Far up in the clear blue sky, white sea gulls floated on the wind, and over on the right a gnarled tree hung over the precipice, its dark branches etched against the sky. But I went into reading. I was sitting shotgun while my father drove us home from a vacation in Michigan. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 20, 2015. Robert Neville is the only human left in his neighbourhood and possibly in the world. I still remember the exact moment I started and finished this book nearly 10 years ago. Some regard it as THE classic horror story. It was so cool figuring it out beside him. Garlic always worked. Refresh and try again. He’d made himself a whisky and soda at his small bar and he held the cold glass as he read a physiology text. He stood before the giant freezer, selecting his supper. There was a problem loading your book clubs. If he had been more analytical, he might have calculated the approximate time of their arrival; but he still used the lifetime habit of judging nightfall by the sky, and on cloudy days that method didn’t work. Except for Robert Neville; mankind's lone survivor. You would think that someone forced into solitude and surrounded by death and insanity would have a wonderfully colourful and twisted mind - if you're going to have a book revolving around a single character, make him a really good one. In another hour they’d be at the house again, the filthy bastards. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. There are no gory descriptions of decapitation or mass battles, but the tension is real. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering, ["Full circle. I'm not sure if reading about a global pandemic that wiped out most of the worlds population was really wise at the minute, but the fact that they turned into vampires was a welcomed twist?? After he’d finished his tomato juice, he walked to the front door and went out onto the porch. Many of his friends and neighbours have succumbed to these blood sucking beasts, but there must be more to this existence. He boards up his house, stocks up on canned goods, and researches a way to combat this disease. Yet he never seemed to get ahead. I can highly recommend reading it. Angrily he jerked a high-legged stool to the sink, got a knife, and sat down with an exhausted grunt. Four fifths of the way through and the only thing on my mind was how incredibly boring and one-dimensional Robert Neville is. Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2018. And, once he had installed the three air-conditioning units, it wasn’t too bad. At some time a woman who calls herself Ruth, enters his dreadful life. He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier. He took down a can of tomato juice, then left the room that had once belonged to Kathy and now belonged to his stomach. by RosettaBooks. He boards up his house, stocks up on canned goods, and researches a way to combat this disease. Neville walked into the kitchen and dumped the groceries on the table, his eyes moving to the clock. Won’t that be fun? [being a brown-white mutt, who never tames and dies soon; that Robert is a mere plant worker who has to work to understand how to use a microscope to do research and read to understand; LA not NY; no contact-search with radio... [frightening and tragic: seeing those ferals being destroyed, then being taken to be executed into the more-civilized and day-walking vampire camp. Isn’t that amazing? To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Encouraged by my reading group to try this piece by Richard Matheson, I was soon pulled into the world of vampires and a massive plague (how fitting!) I really liked that one, and I (wrongly) assumed that since they had used the original title from the book that both movies were based on, that it stayed closer to the original source material. 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). Let me being this review by saying that I never saw any of the movie adaptations of this book. In diesem Buch geht es um eine tragische Liebesgeschichte. You read how more and more got infected, how they were buried (this will give you nightmares). Many of his friends and neighbours have succumbed to these blood sucking beasts, but there must be more to. Robert Nevile is the last human in town, maybe on earth. Then came the movie I am Legend with Will Smith. Please try again. Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (Richard Matheson: Collected Stories) Completely different from the movie (The 2007 version), I wish they would have gone with this story instead. In the beginning he had hung these necklaces over the windows. You read how more and more got infected, how they were buried (this will give you nightmares). His jaded eyes moved over the stacks of meats down to the frozen vegetables, down to the breads and pastries, the fruits and ice cream. There was a pandemic (seems familiar in times like ours at the moment). Encouraged by my reading group to try this piece by Richard Matheson, I was soon pulled into the world of vampires and a massive plague (how fitting!) The generator was at it again. He had to go through this process twice a week. He's not anywhere like Will Smith, lookwise, English-German man in late 30s with blue eyes, blond going bald (and later with a beard). Yet again, I've been breaking the rules. Next he moved over to the uneven stacks of cans piled to the ceiling. Trying to survive, and wondering what caused everyone to change and/or die - which sets him on the road of research and a big surprise, [ - one of them being Ruth (who I pictured looking like Noomi Rapace for some reason. After a few minutes he took a long, slow breath and went back into the house. Ist ein bissschen blutig, aber meiner Meinung nach garnicht so schlecht geraten.... Ich freu mich über jeden Leser, aber das habt ihr euch bestimmt schon denken können :) I'll say this; I'm glad I saw the movie before I read the book. No matter how many stakes he made, they were gone in no time at all. Later he forced himself into the kitchen to grind up the five-day accumulation of garbage in the sink. Please try again. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. He tossed the hammer on the living-room couch, then lit another cigarette and had his midmorning drink. I don't think I would have lasted long as the last person alive. I mean, there is very little to connect the book to the movie starring Will Smith. Ben Cortman, colleague and neighbour who reminds him on Oliver Hardy (the comedian) shouts every evening he should come out. But in the end, one can sort of see that there might be a more hopeful, human-like future that Robert will not see... that there will be eventually a compromise-coexistence within these human-like vampires, that they will become more and more like the human's civilisation was before the plague - even though they are now still in the revolutionary, search-and-destroy stage of existence. He picked out two lamb chops, string beans, and a small box of orange sherbet. Excellent horror/science fiction novella. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Influencing great modern horror writers like Stephen King, it's one that will stick with you. Robert Neville is the last uninfected man still alive. Robert Neville may well be the last living man on Earth . A novel that has been both heavily criticized and revered, I Am Legend straddles an uneasy line between Horror and Science Fiction. In some of the reviews that I previously read, they mention how the book is nothing like the movie. Was very creepy to read. He looked up and down Cimarron Street, the cool breeze ruffling his blond hair. In his own mind, Robert Neville is a legend for cracking the code, though the reader may feel otherwise. It ranks with, Born in Allendale, New Jersey to Norwegian immigrant parents, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943. Neither movie was anything like this book And this book was bad. He sat down and looked at the red second hand as it swept slowly around the clock face. However, there is no denying its influence, nor its simple charm. I assumed he looked like Will Smith in my head till Matheson gave a description, and then the description seemed to make more sense with the book character's life and personality. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. For some reason, Neville alone seemed to be immune. A virus has turned everyone on Earth into a vampire. Richard Matheson may be the most underrated genre writer ever. When you look at a list of his books-, Los Angeles, about 22 years into the future (Jan. 1976 - Jan. 1979 in this book; copyright 1954, which really shows in some of the book's views). Six-twenty-five today. This was creepy and sad too. I Am Legend is a classic horror story. Normalcy was a majority concept, the standard of many and not the standard of just one man. I remember enjoying the movie The Omega Man with Charlton Heston when I was young. The name already shows what he is to the human-like vampires (for the feral type he's just blood-source really). These he held against the whirling emery stone until they were as sharp as daggers. The world is in ruins. In a few days, jagged pieces of the silver-backed glass would start to fall off. Survival and Violence. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 3, 2020. But Robert doesn't want to turn into one of them. When he finds an uninfected dog, his attempts to befriend it are almost pathetic & truly heart-wrenching. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Four fifths of the way through and the only thing on my mind was how incredibly boring and one-dimensional Robert Neville is. The air thickened with the musky, pungent odor. The premise is simple: after a nuclear war, a mutation sweeps across the globe. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. In the beginning it had made him sick to smell garlic in such quantity; his stomach had been in a state of constant turmoil. Today only one plank was loose. By day, the vampires go into a coma-like sleep and Neville uses this time to fight back the only way he can – by killing as many of them as he can find. As time progresses, Neville turns scientific and discovers some of the microbiological aspects of the plague, as well as how it spreads from host to host. The vampire plague has claimed all human life. It's going to be difficult, but I will refrain from including him in this review. He is not a doctor or a scientist, just a regular man stuck in an irregular situatio. Robert Neville sat down with a sigh and began to eat. He knew he should burn up the paper plates and utensils too, and dust the furniture and wash out the sinks and the bathtub and toilet, and change the sheets and pillowcase on his bed; but he didn’t feel like it. The sky was darkening and it was getting chilly. Is she infected? Much of the book focuses on our hero's loneliness. As he pushed open the front door, he looked at the distorted reflection of himself in the cracked mirror he’d fastened to the door a month ago. He worked in silence, lips pressed into a hard line, a cigarette in the corner of his mouth, his eyes staring at the bit as it gnawed away the wood and sent floury dust filtering down to the floor. Influencing great modern horror writers … The book plotline is so different from the movie, I didn't really have a hard time with it. Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend blends science fiction and horror into a pulp classic. I nearly didn't buy this book until I realised that the 2007 film starring Will Smith was only loosely based on Richard Matheson's novel, which is all together a much darker creation. Now he reached over and took an icepick from its wall rack. It's well worth reading. Trying to survive, and wondering what caused eve, Los Angeles, about 22 years into the future (Jan. 1976 - Jan. 1979 in this book; copyright 1954, which really shows in some of the book's views). The AC was too high and I was freezing but couldn't bare to pull my eyes away from this story long enough to ask him to turn it down. I would have just given up and let myself get caught! With a shrug, he moved back across the lawn and into the house, locking and bolting the door behind him, sliding the thick bar into place. but he is not alone. I loved this book. He married in 1952 and has four children, three of w, Born in Allendale, New Jersey to Norwegian immigrant parents, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943. By this time the water was boiling and he dropped in the frozen string beans and covered them, thinking that it was probably the electric stove that was milking the generator. From 1930s classics like Dracula and... Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth... but he is not alone. There was a pandemic (seems familiar in times like ours at the moment). In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Easy classic to read - def recommend, 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. By day, he is a hunter, stalking the infected monstrosities through the abandoned ruins of civilization. It's a short book (story) this one, but a great read, from the 1950s. Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2018. First, he separated the bulbs into the small, sickle-shaped cloves. Ben Cortman, colleague and neighbour who reminds him on Oliver Hardy (the comedian) shouts every evening he should come out. Sometimes they would lob rocks over the high fence around the hothouse, and occasionally they would tear through the overhead net and he’d have to replace panes. Hollywood has a long-standing tradition of adapting horror novels into frightening films. It's some months since a devastating plague swept through humanity, killing many and turning the rest into vampires. Tor Books; REV and Revised ed. As a science fiction novel, I Am Legend doesn’t reference very many historical events; however, like many of the best SF books, it uses science fiction to allude to some of the social and political events of its era. . Ich bin Legende, auch Ich, der letzte Mensch (original I Am Legend), ist ein 1954 erschienener Science-Fiction-Roman des amerikanischen Schriftstellers Richard Matheson. May 14th 2011 He checked each window to see if any of the boards had been loosened. At the table he sliced himself two pieces of bread and poured himself a glass of tomato juice. Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2018. In 1949 he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951. Eventually he’d have to lathe down rectangular lengths of wood. When it got too oppressive, he snapped on the air-conditioning unit and suction drew away the worst of it. They could not be more correct. It showed a cliff edge, sheering off to greenblue ocean that surged and broke over black rocks. [Did anyone else struggle to visually imagination Robert Neville as being a blonde haired, blue eyed Caucasian instead of Will Smith? After the 'plague' finished in 1975, Robert Neville seems to be the only human left immune and alive. You would think that someone forced into solitude and surrounded by death and insanity would have a wonderfully colourful and twisted mind - if you're going to have a book revolving around a single character, make him a really good one. This time, it wasn't on purpose! In the back yard he checked the hothouse and the water tank. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize for all of the Will Smith jokes. “One of the most important writers of the twentieth century.” ―Ray Bradbury, “I think the author who influence me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson. Something went wrong. He does resea. It's truly a chilling book. At least I have the ability to say it was a mildly entertaining, if not regurgitated zombie movie. He sees that the front door is wide open: Ruth is gone. All others are infected and turned into vampires. Robert Nevile is the last human in town, maybe on earth. I am Legend Von: Marie Z. [(The protagonist came down with a weakened form of the "vampire microbe", his immune system beat it, and he's immune. Thus it stands to reason that I never would have read Richard Matheson’s, "The strength of the vampire is that no one will believe in him.". It was the last damned mirror he’d put there; it wasn’t worth it. Some regard it as THE classic horror story. So, it wasn't until he began chasing, abusing and kidnapping a woman in the name of science (everything in this book was tunnel-viewed 'in the name of science' and dismissed any other possibilities and ways of thinking) that I let my imagination take over the plot. Completely different from the movie (The 2007 version), I wish they would have gone with this story instead. Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2017. ["Full circle. This book was an awesome look at the degradation of a man's sanity as he lives three years in near isolation while keeping vampires at bay. In comparison with some of the 'vampire' drivel being served up today, this little novel is indeed legend. When we meet him he's been living at his present place for 5 months. 1. The vampire plague has destroyed our society. Now it was a room entirely functional, and since Neville’s bed and bureau took up so little space, he had converted one side of the room into a shop. [his main character Robert was a very good coincidence - it means "of shining fame" (Germanic). edition (October 30, 2007), A Classic Horror Tale That Stands Above Its Movie Adaptations, Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2016. is a classic horror story. Robert Neville was in his hothouse collecting a basketful of garlic. That’s what was wrong with these cloudy days; you never knew when they were coming. He was glad he’d learned early in life, from his mother, to appreciate this kind of music. Otherness. It was also an inspiration behind Night of the … This is a fantastic, extremely well written book with a very serious message. I had not realized this was written in 1954 until someone mentioned it. But Robert doesn't want to turn into one of them. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. If I'd read the book before I'd seen the film I would have been so peed-off at the hack job the movie was. It was almost noon. Matheson’s futuristic portrait of Los Angeles as a dangerous, vampire-ridden wasteland could reflect his impressions of Los Angeles in the 1950s, when there were numerous fires and the city experienced a … At the end you'll come to know who says 'I am Legend' and what's the meaning behind. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published He said: "When it comes to this story, there is no movie; there is just the book". Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Now the smell was in his house and in his clothes, and sometimes he thought it was even in his flesh. After violent attacks, the planks were often split or partially pried off, and he had to replace them completely; a job he hated. The vampires of this story are quite zombie like, I thought. Great plot, great prose, compelling and several movie adaptions! He takes care of a dog. ", Absolutely disturbing modern classic! Once the room had been warmly decorated, but that was in another time. Absolutely disturbing modern classic! So true. He moved slowly across the living room, looking at the mural that covered the back wall.