I Am Legend

I Am Legend Robert Neville Is The Last Living Man On Earth But He Is Not Alone Every Other Man, Woman And Child On The Planet Has Become A Vampire, And They Are Hungry For Neville S Blood.By Day He Is The Hunter, Stalking The Undead Through The Ruins Of Civilisation By Night, He Barricades Himself In His Home And Prays For The Dawn.How Long Can One Man Survive Like This I am legend These words make me shudder But if you have only seen that Will Smith movie that went 180 degrees on the book s message, the soul crushing impact of these words will be lost on you.That makes me sadTo quote Stephen King, I think the author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson This was enough of a recommendation for me to go and dig up this book And it s great view spoiler Full circl
I loved this book Was very creepy to read.I thought it was brillant from beginning to end.One of my favourite books of all time ever That ending WOW Hm.Honestly, this is a tough book to review.I did like the story, but one of the biggest bothers for me here was not fully understanding why the world has gone to shit why everyone is now a vampire The book just drops you right in the middle of Robert Neville s situation, which is a day to day existence of killing vampires during the day hiding in his house during the night.I m the kind of SF reader who likes a bit of depth to be given to the cause of disaster, and this story largely glosses over the Why But I m coming at it from the angle of a reader who has exhausted the zombie vampire virus genre For the time it was written, this probably struck readers in a much different way If you re basing your opinion of this book solely off your knowledge of the movie, I d ahead and throw that idea out the window because this book is nothing like the Will Smith, good guy out to save humanity, crying over his dog, self sacrificing version Hollywood has created This is much darker.In fact, I imagine a group of important movie folks came to the conclusion that Matheson s story is pretty nifty, but how about we throw out all the deep, scary conclusions about human nature amp up the action x1000 also we need a German Shepherd in there so Smith comes off as even relatable wholesome Robert Neville is not necessarily squeaky clean protagonist, and that realistic quality of his character is essential to the observations Matheson is making here By
I just re read this after watching some of the movies based on it It s truly a chilling book It s an apocalyptic novel The vampire plague has destroyed our society Much of the book focuses on our hero s loneliness When he finds an uninfected dog, his attempts to befriend it are almost pathetic truly heart wrenching It s well worth reading.There are 3 movies that I know of that are based on this book The Last Man On Earth starring Vincent Price in the mid 60 s This follows the book pretty closely.The Omega Man starring Charleton Heston in 1972 is very loosely based on the
I was going to rate the book a lukewarm 3 stars, but then I looked once at the date of publication 1954 and reconsidered A bit of historical perspective, of literary context elevates this novel to the well deserved genre classic status At the time Matheson published his science fiction take on the gothic vampire myth, the market was a lot different from today s oversaturated landscape that has largely trivialized the subject and gave it a curious teenage romance slant Even bringing in the scientific method of study for the phenomenon and its associated paraphernalia the bloodsucking, the garlic, the cross, the wooden stake, the fear of light, the sleeping underground, the bullet invulnerability was probably a novel approach to a dusty theme Something black and of the night had come crawling out of the Middle Ages Something with no framework or credulity, something that had been consigned, fact and figure, to the pages of imaginative literature Vampires were passe, Summers idylls or Stoker s melodramatics or a brief inclusion in the Britannica or grist for the pulp writer s mill or raw material for the B film factories A tenuous legend passed from century to century I didn t much care for the prose it is concise and clear in its presentation of the main themes but I found it lackluster and unconvincing when it tried to delve deeper into emotional intensity for the main character I could also complain about the lack
I m not much of what you might call a vampire guy By which I mean both that I am not a vampire, or a guy who likes vampires or vampire themed endeavors Thus it stands to reason that I never would have read Richard Matheson s I Am Legend had not the wildcard of my book club chosen it as this month s selection Frankly, I was a little underwhelmed by the choice The critical blurbs did not help matters along Dean Koontz said it was the most riveting vampire novel since Dracula, which is great, except my last and only vampire novel was Dracula Another blurb called it one of the ten all time best novels of vampirism If I loved vampires, this would be meaningful But really, I m vampire neutral Maybe even slightly vampire negative I mean, with the whole Twilight thing I wholly support zombies, however But really, I Am Legend isn t strictly a vampire book At 170 pages, it barely achieves book status at all It s really closer to a novella Instead, it straddles genres, stubbornly refusing to be one thing or another Perhaps this is the reason people keep trying to turn it into a satisfying film It is a potent canvas ripe for many different kinds of tales The main storyline is pure apocalyptic fiction The novel opens with our protagonist Robert Neville as the putative last man on Earth It is 1976, which stands in for the future since this
The strength of the vampire is that no one will believe in him Robert Neville is the last man on earthor is he Following the outbreak of an incurable plague that has mutated every other human on earth into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures, Robert Neville must scavenge for food and supplies during the day, whilst hiding in his boarded up, vampire proof home at night Living a solitary life for so long is not easy, and so he is constantly on the look out for fellow survivorsThis was a buddy read with my bestest friend, Abbie We chose this because she is literally a speed demon and if we had chose a long book, I would be lagging behind for too long Turns out, I did lag behind anyway because even though we both finished I Am Legend pretty close to each other, my edition also had a selection of short stories written by Richard Matheson So I m only now finishing the entire book.I had watched the movie I Am Legend a number of years ago All I can remember about it is Will Smith and a dog and that s it Although what I ve found really weird about my reading experience is that I did not cast Will Smith as the role of Richard Neville in my head Abbie said she did.I really liked this book, which was surprising to me given that its basically focused on one character Usually I would
This was creepy and sad too I don t think I would have lasted long as the last person alive I would have just given up and let myself get caught The vampires of this story are quite zombie like, I thought How events turn out in the end surprised me. I just finished reading this book Completely different from the movie The 2007 version , I wish they would have gone with this story instead The reader spends the whole story Which is really only 170 pages following the last man on earth as he fights for his survival against vampires and yes, they are vampires He boards up his house, stocks up on canned goods, and researches a way to combat this disease He is not a doctor or a scientist, just a regular man stuck in an irregular situation But, as Matheson so beautifully states, Man can get used to anything , and so he does burning corpses left on his doorstep by his vampire friends , gathering fresh garlic, and fixing up his house for them to come back each night and try to drag him out.Robert, the main character, spends years in this manner He breaks into a nearby library and gathers an armload of books on anything and everything he thinks will be useful In this way, Richard Matheson gives us the first realistic look at vampires from a scientific standpoint Some vampires are afraid of crosses because of experiences in their pre infected life None can stand garlic but it must be fresh and strongly scented The reason they turn to dust Well, read and find out Learning the few ways there are to destroy them, Robert makes an attempt to kill a handful each day SPOILER What he doesn t realize is that these creatures are not mindless zombies They have emotions and desires beyond that of fresh blood While R
1 I d like to take this opportunity to apologize for all of the Will Smith jokes It s going to be difficult, but I will refrain from including him in this review.2 Stuff I liked Matheson does an amazing job in describing the situation Neville has deal with as the only person left in the world The scariest parts for me where when Matheson deals with themes like isolation and loneliness That stuff was much terrifying than the vampires on them later There were entire chapters of the book describing Neville s fruitless attempts to find companionship Those chapters along with the glimpse into Neville s past with his family were really, really good Being alone like that is much scarier than.3 Stuff I didn t like vampires Yeah, I get it They add another level of fear to the story, and that s fine I just felt like when the story was really taking off, it would hold itself back by getting too technical w

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  • Paperback
  • 162 pages
  • I Am Legend
  • Richard Matheson
  • English
  • 07 October 2018
  • 9781407230047