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November 2011 - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

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November 2011 - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Postby clong » Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:33 am

So get reading already :whip:


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Re: November 2011 - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Postby MidasKnight » Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:51 am

I regret to inform you all that I have not even purchased the book yet. Therefore, I will not likely be participating in the discussion. I fully intended to, but just never got to a bookstore or library.

I know. I suck. :(
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Re: November 2011 - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

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Re: November 2011 - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Postby MidasKnight » Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:16 pm

False alarm. I just got the book and read 40 pages waiting for my van to get serviced. There are only 170ish pages so maybe I'll be ready!
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Re: November 2011 - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:20 pm

I'll be there, but not quite yet. I just got it from the library and am furiously reading...I'm furious that I'm late.

Maybe I should give a couple first impressions. Then final reactions when I finish.

The book was written in the early 1950s and it is set in the 1970s. So far, there are a couple of time-bound things which date the book. Matheson does not attempt to be a science futurist. Neville, the main character is driving a Willys station wagon. It has a push button for the starter (though a few cars now have that again...why?) and it has a throttle; only my snow blower has a throttle these days. Neville also needed to wind his watch. Does any modern watch need that? These elements don't bother me, but then, I was an eight-year-old when the book was published, so I remember the Willys and watch stems we needed to wind. I'm liking the good use of language, too.
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Re: November 2011 - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Postby clong » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:38 am

You are right, Algot, there are clearly dated elements to this book. But like you, these elements didn't bother me.

I liked this book just as much the second time around as I had the first. I liked the simplicity of the plot (which I think gives it more the feel of a novella than a novel, even if the word count qualifies it as a novel). I liked the fact that he tries to understand what has happened and to use science to look for solutions. And I especially liked the ending on several levels. :mrgreen:
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Re: November 2011 - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:10 am

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Re: November 2011 - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

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Re: November 2011 - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:57 pm

The coincidence factor has struck again!

Here' an image of a Tweet that just came to me.

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The article referenced is here:

Sometimes a coincidence is based on something more or less common, but reading I am Legend and the same day, coming across this...too much!
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Re: November 2011 - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Postby MidasKnight » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:11 am

I kept thinking how people must have HATED the movie since it mostly just keeps the basic premise and nothing else.

I thought it read well despite my having to fairly consistently reference Webster's.

I found his scientific efforts to be less believable than the idea of vampires. I mean, what layman can actually learn a profession just through books? That, to me, is fantasy, not sci fi.

I sympathized with Neville so I cannot say that I liked the ending. I had not thought of it as an evolution or a new beginning as clong and Algot seemed to do. I merely felt it was depressing. I'm not sure I understand the title unless it is that the tables have turned and the vampires are afraid of him now ... aka ... he's the legend?

It is entirely possible that I am merely obtuse.
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Re: November 2011 - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Postby MidasKnight » Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:33 pm

... and another thing...

The whole idea of a new culture of 'alive' vampires seemed to be quite sudden. I mean, I realize Neville was isolated for 3 or 4 years but it still seemed contrived and rushed.
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Postby Lenphics » Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:24 pm

Depending on prices it could be good. Thought was it might give more established names. Of course the 08 RC class seeems to be the superior of the two so far.. Just LMK.
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