He was glad he’d learned early in life, from his mother, to appreciate this kind of music. He had to go through this process twice a week. Now the smell was in his house and in his clothes, and sometimes he thought it was even in his flesh. He married in 1952 and has four children, three of whom (, “Full circle. All others are infected and turned into vampires. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering, ["Full circle. However, there is no denying its influence, nor its simple charm. It's truly a chilling book. Is she infected? Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2018. I remember enjoying the movie The Omega Man with Charlton Heston when I was young. Then he cut each pink, leathery clove in half, exposing the fleshy center buds. It's some months since a devastating plague swept through humanity, killing many and turning the rest into vampires. He said: "When it comes to this story, there is no movie; there is just the book". as this story unravelled. He took down a can of tomato juice, then left the room that had once belonged to Kathy and now belonged to his stomach. By day, he is a hunter, stalking the infected monstrosities through the abandoned ruins of civilization. Neither movie was anything like this book And this book was bad. Otherness. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. In the beginning he had hung these necklaces over the windows. 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. A man could get used to anything if he had to. This is a fantastic, extremely well written book with a very serious message. 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. 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. Something went wrong. Eventually he’d have to lathe down rectangular lengths of wood. When we meet him he's been living at his present place for 5 months. 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. Except for Robert Neville; mankind's lone survivor. 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. As he flicked the wall switch, the light flickered, then flared into normal brilliance. ", Absolutely disturbing modern classic! For a while he stood on the front lawn looking up and down the silent length of Cimarron Street. The book is as much a psychological study of the effects of extreme loneliness, loss and grief, as it is fighting off the undead. 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. He stepped off onto the lawn and walked down to the sidewalk. Robert Neville is in a battle against the world, or so it seems to him. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 3, 2020. But after sundown he’d better be home behind the locked doors, because they always come knocking after dark. It helped to fill the terrible void of hours. An incurable plague has mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures who are determined to destroy him. Completely different from the movie (The 2007 version), I wish they would have gone with this story instead. But Robert doesn't want to turn into one of them. ["Full circle. Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (Richard Matheson: Collected Stories) Normalcy was a majority concept, the standard of many and not the standard of just one man. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Excellent horror/science fiction novella. I just re-read this after watching some of the movies based on it. He does research on the bacterium that transforms humans into vampires. He’d made himself a whisky and soda at his small bar and he held the cold glass as he read a physiology text. Some regard it as THE classic horror story. The name already shows what he is to the human-like vampires (for the feral type he's just blood-source really). Let ’em fall, he thought. 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!) Grief, Loneliness, and Depression. Refresh and try again. 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. A disgusted hiss passed his clenched teeth. he thought irritably. Completely different from the movie (The 2007 version), I wish they would have gone with this story instead. In 1949 he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951. The premise is simple: after a nuclear war, a mutation sweeps across the globe. [being a brown-white mutt, who never tames and dies soon; that Robert is a mere plant worker who has to work to understand how to use a microscope to do research and read to understand; LA not NY; no contact-search with radio... [frightening and tragic: seeing those ferals being destroyed, then being taken to be executed into the more-civilized and day-walking vampire camp. Please try again. 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. Wrong, wrong, wrong. In a few days, jagged pieces of the silver-backed glass would start to fall off. A novel that has been both heavily criticized and revered, I Am Legend straddles an uneasy line between Horror and Science Fiction. He went to the house for a hammer and nails. We’d love your help. I loved this book! World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (Graphic Novel). 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. As time progresses, Neville turns scientific and discovers some of the microbiological aspects of the plague, as well as how it spreads from host to host. It's going to be difficult, but I will refrain from including him in this review. First, he separated the bulbs into the small, sickle-shaped cloves. Yet again, I've been breaking the rules. The vampires of this story are quite zombie like, I thought. 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. The sky was darkening and it was getting chilly. It was so cool figuring it out beside him. It seems to run counter to traditional vampire themes of the time, and still seems like a very fresh idea today. 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.