An acclaimed SF novel about vampires. 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. would shut off the music too, and he didn't want to feel that they were forcing him into a shell. He closed his .. According to legend, they were invisible in mirrors, but he knew that was untrue. It was a sure way to be free of them. Be one of. Editorial Reviews. ukraine-europe.info Review. One of the most influential vampire novels of the 20th Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features $ Read with Our Free App; Audiobook. $ Free.
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Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth 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. Philip K.
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This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Did anyone else struggle to visually imagination Robert Neville as being a blonde haired, blue eyed Caucasian instead of Will Smith? Although after a while, when his character behaved unlike Will Smith's Robert Neville, I couldn't imagine him as Will Smith, or a blonde …more Totally. Although after a while, when his character behaved unlike Will Smith's Robert Neville, I couldn't imagine him as Will Smith, or a blonde blue-eyed that he was supposed to be.
Hur SKitbra var den ? Cccccc 69 'kappa' ol. See all 14 questions about I Am Legend…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. These words make me shudder. But if you have only seen that Will Smith movie that went degrees on the book's message, the soul-crushing impact of these words will be lost on you.
That makes me sad To quote Stephen King, "I think the author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson. And it's great. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the u "I am legend".
A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend. The old-fashioned burn-in-the-sunlight stake-through-the-heart vampirism, none of that newfangled emo sparkliness. Neville stakes vampires by day, and researches the cause of the plague in his spare time. The long segments of the story are devoted to the relentless monotony of his scientific pursuit of the vampirism mystery - which he does figure out, by the way.
And it's quite neat. We witness the years of deep depression, alcoholism, and the suffocating isolation, loneliness and despair. Then one day he meets Ruth who may be another survivor of the pandemic.
And that's where any similarities to the movie stop, and the story becomes less of a lone-hero-tale and more of the soul-crushing-hopeless-revelation-tale. Normalcy was a majority concept, the standard of many and not the standard of just one man.
Matheson, however, brilliantly decides to take the road less traveled and turns the legend on its head. He introduces an unexpected perspective that forces the protagonist and the reader look at things in a new - and shocking - light.
After all, the line between a hero and a horror is very thin, and usually very subjectively drawn.
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This is not a traditional vampire story in any shape or form. There is no supernatural element - unless you think so of germs. Instead it involves evolution - of the hero and the monsters alike, and not in the ways that are comforting to the reader. The horror lies in its unsettling revelations about the human nature.
It is also a story in which happy ending is impossible by default - which Hollywood, of course, promptly 'fixes'. At least Will Smith got a blockbuster out of the butchered story.
Given the number of the cinematic adaptations of this book, it continues to fascinate Hollywood. I'm just waiting for the day when they make one that actually captures the intended impact of Matheson's story. View all 52 comments. 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! View all 22 comments. Honestly, this is a tough book to review. I'm the kind of SF reader who likes a bit of depth to be given to the cause of disaster, and this story large Hm. 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? 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. He sound proofs his house, has a gas generator that he keeps running by way of a nearby gas station, and an ungodly amount of alcohol, cigarettes, and wine in his home. I guess a scenario where all of those things exist in Neville's possession isn't outlandish but the story itself wasn't long enough to explore any sort of break down of these proofs, and thus it felt a bit unrealistic to me.
If you don't love it, no big loss. If you do, well now you know! Worth a read! This review and other reviews of mine can be found on Book Nest! View all 44 comments. 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. It's well worth reading. There are 3 movies that I know of that are based on this book. This follows the book I just re-read this after watching some of the movies based on it. This follows the book pretty closely. Looked like a video game. I expected to see a Toon driving, not Will Smith.
I did finally see this movie including both endings. It was incredibly bad. The happy ending was ridiculous. View all 16 comments. I was going to rate the book a lukewarm 3 stars, but then I looked once more at the date of publication 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 i I was going to rate the book a lukewarm 3 stars, but then I looked once more at the date of publication and reconsidered. 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: I could also complain about the lack of action, but I believe this is more a novel about ideas than a high octane action thriller.
To finish with the grumbling, I would have liked a more rigorous attempt with the scientific speculations. Most of the ideas are sound, but the way they are fitted together seems fishy, with some of the argumentation incomplete.
Let me give you a few examples: The last one is the one I struggled with the most. Other reviewers noticed also that the monsters are closer in behaviour to zombies than to classic vampires. Cesar Romero cites the book as a primary source, Stephen King alsao makes reference to it.
On the positive side, two aspects of the novel stand out and will probably come to define it for me in later years as the actual details of the plot will fade from memory: Richard Neville is utterly alone, he has nobody to turn to, has lost his wife and kid in horrible circumstances, yet he must find the resources inside himself to go on living from day to day.
His heavy drinking, his episodes of paranoid depression and self destructive rage are painfull to watch, as are his efforts to organize his daily routines with checklists and his obsession in hunting down his afflicted neighbours when they are incapacitated during the day.
The episode of the feral dog is probably the best written part of the whole novel. The future of the human race might well be carried on by people with wings or by people who use photosynthesis instead of eating solid food or by vampires who drink blood and go out only at night. View all 9 comments. 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 survivors This was a bu "The strength of the vampire is that no one will believe in him. This 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 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 find the lack of dialogue and conversation quite boring - although we did get some flashbacks to before the plague, which I particularly enjoyed, with some scenes being quite chilling.
Similar to what Abbie said, the constant drinking and throwing whiskey around and smashing glasses did start to grate on me after a while. I understand his alcoholism - I'm pretty certain I might succumb to addiction myself if I was the lone survivor of some plague, but it just gets repetitive after a while.
What was disturbing to me was his weird fascination with the female "vampires" - DUDE. What the fuck is wrong with you!!
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Okay, so I feel like the last paragraph had a lot of complaining, so I'll talk about what I loved. I was geeking out over Richard's thoughts about what possibly caused the plague.
He was basically conducting his own research and it was like reading my day-to-day experiences in the lab - disappointment after disappointment. A theory that seems so promising quickly dispelled.
Microbiology and bacteria are my forte, so his research around this area had me nodding along in agreement. So that was awesome. The "vampires" themselves were pretty damn scary.
I got confused at times because I was like "Are they vampires or zombies? Or a mixture of both? As for the ending I was blown away. One of the best endings I've ever read in a book. It felt completely out of left-field and left me a bit gobsmacked. I Am Legend was a great, quick read and I have to give it 5 stars out of 5. Matheson's writing is simply outstanding and I want to read more.
With regards to the short stories, some were great and some were not so great. Prey was a brilliant short story, it reminded me of Battleground by Stephen King.
Dance of the Dead was also pretty eerie. I didn't really include the short stories when giving my rating for this book, as I simply wanted to rate I Am Legend as a standalone book.
But yes! More Richard Matheson is definitely on my radar. Now for another buddy read with Sadie, Mindi and Ashley from bookstagram - can't wait!
View all 12 comments. Frankly, I was a little underwhelmed by the choice. Maybe even slightly vampire-negative. I mean, with the whole Twilight thing.
I wholly support zombies, however. At 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 , which stands in for the future since this book was first published in The human race is either dead or turned into vampires Or both? Are vampires undead? I suppose I could look this up The exception, of course, is Robert.
Woven into the end-of-days context is an old fashioned cast-away story, akin to Robinson Crusoe or The Swiss Family Robinson. I Am Legend begins well into the vampire apocalypse, introducing Robert as a man who has learned to survive.
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