I Am Legend seems to be mostly concerned with the human response to isolation, and I found Matheson's take to be a little disturbing. Neville is understandably dealing with crushing grief, fear, and loneliness, but his response to the female vampires was...excessively rapey. It was off-putting and hard to relate to; this might say something about the time in which the author lived (IAL was published almost sixty years ago), or maybe Matheson just has issues, I don't know. Anyway, Neville eventually finds a measure of peace in the search for knowledge, teaching himself science in an attempt to understand the how and why of his world's transformation.
The story ends abruptly: Neville is discovered and killed by a community of "civilized" vampires, who fear him and his hunting skills. It felt to me like a missed opportunity to explore xenophobia and the human instinct to destroy rather than communicate.
Volume 2 ends with a fascinating 7 page history of the actual war that's being portrayed in the book. There's also an Afterword by this volume's illustrator, Pat Masioni, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo (he did a terrific job, by the way).
It's not fun, but it's an excellent book. The politics are convincing, the dialogue rings true, his new-found skills seem genuine. The narrative is disjointed, wandering, which echoes the hero's dissociation and confusion. Some of the scenes are brutal, but not gratuitously so. This first volume ends with some truly tantalizing hints of things to come. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.
This is it, the last Repairman Jack book before Nightworld. It's more focused than Fatal Error but it doesn't feel at all like an RJ story. It's full-on Adversary Cycle.
Jack takes his best shot at Rasalom, and fails. Glaeken and gang try to perform a ceremony on the q'qr baby in order to rob Rasalom of his power, and they walk right into his trap and inadvertently clear the way for the Change. Everyone dies but Jack and Glaeken.
Riddled with contrivance, this is really only a decent read for series completionists. I will be interested to see what the "heavily revised" Nightworld looks like with all this new plot shoehorned in there.