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I Am Legend[PDF / Epub] ✑ I Am Legend ☄ Richard Matheson – Varanus.us 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 bloodBy day he is the hunter, 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 bloodBy 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 dawnHow long can one man survive like this.

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  • Paperback
  • 161 pages
  • I Am Legend
  • Richard Matheson
  • English
  • 15 September 2019
  • 0575079002

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  1. says:

    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 MathesonThis was enough of a recommendation for me to go and dig up this book And it s greatview spoiler Full circle A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering 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 MathesonThis was enough of a recommendation for me to go and dig up this book And it s greatview spoiler Full circle A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever I am legend hide spoilerRobert Neville, as you may already know from the countless cinematic adaptations of the story, seems to be a sole survivor of a vampirism like pandemic 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 andof the soul crushing hopeless revelation taleview spoiler And suddenly he thought, I m the abnormal one now Normalcy was a majority concept, the standard of many and not the standard of just one man hide spoilerThe story of the lone righteous hero, the brave vampire hunter has a sure guaranteed readers appeal I, for instance, adore Stephen King s Salem s Lot 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 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 The writing is a bit dry, the science sections drag on a bit, and the protagonist is rather unlikable, but I forgive all this for the punch in the gut impact the story had on me 4 stars


  2. says:

    Absolutely disturbing modern classic Robert Nevile is the last human in town, maybe on earth All others are infected and turned into vampires You read howandgot infected, how they were buried this will give you nightmares There was a pandemic seems familiar in times like ours at the moment Ben Cortman, colleague and neighbour who reminds him on Oliver Hardy the comedian shouts every evening he should come out But Robert doesn t want to turn into one of them He does resea Absolutely disturbing modern classic Robert Nevile is the last human in town, maybe on earth All others are infected and turned into vampires You read howandgot infected, how they were buried this will give you nightmares There was a pandemic seems familiar in times like ours at the moment Ben Cortman, colleague and neighbour who reminds him on Oliver Hardy the comedian shouts every evening he should come out But Robert doesn t want to turn into one of them He does research on the bacterium that transforms humans into vampires He takes care of a dog At some time a woman who calls herself Ruth, enters his dreadful life Is she infected At the end you ll come to know who says I am Legend and what s the meaning behind This is a fantastic, extremely well written book with a very serious message I can highly recommend reading it Great plot, great prose, compelling and several movie adaptions


  3. says:

    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


  4. says:

    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 gloss 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 theWhy 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 ispretty 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 evenrelatable 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 the end, you aren t 100% sure what outcome you re rooting for for me that is one of the most powerful aspects of how the story is told.But again, I m not sure I m fully on board with the details of why how Neville has managed to survive for years under these conditions Neville has brick rock proofed his home against the vampires that are constantly trying to get in with a reliable supply of garlic 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 Even so, Matheson does well in capturing the absolute lowest levels of human desperation, taking us down deep into the terrifying subconscious of a secluded man on the brink of losing his ability to be compassionate remember what it means to be human The pro here is, if you re curious about this story, it s short will only take a bit of time to consume If you don t love it, no big loss If you do, well now you know Unfortunately I didn t love it, but I appreciate the concepts here I definitely enjoyed the last 1 4 a lotthan the first 3 4 Worth a read This review and other reviews of mine can be found on Book Nest


  5. says:

    I Am Legend, Richard MathesonIt was influential in the development of the zombie vampire genre and in popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease Robert Neville appears to be the sole survivor of a pandemic that has killed most of the human population and turned the remainder into vampires that largely conform to their stereotypes in fiction and folklore they are blood sucking, pale skinned, and nocturnal, though otherwise indistinguishable from normal humans Implicitl I Am Legend, Richard MathesonIt was influential in the development of the zombie vampire genre and in popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease Robert Neville appears to be the sole survivor of a pandemic that has killed most of the human population and turned the remainder into vampires that largely conform to their stereotypes in fiction and folklore they are blood sucking, pale skinned, and nocturnal, though otherwise indistinguishable from normal humans Implicitly set in Los Angeles, the novel details Neville s life in the months and eventually years after the outbreak as he attempts to comprehend, research, and possibly cure the disease Swarms of vampires surround his house nightly and try to find ways to get inside, which includes the females exposing themselves and his vampire neighbor relentlessly shouting for him to come out Neville survives by barricading himself inside his house every night he is further protected by the traditional vampire repellents of garlic, mirrors, and crucifixes Weekly dust storms ravage the city, and during the day, when the vampires are inactive, Neville drives around to search them out in order to kill them with wooden stakes since they seem impervious to his guns bullets and to scavenge for supplies Neville s past is occasionally revealed through flashbacks the disease claimed his daughter, whose body the government forced him to burn, as well as his wife, whose body he secretly buried but then had to kill after she rose from the dead as a vampire 2017 1395 263 9786009331666 20 1954 1976 2012 13 04 1399


  6. says:

    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 pret 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 novel, but a great look at the 60 s 70 s attitudes I Am Legend starring Will Smith in 2008 or so is the one I haven t seen yet I caught the first 5 minutes it bore no resemblance to the book had really horrible CGI Looked like a video game I expected to see a Toon driving, not Will Smith.Update I did finally see this movie including both endings It was incredibly bad The happy ending was ridiculous


  7. says:

    I was going to rate the book a lukewarm 3 stars, but then I looked onceat 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 i I was going to rate the book a lukewarm 3 stars, but then I looked onceat 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 themeSomething 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 of action, but I believe this isa novel about ideas than a high octane action thriller To finish with the grumbling, I would have liked arigorous 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 vampires are destroyed by sunlight, yet when they are hidden in deep cellars and dark places during the day they are still handicapped the transmission is supposed to be airborne, yet two other theories are given equal importance direct contact with open wounds and insect bites mosquitoes bullet wounds are instantly healed didn t they have exploding ammo in 1954 yet knife cuts are still bleeding the disease affects the brain, but in a curious way speech is unimpeded yet the use of tools is lost and social interaction is lost.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 the psychological pressure of being the last man on earth 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 implications resulting from the demotion of humanity from the top of the food chain, something that I have remarked upon in another classic I read earlier this year The Day of the TriffidsNormalcy was a majority concept, the standard of many and not the standard of just one manexclaims Neville towards the end of the novel, when he realizes that the monster from the fairytales is in fact himself 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 edit for spelling


  8. says:

    I loved this book It was really interesting the whole way through with a MC that really had to work hard to figure out how to get out of this situation It was so cool figuring it out beside him Easy classic to read def recommend


  9. says:

    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 g 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 book was first published in 1954 There has been some sort of war disease combo that is elliptically alluded to in a short flashback 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 It takes us through a typical day waking up eating breakfast making repairs to the house leaving the house to kill sleeping vampires or pick up supplies returning home making dinner listening to music getting drunk trying to ignore the vampires outside your house who are taunting you both verbally and in the case of the female vampires sexually Because anything having to do with vampires has to touch on the repression of sexual urges in some manner I Am Legend is also, and most fascinatingly, a grim kind of character study Matheson makes a rather daring literary choice in not giving Robert anyone or anything to play off of There is not another human to talk to There is no pet There is not even an inanimate object like Cast Away s Wilson to act as a sort of muse There is only Robert He is an angry, bitter man, which is altogether understandable He is also a high functioning alcoholic Also understandable The novel s high points are a couple powerful sequences in which this hard, down to basics shell is peeled away to surprisingly moving effect If that ambiguous sentence leaves you scratching your head, I have succeeded One thing I found entirely missing, other than people, is any semblance of lightness or joy Robert who lives in the LA area never has any fun with his sanctified status as last living avatar of the human race He doesn t go into a museum, take all the famous artwork, and then use it to decorate his bedroom He never goes to an adult bookstore and takes all the porn I suppose this is closer to a realistic response to losing your family, friends, and the rest of the world Still, we can all use a laugh now and then, right Matheson tells this story in the third person limited The point of view is strictly confined to Robert and what he is seeing, feeling, thinking The result is a constricted, almost claustrophobic atmosphere Robert s world is as small as it is empty Matheson makes you feel the cramped confines of Robert s fortress house He is also good at suggesting the creeping madness that comes along with that confinement I can t say muchwithout venturing into spoiler territory, and I don t want to do that So instead of dancing around themes or vaguely hinting at plot points for another 1,000 words which is actually my first inclination , I ll just wrap this up This is a quick, surprising little novel with a slammer of an ending


  10. says:

    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 bu 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 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 Okay, so I feel like the last paragraph had a lot of complaining, so I ll talk about what I loved I loved the SCIENCE 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 There were different types and it just wasn t explained very clearly at times.As for the endingWOW 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 AMAZING 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 .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

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