I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm embarrassed to say that I dragged my feet about this book. But I wanted to read some classic scifi and try to catch up on all the good stuff I'd missed out on. I was IMMEDIATELY gripped by this story. Though it was written in the 1950's, that just washes away, becomes trivial.
The story is about a man surviving against all odds. Just a factory worker, he struggles with his humanity and becomes a scientist and a scholar--he elevates himself.
So many parts of this book held me in thrall, but the section about the dog brought tears to my eyes. Even the science, though rooted in early concepts of bacteriology, still rings as plausible.
This was a masterfully written tale and ended perfectly. It is, in my mind, the standard by which zombie and vampire books should be held. Don't even compare the movies--they are just bastardizations of this brilliant work. All my thumbs up. A must-read! Visceral, compelling...this story will stay with you.
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Jennifer Foehner Wells
I'm an author of the Space Opera variety.