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2020 Book Review: What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson

This is a more recent read for me. I loved the movie, in fact it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. I have to be honest, I didn’t know it was a book until I was looking into the movie, curious to what the director had to say about it and so on. Though I loved the movie very much, I wanted to enter this book like with many other books on here struggling to compare the movie and the book, but this review will be my best attempt at separating them as they need to be for their individual pieces of work.

The story is a beautiful and well-written tale of soulmates and how when one passes the other one will suffer emotionally. At least that is what I understood of it. Despite this you see every attempt that is made for the soul mates to be together again. Matheson’s writing style is very inspiring for me, as a writer. With the story to the imagery he creates is vivid and wildly illustrated with his words.

The way Heaven is describe is truly beautiful, the concepts he used, and the way everything links together. Hell, though horrifying, is in its own way beautiful as well. A dark beauty and incredibly heartbreaking. It made me think about a phrase ‘this is hell’ or ‘this feels like hell’ he really played with how our afterlife can be what we make it, which ultimately led me to wonder if that’s where the title came from for this book, ‘What Dreams May Come’. I absolutely loved how this book made me think and wonder those are key aspects to make me really love a piece.

This is easily one of my favorite books and is my favorite movie of all time.


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.


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