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Bite [Mass Market Paperback]

Richard Laymon
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2.0 out of 5 stars unfortunately this book "bites" June 28 2004
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This book had an OK beginning and a good ending. Everything in between was pretty bad. I've read a few novels by Laymon now and this is the first one that I thought was really bad. The dialogue (as other people have said) is terrible. Some of the conversations between the main characters are redundant and unrealistic. The plot of the novel isn't terrible but it isn't great either. I wouldn't recommend this novel. It was not an enjoyable read. It just goes to show that you really can't judge a book by its cover.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It Bites Nov. 8 2003
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It's been a while since I've read a "vampire" story. I've read several of Anne Rice's excellent books, and of course everything Stephen King has written set in Salem's Lot. Given the excellence of the aforementioned books any author trying to write a vampire story has much to measure up to. Unfortunately this tongue-in-cheek effort by Richard Laymon makes little effort to be excellent, and is instead a weird combination of coincidences with a fair amount of sex and more than a little perversion. I was intrigued by the story line, and kept thinking the author was going to really turn this story into something, but instead the bulk of the story is a running chase between a psycho by the ironic name of Snow White and the two principal characters, Sam and Cat (Catherine).
There is a knock on Sam's door one night, and there is the girl he has loved his whole life standing in the door in a robe asking for him to come with her. Sam quickly finds he has landed in his own version of "Blue Velvet," standing in a closet waiting for a vampire with the fearsome name of Elliot to show up. Elliot is staked reasonably quickly and our murderers now have to dispose of him. I say him because he's a vampire, and as we all know, vampires may not be dead even when you think they are. Sam and Cat make a mess of getting Elliot into Cat's car, spending a fair amount of time on the details of how messy they got and cleaning everything up. In a way, all this action is still background for the story.
Sam and Cat then take off into the desert to go find a place to get rid of Elliot. Coincidence number one happens when they have a blowout, which may have been a gunshot, and run into a big guy by the name of Snow White. White states that he was forced off the highway by a gunshot.
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1.0 out of 5 stars HOW NOT TO WRITE Aug. 19 2003
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This is the first Richard Laymon book I have read; I could never be bored enough to pick up another one.
Laymon in this book has created an unbelievably dense "hero" whose high school sweetheart shows up at his door after not seeing him for ten years. "You look well," she says. "Help me kill a guy."
"Okay," he says
"He's a vampire," she says.
"No problem," he says.
Do they worry at all about being caught when they take off to bury the body? Nope. Not even nervous. Are they committed to this cause? No...the "hero" guy, Sam, and his damsel-in-distress Cat, develop an unspoken agreement at some point that the guy isn't really a vampire. This reappraisal appears to be inconsequential to them.
What is spoken is line after line, ad infinitum, of repetitive dialogue between the two recapping everything that happens in the previous paragraph (despite having been spoken the first time around) and responses from one character of "good idea", "wouldn't want that", "sounds good", etc. to every immaterial and superfluous line of dialogue spoken by the other character: "I'm going to close the car door." - "Sounds good."
"I'll turn my lighter off now so as not to waste lighter fluid." - "Good idea."
Every few pages or so of exposition on Cat's life between Sam eras, Laymon apparently decides to throw in more brutal examples of Cat's suffering. By the time she gets to "oh yeah, and I met the vampire while being raped by three guys," Sam doesn't even have a reaction. He must've been as sick of it by that point as I was!
The novel is crammed with sentence fragment paragraphs.
Like this.
That's how he writes.
No kidding.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Steel, Fangs, and the Wells Where Bodies Hide April 30 2003
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Love, it manifests in many a odd right, sometimes capturing those consumed by its presence in the most volatile and yet wondrous of manners. Here, it takes on different meanings depending on the audience, sometimes meaning that you don't have to say your sorry and sometimes demanding to be spoken with passions that defy the worlds that emotions weave. From Sam, these dreamlands of the heart have been something he has lived with for a seeming forever, always dreaming of Cat and always hoping that she would come back to him because she was the only woman he had ever loved. Then, in the midst of an unsuspecting night, the knock on the door came and she, the object of all his desires, did appear. Scantly clad and looking like an older version of the euphoria he remembered, she walked into his life and he, a lover loving, wanted to do anything he could to help her. Still, what does one do when love means something outside of the proverbial box, like being asked to come over, hide in a closet, and stake a vampire that has been assailing that perfect vision for well over a year?
Within this book, there are many ideas that seem to work out so well, like the way the vampire, a joke in our society, is approached and brought "to light." Under a veil of shadows, it isn't really explained or rationalized all that heavily, leaving the reader open to the thoughts of whether the characters are planning a murder or if they are removing some supernatural blight from the world. This approach adds something to the mix, a feeling of perpetual horror that looming in the background, and that births an atmosphere of forbearance and gloom.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a load of........
Laymon has written some very good books....this is definitely NOT one of them. It is so boring that I use it to put me back to sleep if I can't. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Soundman
1.0 out of 5 stars Wordy and tiresome
I agree with Emeric1's review. The tedious dialogue continued throughout the book, and the two main characters were not very intelligent. Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2003 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read...
Bite is the first book I've read by Richard Laymon and Laymon has
been a favorite ever since. This is a must read that sucks you in and doesn't let go until you hit the last... Read more
Published on June 30 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars An average read . . .
I've read two of Laymond's books. He seems a bit preoccupied with sex, though this book didn't have as much of that in it as "Night In the Lonesome October. Read more
Published on March 10 2003 by Jeffery A. Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars One of Laymon's average books
compared to many of his other books, 'Bite' has a story line that is a little bit of a let down. the two main characters go through a grusome adventure, while trying to figure out... Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2003 by marvin
1.0 out of 5 stars Weekend At Bernie's Redux
"Bite" is so thoroughly bad, it's astounding. One doggedly and masochistically continues to turn (and skim) the pages, unwilling to believe the book can continue to be so numbingly... Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2002 by Brian Kiernan
3.0 out of 5 stars Laymon's take on vampires..
Laymon decideds to tackle the issue on vampires and like The Stake writes an interesting read.
His plot is centered around Sam, a 26-year old man, who is visited by former... Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002 by Darren Jacks
4.0 out of 5 stars Laymon's fantastic!
A friend of mine introduced me to Laymon, and I'm really glad she did. Laymon is a fantastic storyteller. Read more
Published on April 13 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense with a dash of Salt... Just how I like it
Unlike many who have reviewed this book, I am not a big horror fan. I read eclectically, and some things just catch my eye. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2002
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