5.0 out of 5 stars Life or Death, Which do you prefer?
This book, oh, this book, is absolutely amazing. I read it for the first time about 3 years ago. Anytime I am board or have nothing to read, I reach for this book.
The book grabs a hold of your mind, emotions, and soul. It tells of a journey of a man's life, death, and life again in a way I never imagined possible. The details that this author uses to describe the...
Published on Jun 18 2004 by April
3.0 out of 5 stars For the first time, the movie is better.
I bought this book when I saw such as great and powerful movie called What Dreams May Come. I'm a guy who likes to hear about afterlife and reincarnation. The book failed to measure up to how good the movie was. About the first 20 pages I noticed how different the book was from the movie. Say for instance in the book, Chris's kids never died.
Also more religious...
Published on Dec 16 2002 by Logan L. Braasch
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life or Death, Which do you prefer?,
This review is from: What Dreams May Come: A Novel (Paperback)This book, oh, this book, is absolutely amazing. I read it for the first time about 3 years ago. Anytime I am board or have nothing to read, I reach for this book.
The book grabs a hold of your mind, emotions, and soul. It tells of a journey of a man's life, death, and life again in a way I never imagined possible. The details that this author uses to describe the events in the book is amazing. I feel as if I am the one clinging to life's last thread and trying to hold on to all that I know. His journey begins clouded and disoriented as he struggles to regain what he once had on Earth, only to see that there was no way to go back. He later sees that death is not the end, but the true beginning.
It is a powerful and riveting book with many twists and turns. It opens doors to the way people look at life, death, and the next life. I recommend this book to people who don't mind seeing different views about life, death, heaven, and hell.
If you saw the movie and you didn't quite understand you need to read the book, it is sooo much better than the movie.
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-Provoking,
This review is from: What Dreams May Come: A Novel (Paperback)The idea of what happens in the afterlife is intriguing. I more readily believe that heaven and hell are the products of our thoughts than punishments or rewards imposed by an outside source, so I thought the premise of this book very easy to envision. It was, on the whole, well written, thought necessarily depressing for the last half. The movie was actually a very good adaptation, although it made the two main characters seem selfish. I would recommend this if you are not offended by having traditional Christian dogma questioned.
5.0 out of 5 stars Life begins at the finish, and ends at the beginning.,
This review is from: What Dreams May Come: A Novel (Paperback)A book I think everyone should read if they have any sort of belief in having a soul mate, and even for those who don't. For me it was a powerful story of love and emotion. Granted it focuses on the life after death, but it was still fantastic imagery of love transcending life. Don't read this book expecting it to be like the movie, b/c no book ever written is the same as a movie. It just doesn't work that way. I think Matheson sums up what this book feels like in the dedication, at least for me it does. "with grateful love, to my wife for adding the sweet measure of her soul to my existence"
4.0 out of 5 stars Not like the movie, thank god.,
This review is from: What Dreams May Come: A Novel (Paperback)Being that I'm interested in alternative thought, religion and philosophies, I enjoyed this book quite a lot. It was compelling learning of the protagonist's journey through the afterlife, starting immediately after his death and ending with his impending reincarnation. The ideas discussed, though not new, were nonetheless intriguing (and quite accurate), the depth of love displayed, touching.
At times I thought Matheson went on a bit too much about the relationship between the protagonist and his wife, whereas I'd much rather he described in more detail the goings on in Summerland (and beyond). But perhaps that's more a stylistic critique than a substantive one; there was a lot of Summerland to go around.
Overall, a very good book. I recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Sweet Book,
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This review is from: What Dreams May Come: A Novel (Paperback)Annotation: "What Dream May Come" is a book which explains through love and struggle, his views on the afterlife. After Chris' (the main character) death, he is filled with a void that only his "soul mate" Annie can fill. With his uncle Albert as his guide, he is explained what the afterlife is and what he needs to know in order to ascend to higher levels. As time passes and Chris becomes more accustomed to his "Summerland (the third level)," he in turn becomes engrossed in waiting for his wife. After attempts and struggles to find out when she is expected to die, he is faced with the fact that it will be long and he needs to do something to fill the time. This thought is interrupted by his sudden wife's suicide. As readers we learn that in the afterlife people are allotted an amount of time to live before they get to their heaven, and she has to wait because she cut hers short. Chris is dumbfounded and desperately tries to find a way to free his wife from her hell. Once again using Albert as his guide, Chris starts an expedition to save his wife. With struggles beyond Chris' understanding and hells within hells, Chris finds the search for his wife troubling. Will he ever find his wife?
Author Bio: Richard Matheson was born in New Jersey in 1926. He has been called one of the most important writers of the 20th century, and his work has inspired many other notable authors such as Stephen King. Even if you've never heard of him, you've almost certainly seen some of his work. In addition to novels in the mystery, science fiction, horror, fantasy, and western genres, Matheson has been a writer of film and television scripts. Over a career spanning five decades, Matheson has won innumerable prestigious awards, including the World Fantasy Convention's Life Achievement Award, the Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement, the Hugo Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Golden Spur Award, and the Writer's Guild Award. Born in New Jersey in 1926, Matheson has lived and worked in California since 1951.
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S FICTION,
This review is from: What Dreams May Come: A Novel (Paperback)It seems like all the other people that wrote a review for this book have missed a key point. IT IS FICTION. It is not an explanation of what happens after you die. I read lord of the rings, and not once did I contemplate whether or not mordor or hobbits really exist, because IT'S FICTION. This book was not meant to be a dissertation on after-life. It is fiction, and it is a love story, and it's a good one. I don't think Matheson believed heaven was the way he explained it in the book, but if he did he's a nutcase.
It is a love story about a man who though he was in heaven, felt heaven was not complete without his wife. Being with her was more important to him than being in heaven. The book skillfuly evokes emotion in the reader, and isn't that what good books are supposed to do? If you can read this book with the understanding that IT IS FICTION, you will not be disappointed.
1.0 out of 5 stars A Miserably Horrible Book,
This review is from: What Dreams May Come (Paperback)I have come to the conclusion that the only things the writers of the movie version of this book got fromt his book were the names of the characters and the title of the book. The movie was wonderful! The book was terrible! Matheson decided to over-complicate and over-science what most of the world considers life after death and eternal life (or death). Matheson gives the impression that Heavon is run like a Fortune-500 company, not like God's Kingdom. Twenty-four years in Hell sounds like a prison sentence handed down by an inner-city appeals court judge. And then the whole explanation of the soul and how it passes on from this life to the next is not only bizarre, but it seems way to much like an article out of Popular Science than a deep emotional insight into death. This book manages to remove all emotion and heart from an event in one's life that requires a full onslaught of both.
1.0 out of 5 stars if you liked the movie, you'll probably hate this book,
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Perspective on the afterlife,
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting life after death...dream or reality?,
I've done other more recent reading of the afterlife, and its plausibility becomes more of a fact in my mind. The love story between Chris and Ann makes one long for love of that kind, on earth and in Heaven. A wonderfully uplifting read, though the end did not go exactly as I would have liked.
I recommend this book to those interested in learning what may be waiting for us when we die...and in Matheson's words...it sounds wonderful. I give this book 4 stars.
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What Dreams May Come: A Novel by Richard Matheson (Paperback - Jan 1 2004)
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