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 : Scribner, 2017.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501163401
Call Number: KING
Characteristics: x, 702 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects: Fantasy fiction.
Horror fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Dystopian fiction.
Appalachian Region -- Fiction.
Sleep disorders -- Fiction.
Survival -- Fiction.
Women -- Fiction.
Demonology -- Fiction.
Additional Contributors: King, Owen - Author


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Mar 17, 2018

Not impressed at all! Found the opening pages very dragged out and very uninspiring. Not at all up to the Stephen King writing that I have enjoyed over the years. Could not get through more than the first 75 pages as the book totally failed to draw me and and keep me reading it.

Mar 05, 2018

It was....lacklustre. A reasonably good plot, but it really waffles on. Decent read if you have several spare days and nothing else to do.

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.

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