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Island by Richard Laymon
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Oct 28, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: comedy, minus-one-star, books-by-men

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 much credibility that it's only entertainment seems to lie in having the reader marvel at how incredibly dumb the narrator is.

The only really entertaining bit is the part where Thelma chases Rupert toward the end of the book, and that is so entertaining because it is a kind of a slapstick comedy, like Laurel and Hardy.

I'm putting Island under 'comedy' because this rather sick misogynistic juvenile teenage boy's wet dream could surely not have endeavoured to be taken seriously.
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October 28, 2010 – Started Reading
October 28, 2010 – Shelved
October 28, 2010 –
page 592
October 28, 2010 – Shelved as: comedy
October 28, 2010 – Finished Reading
July 5, 2012 – Shelved as: minus-one-star
January 16, 2015 – Shelved as: books-by-men

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