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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

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  1. FictionFan FictionFan says:

    Robert Neville is the only human left in his neighbourhood and possibly in the world It s some months since a devastating plague swept through humanity, killing many and turning the rest into vampires For some reason, Neville alone seemed to be immune Now he spends each night barricaded into his house, surrounded by all the traditional anti vampire weapons garlic, crosses, mirrors while a growing horde of vampires gathers outside howling for his blood 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.Put away your anti vampire fiction prejudices for a moment The book is sci fi in the sense that it s set in a near future and involves a plague, Neville s world is about as dystopian as you can get and there are passages of great horror writing But Matheson combines all these genres to produce something that is fundamentally about humanity about loneliness, prejudice and the overwhelming will to survive.The story is told from Neville s perspective, though in the third person, and begins by showing his day to day existence checking his house is still secure, making good any damage the vampires have done the night before, collecting any supplies he might need from the abandoned grocery stores Then if there s enough daylight left, he takes his stock of wooden stakes and hunts for vampires The horrors of the plague are never far from his mind, though, and it s through his memories that the reader learns what happened at that time And Neville hasn t given up all hope yet, either that there might be other people who escaped with their humanity intact, or that by studying the medical books in the abandoned libraries he might be able to fathom out the cause of the plague and develop a cure.The quality of the writing is very high, not always a given in sci fi Where a modern day writer would doubtless waffle on for a stultifying 500 pages and throw in a love triangle, yes, I am bitter , Matheson cuts to the chase and packs a huge amount into a relatively small space The search for a cure is done interestingly, with Neville taking the usual vampire story tropes one by one and testing them out to see which ones are true, then speculating on possible scientific causes for why they should work Why garlic Why do they only go outside when its dark Why wooden stakes But when evening comes and the shouting and howling begins, then we see the utter loneliness and despair that haunt his nights, with memories of his happy, normal life before the plague constantly reminding him of all he has lost It s at these times that he questions what it is that makes him go on day after day, why he is driven to continue with the futile task of killing vampires when he knows that he ll never be able to make even a tiny dent in their overwhelming numbers Would it not be easier to give up, go outside and join them But he is disgusted by them, a visceral, instinctive disgust at their very nature, a disgust that comes as much from hatred of difference as from fear.The descriptive writing is spare but very effective in building an atmosphere of fear and tension, with occasional gleams of hope serving only to deepen the pervading darkness of despair Neville isn t a super hero he s just a normal guy, meaning that the reader empathises with him But what pushes this book beyond good and towards great is unfortunately the thing that cannot be discussed in a review without major spoilers Suffice it to say that, when you have finished reading, you will probably find that you feel very differently than you expected to, and might well be left pondering the very nature of what it means to be human Intrigued Then read it

  2. Chunky Monkey Chunky Monkey says:

    It s a short book story this one, but a great read, from the 1950s It tells the tale of seemingly the last human alive on earth, Richard Neville, surrounded by zombie hordes The book is as much a psychological study of the effects of extreme loneliness, loss and grief, as it is fighting off the undead There are no gory descriptions of decapitation or mass battles, but the tension is real.I really liked the fact that the zombies could talk, taunting him at times , and that, living in his old fortified house, he recognised his former neighbours as they shuffled about in the dark, or tried to kill him That made it feel very personal and the isolation real.Neville, over time, has learned to be self sufficient, resourceful and resilient The arrival of a stray dog triggers a series of emotional events which lead to..well, I won t spoil the book.Great little read.

  3. Ninaminacat Ninaminacat says:

    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.This is a simple story, thoughtfully planned and well executed, which straddles the horror and SF genres Robert Neville, the sole human survivor in a world where the rest of the population have become vampires, makes the most of the now deserted library to research possible cures as well as methods of repelling and killing vampires and puts his new found knowledge to use in the experiments he conducts in the vampire proof stronghold which is his home This is not only practical but also a way of giving purpose to his solitary life, which, like his character, is convincingly portrayed throughout the book.I did have one moment of feminist anguish about his attitude, but by the end of the book, I felt that this insight into Neville s thoughts was there for a reason I shall refrain from giving further details since I prefer reviews without spoilers.

  4. Kindleworm Dot Com Kindleworm Dot Com says:

    So i got 23% into this book and i simply cannot take another page of this.Stupid, alcoholic, smoking, crap eating, sad, miserable idiot getting chased by lots of vampires Woohoo Yes folks, another dull and boring vampire story, only difference from the norm is that this one is post apocalyptic as the vampires have wiped out all humans apart from this one pathetic, sad alcoholic.Seriously, if you had the daylight hours of every day to do whatever you want, go wherever you want, you have the whole world and its contents at your disposal before the vampires came out at night to hunt and all you could think to do was live like this sad twat because you re a pathetic, miserable alcoholic, then you may as well just throw yourself into the vampire s grasp and get it over with Stop torturing yourself, and most of all, stop torturing us poor readers who have large To Read piles to get through.I have no idea about the rest of the book, but the first quarter of it has no sci fi whatsoever in it How this has managed to get itself into SF Masterworks is quite beyond me I suppose there always has to be the bottom of pile, hopefully this is it because i m going to despair if there are any worse books than this in the series.

  5. Parsec Parsec says:

    I AM LEGEND, Richard Mathesons Roman aus dem Jahr 1954, wird v llig zu Recht als wegweisendes Meisterwerk bezeichnet Es gibt, so glaube ich, im gesamten Genre nur wenige B cher, welche so viele Klischees begr ndet haben und welche sich gleichzeitig dennoch auch heutzutage noch frisch und originell lesen.Wenn man die Bedeutung von I AM LEGEND umrei en m chte muss man feststellen, dass dieses Buch nicht nur f r die apokalyptischen Filme aus den 60ern 70ern eine wichtige Inspiration war nicht zuletzt nat rlich f r Romeros Night Of The Living Dead , sondern auch ein wesentlicher Grundstein f r das in den letzten 15 Jahren sehr dominanten Zombie Revival darstellte.Die St rke von I AM LEGEND ist meiner Ansicht nach zweierlei nat rlich einerseits, dass Matheson seine Geschichte sehr stringent entwickelt und einfach gut erz hlen kann Die bedrohliche, verzweifelte und klaustrophobische Stimmung der Ausgangslage wird von auch nach fast 70 Jahren noch sehr packend geschildert.Hinzu kommt andererseits, dass I AM LEGEND eine sehr interessante, und f r das Genre, gerade zu dieser Zeit ungew hnliche moralische und philosophische Botschaft hat das Buch setzt sich ja mit der Frage auseinander, wer denn letztlich entscheidet, was normal ist und was nicht Wer entscheidet nach welchen Kriterien, wer ein Monster ist, und wer gibt wem das Recht, die vermeintlich andere Seite zu t ten Nebenbei ist dies Tatsache, dass dieser Umstand in der Verfilmung mit Will Smith aus dem Jahr 2008 reichlich unterging, ein weiterer Grund, diesen Film trotz sch ner Effekte einfach entt uschend zu finden Insofern v llig zu Recht wird dieses Buch als Meisterwerk gehandelt In meinen Augen sollte man als Horror SF Fan I AM LEGEND unbedingt kennen.