Title: I Am Legend
Author: Richard Matheson
Page Count/Review Word Count: 168
You probably know of I Am Legend because of the Will Smith film – I must admit, that’s where I discovered it. I thought the film was pretty good, but mainly because I like the whole ‘last man on earth‘ concept – I figured I ought to read the book as well, purely for the concept.
Surprisingly, the book and the film have more differences than similarities, and in my eyes the book came out superior. Here, protagonist Robert Neville is a completely different man, a desperate man who’s turned into something of an alcoholic since being stranded alone and hiding from the nocturnal creatures.
There’s also a different ending, and the extra dimension that’s added by the fact that the creatures can talk to him – when they’re sentient and well-organised, with the ability to use words as weapons, the infected become much more terrifying. It’s a fantastic read.