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review 2017-10-23 14:13
Burnt Offerings ★★★★☆
Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics - Robert Marasco,R.C. Bray

Wonderfully creepy vintage horror that is so perfectly 1970's that it's almost funny. What happens when a bored housewife who fills her time with cleaning and decorating and shopping for stuff gets together with a hungry old mansion that needs to be revitalized? Ohhh yesss, she can clean and organize and decorate to her her heart's content. And does she mind a little sacrifice to have the beautiful home and perfectly set table of her dreams? After all, Mother does so much for us. She provides it all. 

 

Audiobook via Audible. RC Bray's performance was okay, but he tends to have a sort of deadpan tone of voice that can become dull and droning at times. 

 

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text 2017-10-23 03:39
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Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics - Robert Marasco,R.C. Bray

I'm not sure how what all is going to happen here, but I have to take comfort in the fact that I'd never be a victim of this house, because I'm not crazy enough about cleaning and organizing, or about other people's possessions, no matter how remarkable. 

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text 2017-10-22 18:52
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Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics - Robert Marasco,R.C. Bray

I s'pose a sparkly clean pool is worth a little blood sacrifice. I wonder if that will work for the grout in my shower tile?

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text 2017-10-21 19:38
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Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics - Robert Marasco,R.C. Bray

Hmmm, it's already drawn blood twice.

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text 2017-10-21 15:41
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Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics - Robert Marasco,R.C. Bray

The Bored Housewife seems to be a common trope in 1970s fiction. Poor little Marian isn't allowed to work outside the home, except for temp jobs when the money is needed, so she spends all day cooped up in her apartment with nothing to do except clean, and inspect her scalp for gray hairs, and clean again, and nag her son to clean his room, and buy stuff that her husband yells at her about, then clean some more. 

 

I can't really remember the storyline for this one, but I'm wondering if Marian is going to snap and go on a murderous rampage. 

 

I would. 

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