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Subject: Books similar to LOST or any stranded island type books
Date Posted: 3/17/2008 1:16 PM ET
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Hey everyone I love the show lost and i was wondering if any of you know of any books that are similar to the show or know of any books that have a stranded on an island theme

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 1:24 PM ET
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I haven't watched Lost, so I will concentrate on the island theme.  Of course there is always Robinson Crusoe, but I would suggest the horror/thriller "Island" by Richard Laymon.  A group of vacationers are stranded on an island when there boat explodes, and then they start to get picked off one by one, as they find out they are not alone.  Many Laymon fans consider it to be one of his better works.

 

 

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 2:09 PM ET
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wow sounds like something I could read. its something I'm looking for. I don't want to read the classic i have them all. i want something different with twists thanks for the recommendation

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 6:01 PM ET
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have you read "the beach" by Alex Garland?  I read it a few years ago...but on some level "lost" reminds me of it...check it out.

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 4:33 PM ET
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Steve's right. Island by Richard Laymon was good. I just read it last week and it had quite a few twists in it.

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 5:59 PM ET
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I don't have any credits to get any books here I thought i would get them through bookmooch but they don't have laymons books :(

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 11:31 PM ET
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You've read LORD OF THE FLIES, I assume? 

 

Another classic is AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie.  The characters aren't shipwrecked, but they are trapped and, naturally, there's a murderer loose.  My favorite mystery of all time.

 

I LOVE "Lost" too!

 

Edited to add:  Have you read THE RUINS by Scott Smith?  There's no island involved, but it involves people who are trapped on what might as well be an island (you'll see).  A movie version will be coming out this summer.



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Date Posted: 3/19/2008 8:29 AM ET
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I haven't read these yet but I have them on TBR.  They are by Lucy Irvine.  They are very hard to find but you might find them on Amazon.  The first book is called "Castaway", then one called "Faraway".   There might be a 3rd one, not sure.

TRUE STORY!  My book includes photos.

Here's what it says on the back cover of "Castaway":  "Lucy Irvine was G.W. Kingsland's choice.  But neither anticipated real marriage, required by the Australian gov't before they could set sail for Tuin, the island paradise that would force them to depend on each other for companionship and survival, that could offer them a year of heaven-or a living hell."

I think "Faraway" continues her story after the island adventure.

 

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 4:01 PM ET
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have you ever heard of bookmooch.com sometimes i get books from there and they have the books by lucy irving there. they have 2 copies left and i believe i will read that. i've had lots of good recommendations here

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 4:20 PM ET
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Lord of the Flies

or

Island of the Sequined Love Nun

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Date Posted: 3/23/2008 5:39 PM ET
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  Playground of the Gods by Cathy Cash-Spellman was  a good book.   Starts out as a high roller type of weekend island getaway and thing start to go horribly wrong.    It was a very good book.

Date Posted: 3/25/2008 5:15 PM ET
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Just ordered Playground of the Gods...thanks for the recommendation!

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Date Posted: 3/25/2008 6:38 PM ET
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i hope you like it. I'm thinking of re-ordering it so I can read it again, it's been about 10 years.

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 5:20 PM ET
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thanks everyone for these good reads plan to read them. My husband was in a very bad car accident last thursday so i've been reading alot while i am up here at the hospitial. not sure how long it will be before i ever get to swap books again. currently not working that will have to wait for now while i am by my husbands side during this trying time

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 11:36 AM ET
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Island of the Blue Dolphins

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780440439882-Island+of+the+Blue+Dolphins

In the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. once, Indians also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind.

This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. But while she waited, she kept herself alive by building shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies, the wild dogs. It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.

Subject: Island by Richard Laymon
Date Posted: 4/3/2008 4:34 PM ET
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I finally was able to mooch this book off of bookmooch.com so i should be able to get it in a few days. really can't wait to read it

Subject: island by richard laymon
Date Posted: 4/12/2008 2:34 PM ET
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i finally got island by richard laymon the other day and I've only read about 50 pages and so far i like it and would more of laymon in the future

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 11:52 AM ET
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Any of the Hatchet books by Gary Paulsen. There are 5 of them and while they are young adult fiction, I loved Hatchet. It was so well written and I actually just found out that the author actually experienced most of the stuff he wrote about. He wrote about his adventures in his autobiographical book called Guts.