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*Download Epub ë I Am Legend and Other Stories ð Robert Neville is the last living man on Earthbut he is not alone Every other man, woman, and child on Earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville s bloodBy 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 dawnHow long can one man survive in a I know there is a lot going for this book, in terms of popular opinion, influence, and originality, so you ll have to forgive me for interposing my body with the flywheel we ll see what s left at the end.In a discussion between Douglas Adams and Lewis Wolpert, the argument was made that the individual is unimportant in science, but is paramount in art Walpert proposed that scientific discovery is inevitable, as the confluence of ideas will tend to produce parallel developments, such as with Ne I know there is a lot going for this book, in terms of popular opinion, influence, and originality, so you ll have to forgive me for interposing my body with the flywheel we ll see what s left at the end.In a discussion between Douglas Adams and Lewis Wolpert, the argument was made that the individual is unimportant in science, but is paramount in art Walpert proposed that scientific discovery is inevitable, as the confluence of ideas will tend to produce parallel developments, such as with Newton and Leibniz, or Darwin and Wallace.However, I would venture that this is equally applicable to the arts, which respond just as readily to shared influences and social pressures The process of an artistic movement developing is often geographically precise, andan indication of similar origins than of proselytism.The vast cited influence of this book, then, is less remarkable when looking at the movements and ideas surrounding it The themes of horror always follow scientific discovery, as the Industrial Revolution brought forth Frankenstein, or the Communist scare alien threats This book draws upon the same sources and brings in the idea of apocalypse newly popularized by the nuclear age to create something which is not altogether as insightful as it is inevitable.Apocalyptic literature was hardly new, whether in a modern vision like Shelley s Last Man or ancient religious eschatology The nuclear age personalized the apocalypse, so that it was no longer the result of chance or divinity, bringing it to the forefront in a waypervasive than the religious warnings of a nigh end which go unfulfilled every other year Yet Matheson s vision is not this new, personalized apocalypse, but a continuation of plage fiction.For his proto zombies, Matheson took influence from the Communist scare aliens and bodysnatchers of the pulps to create a force which is mindless, anti individualistic, and inhuman, combining it with the vampires of film One can look at this as an early recognition of the danger and power of viral memetics.These same ideas will contine to be carried on after this work, not only though the oft mentioned zombie stories, but also through speculative fiction as represented by the Twilight Zone and Outer Limits which Matheson wrote for Beyond this, you may see I Am Legend as prototypical of the standard gotcha ending on which these series came to relyandheavily.All these movements and ideas are rife with opportunity for writers looking for a paradigm shift, but I would argue that I Am Legend fails to take advantage of these plentiful ideas One might point out that it is an early example, but this alone does not save it, as we may point out earlier writings which tackle similar issues with a greater depth and sense of conceptual exploration.There is Shelley s The Last Man , Bierce s Can Such Things Be , or the works of Mann, Hesse, and Conrad, who explored similar themes of inhumanity, hopelessness, sex, death, loneliness, and plague and who did so muchfully and with a sense of joy and artistry.There are many cases where pulp authors are later found to have overcome the simplicity of their genre, whether by sense of psychology, or character, or vibrancy, or theme Shakespeare was considered a populist, and in all his fart jokes, cliches, and story borrowing, we might compare him to Family Guy or The Simpsons the latter drawing allusions from 1980 s culture as he drew his from Greek Myth.But I digress Matheson as an author does not bear these strengths, and misses many opportunities to take advantage of the themes he explores, which may be new in their particular combination, but not without literary precedent.Matheson often lays open his characters psychological motivations His every statement of action or interaction is followed by an explanation of the thoughts and events which have just occurred However, his explanations do not expand our understanding of the characters Instead, the accompanying narration is so simple that one begins to feel that Matheson is simply telling you the same thing twice or even three times.If our protagonist asks a question, Matheson inevitably follows with he asked, incredulously It seems the fact that the character was both clearly incredulous and asking a question did not seem self evident enough Then again, nothing in the book is too self evident to prevent Matheson from painstakingly explaining it several times.He tells us what his characters are thinking almost constantly, despite the fact that it rarely offers any further insight One might achieve a similar effect by taking a Hemmingway story and having a high schooler add in how the character would be expected to feel after every piece of dialogue.Matheson doesn t have a flair for psychology, and so his characters reactions are often either unjustified or oversimplified Instead of writing characters who fit the story, Matheson seems to constantly change the characters or the story to try to achieve his authorial goals But then, how would one build an entertaining story around such shallow characters The protagonist is fond of lecturing the reader on behalf of the author, at which point Matheson seems to recognize his own transparency, deflecting by providing the character with sudden mood shifts before slowly creeping back Comparisons to Stephen King are apt another author whose storytelling is jumbled and rough despite the potential of the concepts driving it.It is not difficult to understand why this book was so influential in the process of reading it, I was constantly thinking of things I wished the author would do with the story Every time he overstated a point or underexplored a theme, I began to imagine how I might do it differently I pictured Romero closing the book having already built an entire movie in his head by simply extending where Matheson faltered.Indeed, the book often reads like a screenplay, complete with plodding character descriptions to keep the actors from getting lost At every turn, it breaks the rule of authorship that it is better to show the reader what is happening than to tell him Matheson s combination of ideas and influences should have been interesting, but his repetitive overexplaning mars the form of the story while his borrowed themes go unexplored for the sake of a gimmick ending.I will not deny that this work exists in a certain nexus along the development of some very important and interesting genres and works, but it isrough draft than groundbreaking original It is less an inspiring work than the one which revealed that there was a lot of space for other authors to re introduce old ideas by new means and methods If only Matheson had been able to take up this challenge himself, instead of making the void conspicuous by inhabiting it, we might remember this book not from where it happened to be, but from what it managed to do there I liked this book a great deal and with all books where I see the movie first I liked the book better I have liked post apocalyptic stories since I first read The Earth Abides and Dhalgren I was thirteen years old when my mother dropped me at the theater and I watched Omega Man with Charlton Heston Loved the concept, loved the movie which stayed with me for days afterward Fast forward to current day when I read the book I Am Legend which the movie was based on The book is well written with I liked this book a great deal and with all books where I see the movie first I liked the book better I have liked post apocalyptic stories since I first read The Earth Abides and Dhalgren I was thirteen years old when my mother dropped me at the theater and I watched Omega Man with Charlton Heston Loved the concept, loved the movie which stayed with me for days afterward Fast forward to current day when I read the book I Am Legend which the movie was based on The book is well written with details and close point of view that makes the story come alive The story does not follow the movie story lines in the Charlton Heston movie version or the Will Smith version The ending is different and unique I read anything that is well written no matter the genre and would recommend this book to readers who enjoy this topic.David Putnam Author of The Bruno Johnson series Like Lucy, this rating is gonna take some splainin Unfortunately, I don t have a slide show or any multi colored pie charts to provide visual assistance on this one, so I will try to splain it as clearly as I can, but I will be using quite a few i.e and e.g to provide supporting clarification for my commentary given I am performing this review without the safety net of visual aids Please, do not try this at home Oh, I ve also decided to throw in the occasional word in Spanishwhy Like Lucy, this rating is gonna take some splainin Unfortunately, I don t have a slide show or any multi colored pie charts to provide visual assistance on this one, so I will try to splain it as clearly as I can, but I will be using quite a few i.e and e.g to provide supporting clarification for my commentary given I am performing this review without the safety net of visual aids Please, do not try this at home Oh, I ve also decided to throw in the occasional word in Spanishwhy you ask.because I just watched some old I Love Lucy re runs and am getting in touch with my inner Ricky Ricardo Okay, from the standpoint of pure smile spreading enjoyment e.g., while reading, I look down and notice my toes tapping involuntarily to the smooth, jazzy, melodic flow of the narrative , I would probably rate this 3 to 3.5 stars i.e., there was no visible toe tapping, but I did have the occasional feeling of warmth move through my tummy though that could ve just been the tacos Richard Matheson is a terrific writer and this story, like his others, is a quality product and I have zero complaints about the prose or the technical choices he made took in constructing the narrative My issue was really with the main character, Robert Neville He just wasn t very compelling or interesting He certainly wasn t the most engaging character I have ever come across This is a bit of a problem since the entire book is spent lollygagging around with Robby as he provides running jogging sauntering commentary about the world around him This was a negative for me and detracted from the number of happy units I was able to mine from the reading experience So why the 4.0 to 4.5 stars I shall splain as there are several reasons that are mucho importante Oh, yeahthat s right, I just turned this into my first bilingual review How cosmopolitan First Primero is the plot This book, written in 1954, was the genesis for EVERY zombie book that follows and provides the basic framework for most of the post apocalyptic undead fiction being produced today Amazingly, it is also one of the best of these stories despite being the first Here is the basic plot or argumento Robert Neville is the sole survivor of a pandemic that struck the world and caused the infected to exhibit all the outward signs of vampirism vampirismo He spends his days gathering supplies, fortifying his house and killing the sleeping vampires and spends his nights barricaded in his house and fending off attacks from the walking dead Sound familiar Well this is the book that started it all and I felt that deserved some serious recognition for both its originality and Matheson s being a trailblazer pionero of the zombie sub genre Second Segundo , is the world building back story and Matheson s explanation of both the plague and the vampires which I thought was nothing short of EXCELENTE i.e., magnifico While certainly not good science in the sense that it can be analyzed objectively, the explanations given are compelling and superb theater I actually wishtime had been spent on this aspect of the book because I thought it was just fant stico i.e.if you need a translation of this, please stop reading and go put the crash helmet back on Third Tercero , is the end of the book which, in my opinion, is worthy of 5 HUGE stars all by itself I would say that goes double for the very last line of the bookwhich I think makes it a 10 MEGANORMOUS star ending if my math is correctThus, Matheson being the superb writer that he is, not only invents a sub genre but then, over 50 years after the fact, can still claim to have written one of the best, most original examples of it That is pretty especial, no Thus for all of the above reasons motivos , I am giving the book a rating of 4.0 to 4.5 stars despite not always enjoying the book as much as I would have liked However, if you haven t read this, I would highly recommend it as I think it has a lot going for it HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Straight outta Compton, another crazy ass vampireMore punks I smoke, yo, my rep gets biggerI m a bad vampire killa and you know thisBut the pussy ass ghouls don t show thisBut I don t give a damn, I ma make my snapsIf not from the garlic, from jackin the cropsJust like burglary, the definition is jackin And when illegally armed it s called packin Put a stake through a motherf Chorus City of Compton, City of Compton Damn that book was dope I know I ve used the whole edited lyrics as review b Straight outta Compton, another crazy ass vampireMore punks I smoke, yo, my rep gets biggerI m a bad vampire killa and you know thisBut the pussy ass ghouls don t show thisBut I don t give a damn, I ma make my snapsIf not from the garlic, from jackin the cropsJust like burglary, the definition is jackin And when illegally armed it s called packin Put a stake through a motherf Chorus City of Compton, City of Compton Damn that book was dope I know I ve used the whole edited lyrics as review before but I couldn t resist The story takes place in Compton and I need to build my street cred so Viola I m making secret gang signs at the monitor as I type this so yo On with the review.There are advantages and disadvantage to being the last man on Earth AdvantagesYou are your own moral compass.You can smoke in the house or anywhere else for that matter You can drink yourself into a stupor anytime you wantYou have plenty of time to try and work out a cureYou can park in front of fire hydrantsDisadvantagesLonely and isolated this book does an excellent job of depicting this Horny shameless hussy vampires play on this by being provocative Nightly attacks by vampires some are feral, some are lucid, none sparkly.You suddenly have to become Mr Science Guy and MacGyver all rolled into oneAll you have to listen to is classical musicThere have been three films made from this story, all with similar scenarios After apocalyptic nightmare that alters or kills the rest of humanity, hero is lone human survivor The Last Man on Earth This one has Vincent Price giving his typical overwrought, fey performance It also has the undead moving about as fast as your Grandma using her walker It adheres to the plotline of the bookclosely than the other two.The Omega Man Charleton Heston, during his SciFi period Here instead of vampires, you have evil, albino mutants Their mutant ability being annoying.I Am Legend Will Smith, big budget, CGI zombies that move faster than Granma Watching the movie will not spoil the book.This book also contains some of Matheson s short stories Matheson also wrote teleplays, some for The Twilight Zone, so a few of these stories do have that kind of vibe Most notably Buried Talents, The Near Departed, Person to Person, The Funeral.Dance of the Dead and Witch War both take place in the distant future.Mad House, a standout, and Dress of White Silk would be classified as horror Mad House is set in the fifties, before the whole concept of anger management took hold Prey has an odd familiarity to it It reads like something you would have seen on Rod Serling s Night Gallery or a very special episode of Mr Belvedere.From Shadowed Places is smexy.George Romero, Stephen King and Anne Rice have all cited Matheson as an influence He wrote a Star Trek episode and his short stories and books have been made into a number of films including Duel, Hell House, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Stir of Echoes and Somewhere in Time If you have an interest in horror, fantasy or scifi, you should give this a read Yeah, that word again Using Anne s made up words will hopefully give me evenstreet cred