I Am Legend -- Richard Matheson

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I Am Legend -- Richard Matheson

Post by MoralityDefender » Sat Jan 01, 2005 4:42 pm

It's the greatest book I've ever read. There won't be a greater book than I Am Legend.

I share parallels with Robert Neville. You can feel the pain that he feels each day and the horriblie loneliness he faces. If you haven't read this book, I suggest you pick it up now.

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Post by Gundown » Sun Jan 02, 2005 10:49 pm

The movie "The Omega Man" was bassed off of this book wasn't it?

I've never seen the movie or read the book but I'm glad you brought it up. I had ment to do both and some how forgot about it.

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Post by ghostface » Mon Jan 03, 2005 9:17 am

The book is short- like a novella vs. a novel. It's way better than the movie. You can buy it printed along with a collection of his short stories.
The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own...

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Post by MoralityDefender » Mon Jan 03, 2005 3:45 pm

Yes, The Omega Man was loosely based on it.

A better adaptation was Vincent Prices, "The Last Man". It goes exactly according to the book. Charleton Heston's 'The Omega Man" had a good Hollywood sequence added into it.

If you haven't seen either of them, I suggest you see them and also read the book. Words can't express my love and compassion for this book.

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Post by the_klenzer » Mon Jan 03, 2005 6:35 pm

I've been meaning to pick this up for a while. No spoilers without a warning please.

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Post by Red Panda » Tue Jan 04, 2005 12:57 am

Sorry klenzer,

"IT'S MADE FROM PEOPLE!"

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Post by Gundown » Tue Jan 04, 2005 1:15 am

They're both the same guy!!!

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Post by MoralityDefender » Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:46 pm

I would have you shoot me before I spoiled it to a fellow Zombie fan.

People associate it with more of Vampirism, but Dick (RM) and I know, it's 100% pure Zombie-Vampire Hybrid.

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Post by Red Panda » Wed Jan 05, 2005 12:24 am

Dude, you just spoiled it a bit. :?

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Post by MoralityDefender » Wed Jan 05, 2005 2:19 pm

No I didn't. It wasn't me I tell you!

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Post by dark_griever » Thu Jan 20, 2005 6:11 pm

They were too smart to be zombies. And they moved around properly and everything. But the book was great, and the ending was really powerful... But I won't spoil it.

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Post by RealityDeviant » Thu Jan 20, 2005 9:12 pm

You know, Steve Niles (same guy behind "30 Days of Night") has a graphic novel adaptation of <i>I am Legend</i> that's been out for awhile. From what I hear, it's faithful to the book and has some great artwork.
"I live among the cold, the false,
And I must seem like them;
And such I am, for I am false
As those I most condemn. "
L.E.L., "Lines of Life"

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Post by noncyr » Thu Jan 20, 2005 10:45 pm

Great book. it's in my trunk now. Someday if I run off the road into a snowy ditch, it'll be the book that I read over and over until the police dig me out.
Blergh

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Post by TOGLE » Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:58 pm

I just finished I am legend and loved it. The copy I have has the short stories as well (like ghostface mentioned). There is one short story called Dance of the Dead that I really liked (I need to re-read it becase I was doped up on Nyquil--the night time sniffling sneezing coughing aching stuffy head fever so you can read classic horror novels and have surrealistic dreams medicine). In the story they reanimate a corpse. Also it take place way in the future of 1997 --hehe-- . I think the protaganest was a cyborg-llama creature with an addiction to black jellybeans and a heart of gold. But I was on the 'Quil at the time so don't quote me on the last part

but seriously the dance of the dead short has some great discriptive writing in it, even if it is a little hard to follow compaired to some of his other works.

I didn't know there was a graphic novel adaptation of Legend. Gonna try and find it on my day off--thank you RealityDeviant

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Post by bgaesop » Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:13 pm

Just read the graphic novel, and I had tons of fun reading it out loud in the deep "horror movie preview" narrator voice. So cool.

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Post by TOGLE » Wed Feb 16, 2005 8:32 am

I love narrator-man. We all have to CHUGG it when he says "In a world" or "First name/last name was having an ordinary day UNTIL...." I'm going to read to my chilldren like that.....

actually my voice sounds like I've been freebasing heilium...

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Post by dirtydwarf » Wed Feb 16, 2005 6:26 pm

I have heard for several years now that a new movie adaption was in the works.........was supposed to have Arnie as the leading man, but with his new political career now who knows...

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Post by TOGLE » Fri Feb 18, 2005 7:44 pm

I heard the Arnie thing to. There was suppost to be a Teaser story board out on the net somewhere. I couln't find it anywhere so that may be just a rumor.----- Still looking for the graphic novel, I may have to break down and order it online if my local comic book shop can't scrounge up a copy.
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Post by RatsInTheGravyRedux » Wed Feb 23, 2005 12:44 am

Of course, the point of the story is a little pro-zombie for all us hard chargin, sombie killin fiends, ain't it?

I think Matheson was a sympathizer.... :twisted:

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Post by TOGLE » Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:54 pm

Matheson an undead sympathizer? I love it. I can see thread after thread about the undead underground.

Rock on- you hard chargin fiends- you
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Post by wolfhound127 » Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:56 pm

I just finished the Steven Niles adoption it is quite good. I could only find that version at my local Library. I guess I am going to have to buy the novel version off the net. Has anyone read both? Are they really close to being the same.
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Post by Survive1999 » Tue May 24, 2005 9:10 pm

I heard that Will Smith is picking up the I am Legened movie

oh and as far as spoilers go, Darth is Lukes father :P

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Post by DrthTater » Sat Jul 23, 2005 6:04 pm

this is one of my all time favorite books.

i went out and bought a bunch and handed them out to random people

an AWESOME book.

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Post by unodiablo » Sat Jul 23, 2005 6:12 pm

I think I Am Legend was recently remaindered, you should be able to find copies of the beautiful trade paperback edition everyone is talking about here at a lot of used book stores (I've seen a bunch in Madison's Half Price Book stores, and Frugal Muse stores) for @ $4-$6.

I bought a couple for gifts too. :)

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