Sleeping Beauties

Sleeping Beauties

Large Print - 2017
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In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare. One woman, the mysterious "Eve Black," is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world. Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women's prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today--Provided by Publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432842406
Characteristics: 917 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
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Additional Contributors: King, Owen - Author


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Feb 07, 2018

Not impressed. Like someone else here, I had a hard time getting through the first 50 pages or so. Something was missing, or maybe I should say, something was there that was better left out. I have read practically every Stephen King book, and was anxious to see how his son would do. The snap and humour of King Sr. was missing. The writing was not as cohesive. I gave it three stars because the storyline was basically good, but the characters were not filled out enough. I powered through, and the last 300 pages or so were better. I hate it when I am relieved to finish a book.

Jan 31, 2018

Used to love his books. This one, not at all. The rough idea for the story was clever, but the storytelling was awful. As a woman, I felt that he was trying to pander to women in broad, obvious brushstrokes. Every woman had a history of victimization, every man was a misogynist. At the end of the story the women have the final say to direct their own fate, and the men stand by like dummies with guns in their hands. Ugh. And then there are 4 random pages at the end about racial tensions? It felt like that was just another social issue he decided to throw in to the story at the last minute. I skimmed the second half of the book just to power through, but what a disappointment. I think King thought this story would somehow be empowering to women... I felt it was patronizing.

Dec 16, 2017

Yet again, another great read. I will say though, the first 50 pages left me wondering if this was really the book I had been waiting to read for so long. Stick with it though, it does get better, and it will all come together in the end.

Dec 08, 2017

This is one of the best books Stephen King has written. I'd put it up there with The Stand and It. If that's due to his collaboration with his son, Owen, then may they work together for a long, long time.

How interesting that the character who took no responsibility for his wrongdoings and constantly blamed them on everyone else was named Don.

Nov 29, 2017

This book contains many of the same ideas and themes from King's other books. Nothing new or interesting there. But I still love the way he can pull you inside a character's head. I always enjoy his books.

Nov 22, 2017

I really liked this book. Similar to other King books, certainly not his best, but enjoyable. Some say too many characters, but I found it easy to keep track of them. I even liked the ending, which I often don't in King's books.

Nov 14, 2017

I really enjoyed this book from start to almost finish. The characters were all very authentic and I felt that I could relate to many of them. This book was great, but I really had hoped it would end in a BANG, which it did not. I thought the final pages were a bit disappointing, but I'm glad the story hadn't faltered until near the end.

Nov 02, 2017

Unreadable, idiotically inconsistent political slant that makes no sense and adds nothing to the story.

liljables Oct 31, 2017

I read Stephen King's IT back in September, and while I could. not. put. it. down, I had some icky feelings about the misogyny, homophobia, and racism throughout that book. I was wondering if King's more recent work would be more palatable in those arenas, and what should he release (co-written with his son, Owen King) at the end of September? SLEEPING BEAUTIES, which is completely about gender. How convenient!

At its core, Sleeping Beauties explores a very basic concept: what would our world be like without women? We're not talking about the long-term consequences (like the global birthrate plummeting to zero), but the immediate outcomes. In the authors' note at the end of the book, the Kings write, "If a fantasy novel is to be believable, the details underpinning it must be realistic," and this was clearly their mantra while writing this novel. The male characters' reactions to Aurora, even when horrifying, all have the ring of truth. And, when the tables are turned, it's not hard to believe that many of the sleeping women would feel safer and freer in a world without men.

Oct 23, 2017

I read this book over a weekend. I started it and just could not put it down. It was a lot like UNDER THE DOME - small town on its own with no outside help. I couldn't get into the women's world but soon found I was enjoying it. Like most King books it goes on for over 700 pages. If you like his books you will enjoy reading this one. Not sure what part King's son wrote as I have not read any of his books. Try it if you have the time.

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