Tuesday, October 02, 2007

A Book to Read: I Am Legend


Ok, there will be no new Art updates for the next few days. I'm on the home stretch here with X-men and will be done with days.

Until then, I thought I would mention a book I just finished. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. I'm sure a lot of you may be familiar with this book, but if you're not, you should go read it. It's a fairly short novel and moves very quickly, but it is very creepy and all around a great book in my opinion.

It is a story of a Man, to his own knowledge is the last living person on earth. But he's not alone. That's right baby....VAMPIRES!!!! The last man on earth trying to survive in a world of a legend come to life. That's all I say, but the book is worth reading.

There is am movie coming soon as well. Will Smith will play Nevil, the last man on earth. I think that instead of L.A. where the book is set, New York will play the backdrop to the tale. I'm happy with that choice. I find L.A. to be a little boring to look at and it's hard to convince me that a place that is sunny 98% of the time is a creepy place. We'll see. I am looking forward to the movie, though I'm sure some will hate the idea out of the gate. Me, I don't care, the book will not get erased by the movie so I'll take both!

If you have any suggestions of books you think I might like, throw them in a list in my comments.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey skottie, read this book a while ago and loved it. A book i'd recommend is one i picked up over here in the UK but i'm sure it's available over the pond as well. It's called the Vesuvius club by mike gattis. I think they made it into a graphic novel as well, it's very well written. I wont say too much about it but it's essentially a james bond style novel set in the victorian times, quite steampunk-esque in its nature and very darkly funny. If you give it a looking let me know what u thought.
Keep up the good work man,we know you will
Henry

Lenny said...

I picked up this book like a week ago. I'm about 150 pages into it and it rocks. Good pick man.

Project Director said...

Now that you have the book under your belt, you should see all three films:

I Am Legend (Smith)

The Omega Man (Heston)

Last Man on Earth (Price)

Michael H. Morris said...

A great book choice. I think im going to have to go into the movie as a seperate entitiy entirely.

here's a few books that if you haven't read tehm you darn well should.

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

The Great Divorce by CS Lewis

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Baltimore: Or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden

Night Watch: Sergei Lukyanenko

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs : A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Enjoy!!!

Cheers,
M

Dan Gray said...

Yeah, I read this one a while ago...one of my favs. Not sure about Will Smith taking the helm....but they got my 10 bucks. Let's see some artwork based on it!!! LOL

also, one of the baddest covers I have seen in a while....

Jim Di Bartolo said...

Yeah, I Am Legend is a pretty sweet read. I actually did an illo of it for fun a while back casting a youngish Clint Eastwood in the Nevil role. Here it is if you're interested: http://www.jimdibartolo.com/Main%20menu%20page/iamlegend(color).html

Anyhow, a really unknown, but amazingly well-written book that I've recommended to people with a variety of tastes is "The Carpet Makers" by Andreas Eschbach: http://www.amazon.com/Carpet-Makers-Andreas-Eschbach/dp/0765314908/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-3951124-6424636?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1191348946&sr=8-1

The title doesn't sound all that riveting, but I can pretty much guarantee that you'll be hooked by the end of the first chapter. Completely unpredictable. Oh, and everyone I've recommeded it to who's read it (about 8 people I think? Have LOVED it, so there you go!)

Good luck on wrapping up New X-Men! Looking forward to your next project(s)!

Jim

Jim Di Bartolo said...

Oh, and I'll second that "Ender's Game" recommendation from above. A side note about "The Carpet Makers" here: Orson Scott Card (the Ender's Game author) actually was the one who read Eschbach's work (originally in German) and fell in love with it and had it translated by a bilingual poet into English so it could be published here. It was the first German Sci-Fi (more emphasis on the "Fi" than the "Sci" actually) novel translated & published in the U.S. in like 20 years too.

I can HIGHLY recommend my wife's novel too as being just as good as The Carpet Makers, but you might hesitate based on the title (it's about faeries. BUT it's about faeries who fight devils and it's not a foo-foo book for wee girls or anything. Hearing your tastes and complaints about things every week on the podcast, I think you'd actually dig it. Anyhow, if you're interested here's the link to that too: http://www.amazon.com/Faeries-Dreamdark-Blackbringer-Laini-Taylor/dp/0399246304/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-3951124-6424636?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1191349565&sr=8-1

Oh, and I did the cover and the 5 interior illos too :) -- BONUS! ;)

Jim

Willy said...

'Ubik' and 'The man in the high castle' by phlip k. dick.
If you haven't read them already it's definitely an imperative. ^__^

Grant Gould said...

YES, excellent book, man!
Also, wanted to tell you that your "Smallville rant" on the latest Around Comics had me shitting my pants. I think I man-love you.

frank said...

The Joe Pitt casefiles by Charlie huston. Vampires in a noir New yourk City, awesome dialog and brutal action. "Fuckin' sweet."

Justin Castaneda said...

If you want a book that's in the tone of all those high school comedy movies of yesteryear, you should read Larry Doyle's "I Love You, Beth Cooper." I'm halfway in and I'm amazed at how many time I actually laugh out loud while reading it. It's brilliant.

Daniel Von Egidy said...

If you dig history than I recommend The Bronx is Burning.

M1K3Y said...

I read I Am Legend within a day or two over the summer due to a short-lived book club over on the Wizard Forum board.

As for a book to suggest, I think you should pick up any Dean Koontz novel. He has about 50 novels in-print, and I own them all. Very good stuff.

A female author by the name of Rob Thurman has two fantastic books out: Nightlife and Moonshine.

Then there's some Christopher Golden novels to check out: Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Myth Hunters and the Borderkind.

Who knows? Maybe you'll get inspired to draw up something pretty cool.

M1K3Y

4est said...

Ditto on Good Omens and the Joe Pitt books by Charlie Huston.

Michael H. Morris said...

I will have to second "I Love you Beth Cooper" hillarious...and another along that line is "Apathy and Other Small Victories"

both guffaw inducingly hilarious.

Skottie Young said...

wow, thanks alot everyone. I'm surprised at how many comments this one has gotten and I appreciate the suggestions. I've started a list to put on the board here in the studio so keep them coming and i'll keep adding on.

James said...

The Power of One
by Bryce Courtney

The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho

Legend
by David Gemmel

The Warlord Trilogy (The Winter King / Enemy of God / Excalibur)
by Bernard Cornwell

Cheers,

dj4our said...

I'm currently reading Stephen King's Cell, his take on zombies via cell phones. It's a good read so far.

Tannerama said...

Skottie! That's what makes it so creepy. The juxtaposition of a place that is sunny all the time is really a horrible wasteland with an undying horror just beneath the surface... just like present day L.A. HEY OOOOH!

No, but I loved this book. There was a part that I actually got choked up in. But it seems like the movie will be nothing like the book... at all. It seems too "cool" and it definitely looks too clean. I expect squalor I tell you. Squalor!

Kyle A. Scarborough said...

"Among The Thugs" by Bill Buford. Not sure if you're a fan of English football, but this American's first-hand account of 80's era hooliganry in England is incredible. Truly never a dull moment and a very hard book to put down.

jakester0182 said...

They're considered young adult novels, but "The Bartimaeus Trilogy" are fantastic! The tone of all three are just dark enough to please the sadist in anyone, but they also made me laugh out loud way too often. My wife though something was wrong with me. I can't recommend them enough, especially if you get some good ideas to draw out of it!

Jamie said...

Hey Skottie:
My favorite book of the past 10 years is any of the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher. I love them.

Anonymous said...

If you haven't read the 3rd TPB of DMZ get it as soon as possible. After reading through it entirely in one sitting it made me actually go and buy the next couple single issues.

And if like art books. Being a Game Artist I have just recently purchased the "Art of Oddworld" book from here:

http://www.ballisticpublishing.com/books/oddworld/

I am not sure how familiar you are with the games, but the art is just fantastic. I think you will really dig it.

Eric said...

I heartily recommend the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R. R. Martin (A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm of Swords / A Feat For Crows...so far). They're long as hell, but they have great characters and the story is told from multiple points of view. I'd also love to see your takes on some of them.

robbievermillion said...

hey just wanted to tell you that they had made two other film versions of i am legend before. one with vincent price called "the last man on earth"
and another with charleton heston called "omega man"
i have not seen omega man but the last man on earth was pretty good and fairly close adaptation to the novel.
also richard matheson wrote for the twilight zone.
robbie

John said...

The Road by Cormac Mccarthy

It was incredible. I want to be buried with this book.

Digico said...

I'm enjoying the variety of stuff on the thread. Soon we'll need "Skottie's Book Club."

Just started 'Kitchen Confidential' by Anthony Bourdain, and I'm really digging it. It reads exactly like 'No Reservations' sounds, in that it's Bourdain.

In the last couple of years I like Jared Diamond's "Collapse," and "Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner" by Dean Karnazes.

And one of my favorites is still Graham Greene's 'A Burnt-Out Case.'

Adam said...

Skottie,

You should check out Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno. Very cool quick read.

Anonymous said...

This was a good book but the fact that it was really a collection of short stories and the main story was less than 200 pages upset me. I would have been coll with that if the cover said it was a collection but that info was reserved for a single line on the bottom back cover while the title left you thinking it was a complete book worth of I am Legend. Just as it got really good it ended. It's still worth a read, just know that its a short story not a novel.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you have read it but World War Z is a good read. It's a collection of interview like short storys about the Zombie War by Max Brooks.

Mandrake said...

I read this book years and years ago in high school and loved it then was bitterly disappointed when I saw The Omega Man adaptation. I don't think I am giving away too much with this next comment:
THe most moving and captivating part of the book was his developing hte relationship with the dog and unfortunately from the previews it does not appear that this is handled accurately in the new Will Smith movie.

Anonymous said...

will smith is gunna KICK-FACE with this movie, the greatest actor of alll FROCKIN time, the story is great...but will smith is gonna make it even better, if someone else played the role..i wouldnt see it, but will smith?? a movie of him on my birthday?? thats FRIGGIN AMAZINNGGGG!!!

Anonymous said...

i read this book and I think it is hard to follow at some times. Overall it is a very well orchestrated book. Good pick can't wait to see the movie

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