Book Review: I Am Legend

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Publisher: Gollancz
Genre: Horror, Science-fiction, Classics
Literary Awards: Tähtivaeltaja Award (2008)
ISBN 0575079002
161 pages
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I’m not usually a Classics person, because let’s be honest, I’m (sometimes) intimidated by them. They’re huge, hard to read, difficult to digest, and nerve wrecking to talk about because I don’t want to sound stupid if I make a ‘wrong’ interpretation (Thanks, college). Imagine the hallelujah moment when I found a tiny Classic. Plus its about ’em vamps. Part of me was excited to find out how this would fare against the Mother of all vampire novels — Dracula, and another part of me was scared by the cover art (Tell me it’s not terrifying. No, shut up.). The excited part won.

Neville is the only man left in the world. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they’re hungry for his blood. At night, he locks himself in his (safe)house as any sane survivor would do, listening to the infected scratching at the barricades he has built, shouting for him to come out. But Neville is far from being the weak, scaredy-cat last survivor who hides in a corner waiting for his death. By day, he hunts. He hunts for tomato juice, fresh steak, and the infected humans. He drives a wooden stake through their hearts, and justifies his actions. “If it’s not them, it’s me”; “It’s either I hunt, or I’m the hunted”; “If they had any human left in them, they’d have begged me to kill them off anyways”; “This is not living”.

But who’s to say what’s living and what’s not?

But wait, there’s more!


Book Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Series: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy, #1
Publisher: Pan Books
Genre: Humor, Science-fiction
ISBN 0345391802
216 pages
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I’m so late to the hitchhiker’s bandwagon, but I’m so glad I’m finally onboard. At least everyone and the Earth’s still here, right? Wait, what do you mean this is the second Earth?

Arthur is having a bad day. His house, the Earth, and everything else he has ever known has been demolished. Except him, thanks to his alien-in-disguise best friend, Ford Perfect, who has swished him off onto a spaceship in the nick of time. But not just any spaceship. It’s the spaceship that just demolished Earth. Lucky! Well, unlucky in Arthur’s case, since he’s stuck with the universe’s third worst poem reciter, death threats (which subsequently happen), highly improbable escape from said death threat, and a robot who suffers from manic depression. The worse is that he hasn’t had tea since lying in the mud that morning! Damn!

But wait, there’s more!