I Am Legend

Matheson, Richard

Book - 1997
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
I Am Legend
The one remaining human in a world populated with vampires struggles to survive.

Publisher: New York : ORB, 1997
Edition: 1st ORB pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780312865047
Branch Call Number: FICTION MATHESON
Characteristics: 317 p. ;,21 cm


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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.

Jan 11, 2014

I loved this novel. Read it in university for an English course. I am obsessed with horror fiction and all things apocalyptic, and this was no exception. It was a page turner, and very suspenseful. I've read a lot of his stories since then, and I hope there's more to come.

Mar 23, 2013
  • dixiedog rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 26, 2011
  • NicholeJennifer rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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".

Aug 08, 2011
  • yashrana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Completely the best book in the world.MUST READ!

Aug 02, 2011
  • timidmagick rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

May 15, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Don't go reading this expecting it to be like the movie.

It's an usual take on the age old idea of certain horror monsters (I don't want to give it away). I found it amusing but the novelty wore off after awhile.

The short story and the movie are as different as night and day. The only thing they hold incomon is the title. One is about hoplessnes and the quiet acquiescence of inevitability; the other is just another post-apocalyptic action movie. Guess which one is which.

The rest of the short stories are pretty predictable; Dalls come to like and kill people, murder and mayhem etc. The stories are actually kinda boring after awhile.

Jul 24, 2008
  • yoyo3314 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really good movie with true expressions (despite the plot being fictional). It was very moving in the end.


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Jul 24, 2008
  • yoyo3314 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Very little but there are still swears.

Jul 24, 2008
  • yoyo3314 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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


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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Bacteria could be the answer to the vampire.


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