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Body Rides

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,525 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Neal has been carrying a gun in his car lately - just to be safe. And it looks like it's a good thing he has. When he spots a woman tied naked to a tree and a man ready to kill her, he has no choice but to shoot the attacker. As a reward, the woman gives Neal something unimaginable.

Neal's reward is a bracelet. A very special bracelet. It enables its wearer to step inside
Paperback, 534 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Leisure Books (first published August 1st 1996)
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Evans Light
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-it
Poor Richard Laymon, he was born into the wrong world. The Eskimos live in a world of snow and have a hundred words for it, but Richard Laymon lived in a world of nipples and had only the one word. One single, lousy word. Nipple.
Sure, there were 'hard nipples' and 'long nipples', even more exotic 'glistening' or 'jutting' nipples - but in the end, it was all just nipples, nipples, nipples. So many adjectives, just one lonely noun.
No, if life was fair Richard Laymon would have been born into a
Adam Light
Man, this is one of the best Laymon books I have read. Once again, suspension of disbelief is a must, but this is the case with most horror fiction. Only, with this book, you are dealing with a magic bracelet that, once kissed by the one wearing it, allows you to leave your body and "ride" anyone you want. A cool premise, delivered in Laymon's usual style, with a twist and resolution I never saw coming. I have been on a Laymon kick lately, and this one and After Midnight are my two favorites, ...more
Janie Johnson
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! And completely insane! I literally read and read this book till it was done. So hard to put it down. A lot of heart pounding action in this one. A great thiller by a great Author. I think I will definitely have to read this book again.

May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reading a book can be considered a body ride, the reader hops into the brain of each character and unknowns to others gets the front row seat of the action. Richard Laymon's Body Rides takes the same idea and runs with it in this book, making for an exciting and fast read that somehow spans over 500 pages yet it takes the reader all his might to tear away from the story. I can honestly say that this was a great week, reading this book, living through each character, not wanting it to end ever... ...more
Sue Smith
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ahhhhh. Finally done.
Well, I’ve actually been done for a few days now but I was mulling over how in hell I was going to put a review into words that would encapsulate this book. I mean – really give it that oomph of perspective that this book truly needs. * giggles *

It’s been hard. (No pun intended for those male readers).

I’ve been mulling for days.

I guess I should start off by saying that I was forewarned about Mr. Laymon and his needs, his plot requirements, his fantasies ….. that all kind
Phil Zimmerman
Jul 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
I love Richard Laymon. He writes stories that read like b-grade slasher flicks. Always fun. Always bloody. Always in bad taste.

With that being said, this book sucks, badly. The first 50 pages are decent, typical Laymon. Woman in trouble, crazy killer. Then this book goes off the deep end. It turns into a romance novel. The main character Neal, get laid more in the next 250 pages, than in a porn script. It is boring, repetitive, and unbelievable.

Finally we get the killer back but the novel is
The Face of Your Father
A bit of an abysmal effort by Laymon here. The concept is well crafted but never fully explores its potential. The characters, most anyway, are paper thin, the females just blend into each other; Elise is like Sue, Sue is like Marta and Marta is a combination of both and so on and so on. The sex is aplenty and adds nothing to the story, Laymon devotes much of the tale to a mutual three-way love affair, naturally between one man and two women. Their endless scenes of meat-grinding reads like a ...more
William M.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Unlike Stephen King, Richard Laymon knows how to write an ending. This book is a little slow in the middle, but the beginning is like riding a rocket. I was reading at lightning speed and had the biggest grin on my face. Laymon's books are just so much fun! Extremely gory, sexually graphic, and refreshingly unpredictable, BODY RIDES is among the best of his books (IN THE DARK, ISLAND, NO SANCTUARY are just a few). If I was ever stranded on an island and allowed to read only one author, Richard ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I give it 2.5 stars. The premise was intriguing, the storyline was good except that it kept going off on tangents that sounded like something from a letter you might find in an old copy of Penthouse Forum or Variations. You know, those cheesy sexcapades that all sound like complete bulls**t, because they probably are? If this book hadn't relied on those parts quite so much, it would have been SO much better.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
The plot is different, I'll give Laymon that. It was a cool idea to have a bracelet where you can go body-hopping any time you want. The execution fell a little flat but overall the premise was good. As the back blurb reads, Neal gets sidetracked one night returning video tapes with a man torturing and murdering a gorgeous female. Putting on an act of bravery, he shoots the man, captures the woman, and saves the day. The ending should have him walking off with whistles and high fives shouldn't ...more
Dec 27, 2011 added it
Recommends it for: No-one
It's been a while since I read a good horror and thought this sounded good. I was wrong. The premise is guy hears screaming in the middle of the night, rescues woman from nut job just in time, and she gives him the gift of what sounds like a really trashy snake bracelet which allows him to enter other people's bodies and hear their thoughts and feel what they feel without their knowledge. So the start isn't so bad but the rest is misogynistic crap. What does this guy do with this special power? ...more
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my ultimate top favorites by Laymon. Gave me EPIC dreams after reading it, and very few books actually get into my dreams. xD

I loved the whole idea, it was just unique to me and the characters were terrificly done. Been trying to get my husband to read this but he doesn't like horror books lol. It's well worth a read; imaginative and got the right amount of thrills that you'd expect from Laymon.

My favorite part had to be the ending though. It was memorable, adorable in a strange way (lol)
May 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Loved this book. Great cast of characters and a very unique story line. This was a wonderful love story with some very steamy and interesting sex scenes, enough violence to satisfy the psychos out there (could of been described in more detail though), and a nice twist towards the end and ultimately a happy ending, sort of.
Throughout this entire novel all I could think about was how much fun a person could have if he/she could "body ride." Makes me feel all tingly just thinking about it.
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Richard Laymon has recently been discovered by myself and added to my top ten all time favorite authors. Body Rides was the 1st if his books that I read and absolutely loved the content & concept. After reading Body Rides, I tried to find every book I could by him. I was extremely disappointed to learn that he passed away.
Chris Morgan
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favourite books of all time, imaginative, funny, dark & classic Laymon.
Easy to read characters, relatable at times.
a fantasy story that left me thinking after I finished the book, what would I do if I were in the story.
Make this your next to read....
Highly recommend
May 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was the second book by Laymon that I ever read. It was, therefore, the reconfirmation I needed that apparently Laymon is just not for me. Any horror writer that puts more detail into awkward sex scenes than they do the actual scary stuff isn't going to hold my attention...
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this because a friend of mine lent me his copy, but I have to say that this was a bit of a weird book. While the whole jumping into someone else's body using a bracelet was a pretty cool idea, the idea of having to go to the bathroom as someone else, and wipe someone else's hoo-har, is gross. And the idea of being a woman and jumping into a man's body, and having that dangling between your legs? that weirds me out a bit too.
Anyway, a big part of this book was sex, including a threesome.
Aaron Nash
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easily my favourite Laymon book so far. It's still full of his tropes. Literally every page has some mention of sex, and there is lots of it. I did feel, however that this was a lot more mature than the other works I've read by him so far.

It's the story of a bracelet that allows the person wearing it to enter another person's body hearing their thoughts and feeling everything they feel. However, the person occupied does not know that anything is wrong, and can't be made aware in any way that
May 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Laymon book that I have read and all I can say is -- I am ready for more!! I really enjoyed this book. I think that I may have found a new favorite author. Can not wait to get started on another of his books!! I loved the characters and the 'twist' was one that I really did not see coming.(Although in hindsight maybe I should have) lol Highly recommended to all horror fans. The only warning I would give is that the book is very sexual so if that bothers you don't read, ...more
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
The best Laymon book that I've read - which is going some because I love all of his books.

You need to suspend your belief going into this book . . . . but then that's true of a lot of books.

As usual the characters are well written, the plot is well fleshed out (no pun intended!) and his writing style makes it a real page turner.

I reread this every so often - it's great!!
Sep 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This was not the book that I wanted to be my intro into Laymon's work, it was just the first one I found. It is original, sexy, silly, violent and hard to put down once you get started. Deserves more like 3.5 stars.
We've given up on this. It's not the story but the writing that we can't take any more. The narration is just so bad and to read aloud, it is really difficult - there are long passages of dialogue which are hard to convey. It's a shame because the story isn't bad and the book has potential.
Grant Murray
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: richard-laymon
This was a great read, and has all of the elements of classic Laymon.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow,just amazing, deffinitely a favorite the concept was so unique and so trippy and the ending it.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Couldn't get into this one and gave up after a few chapters. Not bad but didn't grip me for some reason.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, favorites
In 'Body Rides', all Neal wanted to do was to return two video rentals to the store before midnight to avoid being charged a late fee but he winds up saving a woman from being murdered. Thankful, she (Elise) gives him a magical bracelet which enables him to travel out of his body and into other people without their knowledge. However, his joy is short-lived because he soon finds out that the killer is still alive and hell-bent on revenge..

The unique, exciting premise itself deserved a five-star
Zack Clopton
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've enjoyed the previous Richard Laymon books I've read but "Body Rides" is, simply put, dumb. It's quite clear to me that Laymon made this one up as he went along. What appears to be the novel's central conceit is a magical bracelet that allows users to "ride" in other people's bodies, becoming privy to their thoughts and feelings. In fact, "body riding" plays a pretty small role in the story and Laymon never explains the magical mechanics behind the process. The novel's central object is ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Well, I knew Laymon was divisive, but always assumed that it had something to do with his reputed extreme content. This book isn't particularly extreme, so I guess it's really a divide between Laymon's fans and people who don't like hot garbage.

The basic premise - of a magic bracelet that allows the wearer to jump into other people's bodies, where they are unable to control the other, but experience every feeling and thought that they do - is barely exploited, except to give some variety to an
Justin Newman
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, having now read two of Laymon’s novels, I can clearly see the consistency of his writing style (and his overwhelming appreciation for the female form). Who would have thought the word “nipple” could be so versatile? Where does one even come up with so many adjectives for nipples? Anyway, on to the novel.

The spine classified this book as fiction as opposed to horror, and I definitely agree. Though there are some gruesome bits, the majority of what occurs here is a mixture of fantasy and
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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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