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Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville's blood. By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. Philip K.

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The so-called twist can have more than one meaning: I also loved the way this book is a very self-aware vampire story. Neville gets to wondering what the deal is with the stakes and the garlic, and can't find any rational reason for their effectiveness.

This little wink to the absurdity of the legends was a really nice touch of dark humor in what could have otherwise been a way too serious and depressing book. If you like vampire stories, this is a classic that you shouldn't miss!

A quick, but riveting read with a great ending. I still haven't watched any of the movies, and frankly, I don't intend to. 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.

I realize this is one of the "classics" of science fiction or science fantasy and I don't care. 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.

Like some of Matheson's other works there are some questions that 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. Like some of Matheson's other works there are some questions that to me are so glaring as to be blinding while the story simply goes along it's merry way doing it's best to ignore them view spoiler [ The protagonist came down with a weakened form of the "vampire microbe", his immune system beat it, and he's immune.

He is of course apparently the only one in the entire world to whom this happened. I just am really "underwhelmed" by this book, especially considering the "buzz" it always seems to get. If you enjoy it, I'm happy for you, it is however not one I like.

I think 2 stars are generous. View all 35 comments.

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Yet again, I've been breaking the rules. This time, it wasn't on purpose! But I went into reading I Am Legend knowing the ending, knowing the twist. Years ago, you see, my husband had wanted to talk about the book, probably when the most recent adaptation to movie form had come out, and I am well known for not reading horror, so it wasn't an unreasonable assumption that I would never read this. So, wrong, in the long run, but it made reading this for the first time a very different experience tha Yet again, I've been breaking the rules.

So, wrong, in the long run, but it made reading this for the first time a very different experience than it would be for someone who was going into it cold.

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This book had to be a commentary on where Matheson thought we were headed as a society - not just a simple tale of vampires created by a virus. It is amazing how much he fits in to a page book. I am thinking that Matheson must have been a master of telling a lot of story in very few pages. A very suspenseful and quick read.

This would be a great choice for horror fans, post apocalyptic fans, and vampire fans Quickly he pushed a metal wagon up and down the silent, dust-thick aisles, the heavy smell of decay setting his teeth on edge, making him breathe through his mouth.

I have not seen the film yet but the title is very apt, if a little on the nose, perhaps. The above quote is an example of the feeling of loneliness that pervades throughout the narrative. The vampires are created by view spoiler [a bacterial infection hide spoiler ]. For most of the book, there is no dialogue to speak of, we just follow Neville around, dispatching vampires in the daytime, doing research, locking himself in and getting blotto after sundown, feeling miserable all the time.

Is there a point to such an existence? Neville asks himself that from time to time and there is no obvious answer, he is simply not to suicidal type. I Am Legend is a classic of several genres, sci-fi, horror, vampires, and post-apocalypse.

I love the scientific rationalization of the classic vampire lore, the need for blood, the aversion to garlic and the cross, the stake through the heart etc. The overtly supernatural lore like transformation into bats and the lack of reflection are dismissed as superstition.

In a world full of vampires with only one human being who is the monster really? The narrative is well paced, without a dull moment, but it is by no means an action-packed thriller. Neville is something of an antihero, some of his actions and behavior are quite questionable and even downright reprehensible but the circumstances do make him quite a tragic and sympathetic figure. There are some dramatic plot developments which I certainly will not elaborate on, and an ending which leaves you thinking about the morality of the tale.

I Am Legend is, of course, highly recommended. Talking about the various film adaptations: Four are listed at Wikipedia: It does star Vincent Price, and the Price is always right!

In both the Omega Man and the Will Smith movies the vampires are replaced entirely. The movie replaced them with light-sensitive goth weirdo hipsters, while the movie replaced them with big eared monsters. At least the Heston movie is a hoot. One of them Neville found inside a display freezer. When he saw the man lying there in this enamel coffin, he had to laugh; it seemed such a funny place to hide.

Later, he thought of what a humorless world it was when he could find amusement in such a thing. He had forty-seven stakes. He was his own ethic. I never would have expected the internal dialogue of the last man alive to be as captivating as this book was.

Robert Neville is alone, the last uninfected human left as far as he knows, and every day is a struggle to keep it that way. His anger, depression, frustration and fear are thrown up against the desire to live almost every moment of every day and there are some when you're not sure which will win.

Some of the issues brought up are unique to the fact that Robert Neville is a man alone in I never would have expected the internal dialogue of the last man alive to be as captivating as this book was.

Some of the issues brought up are unique to the fact that Robert Neville is a man alone in the world and many weren't concepts I'd considered before. Celibacy isn't something I've ever thought of as a potential problem in a post-apocalypse setting because there are usually a number of human survivors.

What do you do when you're the only one? He drowns his emotional pain and shock in whiskey which is probably how he stayed sane through the first year of being alone. Isolation is a terrible thing that breaks minds and I'm not sure why it didn't break Robert Neville.

The only explanation I can think of is that he had chores and music and he used booze as an anaesthetic. I found his exploration into the workings of the germ and learning from books rather remarkable. I didn't find it at all unbelievable, but I was very impressed at his ability to learn so much with no help from an experienced hand. I thought the explanation for the infection was novel and interesting.

I found the distinction between the living and dead infected brilliant, and I was always interested in any theory Robert Neville posed because it was always well thought out and well presented. The idea that the living were actually psychologically rather than physically changed was fascinating.

If you consider how mass hysteria can produce physical symptoms of illness it makes perfect sense that many of the living would simply go crazy and think they too were monsters of the night.

I found the part of the story when he find the dog and tries to win him over very touching and heartbreaking. There's little else to say about it. It was beautifully done and one of the most powerful parts of the book for me. I didn't ever stop being suspicious of the girl. I knew she'd be the end of Robert Neville though I didn't know how exactly.

The questions of how you come to deal with loneliness and what an intrusion company can be was very cleverly done. When you're used to your life being just so and you get the thing you've been wanting for so long, suddenly you can really ask yourself if you really wanted it after all. The ending. I found it emotionally unsatisfying at first, but it made a huge impact! He really was the outsider now and his death was a necessary part of the formation of the new society.

I didn't really expect or need him to live happily ever after, but I was sad to see him die. He survived so much for so long. But he was outnumbered and a threat they had to get rid of. I usually avoid spoilers, but the meat of this story is in the story. It's a fantastic read and I highly recommend it. One guy against a world filled with vampires. I went into this book with an expectation of action. When the story had action scenes, they were done very well, and there is a wonderfully suspenseful and thrilling chase scene in the first half of the book.

However, action, suspense and thrills were absent for most of the rest of the book. There is sad reminiscing of his past life. There is a long drawn out sequence of attempting to befriend a stray dog. There is lots of time spent getting drunk, list One guy against a world filled with vampires. There is lots of time spent getting drunk, listening to classical music while complaining about the vampires. The vampires mostly lack charisma, being more dumb brutes, than anything else view spoiler [ until late in the novel.

There is not enough here for me to rate it higher. Not a disaster, has a neat twist at the end, has some good sequences - but, I found it a bit of a snooze fest. A novel that has been both heavily criticized and revered, I Am Legend straddles an uneasy line between Horror and Science Fiction. However, there is no denying its influence, nor its simple charm.

In comparison with some of the 'vampire' drivel being served up today, this little novel is indeed legend. It ranks with Salem's Lot as one of my favourite reads on the vampire mythos. I know that the science isn't sound, but Matheson has done a terrific job of introducing new ways to broach the subje A novel that has been both heavily criticized and revered, I Am Legend straddles an uneasy line between Horror and Science Fiction.

I know that the science isn't sound, but Matheson has done a terrific job of introducing new ways to broach the subject of vampirism. And has ever a novel captured loneliness such as this?

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Highly recommended. Aug 21, Vanessa J. I enjoy being alone. There's some kind of peace in loneliness. I'm never more happy than when I'm by myself. I've said, though, that if the loneliness if forced upon me, it's not so glorious. Robert Neville's situation is similar to this latter one. In both books, the hero is, or believes to be, the last man on Earth. The rest of humanity had died because of a plague. Yes, you read that right: A plague of vampires.

Vampires who had a scientific basis rather than a supernatural one, and I must say, it worked better that way, because I don't think the introduction of supernatural beings would have done good to the book, especially since it is horror science fiction sigh, like my favourite book series ever. Vampires have always been seen as monsters.

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As they're monsters to our eyes, there comes this question: Are they in fact the monsters, or is it us? In this book, something similar is addressed. But are his needs any more shocking than the needs of other animals and men?

Is he worse than the manufacturer who set up belated foundations with the money he made by handing bombs and guns to suicidal nationalists? Really, now, search your soul; lovie—is the vampire so bad? All he does is drink blood. Why, then, this unkind prejudice, this thoughtless bias? He has no means of support, no measures for proper education, he has not the, voting franchise.

No wonder he is compelled to seek out a predatory nocturnal existence.

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Of course, in my honest opinion I'm trying to be the less biased as I can , it worked better in The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, because the answer to that question was more developed and included things that only made the series very dark. Th hero also questioned himself why he went on living - he being the last man he knew alive, there was no point in continuing his life, is it?

He found himself wondering again why he chose to go on living. I won't say, of course, yet I'm still trying to process that finale because I have confused feelings - does it really make sense and is that the way everything should have ended? In the meanwhile, I recommend this book, and if you in fact read it, I would not complain if you came to this review to tell me your opininon about the ending.

This is a vampire tale, but one very unique to this genre. The last survivor in a plague that left humanity dead--or, undead--Richard Neville has spent the past three years learning everything he can about what caused this change. Many are the days when he wonders why he even bothers to go on, when everyone around him is "lost".

In a world of monotonous horror there could be no salvation in wild dreaming. Just when you think you've read it all, a classic tale such as this comes your way Highly recommended!

Four fifths of the way through and the only thing on my mind was how incredibly boring and one-dimensional Robert Neville is. 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.

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 Four fifths of the way through and the only thing on my mind was how incredibly boring and one-dimensional Robert Neville is. 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.

I Am Legend is actually unintentionally Nabokovian. Robert Neville is a delusional psychopathic woman killer safe in his fantasy world of vampires and violence where he presents himself as the last vestige of rational thought. Closing himself off and leading a hermitic life, he spends his time dreaming about killing the filth of humanity who haunt his dreams and bitterly reflecting on his "wife", a woman who he was unhealthily obsessed with and murdered when she became a "vampire" ie he realised that she was not his misogynist vision of an inferior, man-worshipping, overly-emotional cretin lower than a dog who he treats with more respect.

One day, he finds, abuses and kidnaps a woman and locks her in his bedroom and she tries to win her freedom through seduction though in the end finds that hitting him over the head is more effective.

He gets arrested and is made to face what he has done, his victim even developing Stockholm syndrome, but further retreats into the safety of his self-deceptive mind where he twists the conventions of the world to point himself out as a legend, the last macho, narrow-minded, patriarchal "real" man. I give this book an extra star from all the fun I had trying to salvage something interesting and in the wise words of The Smashing Pumpkins: Quanti genitori cremavano figli che adoravano, quanti bambini gettavano i loro genitori sopra il rogo?

Se qualcosa era rimasto in quel mondo, era la sua promessa che non l'avrebbe mai fatto. Nessuna meraviglia che sia spinto a un'esistenza notturna e predatrice.

This book has been made into four seperate film adaptations. All of which deviate significantly from the novel. Why is that?

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Why meddle with brilliance? I read this AFTER seeing all four films, and none of those movies had anywhere near the impact the book did on me.

It's dark, and gritty, and bleak. Its tells a tale of human loss and suffering and our stubborn will to survive. You could quite easily pick this up in another 50 years time and think it were set in the near future.

It's incredibly This book has been made into four seperate film adaptations. It's incredibly well written and I was a little stunned when I found out it was first published in the 50's. Brings to mind the old adage 'they don't make 'em like they used to!

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