there might be some humanity left on that devil's island then yanking the rug out from under us, and leaving everything damaged, bad, wounded and unredeemable. 2) Violence-- I've read other books with as much machete and gun violence and called it okay to make it hard to justify griping about the violence here. The lesson here for me, that I hope to pass on to you, is, that the end doesn't justify the means. If nobody grows, learns or saves something worthwhile, then just about any amount of violence seems gratuitous against a tapestry that does not allow for growth of spirit and development of humanity in the characters. 3) Sour twisted ending passed off as "good" or "just." 4) No likable characters. Ordinarily villains like these would be welcome, if the heroes and Heroines were up to the task of becoming human. In this book, good luck finding any character to like. The Villains bad behavior, instead of providing contrast to the good, that I expected to show itself any page but failed to materialize from the heroes' hearts and minds, and the growth of the characters toward healthy human beings means that it's hard for me to even like the villains as villains. And these were bad people...that usually works for villains.Not for children, not for YA, I can't imagine what a healthy female reader would see in this book if they read it to the end, possible to please a reader who likes misogynistic literature and male chauvinist themes that allow the objectification of women to be seen as desirable.Ah-hell, I'm lowering it to a 2. Laymon has writing skills, but like Babe Ruth, who's still in the top ten of all time home run hitters in baseball, this book is full of more strikes and failed attempts to connect than anything.To them who like Laymon, I see his skill in the technical aspects of his writing, even in his descriptions and, yes, in his flawed characters. It's almost like he wanted to draw me in then punish me for being foolish enough to believe this book could end well. The tone of this book, at the end, is far to pessimistic about the nature of humanity for me to feel anything but disgust. I hope Laymon has some books where he uses his Jedi-powers of rough drafts, punctuation and twisted wicked plots, for good, instead of misogynistic evil in the name of adolescent rites passage from boy to man. Not recommended. The end does not justify the means, or even liking the rest of the book.

  • Trudi
    2019-05-20 23:39

    Laymon is my guilty pleasure, and I may as well confess to this now. He had already passed away by the time I discovered his books. For most of his writing career, Laymon was considerably more well-known in Europe (particularly the UK) than in North America. This all changed when an American publishing company -- Leisure Books -- began to re-release many of Laymon's novels in mass market paperback. Good news for horror fans -- because his books are now inexpensive and easy to find, a whole new generation of readers (myself included) discovered Laymon's "unique" storytelling style.Laymon's writing is not for the faint of heart. His books are rip-roaring reads punctuated by graphic violence and sexual content. The best of escapist fiction, Laymon is not trying to save the world with his writing, nor offer any great moral insights. What he does do, and very well, is give readers a page-turning tale that will scare the bejesus out of them (most of the time). So if you're looking for a fine dining experience, keep away from Laymon; but if you long to indulge in a greasy cheeseburger with fries, then Laymon is your man. And who doesn't crave a greasy cheeseburger every now and again? That doesn't make us bad kids :-)

  • Evans Light
    2019-04-23 00:57

    ISLAND was a bit hit and miss for me, so I'll review it in the same mixed fashion as it left me feeling. On the plus side, I enjoyed the scenario and the setting, but on the negative felt that the story took way too long to get rolling. On the plus side, I enjoyed reading a Laymon novel written in first person, primarily because that meant he stuck with the main plot instead of juggling two or three other (usually less interesting) secondary story lines as he does in several of his other works; on the negative side however, the viewpoint of the narrator was fairly simplistic and extremely redundant, especially in recounting his lust and admiration for each female character. On the plus side, the premise of the book and the unfolding of the story kept me intrigued until the end, but on the negative it felt fairly restrained by Laymon standards. Even the shocking events at the end didn't quite have the usual Laymon flair to them, and were recounted in a fairly flat manner. To summarize:POSITIVE: Decently fun Laymon novel. NEGATIVE: A little disappointing because it felt like it had a lot of untapped potential.

  • Nina
    2019-05-20 04:39

    Ich wusste ja, dass Laymon ziemlich speziell sein soll, aber man weiß nach so einer Aussage dann eben doch nie, was man da jetzt zu erwarten hat. Ich hatte aber definitiv nicht erwartet, dass ein Junge mit einer Familie und einem Mörder auf einer einsamen Insel strandet und ihn nichts so sehr interessiert wie die Frauen in ihren Bikinis. Ja er ist ein Teenager, aber wie sexbesessen kann man denn bitte sein? "OMG wir werden angegriffen! - uh, warte, ihre rechte Brust ist aus ihrem Bikini gerutscht!!!" Bitte was?Aber auch die anderen Charaktere waren ziemlich ... interessant.An einigen Stellen musste ich wirklich lachen und mein Kopfkino... oh mann. Überraschenderweise hat das Buch es trotzdem geschafft durchgehend spannend zu sein.Der Schreibstil war auch recht simple und so lies es sich einfach super lesen.Auch das Ende war richtig passend. Ich werde sicher noch einmal etwas von Laymon lesen, aber jetzt brauch ich wohl erst wieder etwas normaleres...

  • Lavonne
    2019-04-26 21:59

    I'm ashamed to admit I've read one other by this author. If I had realized it was the same author, I never would have picked this up. After reading two so-called horror stories, which end up with scantily-clothed women in locked cages controlled by adolescent, loser boys, I can say that Richard Laymon is a sick puppy in my opinion. I left this book in Florida, didn't even want to pack it to bring it back.And is writing a list of numbered options each time the character needs to make a choice really a good choice of writing style?1. Yes2. No3. WhateverDon't waste your time. My excuse: I was at the beach and I was too sandy to go to the bookstore.

  • Liz
    2019-05-06 05:45

    I'm embarrassed to admit that Island is not my first Laymon read. (I have also read Quake)I found Quake to be so-so and being a reasonable person, I thought I'd try one more of Laymons books before writing him off as a dirty, perverted old man. But alas, it turns out he is indeed a dirty, perverted old man.I could't help but feel that I was reading the works of Laymons wet dreams and THAT, I found, was the scariest thing about this book. The storys 'hero' is an unlikeable peadophile which really sets the tone for how this story plays out. The plot is basic (almost childish) and the characters unrealistic and unlikeable. I can completely understand why one would turn to murder stuck with a family like this. All in all I found this to be a complete waste of my time. The book, however, was great fuel for our campfire a few weeks ago so I suppose it's all swings and roundabouts.

  • Hadessephy
    2019-05-08 22:01

    A group of people end up stranded on an island as they disappear one by one. Told through the eyes of a teenage-ish boy, mystery suspense thriller by they fabulous Layman! say, I like the narrator/main character of the story up to the last sentence in the book. This is my 5th book by Layman, I enjoy his writing. This was different then I thought it was going to be. All the other books I've read by him were supernatural in nature and I assumed this one would be as well. So I was surprised as I got further into the story. This book really pulled me in and I really wanted to know what was going on. Great mystery/thriller!

  • Craig
    2019-04-27 05:41

    Not a DNF but ATF, all too familiar because I have read this before and have too many other unread books to read so because my memory is still hazy about the remainder my rating is for the little I read or rather reread.....typical Laymon, what's not to love :)

  • Eric TwoHeads
    2019-05-08 23:53

    No words needed...

  • Adam Light
    2019-05-18 05:37

    So, this one was a slight departure from Laymon's typical novels. At least the sevral I have had the fortune of reading. There are enough of his trademark elements to validate his style, though. This is one of the darkest I have read by Laymon, and one of my favorites. The idea to have the tale told through journal entries of a horny teen fit this story perfectly. There are many gruesome scenes, and if you are easily offended or unable to handle scenes that are very disturbing, skip it. It's not for you. I am, unapologetically someone who is unable to be repulsed by much when it comes to fiction. This story has a nice balance of horror, mystery and quite a bit of strange, dark humor. I have to admit, I predicted the ending pretty early on, but the delivery was dead-on, and I thoroughly enjoyed. I burned through this 500+ page book in just a couple of days. I will summarize by quoting our protagonist from one of his lines in his journal. "It was like a car accident... only better."

  • Bob Milne
    2019-05-06 23:38

    As Richard Laymon novels go, Island is definitely one of his lesser works. It's a shame, because it seemed to have so much potential for the patented Laymon brand of bloody carnage and lustful insanity. I mean, here we have one sexually frustrated young man and four scantily-clad women, all of whom are stranded together on a tropical island, with a sadistic murderer on the loose, and a possible traitor within their ranks.While we do finally get a glimpse of the twisted potential in the last 160 pages, it's largely fleeting (just a couple of chapters of true depravity), and the final twist seems like something Laymon only dropped it in there because he knew the reader would expect it. If only somebody - particularly Rupert or Kimberly - had decided to take a walk along the beach, we could have skipped a lot of filler and gotten right to the good stuff.The whole journal approach was entirely wrong for the story, and Rupert was a weak choice for a narrator. We get page after page after page of Rupert writing in his journal and obsessing over which of the women he'd like to fantasize about most, what little they're wearing, and just how many different ways he can try to sneak a peek of just a little bit more flesh. Okay, so that's not entirely fair, since he does tell us about the killings, but his habit of blurting out the fact that something horrible happened or somebody else has died, then backtracking to tell the story, quickly grows tiresome and robs the book of any real suspense.There were several points where the book had the chance to go sideways, to take one of those patented WTF turns that Laymon does so well, but he never takes the bait. There is a very nice bit of play with one of the sisters, leaving us to keep changing our mind as to whether she really is on the killer's side, and some dark suspicions laid out regarding the dead father, but that's really it until we get to those final pages. By then, the whole story has become so drawn out that what should come as a brilliant shock instead falls flat. It almost feels as if Laymon wrote himself into a corner, needed to find a clever way out of it, and ultimately settled for something less.I really wanted to like Island, and I think the core of a classic Laymon story is hidden in there, but it's far too long and very poorly executed. At his best, Laymon can get your pulse racing and your imagination running wild, leaving you feeling giddy (and guilty) with the need to reread that last crazy scene. Here, though, he just leaves you looking at the clock and counting the pages left, futilely hoping that all will be redeemed.Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins

  • Effy Weasley
    2019-05-08 01:02

    first of all - i am a richard laymon fan and not ashamed of it :D i like his books because of the bloody and scary parts. but i could do without the sexual stuff and the meticulous descriptions of women's bodies.this book has both - it even has an exceptional big amount of women's bodies because it's written as a 'diary' from the view of a horny 18-year-old student rupert. i like this sort of view because you never know how much of what you're reading is actually true. because the narrator can leave things out or tell you something that never happened. but i don't like that A LOT of the time he spends it describing the perfect, sexy bodies and his weird and perverted thoughts.the story itself is bizarre - just like every other laymon storyline - but that's what i like about his books. there are so many events that just couldn't happen because they're completely implausible. and this implausibility and bizarrness makes the stories a bit 'funny' - when you read it you're just like 'omg that can't be happening' or 'why would someone do that' or 'how the hell could that happen' :D but what i like most about laymon's stories is that they're really capturing - i would read them also without all the gore and sex just because they're well told and thrilling. almost every laymon-book i read i finished in a few hours because i just couldn't put them away. the only thing i didn't like about this book was the part where a 14-year-old is raped and rupert is watching and thriving on it... that sort of makes him look even more perverted and really really sick in his head.the best thing is the ending - i won't give anything away but the last three sentences leave you behind with a really big 'WTF?!' in your mind ^^

  • Nate
    2019-05-14 05:57

    I've been sick lately and thusly in a total shit mood and not into reading any of my pretty-serious-commitment current reads. When I get like this I'll usually read some dumb horror or splatterpunk because I'm weird and it makes me feel better. Well, this book made me feel worse. Laymon usually walks the line between dumb fun and pointless puerility but this shit was awful. I'm not sure if he was trying to be funny or what, but it was mentally nauseating. Poorly written with insanely vapid, 1D characters and the most fucking annoying, pervy tit-obsessed protagonist ever. This honestly felt like what would happen if you locked an obsessively horny 17-year-old boy in a room and told him he couldn't come out until he cranked out a 500-page thriller set on a deserted island. I don't know what the hell Laymon was smoking when he vomited this book into existence and for once I don't want any of it.

  • Rebecka
    2019-05-18 02:44

    This is, hands down, the worst piece of shit I've ever read. EVER. This beats the pedo-fantasy that is Out of the Woods. This beats all the crappy books I've ever read, and in so many ways. I'll write a full review when I have access to a computer.

  • Jamie Grefe
    2019-05-13 05:04

    An unsettling slasher.

  • Lilli's Books
    2019-05-16 22:04

    Unterhaltsam war das Buch irgendwie schon. Zumindest der Anfang und das Ende. Die 200 Seiten dazwischen waren hauptsächlich langweilig und hätten gut und gerne gekürzt werden können. Gegen Ende wurde es dann nochmal richtig krank. Dort entdeckt man dann auch warum dieses Buch im Heyne Hardcore Verlag erschienen ist. Mich hat hauptsächlich gestört, dass die Charaktere sich total seltsam benommen haben und es überhaupt keine unerwarteten Wendungen gegeben hat - was man bei anderen Büchern vermutet, dass der Schein trügen wird und es sich dann doch anders rausstellt war hier überhaupt nicht so. Alles war immer genau so, wie es auch gesagt wurde. Das fand ich ziemlich schade, aber gehört vermutlich zu Laymons Stil und hat auf gewisse Weise ja auch etwas für sich. Wenn man damit nicht rechnet, ist es ja dann doch wieder unerwartet oder? Ich werde definitiv nochmal einen Laymon lesen.

  • Nadja [BücherRausch]
    2019-04-22 05:49

    Die letzten 100 Seiten haben das Buch noch auf 3 Sterne gerettet. Dies war mein erstes Buch von Richard Laymon und es konnte mich leider nicht wirklich überzeugen. Werde dem Autor aber dennoch eine weitere Chance geben, da ich so viel gutes über ihn gehört habe

  • Hatchetgabby
    2019-04-26 01:56

    For the most part i liked this,there were differences and similarities between this book and R.L's others. For instance the entire book is written through the eyes of an 18 year old boy named Rupert which was new and enteresting but somtimes a little confusing. (or atleast to me,i havnt read all of R'Ls books though)There was tons of suspence yet i personaly never got bored.There was more gore than sex in this one which was a nice change lol but i've noticed that it seems like when Richard wrote a book,it was either a whole crap load of sex or hardly any lol that's fine with me,also,i soo didnt like how the ending was going until the very last page which for some reason made the ending soo much better,i dont know why and i dont know if im the only one who feels that way but there ya go,anyway i deffinately had a few issues with it and here they are: (view spoiler)[ Ok so 18 year old Rupert gets trapped on an island and doesnt mention his parents until like 4/5 of the way through the book? that just doesnt sound right for someone so young,and didnt his parents worry? or any of the family's friends? i mean they're going to an island they've never been to that's supposed to be vacant and they tall no one where they're going and how long they're going to be there? and at the end,the girls had been in the cages for THREE WEEKS and none of them had cuaght onto Ruperts angle? none of them suggested that he take the boats to get help? and i'm trying not to feel like a prude about him and Billie but that part of it just wierded me out i mean the boy is her duaghters age...and she's boinking him in the cage next to her? no wonder she went looney haha,but its sure as hell not like thats the crudest thing Richard's written about,it just made the storie go a way a didnt find appealing is all. (hide spoiler)]

  • John
    2019-05-05 05:55

    Upon finishing ISLAND, I was left with much the same feeling that I got from reading THE TRAVELING VAMPIRE SHOW. Both books trick you into believing you're in for something truly special, only to crash and burn within sight of the finish line.The first 2/3 of this book is riveting, especially since I'm a sucker for stories about being marooned on deserted islands. Throw in a couple of mysterious murders, and I'm putty in your hands.I'm usually not a fan of novels that are written as journal entries, but the way it was done here really worked for me. Laymon's simple, straight-forward prose is believable as the product of a teenage boy with literary aspirations. The early stages of the book are well-crafted and unpredictable, and his combination of several different exploitation subgenres (rape and revenge, sexploitation, slasher) is far more effective than one would expect.Unfortunately, though, the book runs off the rails during the third act, and the story becomes dumber, nastier, and more over-the-top with each successive page. Horrible abuse is heaped upon certain characters, but the book doesn't have enough weight or integrity for it to come across as anything other than pure shock value. What started out as a tightly-plotted little thriller winds up feeling sloppy and bloated. And did I mention dumb?By the end, I no longer cared. All I wanted was to finish so I could read something different.

  • Jak
    2019-05-09 23:56

    I read this when I was about 17 or so and thought it was merely OK if somewhat implausible and. Now I’m older and wiser I can see it’s just garbage. It’s basically torture porn and not very good torture porn at that.The plot if fairly simple, a rich family of female hotties (and their partners) are lured to a deserted Caribbean island and stranded when one of the hubbies accidently blows their boat and himself up. Except he was faking it and starts knocking off the other fellas all so he might trap and rape the hot female family members. The story itself is told by the one remaining male and 18 year old (going on 11 year old) who was dating one of the hotties. Unfortunately he’s a highly objectionable person with little in the way of morals or scruples and lives the ultimate definition of being ‘led by the penis’. Even while fighting for his life he still finds time to notice how hot his adversary/charges are and even indulges in some paedophilia while scoping out naked 14 year olds. The plot is thread bare and nobody in the book behaves and reacts like any normal human being. Through out his books Laymon just doesn't seem to understand that rape might actually change a women’s disposition and in particular he attitudes towards intimacy with men there after. He just seems to be one sick puppy, and not in a good way!

  • Damla
    2019-05-19 21:39

    Yatlarının bozulması sonucu ıssız bir adada mahsur kalır bir gurup genç. Senaryoyu biliyoruz sanırım. Adaya ayak bastıkları andan itibaren garip olaylar peşlerini bırakmaz ve tabiki çok geçmeden cinayetler başlar. Gençler bir süre sonra adada mahsur kalmalarının tesadüf olup olmadığını sorgulamaya başlarlar.Kendi türünde gayet iyi bir kitaptı fakat ben bu tür hikayeleri seviyor muyum karar veremedim. Ana karakterin hikayeyi anlatış şeklini de sevip sevmediğimden emin değilim. Kendisi 19 yaşında bir delikanlı. Çevresindeki kadınlarla ilgili kurduğu fantezileri kabul edebilirim sanırım. Karşılaştığı vahşet karşısında nasıl bu kadar sarkastik olabiliyor pek anlayamasamda yorumları çoğu zaman beni eğlendirdi. Bildiğimiz adada mahsur kalan gençlerin öldürülmesi senaryosu bir yerden sonra garip bir biçimde değişiyor hikaye çok uçuk bir noktaya gidiyor. Yazarın hakkını vermek lazım, bazı sahneler hakikaten çok rahatsız ediciydi. Rahatsız edici garip bir gerilim romanı okumak isteyenler için mükemmel bir kitap.

  • Chris
    2019-05-15 22:43

    While it took me a while to get around what is arguably many Laymon fans favorite novel, I was glad I finally did. Island takes place somewhere in the Bahamas, where a vacationing family and friends becomes stranded on a remote island after their yacht mysteriously blows up. The seven survivors suspect one of their own of staging the explosion and stranding them there, until one by one they are hunted and killed by the supposed killer. All the usual hallmarks of Laymon novels are here, and for the uninitiated, this means explicit descriptions of violence and sex, but not overdone as to be senseless and overly crude. The novel is told from the POV of an 18 year-old, Rupert, who chronicles the survivor's ordeals in his journal, which is a clever nod to the author. The ending was satisfying, nice twist at the end. Classic Laymon, must-read, and highly recommended!