Saturday, April 4, 2009

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

From the back: The last man on earth is not alone. 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...

My thoughts: I liked it. After having seen all three movies based on this story (The Last Man on Earth staring Vincent price, The Omega Man staring Charlton Heston, and I Am Legend staring Will Smith) it was about time to read it. The book seemed to me to be more about the man than about vampires. While reading I could feel his anger, despair and loneliness. I ached for him when he realized he was no longer the norm but the beast, the stuff of legend.

I did not realize that only half of this book was "I Am Legend" and the other half was short stories. I read through those, liked some and didn't like others.

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Dennis the Vizsla said...

I enjoyed this book. In some ways it reminded me of my own vampire book, Long Before Dawn.

Yvette Kelly said...

I didn't know there was a book about this.I saw the movie "I Am Legend" with Will Smith and enjoyed it but always prefer to read the book because of the extra details.Thank you for this post.

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