What Dreams May Come
A LOVE THAT TRANSCENDS HEAVEN AND HELL
What happens to us after we die? Chris Nielsen had no idea, until an unexpected accident cut his life short, separating him from his beloved wife, Annie. Now Chris must discover the true nature of life after death.
But even Heaven is not complete without Annie, and when tragedy threatens to divide them forev ...more
When deciding whether or not to read this book, you must think about how you feel about stories that conjecture about the afterlife. If that is a touchy subject for you or you are uncomfortable reading about possibilities o ...more
So a guy is sitting peacefully at home in 1976 when a strange visitor calls : “I am a psychic type medium and your dead brother Chris has dictated the whole of this manuscript thr ...more
Remember the movie GHOST with Patrick Swayze....that's what I first thought of when disaster strikes and a good man finds himself watching the love of his life as she grieves his death. (no spoiler here)
Struggling to come to terms with his own demise from the great beyond and terribly missing his wife, Chris pleads to know when she will finally join him....but discovers disturbing news.
The storyline then turns to a plac...more
Now, I almost never read author's notes or introductions, because I find that they inevitably ruin some aspect of the book for me. Whether it is a spoiler, or an introducer's opinion which causes me to think of the book in a certain way, or interpret things in a certain way, or whatever the case may be, it lessens my ...more
First of all, it is very tedious, with too much exposition and endless infodumps in the dialogue form. The story gets so bogged down in the exposition that it becomes very dull to follow. At times it reads like a technical manual, with dry and repetitive narration. In this book, Matheson for the most part tells instead of showing, which makes it hard for me to enjoy the story. The characters are poorly fl ...more
I loved, absolutely loved this beautiful story. I don't agree with the theology. I'm a Christian. Nuf said bout that. The story reads like a myth or legend, and symbolism abounds for the lives we live. THE POWER OF LOVE. That phrase describes the theme. A man dies and goes to a heaven-like place. He wants his wife to come, but learns she has condemned herself to the lower regions through suic ...more
This is the novel that the movie of the same name is based upon, starring Robin Williams. In the introduction, Matheson explains that the only fiction in this story are the characters and their relationships. The rest came from intensive research on the subject. The end product
makes so much sense ...more
I feel as if Richard Matheson is a brilliant writer that not enough people give credit to. He wrote I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man (often known as The Incredible Shrinking Man), Nightmare at 20,000 Feet for The Twilight Zone, Button, Button (which was adapted into the film The Box), and there was also this particular novel that touches upon death. While this book was published and released in 1978, many know about the film adaptation from 20 years later starring Robin Williams as Chris ...more
What most find memorable and touching about the story, which is the story of the way people who love each other strongly cope with lif ...more
Whether you choose to view this remarkable manuscript as a work of non-fiction or the latter, two things can be said. Richard Matheson is either a literary GENIOUS or this is the book EVERYONE has been waiting to read,yet may not know it.
A remarkable book which was meant for me to read. It has reinstated my faith in the afterlife, helped in understanding of certain elements of what I believe to be involved with the process of the afterlife, as well as incorporate ...more
I read it for the first time when I was ten or eleven, I can't remember specifically, and it was miles over my head at that time. Which is why I am so glad I came back to it now, when my mind can better compreh ...more
What happens after we die is a question people wonder about. The afterlife is debated about between the numerous religions in the world. This was Matheson's look at what that afterlife is like and how we affect what it will be. His running mantra throughout is that it is all in the mind...what we think, whether dead or alive, makes a difference to our lives and our deaths.
But, this was also a love story...It was a swee ...more
That's actually easy to answer. After losing my Dad I thought reading, in detail, about a man dying in a hospital, leaving his devastated family behind, and slowly moving into the afterlife would be difficult for me process.
To be clear, losing my Dad absolutely devastated me. The circumstances surrounding his death prevented me from grieving for the better part of a year. We didn't even get to celebrate his life and have his funeral for 10 months ...more
This isn't the case with Matheson's What Dreams May Come. The novel is Matheson's attempt to look at what happens to us after death and while it's interesting, I never felt like it necessarily connected with me in the same way that other Matheson novels and short stories have.
Driving home, Chris Nielsen is killed in a car accident. Aft ...more
This is one of those books that only provides a very loose basis for the movie. If you pick this book up expecting Robin Williams quips, you'll be sorely disappointed. What Dreams May Come is really more about the author delving into his thoughts about the afterlife. I had a hard time reading more than a few pages at once because my mind would start to churn with thoughts about life after death and it would be impossible to concentrate on the book. But it is an excellent book. Just not one ...more
The cover of the book proclaims "After life there is more...The end is just the beginning", a sentiment I firmly believe. But I was sorely disappointed in this book. I found it depressing and irritating. However, I remembered I didn't like the beginning of that other novel of Matheson's, which I ended up rea ...more
There are many things in the story I do not believe in, and that, if the introduction is to be trusted, the author believes in, and there are reviewers of this novel that think this subtracts from the overall experience of the story. I disagree. The s ...more
Imagine that someone decided to research the most intricately detailed depictions of the afterlife from several religions, merged these ideas together into a cohesive whole, and wrote a tale about a man and his unbreakable love for his wife set in a fantastical setting utilizing said research. Now imagine that the man responsible for this story is mostly known for tales of horror and the macabre. That's exactly what you get with Richard Matheson's ...more