Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wednesday Reads and Keeping Fingers Crossed

Since I’ve been doing all my walking outside (weather permitting, that is), my reading has really taken a hit. And I doubt I read much this weekend, either. Why? Because I’ll be at the Reader Author Get Together. I’m sure there will be moments that I’ll FEEL like going into my room and read (or decompress), but I’ll do my best not to. Kind of hard to be seen if I’m huddled in my room.

Here’s what I read the past week:

June 3: “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson, a horror novella at 170 pages. Blurb from book: Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth…but he is not alone. Every other man, woman, and child on earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville’s blood. By 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 dawn. How long can one man survive in a world of vampires? I had seen the Will Smith movie, but until recently, didn’t know it was based on a book (or rather, novella). And I’d heard it was different, so I had to check it out. Yep, the book is way different and way better. But then, the books usually are.

Funny how I came to read this story. A discussion on Charleton Heston (one of my favorite actors) led to “Omega Man” (which I had never seen), which led to the book. Boy! Sometimes I feel like I’ve been living under a rock. Well I can now say I’ve seen “Omega Man,” too and realized I wasn’t missing much. J I still like Charleton Heston, though.

With the Penguins win on Monday night (whoo hoo!!), putting them up 3-1, I sooooo want to celebrate the Pens championship on Thursday night (**fingers crossed**). Hopefully I don’t disturb my neighbors too much. I can get a little vocal during the games. J

So… Are you enjoying nice weather in your area? If not for my walking, I’d probably never go outside! Ain’t that horrible?

Happy Reading!



JeffO said...

If memory serves, there's at least one other film version of "I Am Legend" out there that came between "The Omega Man" and Will Smith's more recent upgrade. I read the novella a few years back and found some of it felt somewhat dated (stylistically, I think), but I agree, I think story wise it was far better than either of those two film versions. Especially the ending!

Maria Zannini said...

Richard Matheson is one of my all time favorite authors. Many of his stories had been turned into movies or been episodes on the Twilight Zone. He writes mainly about the metaphysical which has always fascinated me.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - There was another movie version done before "Omega Man": "Last Man on Earth" (1964), starring Vincent Price (I haven't seen that one, either, but now I'm curious). When Charleton Heston read I Am Legend, he suggested it would be a good movie, then told it was already done. Haha!

Maria - I was surprised at all that Richard Matheson wrote (books/screenplays), yet never heard of his name until now. Yep, I'm living under a rock. :)

Stephanie Faris said...

I read on my treadmill, too--and it's malfunctioning. I'm trying to get a new one, but I've thought, "Well, I could just walk outside" and my immediate thought following that is, "But that's my reading time!"

Stacy McKitrick said...

Stephanie - Sometimes you have to give up the things you love. And when winter returns, I have to give up walking outside. :(