I wasn't far into this book before I realized I would: first, finish it before I slept that night and second, reread it at some point. I wavered overI wasn't far into this book before I realized I would: first, finish it before I slept that night and second, reread it at some point. I wavered over the rating- whenever I consider giving five stars to a book, I compare it to my favorite novel and usually, I can't bring myself to let the new book share the fifth star. In the end, I went with the Goodreads rating system and decided "I really liked it" wasn't adequate. "It was amazing" was a much better fit. There are about a dozen minor mistakes in this edition, so I think it could use another proof-read.
It's ugly, sometimes vulgar. It's both eloquent and casual. Sometimes it's even funny, in a make-you-smirk, twisted sort of way. There are drugs, violence, sex (everything except the romantic kind), and crime. It's fairly short, but it's not a light read- there were pages I had to read more than once and even then, I wasn't always sure I got everything. The ending... I think some people will hate it. I don't, although it did seem abrupt. At first, I kept clicking the page, wanting it to advance, then I came to terms with it and possibly took more meaning from it than was intended- I'm really not sure. Either way, I'm officially impressed. Sign me up for anything that comes from this author's brilliant, sick head....more
After reading this novella, I'm glad I watched the movie first. The two are so different that they almost seem unrelated. The name Robert Neville, posAfter reading this novella, I'm glad I watched the movie first. The two are so different that they almost seem unrelated. The name Robert Neville, post apocalyptic scenery, and daylight fearing creatures that want to kill him- that's about where the similarity ends. I mildly enjoyed the movie and I'm fairly sure I could not have done so if I had read the novella first, especially now that I see how irrelevant the title and final line is to the movie. I thought this was a pretty great little piece of work. ...more