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I am Legend

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An acclaimed SF novel about vampires. The last man on earth is not alone ...

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?

The SF classic that inspired the blockbuster vampire movie starring Will Smith

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Richard Matheson (1926 - )
Richard Matheson was born in 1926. He began publishing SF with his short story 'Born of Man and Woman' which appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950. I Am Legend was published in 1954 and has been adapted to film three times. Matheson wrote the script for the film The Incredible Shrinking Man, an adaptation of his second SF novel The Shrinking Man (published in 1956). The film won a Hugo award in 1958. He wrote many screenplays (including The Fall of the House of Usher) as well as episodes of The Twilight Zone. He continued to write short stories and novels, some of which formed the basis for film scripts, including Duel, directed by Steven Spielberg in 1971. Further SF short stories were collected in The Shores of Space (1957) and Shock! (1961). His other novels include Hell House (1971) (filmed as The Legend of Hell House in 1973), Bid Time Return (1975), Earthbound (1982) and Journal of the Gun Years (1992). A film of his novel What Dreams May Come (1978) was released in 1998, starring Robin Williams. A collection of his stories from the 1950s and 1960s was released in 1989 as Richard Matheson: Collected Stories.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 176
Erscheinungsdatum 29.03.2010
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-575-09416-1
Reihe S. F. Masterworks
Verlag Orion Publishing Group
Maße (L/B/H) 19,5/12,8/1,7 cm
Gewicht 171 g
Verkaufsrang 4.011
Buch (Taschenbuch, Englisch)
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The last human on earth...
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 24.02.2018

Robert Neville lost everything due to a pandemic - his daughter, his wife, his sanity. In the daytime he explores the remainders of the city and takes care that his house is safe, but in the nighttime he hides inside his house and hopes that the night passes as quickly... Robert Neville lost everything due to a pandemic - his daughter, his wife, his sanity. In the daytime he explores the remainders of the city and takes care that his house is safe, but in the nighttime he hides inside his house and hopes that the night passes as quickly as possible, as a bunch of vampires, including one of his former neighbours and friends, try to seduce him to come outside in order to devour him. Robert is immune to this vampire virus and tries his best to understand it and even hopes to find an antidote to end his unfortunate existence full of loneliness. One time he finds a dog and thinks to have found a long desired partner, another time he sees a woman in the bright daylight and for a split second he has serious hopes for the end of his torture, but sadly things come differently... Richard Matheson is a wonderful author that manages to make the reader feel the horrors of lonliness, despair and insanity that his characters have to endure. Especially considering the time in which this story was written makes it even more impressive: It was first published in 1954, being one of the very first post-apocalyptic vampire/zombie stories and to my mind, none of the later ones can keep up with this book! Even though many might think to know the story, because they have watched the movie starring Will Smith, I would still totally recommend reading this book, as it has so much more depth and meaning! Especially the film's ending is a bit dull compared to the book and conveys a feeling so completely different, the book is just not done justice! I don't want to spoil anything, so all I can say is: if you want to understand the meaning behind the titlegiving sentence "I am legend", read this book!

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von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Linz Zentrale am 18.02.2017
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

Wenn es einem Autor gelingt, mit seinem bereits 1954 geschriebenen Buch eine im 21.Jahrhundert immer noch packende und berührende Geschichte zu vermitteln, dann ist es angebracht, den Hut zu ziehen. Selten schafft es ein Schriftsteller, einen Leser mit wenig Handlung so durchgehend in den Bann zu ziehen. Ich hatte... Wenn es einem Autor gelingt, mit seinem bereits 1954 geschriebenen Buch eine im 21.Jahrhundert immer noch packende und berührende Geschichte zu vermitteln, dann ist es angebracht, den Hut zu ziehen. Selten schafft es ein Schriftsteller, einen Leser mit wenig Handlung so durchgehend in den Bann zu ziehen. Ich hatte das Buch in wenigen spannenden Stunden ausgelesen...es mutet fast wie eine Mischung aus Glavinic' "Arbeit der Nacht" und "The Walking Dead" an und vermag am Ende absolut zu überraschen. Noch kenne ich die Filmfassung mit Will Smith nicht, ließ mir aber sagen, dass die beiden Versionen anders verlaufen. Absolute Leseempfehlung!