I Am Legend

I Am Legend

eBook - 2011
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Robert Neville has witnessed the end of the world. The entire population has been obliterated by a vampire virus. Somehow, Neville survived. He must now struggle to make sense of everything that has happened and learn to protect himself against the vampires who hunt him constantly. He must, because perhaps there is nothing else human left. I Am Legend was a major influence in horror and brought a whole new thematic concept to apocalyptic literature. Several humanistic and emotional themes in this book blend the horror genre with traditional fiction: we see Neville as an emotional person, and observe as he suffers bouts of depression, dips into alcoholism and picks up his strength again to fight the vampiric bacteria that has infected (and killed off) most of humankind. Neville soon meets a woman, Ruth, (after three years alone), who seems to be uninfected and a lone survivor. The two become close and he learns from Ruth that the infected have learned to fight the disease and can spend short amounts of time in the daylight, slowly rebuilding strength and society as it was. The novel was adapted to film in 1964 as The Last Man on Earth, as Omega Man in 1971 and finally as I am Legend in 2007, starring Will Smith.
Publisher: [United States] : RosettaBooks : Made available through hoopla, 2011
ISBN: 9780795315640
0795315643
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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kwsmith
Oct 01, 2017

Robert Neville, the last living man on a future Earth plagued by vampires, endures the psychological horrors of isolation and mental anguish. This is a true classic 1950's era introspective science fiction horror novel.

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tsharp1965
Sep 19, 2016

I read an article about books that were made into movies, and the authors of the books were unhappy with them.
This book was on the list as the author did not like the way the ending was changed.
Having seen the two movies based on this I decided to read it.
The end is dramatically different. But the ending in the book is fatalist and not very exciting. So I can see why there was such a difference.
I really enjoyed this book. It is the start of a genre of dystrophic society surviving after a man made catastrophe and you can see how influences other authors such as Stephen King. The prologue written by him is very interesting as well.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 11, 2015

Before you see the big budget Will Smith movie, you should read the book. It's a must for fans of post-apocalyptic fiction! It was also the basis for the Charlton Heston sci-fi thriller, "The Omega Man," which substituted flesh eating mutants for vampires.

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AffirmationChick
Nov 06, 2015

A fascinating exposition about what it means to be a monster cleverly wrapped into a chilling horror classic. The book is indescribably better than any filmed versions (all of which remove the meaning of the title completely in my opinion), and one I consistently recommend for others to read. It's short and easy to get through, driven by fast-paced dialogue and just enough description.

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LucasHill
Nov 16, 2014

Not until the third section of this novel does the narrator discover the answer to living in his haunted word: he must discard fear, ignorance, superstition, and longing for the past. He must embrace knowledge, strength, and a sure path to his own survival. Other than that unique character element, this is a fairly standard apocalyptic survival story.

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dixiedog
Mar 07, 2013

I Am Legend – ‘Where it all began.’ As previously reported it is not at all like the movie starring Will Smith. I’m glad I read it but apart from the first story, the other shorter stories were confusing at times. I would not give this book my highest endorsement. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A

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LazyNeko
Apr 23, 2012

My comment is only for "I Am Legend". I didn't read the other short stories in this collection. I can understand the importance of the story being the first of its kind, which was probably cool when it came out in the 50s, but from a modern standpoint, the science is plain dumb. Doesn't measure up to its cool title.

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NicholeJennifer
Aug 26, 2011

I didn't actually realize this was a collection of stories until I went to pick it up. I was really only interested in reading I Am Legend, so my rating is based on that. It was okay. I'm glad I read it, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it to anyone. I'll give it a good solid "meh".

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yashrana
Aug 08, 2011

Completely the best book in the world.MUST READ!

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timidmagick
Aug 02, 2011

The 2007 version of the book includes several short short stories after I am Legend. They really aren't that good, and have nothing to do with the first story. It's not bad, just very much a book of the 50's. Any of the movie versions are better.

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yoyo3314
Jul 24, 2008

Coarse Language: Very little but there are still swears.

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yoyo3314
Jul 24, 2008

Violence: Violence with guns and other weapons. Constantly appears throughout the movie. Barely any bloodshed.

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LazyNeko
Apr 23, 2012

Bacteria could be the answer to the vampire.

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