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The Omega Man (original 1954; edition 1971)

by Richard Matheson

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Title:The Omega Man
Authors:Richard Matheson
Info:Berkley Medallion (1971), Mass Market Paperback, 174 pages
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I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (1954)

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    The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Rynooo, PDcastello)
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    The Martian by Andy Weir (johnny_merc)
    johnny_merc: Totally different genre; but another interesting take on the man alone genre. Also interesting that the main protagonist resorts to science to resolve issues.
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    The Strain by Guillermo del Toro (Joles)
    Joles: The authors treat vampires in a similar light. The Strain could very well be what leads up to Matheson's I Am Legend.
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    The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (47degreesnorth)
    47degreesnorth: Excellent post-apocalyptic story set in Colorado. Well developed story and characters.
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    la nuit a devore le monde by Pit Agarmen (yokai)
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    H5N1 Code Name: GREED by Jacqueline Druga (cmwilson101, cmwilson101)
    cmwilson101: Both of these books are about sole survivors who make it their aim in life to kill the monsters that have taken over the world; in I am Legend, the monsters are vampires, and in H5N1, the monsters are somewhat-rational zombies.
    cmwilson101: Both of these books are about sole survivors who make it their aim in life to kill the monsters that have taken over the world; in I am Legend, the monsters are vampires, and in H5N1, the monsters are somewhat-rational zombies.
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    lobotomy42: Similar style of short story, often with a gruesome twist.
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    That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley (Joles)
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Vampire and horror stories are generally not my kind of thing but this novella grew on me. As a matter of fact, this dystopian fantasy is more about a man trying to survive alone, mourning the loss of his family and wondering what keeps him from committing suicide.

Robertson Dean does a great job with the narration. ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 28, 2018 |
SO much better than the film! ( )
  Adam_Z | Mar 19, 2018 |
Oddly, this is the first time I’ve read any Matheson, probably because his books are usually badged as horror which I don’t much like.

This is an updated take on the vampire story: a plague has infected the human race turning them into vampires. Richard Neville is the last uninfected survivor having natural immunity; his wife and daughter succumbed to the plague, his daughter was cremated, but Neville buried his wife and had to stake her when she returned. He lives on his own, and is trying to rid his neighbourhood of vampires, especially a neighbour, as they surround his house at night calling him to come out.

Very much a psychological horror story, it focusses on Neville’s claustrophic life rather than the grand guignol bloodbath of his mission. However, the first thing that crossed my mind was: if all humanity are vampires, where are they getting blood? That question is never really explained, apart from mention of weaker vampires being preyed on by stronger vampires.

Well written, and fine if you like this sort of book, but as I don’t much, I won’t be recommending it.
  Maddz | Feb 19, 2018 |
I usually hate vampire stories but this one's really cool and catchy, full of action. ( )
  Denicbt | Feb 5, 2018 |
In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Every other man, woman, and child has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. How long can one man survive in a world of vampires?
  msrift | Feb 5, 2018 |
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Matheson maakt op een briljant-ingenieuze wijze gebruik van de Vampiermythe voor Essef doeleinden
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Glavni junak romana, Robert Nevil, poslednji je čovek u svetu zaraženom vampirizmom. Zabarikadiran u svom domu, on svake noći vodi bitku da preživi do svitanja, pri čemu mu neprijatelji nisu samo krvožedni stvorovi napolju, nego i sopstveni nagoni, ludilo koje vreba i uspomene na lepšu prošlost. Sudbinu Roberta Nevila na kraju zapečatiće jedna žena čija će ga izdaja suočiti sa istinom da se shvatanje normalnosti preokrenulo i da je sada sam na njenoj drugoj strani. Na onoj strani na kojoj se stupa u legendu.

Prvenstvena tema Metisonovog dela je „opasna različitost”. Njegovi vampiri su sivi i istovetni, simbol vladavine populizma, dok je Nevil večiti pojedinac u borbi protiv neprijateljskih sila prirode i društva.
added by Sensei-CRS | editknjigainfo.com
 

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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 work just contains the short novel "I Am Legend". Please do not combine other works entitled "I Am Legend" which contain the short novel and short stories with it.
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THE LAST MAN ON EARTH
IS NOT ALONE

Robert Neville may well be the only survivor of an incurable plague that had mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloddthirsty, 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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film edition paperback, fine

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"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 infected with a vampire bacillus 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?"--Cover.… (more)

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