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I Am Legend (Paperback)

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    Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth...but he is not alone. Every other man, woman, and child on Earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood.

    By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead throu......more

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Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth...but he is not alone. Every other man, woman, and child on Earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood.

By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for dawn.

How long can one man survive in a world of vampires?

Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It…, and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.

Matheson, Richard
FICTION / Horror
Orb Books
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  • I am Legend

    One of the all-time great end-of-world-vampire stories -- a novella. Horrifying, but methodical, with extremely surprising ending. Made into films "Omega Man" and "I am Legend." Neither followed the book that closely. The book is much better than either film.

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    I ordered a book I have been wanting to read from Overstock.com. Book arrived on time and in good condition. Everything was fine.

  • Decent Movie, But not up to the Book

    I've enjoyed this story since I was a young teen. Great twist at the end in the book. It truly all falls together in the LAST THREE WORDS. If you don't know the story, get the book and read it first, then go ahead and get this movie, but read the book first.. The movie doesn¿t have the twist. Will Smith almost always does a great job. And the imagery of an empty New York is fantastic. There are one or two nods to ¿The Omega Man¿, the 70¿s version starring the late but great Charlton Heston, (Smith mouthing the words to ¿Shrek¿ on his DVD player reminded me of Heston mouthing the words to ¿Woodstock¿ in the abandoned movie theater), but this version steered well away from anything resembling true intelligence in the antagonists. The zombie/vampire/nocturnal hive seemed to act in more of an advanced state of instinct, like the dinosaurs in the ¿Jurassic Park¿ series, rather than the speaking thinking beings in the book and Heston versions. In terms of story, The Omega Man and the Will Smith movie versions are fine in their own right, but I prefer the nuance of the original Matheson version. Understood some of the science might be hard to capture on film, certainly Neville¿s inner thoughts would be hard to emote, but none of the films to date have truly aspired to apply the final twist of the original work. (Do yourself a favor, if you get the book, and I highly recommend it, DO NOT READ THE LAST PAGE TILL YOU GET THERE...!!!) I hope to watch the Vincent Price version ¿The Last Man on Earth¿ this weekend. I hear it¿s close to the original, screenplay partly by Matheson himself, but doesn¿t quite capture that ¿twist.¿ It¿s a great twist¿¿. Did I say that already? Did I use this critique already?

    williamw from Pennsylvanian Houstonian, Apr 17, 2008

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    I had only seen the ads for the movie and should have looked into it a little more. I found it VERY boring. Also, there are other boring short stories after this one ends in the book.

  • I Am Legend

    Way better than the movie. Of course. Still didn't like the ending. The storyies at the end were just ok.

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