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Son of Rosemary

(Rosemary's Baby #2)

2.5  ·  Rating details ·  2,478 Ratings  ·  354 Reviews
Son of Rosemary opens at the dawn of the new millennium - a time when human hope is shadowed by growing fear and uncertainty, and the world is in greatest need of a savior. It is here - against a glittering backdrop of New York City in 1999 - that Rosemary is reunited with her son. It is also here that the battle between good and evil will be played out on a global scale - ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Onyx (first published 1997)
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David This was a sad book. Not only did I love Rosemary's Baby like you did, I enjoyed several other Ira Levin novels. When I read this, it was like falling…moreThis was a sad book. Not only did I love Rosemary's Baby like you did, I enjoyed several other Ira Levin novels. When I read this, it was like falling off a cliff to the heights of the previous work. I am a completist with things I like, even as the subsequent efforts usually get worse. But this was something I just wished I had avoided. Watch the movie--it is faithful and very well done.(less)

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Aug 04, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one, masochists, stringent horror completists
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Jun 30, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pre-2007
How do you ruin one of the scariest and best stories ever written? This way.
Rachel Hernandez
Jul 31, 2007 rated it it was ok
What the FUCK? I love Rosemary's Baby. I read it twice in two days and rented the movie the night I finished it the second time.

This is a terrible book. It's poorly written, the plot is ludicrous (yes, I know, it's about the son of... well, you know) and the characters are so naive and annoying that it makes me want to puke. I thought there was a nice little punch at the end- not what you would think if you read it quickly, but if you realize what Levin's actually trying to do- but it didn't mak
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing that always strikes me about the works of Ira Levin is the short number of stories that have been turned in to films - from Sliver to the Stepford wives (twice) so many of his works have been turned in to films.

One such book was Rosemary's Baby which I remember both seeing and reading in the early days of me reading (and collecting). The book especially made a huge impression as a lot of the horror is either implied or questioned making for a very uneasy feel to the whole thing.

So whe
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Jul 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: literature
One of those things that just never should have happened, like hammer pants or vomit-flavored jelly beans.
Chad Bearden
Dec 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
In hindsight, this book has two big things working against it, which I'll assume accounts for the many vehemently negative reviews.

The first is the nostalgia for the orignal, "Rosemary's Baby", which as a film and as a book, was an unexpected little gem of a horror story. It was very unconventional in that the bulk of the book was just the mundane comings and goings of a young couple living in New York City. The genius of it was that amidst all rather run-of-the-mill banality, there were hints o
Gorgona Grim
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Kakvo razočarenje...

Priznajem da sam od ovog nastavka imala viša očekivanja. Ako je jeza iz prvog dela proizilazila iz straha od nepoznatog i sumnje da postoji zavera, sada, kada Rozmari ima sve odgovore i kada zna ko je pravi otac njenog deteta i kakva sudbina očekuje to dete, lestvica očekivanja se podiže. Više nije borba sa samim sobom i sumnjom, već je otvorena borba protiv najgore moguće opcije.

Ono što mi je jako zasmetalo jeste površnost i šupljina predvidive priče, jer nam je jasno da je
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know what? Im not gonna knock this book although I've read plenty of reviews that do. Sure it was disappointing in the end, but up until the ending it was pretty good. That's just the chance u take in any book...just hope for the best. In any case, it made me think and ponder the different endings it could have had to be an awesome sequel. It's the type of sequel you may want to visit again as there are a lot of references and going ons that are easily to miss (though i highly doubt anyone w ...more
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't have the same complaints as the majority on this one. I LIKED the ending. I can't help but wonder if some readers aren't reading the ending carefully enough... Maybe they are and they still feel robbed somehow. The ending could be taken two different ways and I'm fine with either outcome.

I'm only giving this one three stars because the build up was unsatisfying and the writing sometimes felt rushed, as if the writer himself was anxious to get to the end. Still, it was hard to put down a
Bonna Hicks
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Most people HATE this book. I loved it. I will tell you why. I LOVE thw fact that he waited so long to write it and than changed the rules with this book. I was caught by surprise. The fact that he played that sort of trick on me makes me love this book.
May 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: one-star

Gregor Xane
Sep 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ira Levin Completists - ONLY!
Shelves: 2012
Man, the ending would have nearly redeemed this book if the last few pages had been snipped. Nearly. The writing felt rushed and sketchy. The overall plot (evil scheme) was rather silly. And it really seemed unlikely that Rosemary's love for her child would allow her so often throughout the narrative to look past the fact, you know, that he was the son of Satan!

Only recommended for Ira Levin completists!
yeah. i read the other reviews of this book. some good points.... but all miss the KEY issue here: flying cars. like where are they?!? if i was going to write a book set three years in the future i would totally include flying cars. and clear ties. or talking robot butlers. i mean, it's THE FUTURE. that's really why this book is so bad. it's not the wishy washy way rosemary pushes her son away for trying to have sex with her. (yeaaaaaah. because every mother would totally be like ", get ...more
Mark R.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it did not like it

Ira Levi's pathetic follow-up to his classic "Rosemary's Baby." There's no way I could possibly recommend this book to any fan of that far superior novel.

I'm not sure why Levin wrote this book, or why, specifically, he ended it the way he did. Most of the novel is a bore, to be certain, but then you get to the last five pages, and . . . there's just no way to describe how shitty everything turns out.

I read "Rosemary's Baby" in my early twenties, and was happily unaware that Levin wrote a se
Toby Marie
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ira Levin is a genius.I actually jumped and let out a **** at one point while reading this book.
Feb 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 1998
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Apr 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NOBODY
Recommended to Lyric by: An English Teacher
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Cristina Gaspar
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned

Well, what to say! I loved Rosemary's baby, gave it 5* so I was expecting much more from this one. The writing is somehow confusing, the characters are flat and the story is a little bit hard to believe. The main idea of Rosemary's waking up in the "future" is great, but re-connecting to the son, without questioning the weird situations or what the son became is unrealistic to me. The story develops in the same fluid line as the previous book, which is surprising due to the fact the Ira Levi
J.H. Moncrieff
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
All I can say is that I hope the ending of this book isn't what it seemed, that there's a deeper meaning to it.

Have we learned nothing from Dallas?

With all due respect, Levin should have resisted the pressure to write a sequel.
Nur Ain Z.
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Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
After reading Rosemary's Baby and finding it to be one of the best books I've read, I opted to read the sequel without bothering to check reviews on it. Well, I should've. I don't expect sequels to top the original, but I expect decency. Like other people, I wanted to know what happened to Rosemary's baby? Levin's writing is still smooth and straightforward, but the let down is the story. It starts out promising with Rosemary waking up from a 27 year coma, becoming famous and trying to find her ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To be short, this book is a joke and I wish that it didn't exist.

The sequel to Rosemary's Baby (a book I happen to love), Son of Rosemary is set in the year 1999. At the beginning of the book, Rosemary wakes up from a 27-year, witchcraft-induced coma to find that her son Andy, the eponymous baby from the preceding book, has become the most popular man on Earth, a messiah-like figure who everyone regards as bringer of peace and savior of humanity.

I'll just let that premise sink in.

Things only get
I'm glad I read it as a continuation of the original story, but it lacks any real action or surprises, and ultimately disappoints with a weak conclusion and too much implausibility. I would probably recommend skipping this one even if you liked the first.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Just read this author's "A Kiss Before Dying" (1-star) and remembered how awful "Son of Rosemary" was, especially coming after the very good "Rosemary's Baby". "Son of Rosemary" is one of the few books I've torn apart and trashed, one other book was Tom Clancy's endless "Red Storm Rising" (most boring book ever?), which filled up a wastepaper basket after I was done tearing it up, page by page, hating that I wasted time on it.
Abraham Salas
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Para aprovechar la fama del primero. No más.
Apr 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to GracieKat by: Rosemary's Baby
I was so excited to finally see a sequel to Rosemary's Baby that I actually went out and bought it in a hardcover, thinking it would be well worth the money,

Silly me.

I have no idea where to even start with this book. Should I start with the tremendously tedious plot? Go on to the boredom of reading it? Or maybe I should begin with the supremely idiotic ending. His writing seems to be way off from his tightly paced writing of Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives. Son of Rosemary was a bit lo
Nov 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Goddamn Scooby-Doo ending. Authors, directors, and script writers need to be shot for doing this. It's a cop-out, and an insult to your fan base and audience. It's immature, lazy development by individuals who don't have the stones to do something properly.

I thought that the ending of the Savages film upset me, but this was a whole new level of pissed off-ery.

Never read this book. Forget it exists; Rosemary's Baby is where you start and where you stop. Then you go on with your life having read a
I liked it until the last five pages. Come on, really? The ending is ridiculous. The lamest cop-out of an ending there ever was and done a thousand times. If I could go back, I'd leave this story with the first book.

EDIT: I wrote endings like this when I was in 7th grade and thought I was being original. Yeah, no.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Son of Rosemary (Rosemary's Baby #2), Ira Levin
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Levin graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English.

After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.

Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned int

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