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I Am Legend

113 Ratings: 3.2
A 1954 horror anthology by Richard Matheson.

Table Of Contents:        I Am Legend - The Last Human On Earth   · Buried Talents - An odd man wins a carnival game.   · The Near Departed - Very short story of funeral arrangements   … see full wiki

Author: Richard Matheson
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Publisher: Tor Books, Walker & Company
Date Published: 1954
21 reviews about I Am Legend
review by . May 29, 2010
What was your emotional reaction as you read? Why?   I made the classic mistake reading the book after seeing the movie so my imagination was tainted with preformed images and expectations. But it quickly became evident that the book was going to be different. The book is more chilling than the movie and it pulls you into a post  post apocalyptic-like world. The reader is taken on the same emotional roller coaster as the main character.        Who would you …
review by . July 06, 2010
As long as you haven't lived under a rock for the past few years, you have probably heard of I Am Legend. The basic story is that nuclear war created a virus that turned people into vampires. One by one, people were dying, until Robert is one of the only humans left. But, the best thing about I Am Legend is that it is full of horror stories written by Matheson, such as Mad House and Dance of the Dead.      Now if you are saying, "I have already seen the movie so I know …
review by . February 20, 2010
So much more then a vampire book
  Contrary to common belief, I Am Legend is not a vampire novel. What this book is in reality is a series a short horror stories written by Richard Matheson that range from the 160 page long story I Am Legend from which the book gets its name to a three page story called The Near Departed. Although I must admit that I Am Legend, the first and longest of the stories, is far and away the best, only talking about that one part does a disservice to the other ten incredible stories that are collected …
Quick Tip by . October 12, 2010
a good book and an entertaining movie. I found the book to be a little bit more suspenseful though.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
Matheson's after a LAB ACCIDENT turns everyone ELSE into Zombie like creatures trying to kill him.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
A really good book. The sci-fi and the end of the world is really interesting.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
A must-read if you enjoyed the movie, although prepare for an entirely different story. Even better than the movie, in my opinion - a narrative of incredible strength.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Set the tempo for modern zombie horror stories.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
great stuff
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
This collection of stories was my introduction to Matheson and I have been a fan ever since. The tales are gripping and well told. The movie is very loosely based on the story the collection is named for.
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
Amazing! The original ending is so much better than the movie!
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
again better as movie
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Good Book, Great Story, Interesting, catchy, gets you involved every chapter
Quick Tip by . June 01, 2010
The book provides an outstanding and horrifying look into what we can expect if we as a society gives into and relies on advanced technology
Quick Tip by . May 21, 2010
great book! Must read it is different from the movie but the same title. I like the book a lot more than the movie
review by . March 06, 2009
I really was rapt to this tale of Richard Neville, who apparently is the last of the human species left alive. All other "people" have mutated into different degrees of vampires. Neville locks himself in his house by night to avoid the gang of vampires led by his ex-neighbor. By day he goes out looking to destroy sleeping vampires and getting supplies and studying (he is self-taught about blood disorders). The story turns into a type of "Nazi-nightmare" (to explain this would be a spoiler). My only …
review by . October 29, 2008
 I Am Legend - book
I Am Legend - In this most popular collection of shorts, the novella 'I Am Legend' has turned out to be a timeless piece of horror. Originally written in 1954, it takes place in the future of 1976. Robert Neville finds himself alone as a human in a sea of vampiristic creatures who once were human beings. After losing his wife and daughter to the "sickness", he turns his house into a fortress and spends his time drinking heavily and studying blood and bacterium. He discovers the "vampires" are actually …
review by . April 22, 2008
Following my usual preference for reading before viewing, I looked up Richard Matheson's book after one of my Amazon friends reviewed it. Though not a big vampire fan, I was completely absorbed in this classic story.     Robert Neville is apparently the only survivor of a plague that turned the rest of mankind into vampires. Barricaded in his house by night, he roams during the day when the creatures hide from the light. Anger, alcohol and the horrors he's seen threaten to push …
review by . January 29, 2008
Richard Matheson wrote this book in 1954, and imagined into a future that was 1976. It's a pretty amazing piece of writing for any time, but the very bleak nature of the entire book was pretty unusual for 1954. It obviously came out of that whole paranoia about us destroying ourselves in an hydrogen bomb holocaust that was so prevalent in the '50s and '60s (ON THE BEACH, DR. STRANGELOVE, FAILSAFE, etc.)    It tells the story, in about 150 pages, of a suburban man (Robert Neville), …
review by . December 05, 2007
... to read this novel? I see there are already 300+ reviews before me so I'll just say that this was an AMAZING story!! Real book lovers will want to read this sometime in thier life! The added short stories that are in this edition are very good as well.
review by . December 03, 2007
I really was rapt to this tale of Richard Neville, who apparently is the last of the human species left alive. All other "people" have mutated into different degrees of vampires. Neville locks himself in his house by night to avoid the gang of vampires led by his ex-neighbor. By day he goes out looking to destroy sleeping vampires and getting supplies and studying (he is self-taught about blood disorders). The story turns into a type of "Nazi-nightmare" (to explain this would be a spoiler). My only …
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