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. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (Graphic Novel). It's going to be difficult, but I will refrain from including him in this review. Ist ein bissschen blutig, aber meiner Meinung nach garnicht so schlecht geraten.... Ich freu mich über jeden Leser, aber das habt ihr euch bestimmt schon denken können :) Neither movie was anything like this book And this book was bad. I can highly recommend reading it. There was a pandemic (seems familiar in times like ours at the moment). Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 20, 2015. The unused nails he threw into the rubble next door. By day, the vampires go into a coma-like sleep and Neville uses this time to fight back the only way he can – by killing as many of them as he can find. I assumed he looked like Will Smith in my head till Mathes. Please try your request again later. Robert Neville was in his hothouse collecting a basketful of garlic. The AC was too high and I was freezing but couldn't bare to pull my eyes away from this story long enough to ask him to turn it down. He's not anywhere like Will Smith, lookwise, English-German man in late 30s with blue eyes, blond going bald (and later with a beard). Once the room had been warmly decorated, but that was in another time. You read how more and more got infected, how they were buried (this will give you nightmares). 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. I really liked that one, and I (wrongly) assumed that since they had used the original title from the book that both movies were based on, that it stayed closer to the original source material. With a shrug, he moved back across the lawn and into the house, locking and bolting the door behind him, sliding the thick bar into place. 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. It's an apocalyptic novel. It was almost noon. In his own mind, Robert Neville is a legend for cracking the code, though the reader may feel otherwise. 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. Then he cut each pink, leathery clove in half, exposing the fleshy center buds. He checked each window to see if any of the boards had been loosened. 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. The premise is simple: after a nuclear war, a mutation sweeps across the globe. He married in 1952 and has four children, three of whom (, “Full circle. The vampires of this story are quite zombie like, I thought. ["Full circle. Then he went back outside and nailed the plank fast to the shutter. ", Absolutely disturbing modern classic! I just finished reading this book. By day he goes about his business: repairing his fortified house, stringing garlic necklaces, sharpening stakes, collecting supplies from what he can scavenge in town. And, if it were too much trouble to repair, he’d have to install a new generator. Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2018. The sky was darkening and it was getting chilly. Easy classic to read - def recommend, 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 endeavors. Ben Cortman, colleague and neighbour who reminds him on Oliver Hardy (the comedian) shouts every evening he should come out. I would have just given up and let myself get caught! Richard Matheson may be the most underrated genre writer ever. As he pushed open the front door, he looked at the distorted reflection of himself in the cracked mirror he’d fastened to the door a month ago. Dies hier ist die Vorlage für ein RPG von Rosenblut und Himawari. But how could he find it when they never gave him a chance to slow down and think? Sometimes the structure around the tank might be weakened or its rain catchers bent or broken off. . Isn’t that amazing? He sees that the front door is wide open: Ruth is gone. At the end you'll come to know who says 'I am Legend' and what's the meaning behind. You read how more and more got infected, how they were buried (this will give you nightmares). In 1949 he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951. 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. He’d made himself a whisky and soda at his small bar and he held the cold glass as he read a physiology text. However, there is no denying its influence, nor its simple charm. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. The vampire plague has destroyed our society. Survival and Violence. Hollywood has a long-standing tradition of adapting horror novels into frightening films. He worked in silence, lips pressed into a hard line, a cigarette in the corner of his mouth, his eyes staring at the bit as it gnawed away the wood and sent floury dust filtering down to the floor. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The book is as much a psychological study of the effects of extreme loneliness, loss and grief, as it is fighting off the undead. It had made the house a gloomy sepulcher, but it was better than having rocks come flying into his rooms in a shower of splintered glass. Next he moved over to the uneven stacks of cans piled to the ceiling. I Am Legend is a classic horror story. Soon now. Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend blends science fiction and horror into a pulp classic. Later he forced himself into the kitchen to grind up the five-day accumulation of garbage in the sink. In the beginning it had made him sick to smell garlic in such quantity; his stomach had been in a state of constant turmoil. Wrong, wrong, wrong. he thought. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. Some regard it as THE classic horror story. Angrily he jerked a high-legged stool to the sink, got a knife, and sat down with an exhausted grunt. Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2018. He took down a can of tomato juice, then left the room that had once belonged to Kathy and now belonged to his stomach. Neville uses this knowledge to work on some sort of defence, in hopes that it will allow him the chance to push back and take his life into his own hands. He stood before the giant freezer, selecting his supper. This time, it wasn't on purpose! These he held against the whirling emery stone until they were as sharp as daggers. . As he lathed, he listened to records over the loudspeaker he’d set up in the bedroom—Beethoven’s Third, Seventh, and Ninth symphonies. They could not be more correct. Er ist das Erstlingswerk des Autors. Of course, I had seen the movie, and I was intrigued when someone said the book was nothing like it. [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. The bastards ought to be here soon. When he had enough bulbs, he went back to the house and dumped them on the drainboard of the sink. Then he went back into the kitchen, turned his chops, and switched off the heat under the string beans. Dark story with convincing characterisation, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 21, 2019. Grief, Loneliness, and Depression. Robert Neville may well be the last living man on Earth . 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. I don't think I would have lasted long as the last person alive. I am legend.”, The Most Popular Book-to-Scream Adaptations. The world is in ruins. He went to the house for a hammer and nails. I turned the first page of "I Am Legend" with zero knowledge of what Hollywood did to it because a friend of mine gave me an important warning. Some regard it as THE classic horror story.