I Am Legend

A Man's Thoughts During the Apocalypse

By Richard Matheson
USA, 1954
SciFi, Horror, Post-Apocalyptic

Main Attractions 
1. Zombies 
2. Man alone with his thoughts
3. He gets a dog
4. There’s more zombies and drinking
5. It inspired a genre
6. Psychological drama
7. A bit of Frankenstein added
8. Creepy vibes
9. Great descriptions
10. More zombies

Cuisine & Delicacies

Ranked as: Summer Salad
The language makes this fast paced and easy to read.  The language is very straightforward with short sentences, so it can easily be read by anyone looking for a light book. 

It does have a sense of psychology to it, but nowhere near the depth of Crime & Punishment.  So it’s classed as a light snack for dark and creepy summer nights.  It’s great for snacking on in the evenings or at camp.

Keep in mind… even salad can be topped with spice!  It’s not light in the creep factor.  Or gore.  Or horror.  Easy language or not, the main character is alone and surrounded by gruesome creatures. 

Travel Advisory:
The main character does drink a lot. And talk to himself.  He does repeat himself.  

But it does have a creepy vibe because his thoughts are so real sounding.  It’s the internal monologue that makes this book so successful and interesting.  I think that same internal monologue is also part of what works for Catcher in the Rye.  

Recommended Resources: 
Movie Adaptation 
I am Legend (2007) Directed by Francis Lawrence - It deviates from the book a bit but captures the essence very well!

Alternate Books:

Crime and Punishment By Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866) - deeper into dark psychology
The Strain By Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan (2009)- Vampires and Modern Frankenstein Biological Details
Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger (1951)- Internal monologue of a lost soul