", Absolutely disturbing modern classic! Dies hier ist die Vorlage für ein RPG von Rosenblut und Himawari. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 3, 2020. As he lathed, he listened to records over the loudspeaker he’d set up in the bedroom—Beethoven’s Third, Seventh, and Ninth symphonies. I loved this book. He picked the boxes from the freezer and pushed shut the door with his elbow. This time, it wasn't on purpose! He boards up his house, stocks up on canned goods, and researches a way to combat this disease. The bastards ought to be here soon. Neville walked into the kitchen and dumped the groceries on the table, his eyes moving to the clock. However, there is no denying its influence, nor its simple charm. Some regard it as THE classic horror story. . Robert Neville may well be the last living man on Earth . Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 14, 2020. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. 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. Today only one plank was loose. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Ben Cortman, colleague and neighbour who reminds him on Oliver Hardy (the comedian) shouts every evening he should come out. His house surrounded by vampires, Neville must try to negotiate his way around in order to ensure he has the necessities to fend off the attack. 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. 1. 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. That’s what was wrong with these cloudy days; you never knew when they were coming. Many of his friends and neighbours have succumbed to these blood sucking beasts, but there must be more to this existence. It was almost noon. 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). [his main character Robert was a very good coincidence - it means "of shining fame" (Germanic). He poured a little water into a small pan and clanked it down on a stove burner. As soon as the light was gone. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. 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. This is a fantastic, extremely well written book with a very serious message. 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. That was why he chose to stay near the house on those days. Completely different from the movie (The 2007 version), I wish they would have gone with this story instead. Twenty minutes to six. He moved slowly across the living room, looking at the mural that covered the back wall. The book is as much a psychological study of the effects of extreme loneliness, loss and grief, as it is fighting off the undead. The generator was at it again. I just finished reading this book. This was a very cool book. Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2019. Yet he never seemed to get ahead. Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2018. They could not be more correct. A virus has turned everyone on Earth into a vampire. Above it, on the wall, were haphazard racks of the tools that Robert Neville used. And he is so very lonely. He takes care of a dog. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. The vampires of this story are quite zombie like, I thought. It seems to run counter to traditional vampire themes of the time, and still seems like a very fresh idea today. Robert Neville is the only human left in his neighbourhood and possibly in the world. as this story unravelled. Many of his friends and neighbours have succumbed to these blood sucking beasts, but there must be more to. When he finds an uninfected dog, his attempts to befriend it are almost pathetic & truly heart-wrenching. 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. 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. All others are infected and turned into vampires. I would have just given up and let myself get caught! 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). A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering, ["Full circle. It was all very depressing and it made him resolve to find a better method of disposal. In comparison with some of the 'vampire' drivel being served up today, this little novel is indeed legend. In a few days, jagged pieces of the silver-backed glass would start to fall off. 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. We’d love your help. Dark story with convincing characterisation, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 21, 2019. In some of the reviews that I previously read, they mention how the book is nothing like the movie. Survival and Violence. Eventually he’d have to lathe down rectangular lengths of wood. The name already shows what he is to the human-like vampires (for the feral type he's just blood-source really). It's going to be difficult, but I will refrain from including him in this review. When he was finished stringing the garlic cloves, he went outside and nailed them over the window boarding, taking down the old strings, which had lost most of their potent smell. Except for Robert Neville; mankind's lone survivor. Science. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 20, 2015. Both the tank and the hothouse were undamaged today. Normalcy was a majority concept, the standard of many and not the standard of just one man. There are no gory descriptions of decapitation or mass battles, but the tension is real. I Am Legend is a 1954 post-apocalyptic horror novel by American writer Richard Matheson that was influential in the modern development of zombie and vampire literature and in popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease. Much of the book focuses on our hero's loneliness. Until he found something better, it was his first line of defense. Four-fifteen. But Robert doesn't want to turn into one of them. Four fifths of the way through and the only thing on my mind was how incredibly boring and one-dimensional Robert Neville is. I Am Legend is a classic horror story. It was tiresome, monotonous work, and it filled the air with hotsmelling wood dust that settled in his pores and got into his lungs and made him cough. He stepped off onto the lawn and walked down to the sidewalk. Of course, I had seen the movie, and I was intrigued when someone said the book was nothing like it. I just re-read this after watching some of the movies based on it. He’d put garlic there instead. as this story unravelled. The vampire plague has destroyed our society. He’d burned them down to prevent them from jumping on his roof from the adjacent ones. 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 man could get used to anything if he had to. In 1949 he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951. Robert Neville is in a battle against the world, or so it seems to him. The air thickened with the musky, pungent odor. The vampire plague has claimed all human life. Completely different from the movie (The 2007 version), I wish they would have gone with this story instead. He married in 1952 and has four children, three of whom (, “Full circle. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. 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 :) Four fifths of the way through and the only thing on my mind was how incredibly boring and one-dimensional Robert Neville is. He punched holes in each clove half, then strung them all together with wire until he had about twenty-five necklaces. 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. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Great plot, great prose, compelling and several movie adaptions! Start by marking “I Am Legend” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I'll say this; I'm glad I saw the movie before I read the book. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. At the end you'll come to know who says 'I am Legend' and what's the meaning behind. He boards up his house, stocks up on canned goods, and researches a way to combat this disease. He said: "When it comes to this story, there is no movie; there is just the book". A disgusted hiss passed his clenched teeth. He picked out two lamb chops, string beans, and a small box of orange sherbet. There's a problem loading this menu right now. An incurable plague has mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures who are determined to destroy him. 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!) He does resea. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I remember enjoying the movie The Omega Man with Charlton Heston when I was young. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (Graphic Novel). Otherness. It's an apocalyptic novel. When we meet him he's been living at his present place for 5 months. Influencing great modern horror writers … Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Please try again. Oh, well, at least they were better than those damned dust storms. Grief, Loneliness, and Depression. When it got too oppressive, he snapped on the air-conditioning unit and suction drew away the worst of it. To see what your friends thought of this book. Excellent horror/science fiction novella. 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. Hollywood has a long-standing tradition of adapting horror novels into frightening films. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. May 14th 2011 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. He is not a doctor or a scientist, just a regular man stuck in an irregular situation. 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). After he’d finished his tomato juice, he walked to the front door and went out onto the porch. Next he thawed out the chops and put them under the broiler. I realize this is one of the "classics" of science fiction (or science fantasy)and I don't care. he thought. Was very creepy to read. Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (Richard Matheson: Collected Stories) He passed slowly through the dim silence of the living room, turned left into the small hallway, and left again into his bedroom. Next he moved over to the uneven stacks of cans piled to the ceiling. Please do not get this book on the notion that you are reading a novelization of the movie. In comparison with some of the 'vampire' drivel being served up today, this little novel is indeed legend. It's a short book (story) this one, but a great read, from the 1950s. This is another one of those times when there are people who if they could would give this book far more than the allowed 5 while if I were rating it on "enjoyment alone" I'd be looking to give it negative stars. Ich bin Legende, auch Ich, der letzte Mensch (original I Am Legend), ist ein 1954 erschienener Science-Fiction-Roman des amerikanischen Schriftstellers Richard Matheson. 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. But I went into reading. I assumed he looked like Will Smith in my head till Mathes. But after sundown he’d better be home behind the locked doors, because they always come knocking after dark. But from a distance they’d thrown rocks until he’d been forced to cover the broken panes with plywood scraps. Four-thirty. The sky was darkening and it was getting chilly. 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. 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. He checked each window to see if any of the boards had been loosened. And, once he had installed the three air-conditioning units, it wasn’t too bad. It had made the house a gloomy sepulcher, but it was better than having rocks come flying into his rooms in a shower of splintered glass. Absolutely disturbing modern classic! Refresh and try again. Books like I Am Legend were an inspiration to me.” ―Stephen King, “Matheson is one of the great names in American terror fiction.” ―The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Matheson inspires, it's as simple as that.” ―Brian Lumley. He sees that the front door is wide open: Ruth is gone. There was a problem loading your book clubs. It helped to fill the terrible void of hours. You read how more and more got infected, how they were buried (this will give you nightmares). Six-twenty-five today. Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2018. I’ve been sitting on this book since I bought it back in 2017, just never got around to reading it but the my favourite podcast discussed it on their Patreon episode and their discussion was enough to make me download. It was really interesting the whole way through with a MC that really had to work hard to figure out how to get out of this situation. It was also an inspiration behind Night of the … Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville's blood. He was glad he’d learned early in life, from his mother, to appreciate this kind of music. Summary Analysis Neville wakes up in his house. The book plotline is so different from the movie, I didn't really have a hard time with it. I just finished reading this book. 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 'i. After the 'plague' finished in 1975, Robert Neville seems to be the only human left immune and alive. Tor Books; REV and Revised ed. Now the smell was in his house and in his clothes, and sometimes he thought it was even in his flesh. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. For some reason, Neville alone seemed to be immune. Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2017. 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 … Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. ["Full circle. But, as Matheson so beautifully states, "Man can get used to anything", and so he does - burning corpses left on his doorstep by his vampire "friends", gathering fresh garlic, and fixing up his house for them to come back each night and try to drag him out. He sat in the living room, trying to read. 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. 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). He does research on the bacterium that transforms humans into vampires. The premise is simple: after a nuclear war, a mutation sweeps across the globe. Won’t that be fun? He took a hammer from the bench and picked out a few nails from one of the disordered bins. He tossed the hammer on the living-room couch, then lit another cigarette and had his midmorning drink. 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. In the beginning it had made him sick to smell garlic in such quantity; his stomach had been in a state of constant turmoil. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. He was a tall man, thirty-six, born of English-German stock, his features undistinguished except for the long, determined mouth and the bright blue of his eyes, which moved now over the charred ruins of the houses on each side of his. I turned the first page of "I Am Legend" with zero knowledge of what Hollywood did to it because a friend of mine gave me an important warning. First, he separated the bulbs into the small, sickle-shaped cloves. He lathed them out of thick doweling, band-sawed into nineinch lengths. By day he goes about his business: repairing his fortified house, stringing garlic necklaces, sharpening stakes, collecting supplies from what he can scavenge in town. Ben Cortman, colleague and neighbour who reminds him on Oliver Hardy (the comedian) shouts every evening he should come out. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. He walked around the house in the dull gray of afternoon, a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth, trailing threadlike smoke over his shoulder. Garlic always worked. In the beginning he had hung these necklaces over the windows. When he had enough bulbs, he went back to the house and dumped them on the drainboard of the sink. Something went wrong. Ben Cortman was shouting. Let me being this review by saying that I never saw any of the movie adaptations of this book. 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. Robert Neville is the last uninfected man still alive. It's truly a chilling book. It was the last damned mirror he’d put there; it wasn’t worth it. [(The protagonist came down with a weakened form of the "vampire microbe", his immune system beat it, and he's immune. These he held against the whirling emery stone until they were as sharp as daggers. And, if it were too much trouble to repair, he’d have to install a new generator. I am legend.”, The Most Popular Book-to-Scream Adaptations. At some time a woman who calls herself Ruth, enters his dreadful life. It was a quarter to five. Soon now. 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). Richard Matheson may be the most underrated genre writer ever. A novel that has been both heavily criticized and revered, I Am Legend straddles an uneasy line between Horror and Science Fiction. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize for all of the Will Smith jokes. This was creepy and sad too. . From four o’clock on, his gaze kept shifting to the clock on the wall. There was a pandemic (seems familiar in times like ours at the moment). 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. His house surrounded by vampires, Neville must try to negotiate his way around in order to ensure he has the necessities to fend off the attack. At the table he sliced himself two pieces of bread and poured himself a glass of tomato juice. Is she infected? For he was a man and he was alone and these things had no importance to him. 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. 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. I read it years ago and while I find the writing in places rates my recognition of it's quality...I don't care for the book. He went to the house for a hammer and nails. No matter how many stakes he made, they were gone in no time at all. I can highly recommend reading it. Isn’t that amazing? Please try again. The unused nails he threw into the rubble next door. As he flicked the wall switch, the light flickered, then flared into normal brilliance. After the 'plague' finished in 1975, Robert Neville seems to be the only human left immune and alive. 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. I am Legend Von: Marie Z. 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. Neville uses this knowledge to work on some sort of defence, in hopes that it will allow him the chance to push back and take his life into his own hands.
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