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Body Rides Mass Market Paperback – March, 2004

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About the Author

Richard Laymon was born in Chicago in 1947 and grew up in California. Four of his books have been shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award, which he won in 2001 with THE TRAVELLING VAMPIRE SHOW. Among his many acclaimed works of horror and suspense are THE STAKE, SAVAGE, AFTER MIDNIGHT and the four novels in the Beast House Chronicles: THE CELLAR, THE BEAST HOUSE, THE MIDNIGHT TOUR and FRIDAY NIGHT IN BEAST HOUSE. He died in February 2001. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 534 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843951826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843951820
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,742,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chadwick H. Saxelid on April 7, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Neal Darden only wanted to avoid getting into trouble by staying off the main road as he crossed town to return the videos he and his girlfriend had just watched. Then he hears a woman scream for help, and the nightmare begins. Grabbing the gun he keeps concealed in his car, Neal runs to the rescue, shooting the assailant. But he and the potential victim fail to check the body to see if the attacker is, in fact, actually dead. In gratitude for saving her life, the woman gives Neal a special bracelet that allows the person wearing it to slip into another person's body and mind. Then things go bad. The attacker is still alive and, after Neal has left, he finishes his job and starts coming after Neal.
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.
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What do you get when wish fulfillment fantasy and horror collide?
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.
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This is my first Layton book. I don't know if I will read another, but I loved this book. The villian was a little underdeveloped as a character, and the premise of 4 bullets and he didn't die, was a bit far-fetched. The author might have made Rasputin a bit more believable, more mortal. But, the characters were fun, likeable, and entertaining. The gratuitous sex was pretty great too. I would recommend it highly.
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This book is difficult to put down on the parts that are good but is real slow and boring during some long interludes. Neal is an out of work writer who goes late at night to return some videos. On the way he happens on a woman being attacked by a madman. Neal rescues her shooting the madman but not verifying that the madman is in fact dead. Grateful the woman gives him a bracelet that makes him a kind of Dr. Strange where his asteral body lifts out of himself and can travel and actually enter another person. When the user is inside the other person he feels everything the other person feels and hears all the other person's thoughts.

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!
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I am not one of Mr. Laymon's legion of die hard fans; I have read only 8 of his books including this one. I am, however, well on my way toward becoming one. As with the others, BODY RIDES grabs you early and keeps you enthralled in the story to the very end. The premise that one can leave one's own body and ride along inside another undetected is pretty far from reality, but Laymon doesn't give you the chance to think about it. He grabs you and drags you through the rest of the story.

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.
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By A Customer on July 3, 2004
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I was very impressed with this book. Very few disappointments come your way in this book. I couldn't get enough of this book. I was sad to see it come to an end, but satisfied with the ending. This is a book that will get read more than once, at least in my opinion. I hope this was helpful, if you haven't already bought this book and are reading this review for help on your decision to buy it or not, my response would be to buy it and read it for yourself. I think you will be pleasently surprised. I hope you enjoy it.
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