I am Legend
Why not start out with a classic?
Not to overstate this or anything, but Richard Matheson’s I am Legend is a masterpiece, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees. Though short (170 pages) compared to today’s standards, this novel has more life in it than many contemporary novels breaking 500 pages.
What I found particularly striking about this novel is its close resemblance to many zombie novels and movies–but its about vampires. It is a post apocalyptic novel about a lone surviving man who spends his days hunting vampires and his nights barricaded inside his house.
Some of you might recognize this scenario. That’s because this novel has been adapted to film twice as The Omega Man and The Last Man on Earth. I recently viewed both films after devouring the novel, but neither could stand up to it.
The book I purchased also contains a slew of Matheson’s short stories. I’m still working my way through these, but I may say a couple things about them later on.
What do you think about this novel?