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I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

I Am Legend (original 1954; edition 1997)

by Richard Matheson

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Title:I Am Legend
Authors:Richard Matheson
Info:Orb Books (1997), Edition: Third Printing, Paperback, 317 pages
Collections:Your library, Kindle, Completed in 2012
Tags:vampires, dystopian, plague

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I Am Legend and Other Stories by Richard Matheson (1954)

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    The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson (sturlington)
    sturlington: Similar in many ways. Each stays in the head of a solitary hero, isolated by unnatural events beyond his control, struggling to hold onto his sanity and his sense of self.
  2. 10
    No Blade of Grass by John Christopher (crdf)
  3. 21
    The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (KatyBee)
  4. 02
    The Mouse on the Mile by Stephen King (VictoriaPL)

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Interesting premise, but slow-paced and plodding. Get the edition that has his collection of short stories as well. ( )
  Paulnakhiv | Apr 18, 2017 |
This is a book that divides me: there are aspects of it that I admire (and that ending! It ought to get 5 stars for that ending alone) and then there are others that leave me rolling my eyes (oh, classic scifi, I accept it's part of when you were written, but I don't have to excuse, ignore or enjoy it. No 5 stars for you).

Predictably, I like that it dwells on Neville's frame of mind, but have problems with the story development and the inconsistencies within Ruth's character.

Much musing about book and the most recent attempt to film it ( )
  imyril | Apr 15, 2017 |
Decent collection of horror stories; the strongest is the title story, a nerve wracking tale of vampires and paranoia. Some stories are lackluster, a few had been published in other collections, and some are rather problematic in content (see "From Shadowed Places"). The wrap-up story would have made a killer episode of "Tales From The Darkside". Overall, Matheson at his peak and also at some of his lows. ( )
  SarahHayes | Feb 20, 2017 |
A story about a distraught and manic man trying to overcome loneliness, most likely being the last human alive, and constantly trying to survive a vampire horde. The book is great and nothing like the movie. The vampires were there, but are really just an element for the theme of the story, which is how someone would behave and think when all alone and constantly in fear. There is a lot of inner monologue in the story that is gritty and likely realistic. I also enjoyed the take on vampires, with a more scientific and humanistic viewpoint. ( )
  renbedell | Nov 29, 2016 |
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To HENRY KUTTNER with my grateful thanks for his help and encouragement on this book.
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On those cloudy days, Robert Neville was never sure when sunset came, and sometimes they were in the streets before he could get back.
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This is the work for a short story collection, which includes the novella "I Am Legend". Please do NOT combine it with the main "I Am Legend" work which just contains the novel.

Stories contained in this work are:
I am legend --
Buried talents --
The near departed --
Prey --
Witch war --
Dance of the dead --
Dress of white silk --
Mad house --
The funeral --
From shadowed places --
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Robert Neville may well be the only survivor of an incurable plague that has mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures who are determined to destroy him.

By day, he scavenges for food and supplies, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But all the while the infected lurk in the shadows, watching his every move, waiting for him to make a mistake....

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One of the most influential vampire novels of the 20th century, I Am Legend regularly appears on the "10 Best" lists of numerous critical studies of the horror genre. As Richard Matheson's third novel, it was first marketed as science fiction (for although written in 1954, the story takes place in a future 1976). A terrible plague has decimated the world, and those who were unfortunate enough to survive have been transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Except, that is, for Robert Neville. He alone appears to be immune to this disease, but the grim irony is that now he is the outsider. He is the legendary monster who must be destroyed because he is different from everyone else. Employing a stark, almost documentary style, Richard Matheson was one of the first writers to convince us that the undead can lurk in a local supermarket freezer as well as a remote Gothic castle. His influence on a generation of bestselling authors--including Stephen King and Dean Koontz--who first read him in their youth is, well, legendary. --Stanley Wiater

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As the last living person on Earth, Robert Neville spends his days hunting vampires and nights barricaded inside his home while the vampires come after him.

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