Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth but he is not alone Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville s bloodBy day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawnHow long can one man survive like this The strength of the vampire is that no one will believe in him Robert Neville is the last man on earthor is he Following the outbreak of an incurable plague that has mutated every other human on earth into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures, Robert Neville must scavenge for food and supplies during the day, whilst hiding in his boarded up, vampire proof home at night Living a solitary life for so long is not easy, and so he is constantly on the look out for fellow survivorsThis was a bu The strength of the vampire is that no one will believe in him Robert Neville is the last man on earthor is he Following the outbreak of an incurable plague that has mutated every other human on earth into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures, Robert Neville must scavenge for food and supplies during the day, whilst hiding in his boarded up, vampire proof home at night Living a solitary life for so long is not easy, and so he is constantly on the look out for fellow survivorsThis was a buddy read with my bestest friend, Abbie We chose this because she is literally a speed demon and if we had chose a long book, I would be lagging behind for too long Turns out, I did lag behind anyway because even though we both finished I Am Legend pretty close to each other, my edition also had a selection of short stories written by Richard Matheson So I m only now finishing the entire book.I had watched the movie I Am Legend a number of years ago All I can remember about it is Will Smith and a dog and that s it Although what I ve found really weird about my reading experience is that I did not cast Will Smith as the role of Richard Neville in my head Abbie said she did.I really liked this book, which was surprising to me given that its basically focused on one character Usually I would find the lack of dialogue and conversation quite boring although we did get some flashbacks to before the plague, which I particularly enjoyed, with some scenes being quite chilling Similar to what Abbie said, the constant drinking and throwing whiskey around and smashing glasses did start to grate on me after a while I understand his alcoholism I m pretty certain I might succumb to addiction myself if I was the lone survivor of some plague, but it just gets repetitive after a while What was disturbing to me was his weird fascination with the female vampires DUDE What the fuck is wrong with you Okay, so I feel like the last paragraph had a lot of complaining, so I ll talk about what I loved I loved the SCIENCE I was geeking out over Richard s thoughts about what possibly caused the plague He was basically conducting his own research and it was like reading my day to day experiences in the lab disappointment after disappointment A theory that seems so promising quickly dispelled Microbiology and bacteria are my forte, so his research around this area had me nodding along in agreement So that was awesome The vampires themselves were pretty damn scary I got confused at times because I was like Are they vampires or zombies Or a mixture of both There were different types and it just wasn t explained very clearly at times.As for the endingWOW I was blown away One of the best endings I ve ever read in a book It felt completely out of left field and left me a bit gobsmacked AMAZING I Am Legend was a great, quick read and I have to give it 5 stars out of 5 Matheson s writing is simply outstanding and I want to read.With regards to the short stories, some were great and some were not so great Prey was a brilliant short story, it reminded me of Battleground by Stephen King Dance of the Dead was also pretty eerie I didn t really include the short stories when giving my rating for this book, as I simply wanted to rate I Am Legend as a standalone book.But yes More Richard Matheson is definitely on my radar Now for another buddy read with Sadie, Mindi and Ashley from bookstagram can t wait I am legend These words make me shudder But if you have only seen that Will Smith movie that went 180 degrees on the book s message, the soul crushing impact of these words will be lost on you.That makes me sadTo quote Stephen King,I think the author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard MathesonThis was enough of a recommendation for me to go and dig up this book And it s greatview spoiler Full circle A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering I am legend These words make me shudder But if you have only seen that Will Smith movie that went 180 degrees on the book s message, the soul crushing impact of these words will be lost on you.That makes me sadTo quote Stephen King,I think the author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard MathesonThis was enough of a recommendation for me to go and dig up this book And it s greatview spoiler Full circle A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever I am legend hide spoilerRobert Neville, as you may already know from the countless cinematic adaptations of the story, seems to be a sole survivor of a vampirism like pandemic The old fashioned burn in the sunlight stake through the heart vampirism, none of that newfangled emo sparkliness Neville stakes vampires by day, and researches the cause of the plague in his spare time The long segments of the story are devoted to the relentless monotony of his scientific pursuit of the vampirism mystery which he does figure out, by the way And it s quite neat We witness the years of deep depression, alcoholism, and the suffocating isolation, loneliness and despair Then one day he meets Ruth who may be another survivor of the pandemic And that s where any similarities to the movie stop, and the story becomes less of a lone hero tale andof the soul crushing hopeless revelation taleview spoiler And suddenly he thought, I m the abnormal one now Normalcy was a majority concept, the standard of many and not the standard of just one man hide spoilerThe story of the lone righteous hero, the brave vampire hunter has a sure guaranteed readers appeal I, for instance, adore Stephen King s Salem s Lot Matheson, however, brilliantly decides to take the road less traveled and turns the legend on its head He introduces an unexpected perspective that forces the protagonist and the reader look at things in a new and shocking light After all, the line between a hero and a horror is very thin, and usually very subjectively drawn This is not a traditional vampire story in any shape or form There is no supernatural element unless you think so of germs Instead it involves evolution of the hero and the monsters alike, and not in the ways that are comforting to the reader The horror lies in its unsettling revelations about the human nature It is also a story in which happy ending is impossible by default which Hollywood, of course, promptly fixes At least Will Smith got a blockbuster out of the butchered story Given the number of the cinematic adaptations of this book, it continues to fascinate Hollywood I m just waiting for the day when they make one that actually captures the intended impact of Matheson s story The writing is a bit dry, the science sections drag on a bit, and the protagonist is rather unlikable, but I forgive all this for the punch in the gut impact the story had on me 4 stars Absolutely disturbing modern classic Robert Nevile is the last human in town, maybe on earth All others are infected and turned into vampires You read howandgot infected, how they were buried this will give you nightmares There was a pandemic seems familiar in times like ours at the moment Ben Cortman, colleague and neighbour who reminds him on Oliver Hardy the comedian shouts every evening he should come out But Robert doesn t want to turn into one of them He does resea Absolutely disturbing modern classic Robert Nevile is the last human in town, maybe on earth All others are infected and turned into vampires You read howandgot infected, how they were buried this will give you nightmares There was a pandemic seems familiar in times like ours at the moment Ben Cortman, colleague and neighbour who reminds him on Oliver Hardy the comedian shouts every evening he should come out But Robert doesn t want to turn into one of them He does research on the bacterium that transforms humans into vampires He takes care of a dog At some time a woman who calls herself Ruth, enters his dreadful life Is she infected At the end you ll come to know who says I am Legend and what s the meaning behind This is a fantastic, extremely well written book with a very serious message I can highly recommend reading it Great plot, great prose, compelling and several movie adaptions I loved this book Was very creepy to read.I thought it was brillant from beginning to end.One of my favourite books of all time ever That ending WOW