Resurrection Dreams Mass Market Paperback – 2005
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One thing’s for sure: Melvin Dobbs is looney tunes. A social outcast virtually from birth, he bought himself a one-way ticket to a mental institution with a high school science project that even Dr. Frankenstein would not have appreciated. When a teenaged girl gets decapitated in a car wreck, that’s a tragedy; when a nut case digs up the body, hooks battery cables to it, and attempts to resurrect it in front of fellow students, parents, and educators – well, that’s something else. The only person who hadn’t picked on Melvin back in school was Vicki Chandler, who’s now returning home to Ellsworth, M.D. in hand, to work alongside the local doctor who helped pay her way through medical school. Of course, after his science fair “stunt,” there’s no way she ever wants to see him again – but there’s no way to avoid it since Melvin has also returned home following his release from institutional care. Just as she suspected, Melvin’s still sweet on her.Read more ›
Vicki was unfortunate enough to witness Melvin's first attempt at resurrection when they were teens at the same high school and has horrible nightmares ever since. Now she's a doctor and headed back to her home town and decides (quite ridiculously, if you ask me) to visit Melvin (he owns the local gas station) and get it out of the way. Melvin always liked Vicki because she was the only person who was nice to him as a teen. Now that Vicki is all grown up Melvin likes Vicki a whole lot more and develops an unhealthy obsession and starts some serious stalker-like behavior.
Vicki and her friend Ace decide the only way to end Melvin's obsession with Vicki is to shatter the illusion. So these two brainiacs concoct a plan where Vicki will "date" Melvin thus shattering his dreams of the perfect "dream girl" once he realizes Vicki isn't entirely inaccessible to him. Okaaaaay! This, of course, only allows Melvin closer access to her life and causes more trouble (and more grossities!) I found this book extremely funny and was especially amused at all of the perverted men populating the story. The thing that cracked me up the most was the "resurrected" people who all came back as raving sex fiends. Eyeballs gouged out?Read more ›
"Resurrection Dreams" certainly defines "good and evil" early in the story. "Evil" Melvin is equally pathetic and psychotic. It's hard not to think back into one's past and not find a character Like Melvin that everybody in town hated but was also a little bit afraid of. The protagonists of the story, Vicki and Ace, are both likeable and believable and it's hard not to get caught up in their fear of Melvin.
As with most Laymon plots, the reader can "check his or her common sense and logic skills at the door". But, is that really a problem for most Laymon fans? Much of Laymon's appeal lies in his really bizarre plots (like this one). The avid Laymon reader knows what's in store for him or her BEFORE they pick up one of his books.
As with each of the Laymon books that I have read, he consistently delivers solid entertainment and escapism. If you're looking for "deep reading" you won't find it in "Resurrection Dreams. But, on the other hand, if you're after a somewhat frightening and un-nerving good "read" then pick up a copy of this book.
If you like this book (and not everybody will - definitely not for the squeamish), then by all means try "Funland", "The Travelling Vampire Show","Midnight's Lair" and "The Beast House" series. All of Laymon's books are hard to find (especially now that he has passed away) but they're well worth the effort!
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This is your old B-grade movies, vamped up and with Laymons usual recipe of sex/violence.Everyone can relate to the freaky, quite school nerd. Read morePublished on May 16 2000