I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Hand drawn sketch of a long faced man in a hood.

Two posts in the same day? What?

After writing my last post, I realized I forgot to write something up for a book I finished beforehand. It’s so short that I completely forgot to do a post on it. So here I am.

This was a book club book chosen by someone else. For anyone wondering, I am in a local friend group book club. My goal is to write about these books to work on my writing and keep notes for the actual book club discussion. Our book club is infrequent, and it is not unusual to only meet up every few months. This gives me too much time to forget most of it.

Let’s talk about vampires. Of a sort, I guess.

When Will Smith’s movie “I Am Legend” came out in 2007, I was super excited for it. Then I watched it, the dog died, and I was done with it. One day I hope they make dog deaths in movies a war crime.

Besides that, I was oblivious to the fact that it was based on a book until a friend convinced me to read it. So I did, like 10 years ago, and because of that, I had no issue rereading it for book club. Now to the actual book review.

Is it good?

It’s hard to say, really. I always struggle with rating older books because they are written so differently and set differently. However, it’s something I try to stay cognizant of when I’m reading them.

This book was originally written in the 1950s, which I will say makes it very old. I apologize to anyone reading this who was born in the 1950s, but people just thought differently, and having not lived during that period, it makes it hard to relate.

Moving past that, the story is good. I have some issues with the fact that an average joe was able to understand advanced biology based on books alone, but who knows? Maybe if I didn’t have the internet and was bound to my home for years, I too would sit there and start reading medical textbooks.

Other than that, I enjoyed how the author fleshed out the main character. They felt relatable in a sense that if the world had gone to hell and I was the only person left in a land of monsters, I too would probably be a little crazy and eccentric.

I don’t want to mention the dog.

Part of me wants the book to be longer, but I think the author did an excellent job of keeping it short, sweet, and to the point. It was enjoyable in a way. So enjoyable that I thought I would give the author’s short stories a try.

However, those were not enjoyable, and I do not recommend them.

As always, thanks for reading, and stay tuned for the next book club book review.


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