First Lines: I am Legend

Richard Matheson’s I am Legend is a weird book. One could easily call it a post-zombie/vampire-apocalypse novel and get away with it, but it’s neither very eventful nor horrific. Robert Neville (who sometimes indulged in daydreams about finding someone. More often, though, he had tried to adjust to what he sincerely believed was the inevitable — that he was actually the only one left in the world.) goes about his daily business of survival—fixing up the house, killing of vampires one by one—but that’s not what makes the book work. Where the books work best, is when it’s about hope and loneliness: Neville trying to find out how these vampires work, or when he comes across another living being, be it dog or human.

As such, it’s a pretty great book. If you expect something resembling sparkling vampires or a movie featuring Will Smith, well, nevermind.

Book read
Richard Matheson — I am Legend
First Line
On those cloudy days, Robert Neville was never sure when sunset came, and sometimes they were in the streets before he could get back.