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3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,281 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
When Rupert Conway set out on a cruise with seven other people, he planned to swim a little, get some sun and relax. He certainly didn't plan to get shipwrecked. But after the yacht blew up, that's what happened - he and his shipmates were stranded on a deserted island. Luckily for them, the island has plenty of fresh water and enough food to last until they get rescued. A ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 504 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Leisure Books (first published 1991)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Oct 29, 2015 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it did not like it
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
Nov 10, 2015 mark monday rated it liked it
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
Jan 16, 2015 Traveller rated it did not like it
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
Jun 15, 2016 Danger rated it really liked it
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
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
Evans Light
Apr 22, 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;
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.
Feb 18, 2013 Lavonne rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
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Jul 20, 2012 Liz rated it did not like it
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
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 05, 2013 Adam Light rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 12, 2012 Effy Weasley rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 31, 2015 Nate rated it did not like it
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
Dec 29, 2014 Rebecka rated it did not like it
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.
May 04, 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.
Aug 08, 2015 Hadessephy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
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
Jamie Grefe
May 30, 2015 Jamie Grefe rated it really liked it
Shelves: slashers
An unsettling slasher.
Oct 24, 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
John Wiltshire
Sep 20, 2015 John Wiltshire rated it did not like it
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
May 05, 2012 Hatchetgabby rated it liked it
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
Jan 07, 2011 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 24, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 19, 2013 Benito Jr. rated it it was ok
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
Oct 02, 2015 John rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
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 entr
Jul 21, 2015 Kitvaria rated it did not like it
This was really sad.
It started off quite well - and Laymon does know how to build up suspense!

But then it got so completely stupid, I couldn't even be scared anymore...
First of the main character thinks 90% of the time about the females' bikinis, and what might be in there.

It gets more and more illogical, until I have to say it ended in a completely horrible, unbelivable, stupid way.

What annnoyed me the most was the very end:
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Dec 13, 2008 Erin rated it did not like it
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.
Apr 13, 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.
Aug 25, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: woah-man, far-out-man
This is my seventh Laymon book, so yeah, I guess you could say I'm a fan. I have to be quite frank here, this book was a bit of a chore for the first 300 pages or so. Our faithful narrator, Rupert, is a bit of an idiot. An idiot obsessed (like a lot of Richard Laymon males) with certain parts of the female anatomy. For some reason, ol Rupert's obsession didn't come off quite as endearing as other characters. Also, the name Rupert, as well as Wesley, Thelma, Billie, Connie, and Kimberly were almo ...more
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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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