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3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  4,553 Ratings  ·  249 Reviews
"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. Luckily for them, their beach camp location has fresh water and fire wood, and there's enough food to last them out. Just one problem remains as they wait to be res ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 22nd 1996 by Headline Feature (first published 1991)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Oct 06, 2015 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like predictable twist endings?

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.


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mark monday
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 identificati ...more
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
May 21, 2016 Danger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 is ...more
Gianfranco Mancini
"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.
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
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 ma
Oct 28, 2016 Candyboy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I hope Richard Laymon get's raped in afterlife

My humor is so dark that only my closest friends know to what extent. In bed I am dominant and degrading in extreme dimensions. I lived out mutual rape-fantasies with my sexual partners more than once. And I am part of the generation that is numb, deaf and dead inside, because of all the internet-porn and the media in general.

Nonetheless, I think if Richard Laymon would still be alive, somebody should punch him in the face. No, somebody should rape
Evans Light
Apr 17, 2014 Evans Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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;
Aug 23, 2009 Lavonne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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May 11, 2011 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 17, 2014 Hadessephy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 go
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 :)
Adam Light
Feb 04, 2013 Adam Light rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Bob Milne
Mar 01, 2011 Bob Milne rated it it was ok
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
Effy Weasley
Apr 19, 2012 Effy Weasley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 l
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 g ...more
Oct 15, 2015 Nate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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 c ...more
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
May 29, 2015 Jamie Grefe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slashers
An unsettling slasher.
John Wiltshire
Oct 08, 2014 John Wiltshire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
Oct 04, 2009 Jak rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 t
Jul 14, 2014 Damla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 13, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 t ...more
Benito Jr.
Awful, awful book -- nasty, terribly written, horribly misogynistic, with inane dialogue, poor pacing -- and yet weirdly, compulsively readable. I tore through 500+ pages in almost one sitting. Laymon's real skill here is in the narrator's voice; it's a marvel to see how well he inhabits the thoughts of a sad sack horndog of an adolescent and slowly -- well, I won't spoil it. (I haven't read any other Laymon, and I sure hope the bad writing is deliberate.)

It'll make you feel icky though. Me, I'm
Apr 24, 2008 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first (and last) Laymon. It read like a fourteen year old boy's fan-fiction for torture porn. There is clearly a reason that Stephen King is so's because it's obviously INCREDIBLY difficult to do horror well.
May 01, 2016 Tabuyo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
Una historia cargada de misterio, suspense y llena de giros que me ha hecho pasar muy buenos ratos. Una pena que este autor (ya fallecido) sea practicamente desconocido en nuestro país.
Feb 06, 2016 BeyondTheSun rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ich bin echt nicht empfindlich,aber das war einfach nur krank und geschmacklos.
Daniel Ray
Oct 08, 2012 Daniel Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Island is an epic, intense, hugely entertaining lunatic of a book. It’s also fairly flawed in a Richard Laymon type of way. I discovered Laymon books earlier this year and this is the sixth that I’ve read. The man is a psychopath of a writer and he’s certainly not a new flavor (Laymon died in 2001). First things first, Richard Laymon is not for everyone. His descriptions of violence, particularly sexual violence toward women, push the envelope. He is shocking and I think it’s fair to say fairly ...more
Jan 03, 2013 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rupert Conway is on a deserted island with his girlfriend Connie’s family when their boat blows up. Then one by one, the men on the island start to be knocked off, leaving Rupert, a sex-crazed college kid, alone with three beautiful sisters and their exhibitionist mother. It sounds like paradise for Rupert aside from one thing — the killer’s still loose and Rupert is next on the hit list.

Like most Laymon novels, Island is good, campy horror. The entire novel is actually a first-person diary entr
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Richard Laymon was born in Chicago and grew up in California. He earned a BA in English Literature from Willamette University, Oregon and an MA from Loyola University, Los Angeles. He worked as a schoolteacher, a librarian, and a report writer for a law firm, and was the author of more than thirty acclaimed novels.

He also published more than sixty short stories in magazines such as Ellery Queen,
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