I Am Legend Mass Market Paperback – Oct 30 2007
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Starred Review. Robert Neville has witnessed the end of the world. The world's population has been obliterated by a vampire virus, though Neville has somehow survived. As he toils to make sense of it all and protect himself against the hounding vampires who seek out his life force, Neville embarks on a series of projects to discover the source of the plague and hopefully put an end to the vampires. In a tale that plays with the slippery slope of sanity, Dean makes the perfect choice for a narrator. His powerful performance proves chilling and haunting. As Neville teeters on the edge of sanity, Dean manipulates his tone, speed, emphasis and projection accordingly, making listeners tremble with his narration. While some might rebuke his narration for being too dramatic or providing too much interpretation, Dean's intensity adds to the book in a way that benefits listeners over readers. The visceral nature of his performance evokes the image of a foamy-mouthed Dean growling at a microphone with spittle flying. A Tor paperback. (Oct.)
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Once i started reading I Am Legend i just could not put it down and finished it in one long sitting. It starts off superb and doesnt let up one bit. The ending also is beautiful, smart, and tragic. Truly original.
And what many people arent mentioning is that I Am Legend only takes up half of this book. The second half is a compilation of Matheson's short stories and are extremely entertaining also.
Buy this book. Now!
Robert Neville, as far as he can tell, is the last man on Earth. Only a few months ago, a plague swept through civilization, infecting billions and turning them into bizarre vampire-like creatures. These creatures are sedentary during the day, but come out at night and hunger for human blood. Like most literary vampires, they also have various weaknesses such as garlic, light, and mirrors, which Neville exploits to survive in his apocalypse-hardened fortress of a house.
Neville spends his time maintaining his fortress-house, drinking, and killing vampires while they sleep during the day. Eventually, he tires of just killing vampires and decides also to start investigating the vampirism disease; his research progress is one of the truly fascinating parts of the novel. Of course, being the only human survivor also takes its toll on Neville. The loss of his family weighs especially heavy on him, and in his loneliness and drunkenness more than once considers giving up and leaving his fate to the vampires that surround his house at night. Later, Neville encounters another survivor, a young woman, but she may end up causing Neville even more grief—and danger.
Speaking more on the comparisons between the book and the film, I find that film isn't a great medium for stories of a solitary individual (see also Ender's Game).Read more ›
I am a fan of the movie. While I haven't seen it in some time, I remember it being very good. The book is also good. However, if I were to compare the two, I would say I preferred the movie to the book. That's not saying that everything was better in the movie, but just overall.
I especially think that the movie was better in terms of the main character, Robert. In the movie, Robert has a ton of personality and adds humour to the story. You root for him, sympathize for him, and want him to survive. He is very likable. However, in the book, Robert is kind of plain and boring. I didn't find anything particularly likable about him. That's not to say that I didn't like him either. I was merely impartial to his character. This made for a disconnection for me to his story. While I was definitely interested in seeing where his story went, I didn't really care one way or the other if Robert survived.
The concept of the story is incredibly unique. I don't have much knowledge of how many vampire stories were out when this book was published, but since the story is still unique in the present time, that's saying a lot for just how one-of-a-kind this book truly is.
The story is also captivating and has twists and turns along the way. The world building is decent. Overall, I thought it was a good book.
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Don't watch any of the movies if you appreciate a classic. This is the only version worth your time. And it's worth every second of it!Published 11 months ago by DCM
I figured I was getting a decent length paper back when I bought this 300 page book. Turns out you're actually getting a 160 page book and 140 pages of unrelated short... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kevan
Arrived promptly in fine condition. Satisfied customer. Thank YouPublished 14 months ago by stephanie nolin
If you like Stephen King, you'll love I Am Legend. You ask yourself, what would I do in the same situation? Great book to make you think and reflect.Published 15 months ago by shane
This book is filled with interesting ideas. It is bold and presumptuous. It's a story that sticks in your mind.Published 15 months ago by Kevin Fifield
Richard Matheson knows how to play with your emotions. One of the best macabre stories I've read. A book to remember.Published 16 months ago by Ash
The movie for this book is one of my favorites - I liked both endings they filmed. I was hesitant to read the book. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2013 by Rose
This book should actually be titled 'I Am Legend & Other Stories'. As another reviewer has pointed out, I Am Legend only comprises the first 160 pages, and then you get a... Read morePublished on March 17 2013 by Dances with Monsters
There would be no Stephen King without Richard Matheson. This statement alone should be enough to convince you to read Matheson's work. Read morePublished on April 19 2011 by Andre Farant