I Am Legend

I Am Legend

Book - 2007
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Robert Neville may well be the last living man on Earth . . . but he is not alone.

An incurable plague has mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures who are determined to destroy him.

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

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2007.
Edition: 2nd Tor ed.
ISBN: 9780765357151
Branch Call Number: FICTION Matheson Richard
Characteristics: 312 p. ;,18 cm.


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A lone human survivor in a world that is overrun by vampires, Robert Neville leads a desperate life in which he must barricade himself in his home every night and hunt down the starving undead by day.

The Horror Writers Association named "I Am Legend" the best vampire book of the century.

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Jun 24, 2020

On my top-five list of best 20th century US American novels. A must-read. Have not seen much of the film, but it appears to be much different. Read this.

Jun 11, 2020

I am Legend is a post-apocalyptic story that tells the story of a man named Robert Neville. He is the last surviving human in the world and is being surrounded and hunted down by bloodthirsty vampires. I enjoyed reading through this book as I haven't read many books written during the 1950s. Around this decade the horror genre was becoming stale but I am Legend delivers a new and exciting tale. It's been widely regarded as an inspiration to many disease apocalypse stories and films. It blends aspects from both Horror and a science fiction setting creating a unique atmosphere and storytelling. The vampires in this book are different from the normal dracula types, they're more disease stricken from a virus and resemble zombies. I am Legend can be considered one of the first books to create the story of a zombie apocalypse and inspired films such as the film I am Legend with the same title as the book. The novel explores concepts such as the nature of humanity and loneliness. I am legend is a great example of what it means to be alone and delivers a great vampire tale.
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Jul 22, 2018

This book had an interesting concept but was overall a little slow moving. I didn't hate it I just didn't love it!

Jun 25, 2018

Seen the movie and a lot of people recommended me to read the book as well, glad to say i was not disappointed and and to all those who are planning to read the novel it is very different than the movie

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Jul 24, 2008

Coarse Language: Very little but there are still swears.

Jul 24, 2008

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


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Apr 23, 2012

Bacteria could be the answer to the vampire.


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