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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  3,963 ratings  ·  213 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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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
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Oct 29, 2015 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 1 of 5 stars
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.


Penis c
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
Evans Light
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;
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
Feb 18, 2013 Lavonne rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
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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 :)
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
Adam Light
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
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
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.
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
An unsettling slasher.
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
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
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
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
Oct 02, 2015 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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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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.
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
Andre Higgins
I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down for very long, it's a real page turner. This is my first Richard Laymon book and I'm anxious to read more from him (I've already bought The travelling vampire show and will read that next). Apart for a few little quirks this was a very nice thriller. I do get annoyed at small details in books though, like in this one when one character points out that "chimps have tails"..... well no actually, chimps do not have tails!
And a lot of times the reac
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
I see many reviewers describe this book as funny, and up until the last quarter of the book I was mildly amused by the rather puerile and voyeuristic imagery described by the main character Rupert Conway, a sex-obsessed college kid who's on spring break with his girlfriend's family. The book is written in the form of a journal Rupert is keeping to document the group's escapades on the island where they are marooned. Laymon nailed this character as far as voice, dialogue etc. The writing is sharp ...more
Die Geschichte an sich gefiel mir ganz gut, denn sie war spannend und bis zum Schluss konnte man nicht genau sagen, was passieren wird.
Was mich aber wirklich gestört hat, war die Beschreibung der weiblichen Körper auf jeder Seite. Ich kann mir nur schwer vorstellen, dass jemand in Todesangst noch ein Auge für die weiblichen Rundungen hat. Der Schriftsteller hat sich zum Teil total in diesen Beschreibungen verloren. Ich bin nicht prüde oder zart besaitet, allerdings hat es schlichtweg irgendwann
I want to give this book more stars, but I can't. While the plot twist was worthy, the Gilligan's Island-gone-wrong plot and one-dimensional characters were just disappointing. The beginning was quite "college novel" (I should know, I wrote bad short stories in college too) but the middle started to show promise, especially when the main protagonist and author of the journal entries that make up the book began to show a bit more personality beyond ogling the female castaways and constantly fanta ...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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