Sleeping Beauties

Sleeping Beauties

A Novel

Book - 2017
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In this spectacular father-son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men? 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. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women's prison, Sleeping Beauties is wildly provocative and gloriously absorbing.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Scribner,, 2017.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501163401
Characteristics: x, 702 pages ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: King, Owen - Author

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ordlas
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.

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bigfeet
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.

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sandra80
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.

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Blaisew22
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.

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nicholsfw
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.

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readmorebooks
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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LoveChild60
Oct 18, 2017

I was glad to read your comment. King was never really a favourite author for me, I think what I disliked most is that he added so many people so quickly, so I'd have to go back and see who they were again. Also, Id rather his chapters were shorter. I tend to get really bored when it takes 50 pages for ONE chapters. But what I do know, I give books the 100 page test. Unless of course, it sucks the life out of me in the 40, and then it goes back. Im not surprised his kid got in on this tho, I was going to try it, but after reading your comment, Im thinkin no. Thank you for your honesty. Happier Reading

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yo918
Oct 01, 2017

I have always considered myself a huge fan of Stephen King, read every one of his books as soon as they came out, considered The Stand my all time favorite for quite a few years. I've been thinking his last few books were maybe just a bit...lazy? But this one is pure garbage, and it seems King's social justice warrior stance and his hatred of all things Trump have finally driven him a bit over the edge into loony liberal land. I could try and forgive this mess, and just hope this was his effort to help his son's career get going by doing a name ride-by a la John Patterson and his almost weekly "and with" efforts...it's no secret that publisher's today figure it's okay letting some unknown author do most of the work and then slapping a big name on as a collaboration, that it'll sell no matter how putrid. But I honestly thought better of Stephen King. Too bad, apparently not. All I can say is that I couldn't even finish this. My former favorite author, and I quit after about half. If that doesn't say it all, go ahead and try it. You've been warned, though. I will say this much. I would bet serious money Owen wrote most of this and Dad agreed to stick his name on to help sales. Since it reads like a poor imitation of a Stephen King novel I am guessing that's what is to blame for this terrible effort. King senior should have left his name off this one.

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