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review 2017-06-27 01:39
And it just ends there
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

I think I remember some comments about how the movie was a campy style of horror. It left me completely unprepared for this read.

This is horror alright. I'm unsettled while writing this, actually. I think it's that most of it is more or less plausible. You take away the supernatural bits, and it would still scare you white.

The young, naive, isolated wife, the selfish husband, all the subservient vibes she has going and the way he gaslights her. That conception scene that's bound to leave me with nightmares.

He drugs her! Let's someone/thing rape her while she's out of it, and then to cover the evidence says HE had his way with her because it was baby-making-night. He makes it as she had too much to drink, he excuses himself as him having a bit too much too, that SHE wanted a baby... So gross and disturbing.

(spoiler show)

Reading how the noose and net is slowly tightened, the way she's cut away from anyone that could help her, was harrowing. At some point I had to tear myself away to work and shop for groceries, and even though I was horrified, I did not want to.

It's an unstoppable read. And way better and scarier than I though it'd be. Cheers to Levin. He was always leery of the way the movie turned popular, but there is certainly nothing wrong with the quality of his book.

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text 2017-06-26 18:10
Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 308 pages.
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

From the chocolate mousse to here, now that's what I call a horror fest. Seriously, it's a trigger special.


Hubby later trying to disguise it as if it was him is just the sick cherry to the top: yeah, husband driving into passed out wife is so much better *shudder*


So wrong.

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text 2017-06-26 17:08
Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 308 pages.
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

Well, old man has been everywhere, and is in every business. Who does that remind me of?


By the way, that Sister Agnes dream sequence was freaky.

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text 2017-06-21 23:12
My pick under the horror tag
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

For some reason this book wont appear on my "currently reading" column on the right so I can make progress updates *shrug*


I'm just starting this for my New Orleans 19 Square in BLopoly. I've been eying "The Victorian Lounge Chaise", but I'm filled up on my quota of Victorian for now. "Before I go to Sleep" was there too, but I feel like having something lighter on my mind, so I'm going with Levin's "suspiciously-good-money-maker child".

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review 2016-10-23 00:00
The Stepford Wives
The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin This novel has entered pop culture so seamlessly it was strange to read the source material. As some reviewers have acknowledged, there isn't a whole lot to the book, Levin didn't feel the need to elaborate on the hows and whys of Stepford's transformation. That is probably one of the chillier aspects for me. Joanna has nothing more than a vague suspicion that something is wrong until near the end. Its laughable until its too late for her to escape.

Levin's work succeeds on the tiny premise, the doubt in all of us, that there must be something inhuman behind perfect facades. The book could have been longer than it is and it could have improved by more of Joanna's thoughts and the big picture of her months in Stepford. Levin was capable at least once of a character study in creeping horror (Rosemary's Baby), but I'll admit the book is just fine without it. Its quick, it was scary, and knowing the end didn't change the dread I felt at the end of the penultimate chapter.

It's an artifact, enjoy.
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