I am Legend- Richard Matheson

Published: 1954
Publisher: Corgi
Page Total: 192
Format Read: Audible


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 blood. By 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 dawn.

How long can one man survive like this?


Warning: A bit of Salty Dave incoming further down… Expect a few swear words and general negativity…

This book is old, it was first published in the 50’s, I know things were not going so well in the fifties and I do not know what helped inspire the initial thought behind this novel. For it’s time I believe this was quite something, some parts of this book is so well written and thought out, I really felt for the main protagonist. The guy had it bad, he had it rough and he was the only person that could be called alive. Haunted and hunted by the new evolved humanity, he tries make a living while searching for a cure for this “Vampire” plague. Notice I put Vampire in capital letters, just keep it it like that in the back of your head for a little bit, I will be coming back to it… I am Legend I listened too on audio book while cleaning locations at the zoo, some parts of this book was real creepy and it kinda made me paranoid at times, especially while cycling to work, walking through partly forested areas on my way to work. I even had an actual jump scare one morning when I walked through the doorย  of one of the toilets I needed to clean and my one colleague sneaked up behind me. I shat myself and almost punched him in the face. When a book can do that to you you know it is good. Having an over active imagination also helps… I am legend is a good book to include in your Halloween reading list as it contains Vampires, a man slowly loosing his humanity and sanity. There are times that that Neville kinda lost his shit and the narrator did a pretty good job of presenting it all to me.

I do not want to go into spoilers but I kind of feel I have too, but to feel a little less guilty I thought I give a friend some page time, he has been dying (mind the pun) to be set loose and give voice to his problems with this novel. Hey Salty!, your turn bro, come and speak to the nice people, you calmed down a bit?

Hi Dave, thanks for that little introduction but you are wrong, I had no qualms with the book. And no I ain’t calm! I’m pissed of! Unlike you I saw the movie this book was based of off! How could people fuck it up so much? Did they even bother to read the fucking book? It even said on the blurp people became VAMPIRES! Not fucking MONSTERS, jeeez man! What has gotten into those eggheads that took a glimpse into this book and thought; “Hey, I bet this would make a cool monster movie..” FFFFFFFFFFFFKKKKKKKKK!!!! And to think I actually liked the film. That part where the guy had to kill his dog that I had grown so attached too, it wasn’t even like that in the book! The woman he meets with the little girl, nope! Not even that was in there! Did he find a cure? No fucking way, he died uttering the smug title of the book ffs! Not blowing himself up and taking main zombie/monster out after discovering the cure was always inside him. NO. I am Legend, The End.
Maaaan I am pissed, have I told you I am pissed? No? Well I am, fking Hollywood man, couldn’t even put in these great scenes of Neville that the book had in? Those were only hinted upon in the film with the guy talking to himself and mannequins, not even the mannequins were in the fucking book! AAAAAAAAARRRGGGhHHHH!

Salty I am going to have no stop you there, this is the book review not the fil- NO Dave! But the VAMPIRES!!! HOW! WHYYYYYY!!!??? Its oke Mc Dave, come here, I have some ice cream. NOOO I don’t want ICE CREAM, I want fucking VAMPIRES!!!! Oke, oke we’ll get you some Vampires, come down from the roof now… NOOOO show me the vampires FIRST! What!? I don’t have vampires, Salty you heard me say we can go get some, come down now please before you embarress the both of us… NOOOOOOOOO!!!! VAMPIRES!!!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be back later, I have a bit of a situation…

Mc Dave and I struggled to give this novel a final score as I had it at 5 out of 5 and he merited it on his knowledge of the movie… He can be a pain some times, but we concluded before I started writing this post that we could settle for a 3 out of 5 on GR.

I’ll try be back soon…






19 thoughts on “I am Legend- Richard Matheson

  1. Dude, this was awesome! When I saw the info block was left blank, I figured something was up. Glad to see I was on the money ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve seen the movie and read the book and honestly, I can’t blame Salty for being so salty. Not that I’d be so salty because I didn’t care about either the book or the movie, but I know the feelings he describes for projects I do care about!

    Don’t overly active imaginations stink sometimes? That is the reason I can’t watch horror films. Then I jump at every shadow. Glad to know it isn’t just me…

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  2. I sympathise with Salty Dave, glad to hear you got him down from the roof in the end! It’s been a while since I read this but I loved it. The film though, what the hell were they thinking? It’s not that it’s a bad film as such, it’s not brilliant but it’s ok, but it has absolutely nothing in common with the book whatsoever. I’ve met so many people who didn’t like it because they were expecting something based on the book and got something else entirely. It’s not like names are hard to come up with, they could have called it pretty much anything else and avoided the whole issue. Numpties.

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    1. They couldve called it I am the Cure or something… Or follow the butterfly… sucks when they do that to movies. I have the same gripes with the Hobit films… They went and put in extra when they had so much better stuff to work with from the book…

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  3. Lol, poor Salty! Hope he’s feeling better now after you applied a healthy dose of vampires… I’m glad you enjoyed it so much, after reading your review I’m actually willing to give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Its not perfect and nothing like the movie… just keep that in mind… for the time it was written in, it is pretty well done. Salty and I just finished a vampire book, so he is happy๐Ÿ™‚. If i get a chance, i will be writing a review that should go up tomorrow. Thank you for commenting๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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