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Island Mass Market Paperback – March, 2002
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If you want to read Laymon novels, you must be warned that the narrator is always horny, the women always end up naked and there is campy fun elements that add to the book. In Island, everyone ends up in the nude including the guys, the plot is strange and its one heck of a ride. A lot of people didn't like this, but I did. If you are into the more literary horror, you won't enjoy this, but if you like horror that is funny and you don't offend easily you'll love it.
Richard Laymon was one of the funnest writers in horror. Island reminds me of one of those late night Cinemax films, but at the same time, it draws you in.
Good, campy fun, but frightening and spooky at the same time.
Rupert Conway is the teller of this story. He's thought that when his girlfriend asked him to come on a family vacation, he'd have a time of his life, an adventure he'd never forget. He was right about that. After the boat explodes, the girl's family and Rupert swim to an island. There's plenty of fresh water and food...and a killer. The killer plans to kill off one by one so the killer can put his sick and twisted plan into action.
Laymon is such a talented writer. He had the ability to keep the reader glued to the page with many plot twists and turns. Many times I'd tell myself that I'd just read to the end of the chapter, then go to bed. Well, that didnt' work. I read this 504 page book in just two days. I dare anyone to start this book and try to put it down. Guess what, ya can't.
Laymon also can create characters you care about and want to read about. Laymon created wonderful characters in Rupert and Connie. What's typical in Laymon's writing, is that you even care about the chatacters that are bad. The reader will want to get to know all of them, want to know everything about them.
I know people who like to skim through a book to get the "feel" of it. Don't do this with that book. If you do, you may run into spoilers and ruin the book.
I can't say enought good things about this book. If you start it, I know you'll love it. You won't be sorry.
Laymon writes this novel through the perspective of Rupert Conway, a college freshmen and castaway on a tropical island, surrounded by a quartet of beautiful women whose partners are disappearing one by one. Rupert's voice is fresh and young, and although his fascination with the nude female form may seem a bit repetitive at times (perhaps even repulsive to some), it soon becomes aparent that sexual desire is the true theme of this book. This story explores the animalistic sexual urges of man, and the danger of unbridaled power and lust.
As in any good Laymon book, the author has a morbid talent for violently abusing the characters we've come to love at the points when we'd least expect it. Rarely can one expect a happy ending to one of his books, and this one should leave you just as shocked as any other.
If ever you've enjoyed a Laymon novel, don't let this one pass you by.
The plot was intriguing at first--who was doing the killing (we find out rather quickly) and why. I could buy the premise that it was for the family fortune but seriously--for the family women so the killer could keep them captive and rape and torture them over and over again??? Really??
Stupid book, stupid plot, stupid characters, and stupid ending. Don't waste your time or your money!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No, no, and again no! Richard Laymon is an astoundingly prolific writer… but that's not always a good thing. Read morePublished 8 days ago by cryptkeeper
If you haven't read Laymon your missing out, Island is one of the best books I have read....mystery and horror twisted like a pretzel. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is my second time to read this book. Reminds me a lot of Steven King. I will look at more of Layman's books to read.Published 1 month ago by Bryan
I just don't understand the positive ratings. One of the worst books I've ever read in recent memory.Published 1 month ago by Rick A.
I've been a Laymon fan for years I love his writing style and how he can play on the fears of our minds. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bad, bad, bad. Another reviewer was right. This guy must hate women and repetitive scenes of the horny narrator sneaking peaks at boobs gets old real fast. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Waterside Lucy
Rating this book is difficult. In a lot of ways, it’s an amazing book: steady, suspenseful, fun, and completely 100% enthralling. Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Baron Von Crabcakes
A peaceful picnic on a secluded island; mom, dad, their two daughters and their hubbies, and their unmarried daughter and her date. What could possibly go wrong? Yup. That's right. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pistolsfiring