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He monsters are closer in behaviour to zombies than to classic vampires Cesar Romero cites the book as a primary source Stephen King alsao makes reference to itOn the positive side "two aspects of the novel stand out and will probably come to define it for me "aspects of the novel stand out and will probably come to define it for me later years as the actual details of the plot will fade from memory the psychological pressure of being the last man on arth Richard Neville is utterly alone he has nobody to turn to has lost his wife and kid in horrible Circumstances Yet He Must Find The Resources yet he must find the resources himself to go on living from day to day His heavy drinking his Gangbang Slut episodes of paranoid depression and self destructive rage are painfull to watch as are hisfforts to organize his daily routines with checklists and his obsession in hunting down his afflicted neighbours when they are incapacitated during the day The pisode of the feral dog is probably the best written part of the whole novel the implications resulting from the demotion of humanity from the top of the food chain something that I have remarked upon in another classic I read arlier this year The Day of the Triffids Normalcy was a majority concept the standard of many and not the standard of just one man Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows exclaims Neville towards thend of the novel when he realizes that the monster from the fairytales is in fact himself The future of the human race might well be carried on by people with wings or by people who use photosynthesis instead of ating solid food or by vampires who drink blood and go out only at nightedit for spelling I loved this book 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 so cool figuring it out beside him Easy classic to read def recommend I just re read this after watching some of the movies based on it It s truly a chilling book It s an apocalyptic novel The vampire plague has destroyed our society Much of the book focuses on our hero s loneliness When he finds an uninfected dog his attempts to befriend it are almost pathetic truly heart wrenching It s well worth readingThere are 3 movies that I know of that are based on this book The Last Man On Earth starring Vinc I Am Legend Richard MathesonIt was influential in the development of the zombie vampire genre and in popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease Robert Neville appears to be the sole survivor of a pandemic that has killed most of the human population and turned the remainder into vampires that largely conform to their stereotypes in fiction and folklore they are blood sucking pale skinned and nocturnal though otherwise indistinguishable from normal humans Implicitly set in Los Angeles the novel details Neville s life in the months and ventually years after the outbreak as he attempts to comprehend research and possibly cure the disease Swarms of vampires surround his house nightly and try to find ways to get inside which includes the females Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, exposing themselves and his vampire neighbor relentlessly shouting for him to come out Neville survives by barricading himself inside his housevery night he is further protected by the traditional vampire repellents of garlic mirrors and crucifixes Weekly dust storms ravage the city and during the day when the vampires are inactive Neville drives around to search them out in order to kill them with wooden stakes since they seem impervious to his guns bullets and to scavenge for supplies Neville s past is occasionally revealed through flashbacks the Disease Claimed His Daughter Whose Body The claimed his daughter whose body the forced him to burn as well as his wife whose body he secretly buried but then had to kill after she rose from the dead as a vampire 2017 1395 263 9786009331666 20 1954 1976 2012 13041399 HmHonestly this is a tough book to reviewI did like the story but one of the biggest bothers for me here was not fully understanding why the world has gone to shit why veryone is now a vampire The book just drops you right in the middle of Robert Neville s situation. Ecome a vampire and they are hungry for Neville's bloodBy day he is the hunter stalking the undead through the ruins ,

The strength of the vampire is that no one will believe in himRobert Neville is the last man on arthor is he Following the outbreak of an incurable plague that has mutated very other human on arth into bloodthirsty nocturnal creatures "Robert Neville must scavenge for food and supplies during the day whilst hiding in his boarded up "Neville must scavenge for food and supplies during the day whilst hiding in his boarded up proof home at night Living a solitary life for 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 Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue endeavors Thus it stands to reason that I never would have read Richard Matheson s I Am Legend had not the wildcard of my book club chosen it as this month s selection Frankly I was a little underwhelmed by the choice The critical blurbs did not help matters along Dean Koontz said it was the most riveting vampire novel since Dracula which is greatxcept my last and only vampire novel was Dracula Another blurb called it one of the ten all time best novels of vampirism If I loved vampires this would be meaningful But really I m vampire neutral Maybe The Man Without a Face even slightly vampire negative I mean with the whole Twilight thing I wholly support zombies however But really I Am Legend isn t strictly a vampire book At 170 pages it barely achieves book status at all It s really closer to a novella Instead it straddles genres stubbornly refusing to be one thing or another Perhaps this is the reason people keep trying to turn it into a satisfying film It is a potent canvas ripe for many different kinds of tales The main storyline is pure apocalyptic fiction The novel opens with our protagonist Robert Neville as the putative last man on Earth It is I was going to rate the book a lukewarm 3 stars but then I looked once at the date of publication 1954 and reconsidered A bit of historical perspective of literary contextlevates this novel to the well deserved genre classic status At the time Matheson published his science fiction take on the gothic vampire myth the market was a lot different from today s oversaturated landscape that has largely trivialized the subject and gave it a curious teenage romance slant Even bringing in the scientific method of study for the phenomenon and its associated paraphernalia the bloodsucking the garlic the cross the wooden stake the fear of light the sleeping underground the bullet invulnerability was probably a novel approach to a dusty theme Something black and of the night had come crawling out of the Middle Ages Something with no framework or credulity something that had been consigned fact and figure to the pages of imaginative literature Vampires were passe Summers idylls or Stoker s melodramatics or a brief inclusion in the Britannica or grist for the pulp writer s mill or raw material for the B film factories A tenuous legend passed from century to century I didn t much care for the prose it is concise and clear in its presentation of the main themes but I found it lackluster and unconvincing when it tried to delve deeper into motional intensity for the main character I could also complain about the lack of action but I believe this is a novel about ideas than a high octane action thriller To finish with the grumbling I would have liked a rigorous attempt with the scientific speculations Most the grumbling I would have liked a rigorous attempt with the scientific speculations Most the ideas are sound but the way they are fitted together seems fishy with some of the argumentation incomplete Let me give you a few xamples vampires are destroyed by sunlight yet when they are hidden in deep cellars and dark places during the day they are still handicapped the transmission is supposed to be airborne yet two other theories are given Gone (Gone, eual importance direct contact with open wounds and insect bites mosuitoes bullet wounds are instantly healed didn t they havexploding ammo in 1954 yet knife cuts are still bleeding the disease affects the brain but in a curious way speech is unimpeded yet the use of tools is lost and social interaction is lostThe last one is the one I struggled with the most Other reviewers noticed also that Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth but he is not alone Every other man woman and child on the planet has

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Which is a day to day Threads Of The Shroud existence of killing vampires during the day hiding in his house during the nightI m the kind of SF reader who likes a bit of depth to be given to the cause of disaster and this story largely glosses over the WhyBut I m coming at it from the angle of a reader who hasxhausted the zombievampirevirus genre For the time it was written this probably struck readers in a much
different way if 
way If re basing your opinion of this book solely off your knowledge of the movie I d ahead and throw that idea out the window because this book is nothing like the Will Smith good guy out to save humanity crying over his dog self sacrificing version Hollywood has created This is much darkerIn fact I imagine a group of important movie folks came to the conclusion that Matheson s story is pretty nifty but how about we throw out all the deep scary conclusions about human nature amp up the action x1000 also we need a German Shepherd in there so Smith comes off as All Seated on the Ground even relatable wholesomeRobert Neville is not necessarily sueaky clean protagonist and that realistic uality of his character isssential to the observations Matheson is making here By the Untitled. end you aren t 100% sure what outcome you re rooting for for me that is one of the most powerful aspects of how the story is toldBut again I m not sure I m fully on board with the details of why how Neville has managed to survive for years under these conditions Neville has brick rock proofed his home against the vampires that are constantly trying to get in with a reliable supply of garlic He sound proofs his house has a gas generator that he keeps running by way of a nearby gas station and an ungodly amount of alcohol cigarettes and wine in his home I guess a scenario where all of those thingsxist in Neville s possession isn t outlandish but the story itself wasn t long Wiring enough toxplore any sort of break down of these proofs and thus it felt a bit unrealistic to me Even so Matheson does well in capturing the absolute lowest levels of human desperation taking us down deep into the terrifying subconscious of a secluded man on the brink of losing his ability to be compassionate "REMEMBER WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN THE PRO "what it means to be human The pro is if you re curious about this story it s short will only take a bit of time to consume If you don t love it no big loss If you do well now you knowUnfortunately I didn t love it but I appreciate the concepts here I definitely Against All Odds enjoyed the last 14 a lot than the first 34 Worth a read This review and other reviews of mine can be found on Book Nest I loved this book Was very creepy to readI thought it was brillant from beginning tondOne of my favourite books of all time Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage everThatnding WOW Absolutely disturbing modern classic Robert Nevile is the last human in town maybe on The DOS earth All others are infected and turned into vampires You read how and got infected how they were buried this will give you nightmares There was a pandemic seems familiar in times like ours at the moment Ben Cortman colleague and neighbour who reminds him on Oliver Hardy the comedian shoutsvery Against All Odds evening he should come out But Robert doesn t want to turn into one of them He does research on the bacterium that transforms humans into vampires He takes care of a dog At some time a woman who calls herself Ruthnters his dreadful life Is she infected At the Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism end you ll come to know who says I am Legend and what s the meaning behind This is a fantasticxtremely well written book with a very serious message I can highly I am legend These words make me shudder But if you have only seen that Will Smith movie that went 180 degrees on the book s message the soul crushing impact of these words will be lost on youThat makes me sadTo uote Stephen King I think the author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson This was Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils enough of a recommendation for me to go and dig up this book And it s great view spoilerFull circle A new terror born in death a new superstitionntering the unassailable fortress of forever I am legend hide spoiler. F civilisation By night he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawnHow long can one man survive like this. I Am Legend