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Body Rides Mass Market Paperback – March, 2004
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Believe me, the book sounds better than it reads. Laymon, as he does in most of his books, has the story run in 'real time' and it bogs down in the middle with a plot twist that seems to exist just to add kinky sex to the mix of the story. Even worse, the characters act in the best interest of advancing the plot, not in exploring realistic human behavior in unrealistic circumstances. Laymon fans will enjoy it, but readers new to the late author will wonder what the loyal following is all about.
In the case of Body Rides, you get buckets of blood, oodles of gratuitous sex, serial killers, movie stars, gunplay, torture, mayhem, sappy romance and a rapist who's thrown in for comic relief.
Of course, the very concept of a string of beautiful, smart, capable women like Elise, Marta and Sue all falling desperately and unconditionally in love with a pitiful speciman of humanity like Neal Darden is ridiculous! Anyone who doesn't appreciate that misses the whole point of the book.
Will someone please tell Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodrigez about Richard Laymon. It would be a match made in...you know...that place.
Unfortunately, the madman (who Neal will nickname Rasputin) will come back and murder the woman. What follows is Neal experimenting with the bracelet, fleeing town to get away from the cops and Rasputin. Several things make it hard to really like Neal as he has a girlfriend who he insists he loves yet he falls in love with the woman he rescues and over the course of a day, he falls in love with two other women.
The book has some very well written parts and then other long drawn out parts especially love making scenes. I gave it four stars because when the book is good it mesmerizes you!
This is a book that follows the main character into other people's innermost thoughts as he reads their minds and experiences all their physical sensations. As expected, I found it pretty sexy but never pornographic; a nice R rated book for thinking adults. I can also truly say that I could not put this book down, finishing it in record time. My only negative comment is that the ending (I won't reveal it) is a little hard to swallow, even after accepting the premise of "body riding." It can only be described as sappy, a let-down after an otherwise superb piece of fiction.
I can't wait to get to the rest of Laymon's work. The world of horror fiction truly lost a giant with Laymon's death.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A far-fetched idea turned into a riveting novel. Few certain parts read like the fantasises of a sex-starved man to me, but overall I enjoyed the story.Published 13 months ago by Mrs. Johnson
Like most Richard Laymon novels, the idea behind most of his novels (with the rare exception such as Beast House or Quake) would hold well as a novella or a short novel of 60,000... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Scott M.
Amazing condition. Fast delivery. Product is awesome. Thank you!Published 19 months ago by Soncheri morse
Let me begin by saying I've read plenty of laymon books and loved them! Such as The Cellar, Darkness Tell Us, Endless Night, Dark Mountain, etc. But THIS book, is just crap. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bunchacrunchlucy
This is a book that you really get into and you won't put it down until you have finished it.Published on April 18, 2014 by Robyn
Loved the concept of this story. I read it years ago and was hoping that a Kindle version was available so I could read it again. Hopefully someday it will be.Published on April 29, 2013 by Zike77
This is hands down my favorite book. Read it from cover to cover and could not put it down! I read it on a train and was so out of tune with everything around me that we went... Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by TrueHero
"Body Rides" is hard to pin down. It can be awesome, awful, or just awkward. It is a thriller whose protagonists have a supernatural advantage, which forces the story to find... Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by KTK
Started this book and was really into it. It starts off with Neal the main character going to the video store to turn some in late at night in LA. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Gary