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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. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasinglyIn 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?...

Title : Sleeping Beauties
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ISBN : 9781501163401
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Number of Pages : 702 Pages
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Sleeping Beauties Reviews

  • Emily May
    2018-09-22 04:09

    Once a serious conflict commences—a fight to the death—objective reality is quickly lost in the smoke and noise.Also, many of those who could have added their own accounts were dead.As I was reading Sleeping Beauties, I was trying to find the words in my mind to sum up what I felt about the story - and Stephen King's stories in general - but then I got to the Authors' Note and discovered that they had done it for me: "If a fantasy novel is to be believable, the details underpinning it must be realistic."^This is what I think makes King Sr's stories so strong. King integrates the supernatural seamlessly with the everyday. There’s no big explosion out of nowhere, no aliens suddenly arriving on a giant ship… just the quiet everyday lives of these nuanced characters until something disastrous slips in. Slowly. Naturally, even. As if this could happen right now. To me and my family. It's extremely effective.You can look at Sleeping Beauties in two different ways. As simply a really great horror story, or as a deeply metaphorical and political work. On the one hand, it's a creepy tale of a "sleeping sickness" that affects only the female population. As women around the world go to sleep, the men around them find they are not waking up. And what's more, gross, sticky threads start forming a cocoon around them. Attempts to remove this web have dire consequences. One woman, the aptly-named Evie (or Eve), seems immune to the sickness and obviously knows something about what is going on. Maybe she even caused it. Why won't the women wake up? What made this happen? Are they gone for good? Have their minds gone somewhere else? What will the men do now? Can the few women still awake battle the delirium and fight off sleep? So many questions.“In a terrified world, false news was king.”And then, on the other hand, it's difficult to not see this as a gender politics tale. You can't have a supernatural tree, a snake, and a woman called Eve and pretend not to notice the parallels. Plus, it's also an absolutely stellar takedown of Donald Trump, sexism, those who are opposed to women’s rights and equality, sexual assault dismissed as “locker room talk”, police shootings of unarmed black men and women, and the belief in sensationalist news stories on the Internet. King², it seems, has written a critical tale of our times disguised as a dark horror fantasy.There's definitely room to go into an in-depth analysis with this book, and perhaps I will sometime. But for now I will just say that I enjoyed this sinister, clever novel very much. Like with a number of King Sr's works, I feel like some parts could have been cut down without losing anything valuable, and that while detail is good, he sometimes crosses the line into "too much" territory. It's a small criticism, though. Once again I am reminded why he is such a popular author among horror fans and literary snobs alike.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2018-09-19 08:06

    1.5 stars rounded up..unless I get pissed off writing this review and just one star the thing.I'm not really going to go into the blurb or storyline. You can read that yourself or one of the many reviews that will come for this book. All the women have gone to sleep and all the men are acting a dang fool wondering who is going to feed them in an hour. That's my take on it.Now for the things I liked. Which is not much.First off, Stephen King is and pretty much will always be..My favorite author. So cool yourself. Second, this book is set in Appalachia, with meth heads and a women's prison. That shit right there alone should guarantee a five star read for me.That's all the positive I've got.Now the negatives. The characters, this is one of those books that King figured you might as well make every character known to man have a bit part. There are so many people in this small Appalachian town that I stopped even caring who was who by about 10% into the book. There were characters still being added almost up until the very end. I've read that King really needs a good editor. After this, I may tend to agree. He threw everything and the kitchen sink into this chunk and my dumb butt kept reading it thinking it would get better. (Of course, my kitty lapping up the water in the sink doesn't work.)The story. This shit has been done before. By Uncle Stevie himself. Multiple times: Under the Dome, The Stand and by the "other" kid The Fireman..but I actually liked all those books. I expected better. More about the story: What the hell is it about frigging tigers?First "The Walking Dead" threw one into the storyline and now even King jumps on the bandwagon? AND no, it really didn't make sense for it to be there. Next, I read to escape. I know the world is a shitty place. I know we are in deep shit. I DO NOT read to hear more about politics. If authors start writing FICTION books just to pound out their political views I'm going to take up a new hobby. I DO NOT want to pick up a book by my favorite authors and get reminded of it. It's happened twice lately for me with books and this one was more on the "let me put my views out there" side. Just no. (I'm not talking about feminism either so get your typing fingers back to the twitter.) I may agree with some of the political viewpoints but I do NOT want my fictional stories to become sounding blocks for author's agendas. *I'm about done so calm down..because I spend days reading this freaker I get a minute of ranting. That's another thing. The size of this sucker. IT DID NOT NEED TO BE SO BIG. Most of it was just rambly and bored the heck out of me anyways.I'm shutting up because my kid said I was making weird faces at the computer. In the end..will I read Stephen King again? Hell yeah, Will I read a book co-written with one of his kids again? Probably, because let's face it-If my dad was Stephen King I'd want to 'write' a book with him too.Does the King family give a shit what I think? Hell no. They are way cooler than my grouchy ass.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2018-09-21 04:07

    I loved the tree and animals and that's all I'm saying! There is a reference to a dead cat and a Mercedes. I might have missed some more but I caught those two and King fans will know where those references come from =) There are a lot of characters in this book and I loved most of them! Evie was freaking awesome! I can't even think of all of them because I didn't make any notes! I was so enthralled every time I picked up this book to read on it that I didn't write anything down. So, I'm just going to ramble a bit and no spoilers. Nothing major at any rate! One day something happens, I'm not going to say what but there is a force that comes into our presence. It's only here for good, but sometimes things just happen. Okay, so a lot of the book is centered around some ladies in prison, the police department and the nuts in the town. And one day, across the globe, women start going to sleep and their faces become cocooned. And if you decide to try to remove this cocoon, it will not be a good day for you my friend. Not a good day at all. I must say, I did enjoy what happened to a rapist and his Peter Pan when he thought he could rape a woman. I knew that was going to happen, the attempted rape that is. Oh the joy if that could happen to all rapists. But I digress. So after the female gets her rage on, she then cocoons back up and is out like a light. But why is all of this happening? Let give you a hint . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . READ THE BOOK! =D It's a really freaking awesome book. I could feel Stephen King all over this even though I know Owen was involved as well. I think they made a fan-freaking-tastic book. It's so damn bizarre and what's why I love it. Kudo's to the King's < -- heh Anyhoo, I'm leaving you with a little excerpt. "Evie?" Lila moves around in a circle, searching--woods, ground, grass, air, milky sunshine--but there's no one. "Evie, are you there?"She yearns for a signal, any kind of signal. A moth flutters from the branch of the old oak tree and settles on her hand.Happy Reading! Mel ♥ MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  • Matthew
    2018-10-04 08:11

    The story of people in a remote town trapped by mysterious circumstances . . . no, wait, that's Under the Dome!How about . . . the story of a mysterious disease and the fight between good and evil . . . darn it! That's The Stand!One more try . . . the story of a magical prisoner who . . . ah, crap, I give up . . . that's The Green Mile!Anyway, this is a pretty good book that brings back a lot of themes from earlier King novels. I have seen some places where people say they can tell the parts where Owen wrote instead of his dad. Not me - if you told me that ol' Stevie wrote the whole thing, I would believe it.For a 700 page book I felt like it went pretty quick. At first, I had a hard time getting into it and I had 600 pages ahead of me, so I was kind of nervous. However, after I got comfortable with the 2.3 million characters in this book, it was all gravy from there!3.5 rounded up to 4Would I recommend this to a King first timer? Nope. But, if you are looking for a bit of King nostalgia after the Hodges Trilogy - which didn't feel all that much like King - then this is worth a try.

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2018-10-10 02:53

    That's it?16 days later and I'm FINALLY finished. I feel completely drained by this book and hope to write a review in the next week, but for now I think it's safe to say I didn't feel this was one of King's stronger books. I'll gather my notes together and hopefully make a compelling argument for why this didn't work well for me. BUT I MADE IT I CROSSED THE FINISH LINE AND I DIDN'T QUIT!

  • Edward Lorn
    2018-10-01 06:52

    How does it feel to be a gender and not a person?Buckle in, ladies and gentleman, we're gonna be here for a while. I have a lot of coming-to-grips to do with this book and you're about to watch me decide whether or not I like it, almost in real-time. Let's do this.This is a smart book. It's not a good read, but it is smart. Let's face it, if smart books made for good reading, David Foster Wallace would outsell James Patterson... (does that mean Patterson writes good reads? Fuck, stop. Let's reword that...). How about: if smart books were good reads, Don DeLillo would outsell Stephen King. Better. Whew. That was almost a disaster.The brains of this book come from Owen King. Stephen King (for all my hero worship) does not write smart books. He writes entertaining books. Books you don't have to think too hard about. A lot of people are going to hate this book simply because it's smart. It's gonna go right over their empty heads and they're gonna take a break from fingerbanging their cousins to come on here to rage about how the book is sexist against men and nothing but feminist propaganda and yadda yadda Caveman make poopy in diapey. This book is anything but all of that, but we'll get to that later.Right out the gate, this book feels like someone doing a middle-tier impersonation of Stephen King. Imagine a Stephen King book written by, say, Joe Hill after Hill's been hit in the head a few dozen times. In other words, it reads like The Fireman. That's the first problem. It's a big story told in a super small way that feels much less epic in scope due to the way it's told. Then again, The Fireman has its fans (who knows why that is), so if you liked that trainwreck, you'll likely enjoying watching this one occur.Seriously, side by side The Fireman and Sleeping Beauties are almost the same book. Damn near note for note, which is odd. I've been comparing Hill to King for a while now, so to compare King to Hill feels, I don't know, fucking backwards. Anyway, both books use the same generic flow, which is easy to read but devoid of that special something King fans have come to expect. For that reason, you're going to have lifelong King fans who're super pissed at this book, too. Shit, man, the Mercedes trilogy felt more like King than this did.The next thing that comes to mind is how King-ish this book is without being anything like a Stephen King book. It has the cast from Under the Dome, a gender-swapped Andre Linoge (for you non-King nuts out there, he's the bad guy from Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay) named Evie Black, and the most Condensed-Books version of The Stand you will likely ever read. But the writing sounds nothing like Stephen King, and I would hazard a guess that it's because he didn't write a healthy portion of this kitten-squisher. Owen did. You feel King in some sentences, but mostly it's Owen. Why is that? Lemme explain.King and Owen did an interview wherein King says the idea for the book was Owen's. Owen told Stephen he should write it. Stephen said, nah, you do it. Then they settled on doing it together. It was going to be a television series (which I would've liked much more, I think) but somehow it became, well... it became this thing. And the book reads like a detailed script. For fuck's sake, the novel starts with a cast list. And if you're a King fan you know that none of his books that start with a cast list are any good. That cast list is there because not even the publisher has any faith in you remembering who the fuck is who and why the fuck you should care.The thing is, like I said above, I've read about these people before. I didn't like them the first time I read about them in Under the Dome and I don't like them now. There's not a likeable person in the whole bunch. Why the fuck should that be?Oh. I'm not supposed to like anybody because the book is packed full of villains, you say? Wait... what? What about Frank?Villain. Duh.What about Evie?Villain. Super duh.What about Clint? Villain. Less of a duh.What about Lila?Villain. She's not obvious at all, is she?Goddamn it, where's the heroes? A 702-page goddamn book and there's not a single hero? How come, E.!? HOW COME??????!!!?!Because this book has a message. And fuck me, it's a good one.Ladies, dig it. How does it feel to not have a choice? How does it feel to have your reproductive organs, your own personal vaginas and uteri and ovaries and wombs and in-utero babies, controlled by men in government? How does it feel to be told what to wear so you don't get raped? Where to go so you don't get raped? Who to talk to so you don't get raped? How does it feel to be treated as if you are constantly in need of protection? How does it feel to be a gender and not a person?Focus on that last sentence. How does it feel to be a gender and not a person?Of course I'm man-splaining here, but fuck it, I'm going all in. This is what this book is about:Women stripped of choice finally given a choice. Do they deal with the swinging-dick version of this world, or start over? Evie Black plans to give them that choice. But, in the end, even she tries to decide for them. Elaine tries to decide for them. Frank does... Clint does... Yes, even Lila does. Everyone thinks they know what's best for the female gender, but not one of them stops to think about what each individual person needs. And THAT is what makes this book smart. Doesn't make this novel a good read, but it's smart as fuck. And that's all I have to say about that.In summation: A gargantuan story told in a bubble. Not a fan of the delivery or the writing or the characters, but I loved the message. Awesome themes aside, I'd wait to find a thrift-store paperback version. Simply "okay".Final Judgment: The brains get in the way of the story.Outtakes:I love how there's a review on here that simply says: This book better be about the women and not the men. Or what, dude? lol You gonna kick the authors' asses. Thanks for the laugh, broseph.Evie Black is so Andre Linoge. Even down to the choice she gives everyone at the end. King recycled the fuck outta that character. Guess he thought it was fine, given how one was a script and the other only started as a script... or whatever.Took me 600 pages to catch the subtext of this one, y'all. 600 PAGES! I'm slipping in my old age. Still, I do wonder how many man-rage reviews there'll be. Reviews that are just of men bitching about how they'd survive just fine without women, as if that's the point of the book. I know King doesn't read reviews, but Owen's an active Goodreads member. Wonder if he's reading the men's-rights-activist reviews and chuckling.You're gonna get some hate on this one, E. You know King fans won't be happy with only two stars. You obviously missed the genius... wait, you caught the genius and you still gave it two stars? What the fuck is wrong with you?!?!?!?!?!?!!?????!I might be a biased King fan, but I pride myself more on my honesty. Hope you guys liked the review, even if you don't like me or my opinion. smooches

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2018-09-30 09:58

    3.5? Not sure yet!In a world where women have fallen asleep in cocoons, the men are left to figure things out. The premise was super intriguing but I'm not 100% sure I'm happy with the ending. This book contained a lot of characters. A LOT. I did appreciate most of the feminist views included although it sometimes bordered on the "m'lady hat tipping" side.This book also featured one of my new most hated character of all time! Congrats Don Peters, you're a POS! :DI'll probably update this review when I have more time to think about it. I did like it but it's not my favorite from SK.

  • Perry
    2018-09-16 04:02

    Best Let Sleeping Beauties LieCompletely revised on 10/18/17Stephen King, who recently turned 70, has written a phenomenal fifty plus bestsellers. Regrettably, "Sleeping Beauties," a writing collaboration with his younger son Owen that may seem touching in the paternal sense, fails to plunge the reader into the type of heart-thumping chills and page-flipping thrills that casual King fans crave. Rather, the novel proves itself a tiresome, often grandiose, fantasy-soapbox that is sure to please only the most hardcore King fans.The novel opens in the small Appalachian town of Dooling, West Virginia, when a nubile nude woman, with green pubic hair and moths fluttering from her mouth, strolls out from behind a mammoth tree in a large clearing to bludgeon a local meth dealer who abuses his girlfriend. She then patiently awaits arrest. This supernatural goddess named Eve or Evie Black--we soon see--mocks all men, reads minds, controls a pack of prison rats and commands an army of moths. Sheriff Lila Norcross transports her to the women's prison outside of town where Dr. Clint Norcross, the Sheriff's husband, is the prison psychiatrist. The same day, a worldwide plague known as the "Aurora flu" strikes every woman who enters a state of sleep, after which tendrils grow from her body and form a cocoon from which she does not awake. If anyone--even a family member--tries to break open the cocoon and wake the woman, she is transformed into a crazed, bloodthirsty killer. One yokel yucks that the plague is "the ultimate PMS." This of course leads to a dramatic increase in the sale of Red Bull, coffee and cocaine as women frantically try to stay awake.We get sound bites of end times from around the globe: riots in D.C., vigilante brigades gathering to torch the cocoons, a jet going down, and "hard right conservatives on talk radio ... proclaiming the Aurora virus as proof that God was angry with feminism." The focus though is on the small hillbilly town. Nearly half the book is consumed by a tedious introduction to seventy characters, including half of Dooling and most of the female prisoners. If you can keep up, you may still get frustrated by the lengthy and frequent slow-motion diversions into the connubial blemishes of Lila and Clint Norcross, which seem feeble when considering that humankind stands on the brink of extinction.Dooling's female correctional facility is ground zero for the Aurora flu, housing the sole female immune from the plague, Evie Black. The question at the novel's center is how the men of this small Appalachian town will react to the plague. Will they act out backwards male stereotypes, form rabid packs and go after Evie? As Evie explains to Dr. Norcross, she will not defend herself and only if she survives a number of days will the women be set free; if not, all women will perish. Thus begins the battle of men for the existence of our species: the men--almost entirely of cardboard stock--who want to kill Evie Black versus the men who want to protect her, the latter led by Dr. Norcross, who the Kings inform us is "the one who stands for all mankind." Meanwhile, the spirits of the cocooned women gather in a parallel world of peace called simply Our Place. Our Place is just past the clearing from which Evie arrived and the "Mother Tree," the Kings' version of the tree of knowledge and the portal to Evie's Eden-like garden populated by a fox and a tiger that talk, a peacock, and a giant snake that slithers up and down the tree. The Kings endeavor to shroud Eve in mystery via nonsensical queries: "Had Evie come from the Tree? Or had the Tree come from Evie?" It is nonetheless obvious that she is the biblical Eve: "Evie doesn't trust the snake.... She's had trouble with him before."With the exception of maybe five characters, the characters merely play out gender stereotypes--often clownish--with most women (even the imprisoned murderers) caring and nurturing pacifists, and the men--with the exception of Dr. Norcross and a few prison guards--generally drinking, righteous, gun-toting, savage pigs. The absence of the reader's investment in a legion of caricatures represents a fundamental flaw in building a shred of suspense. That is to say, by the time the battle for Eve ensues--think, "Lord of the Flies" at a women's prison--it is nearly impossible to know who does what, when, to whom, who was killed and who survived, and miraculous if one even cares.Lovers of the Stephen King brand of graphic gore may find parts to relish, such as how "shreds of skin flapped like streamers" from a bulldozer that had just flattened a man, or how a man's jaw being cleaved open by a woman sounded like "a drumstick being torn off a Thanksgiving turkey." Yet, this is not the trademark King supernatural novel full of fright, intensity and surprises.Instead, this doorstopper of a novel stands primarily as a political soapbox the Kings thrust upon readers via "original sin" Eve, brought back by some secret force that detests men. Whether or not a reader is in sync with some of the Kings' political persuasions is beside the point. Most readers, it seems, probably do not care to read a novel billed as a blockbuster supernatural thriller that can be more fittingly described as an environmentalist, gun-controlling, feminist, Trump-loathing fantasy with a take on everything from gender politics to racial violence, and that hits heavily on a range of social dilemmas such as suicide, marital infidelity, teen sex, alcoholism, drug addiction in impoverished areas, domestic violence and mental illnesses. Perhaps it's best to let "Sleeping Beauties" lie.

  • Suzanne
    2018-10-02 06:17

    I love King books because they are insanely freaky and crazy! This time you get that entertainment from two Kings and it was so amusing. You have a fantasy (with some sci-fi vibes) about a world where most of the women have fallen asleep and have been cocooned leaving the world to a wide variety of male characters. Both the male and female characters are so written so well and amusing. Overall, yes it is a 700+ page book but it is worth it for that slow burn that keeps you interested. It's a King book so you just expect it!

  • Mark
    2018-10-15 06:01

    I enjoyed this book right through to the end. Not a classic king horror book but perhaps that is the input of Owen as much as that is Stephen veering down another path.Carrying a veiled message perhaps for this day and age about the poor treatment that women receive at the hands of men and perhaps too an eye-opening slap in the face for men. Be careful to love what you have now before it is too late - sort of a strange time to read this message in a book on the same day I am reading about all of the misogynistic dirt surfacing around Harvey Weinstein.The book is based in the town of Dooling in Appalachia. Circumstances arise where all of the female population cannot wake from their sleep - hence the title. A strange, mystical woman enters the town and before long it is realized that she can sleep and wake when she needs to. As the men try to keep their lives together without the women, it is not long before the blame for the eerie circumstances are laid squarely at the feet of the newcomer - Evie Black as she calls herself.Evie is more secretive than the inner workings of Amazon as she sets about playing good against bad to achieve her goals.The culmination of Evie's will and the townsmen's testosterone-fuelled response is akin to a minor civil war - haha lesson taught!! This is how men behave and react. OK, guys unclench those fists - check out the authors again - yep, Stephen and Owen King. Guys like us so don't go blowing off steam about bloody feminists or any other crap. And if you still feel riled just take solace in the fact that this is, at the end of the day, just a fictional novel.So to this point, you can see that I liked this read. And yes, I did but I cannot give more than three stars because I felt there was a slight loss of originality. I started with a concern that the disease/plague that was inhabiting the women, and the way that is spread worldwide quickly and easily, was a bit too close to the Captain Tripps flu from The Stand. Then I cut it some slack as it only affected women and we were not left with only little possess. There came a mention of a fire like bird and immediately I thought they had called Joe Hill to join the family and he had brought his Phoenix with him from Fireman. At one point he is actually mentioned by name in this book........ in the words of Jimi Hendrix, "Hey Joe".The second half of the book deals with two alternate worlds, one where time flows a lot faster than the other and I was waiting for Roland Deschain to chase the man in black across the desert or for Blaine the Train to come steaming out. At other times Evie formed the perfect picture in my mind although she looked remarkably like Drew Barrymore in the Firestarter movie, that was the impression I was getting. Little disappointed that the prison in this book is a women's prison, just couldn't get Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in the frame.But don't be put off because I got some funny images/thoughts too. Read the book to get to this part but ........... Evie appears, towards the end, fully naked except to say her pubic hair isn't as you would expect............ BANG!! My weird head conjures up scenes from one of the greatest movies ever - EVIL DEAD.Sorry if the references to other works are unread by you but now you need to read more of the maestro. A good fun book, not his best but far from his worst and an enjoyable read.

  • Johann (jobis89)
    2018-09-26 06:20

    "Sometimes you get what you want, but mostly you get what you get."A strange epidemic spreads across the world wherein once all the women fall asleep they become cocooned in an unusual waxy material. Disruption or tearing upon of this cocoon will cause the female inside to act in a homicidal manner. Sleeping Beauties focuses on the events occurring in a small town, Dooling, West Virginia, and in particular Clint and Lila Norcross, Clint being the psychiatrist in the local female prison, and Lila being the town's sheriff. One woman, however, seems to be the key to unravelling exactly what is going on...I'm going to keep my review as spoiler-free as possible, as I know so many people are still reading it. So I'll just present some overall thoughts and opinions. Okay, so, I enjoyed this book, but it's not without its faults. Part 1 was brilliant, this idea presented by the Kings is so unique and interesting and to see how it all unfolds and the effect it has on the world, and in particular, in Dooling, is really exciting. Part 2, however... oh, it was a slog at times. It reminded me of my experience with The Stand where I just thought, "Oh get on with it!!!" I feel like this book could do with some characters being cut out and a number of pages trimmed off it.Speaking of characters, there is a LOT in this book, but surprisingly I was able to keep up with who everyone was and how they were connected to each other etc. Sometimes I did have that split second of "Wait...who's this again?" but usually within reading a sentence or two I was back on track. So yeah, there isn't too many in terms of keeping up with the characters, but in my opinion, there were a few characters who I could just have done without. King is the King of character development and creating memorable characters that you just never forget - however, I think quite a lot of the ones in here are forgettable for me, apart from Evie and Lila. The rest, meh.In terms of the collaboration between father and son, it was seamless to me, it didn't feel like it was splintered and all over the place as the voice switches from Owen to Stephen and back again. Of course, some parts felt distinctly Stephen, and others felt non-Stephen (I haven't read any of Owen's work beyond this so I can't comment on his writing style). The first half of the book felt like a Stephen King idea to me and a current-day King read, however the second half just lacked that punch that King usually delivers.I guess my main complaint that is I didn't really FEEL anything reading this. I felt interested, sure, but I wasn't really expressing any emotions. Each and every character could have been killed off and I'd have been like *shrugs*. I did enjoy it overall, don't get me wrong, it's a great idea, a great premise, but the second half let me down and so I'd give this book 4 stars out of 5. Which perhaps seems high after all my complaining, but that first half of the book was SO good and I still found it hard to put the book down even when I got to the second half! Overall, a decent book!

  • Sophia Triad
    2018-09-17 06:17

    Not bad....Not bad at all...A moth flutters from the branch of the old oak tree and settles on her handIt's been a while since I read a book by Stephen King. Until a few years ago (okay I think it was possibly 20 years ago when I was a teenager hahaha), he was by far my favourite author. My second favourite author was Clive Barker. I used to read so many horror books and I did not mind at all the fact that King was considered an entertainer, not really a quality author. If you wanted to read quality horror, you had to read some Richard Matheson or some Ray Bradbury or even a classic Mary Shelley. Anyway, thank God, a few Oscars for films based on Stephen King's books have certainly helped to upgrade the author.The truth is that I have never really considered him a true horror author. I have never been scared when I was reading his books. I just adore the way he writes. I love the way he describes details, the way that every detail finds its place in the end of the book, the way each detail has a meaning and a purpose.Details! We gotta figure out the details, Jeanette."Taking account all these, I have to say that this book has many many details and many many characters. Most people may find it boring and rambling. Nothing weird there. It is common in all King's books. This book is just so typical of him. If somebody told me that Stephen King wrote the whole book and his son just put his name on the book cover; I would have believed it.Another thing I love in King's books is that all of them are not what they look like. They have a reason that they exist, they have a meaning, they have an identity, they speak differently to everyone. Take for example this book:■ You can consider it just a horror book with some fantasy elements; and be happy, ■ You can consider it a manifestation about human violence; and feel okay with yourself, ■ You can consider it as a way to show the importance of women in the world and as a way to show their value and even as a tool to make them look like the cornerstone of the existence of humanity; and still get the meaning of the book.■ You can consider it a metaphor (Eve doesn't trust the snake, obviously. She had trouble with him before.); and still understand the book and embrace it.Yes, this book talks differently to eveyone. I am just happy that after all these years that I was going through a period of drought away from my King's books; I trusted him again....hope you enjoyed yourself.Thank you Stephen! I did!

  • Kemper
    2018-09-18 03:09

    This is a review of a Stephen King (& Son) novel being posted on Halloween. SPPOOOOKKKKYYYY!!Eh….Not so much.Around the world all the women who fall asleep become enveloped by mysterious cocoons that form almost instantly once they go night-night, and they aren’t waking up. They’re still alive, but if anyone tries to cut or tear open a cocoon the lady inside will pop awake in a psychotic rage in which she’ll immediately try to murder anyone around and then will immediately fall asleep and be cocooned again. (I can relate because I also fly into a homicidal fury if awoken from a nap.)The small Appalachian town of Dooling is like everywhere else with the women struggling not to fall asleep, but as days pass the number of those awake begin to dwindle. Everything begins to fall apart as some men try to watch over the sleeping women they care for to protect them from jerkfaces who would do them harm. A lady named Evie is arrested for a horrific crime just as everything goes to hell and is locked up in the local women’s prison. Evie shows a supernatural awareness of the people and events around her, and it’s quickly obvious that she’s immune to what’s happening to all the other females. Meanwhile, the sleeping ladies find themselves someplace familiar but very different.The main idea here is pretty clever as hybrid of a fairy tale story and the beginning an apocalyptic end-of-society-as-we-know-it novel. Trying to get that mixture right is one of the places where I think the book falls down a bit because the more hardnosed elements where people are having to come to terms with what’s happening and prepare for the worst was more compelling than when it went deeper into the paranormal realm aspects of Evie. Yet that’s a vital component to the flip side of the book where we find out what’s going on with the women while they snooze which the book needs. So I’m left struggling to put my finger on why I didn’t like this more.Maybe the writing itself is a factor. With Uncle Stevie collaborating with Cousin Owen I wasn’t sure what to expect, and you can tell that this isn’t a Stephen King solo effort. It doesn’t feel exactly like one of his novels, but it’s not exactly unlike one either. Even his books co-written with Peter Straub felt more King-ish to me which seems odd. I listened to the audio version of this which included an interview with both authors at the end, and they talked about how instead of trading off chapters or sections that they would leave holes in the middle of what they wrote for the other to fill in a deliberate attempt to keep a reader from figuring out exactly who wrote what. Mission accomplished, but I’m not sure that made for the best book possible.Another interesting bit in that interview is that this started out as a potential TV series that they wrote some scripts for, and I think that shows through in some of the structure. There’s something that feels episodic about this although again I’m not able to explain exactly why that that is. It’s not all that different from any other book with multiple characters in different locations doing things, but I felt like there were moments when the credits were going to roll. It just reads like a TV show at times is the best way I can explain it.I’m sure some will be upset at the overall message here which is essentially that women are routinely fucked over by men, and that men overall are pretty awful. (Breaking News: That’s all true.) I admit that there were a few points where I found the male bashing a bit much, but not out of any nutjob MRA style faux indignation about double standards. It’s because I’m a cynic and a misanthrope so I’m fully committed to the belief that deep down all people, men and women, are pure garbage. So while I agree in general that women are less prone to violence as a solution and several other points the book makes I still don’t think that women would make a perfect world. Better? Probably. But not perfect. They’d just find more subtle ways to fuck things up. So for me the Kings’ idea that most women are saints who will always do the right thing that they present here was more wishful thinking than reality. It’s not a bad book. (Certainly its miles better than The Fireman, another novel written by a King offspring in which a strange disease puts society in peril.) It’s got a good core plot, interesting characters, and decent writing, but it’s too long and never quite gets into the top gear it was straining for. It’ll fall somewhere in the middle of my King rankings.

  • Zoeytron
    2018-10-14 10:14

    Quick!  Would someone please pass me the No-Doze?  The ladies in Sleeping Beauties could have used it, but I needed a double dose my own bad self before it was over.  This started out strong and had me wondering why so many of my GR buddies were less than enchanted with it.  I get it now.  It wasn't a total snooze-fest, but overall it was a disappointing read for this particular Constant Reader.

  • Celeste
    2018-10-02 09:04

    Full review now posted!I’ll probably never look at moths the same way again.What would happen to the world if half of the population went to sleep and never woke up? And how would that reaction differ if the population was divided by gender, and all of the sleepers were females? How would men handle a world without women?I’ve been intrigued by this book since the cover art was released, and immediately put myself on hold for at my local library. I was super excited when it came in, though I have to admit I was surprised by the size. Yes, King has written some huge books, but I guess that somewhere in the back of my mind I expected a co-authored book to a bit shorter. But the length was perfect for the story; the pace never felt like it was dragging.Back to the sleepers. Imagine if, one day, any woman who fell asleep became somehow cocooned, and wasn’t able to wake up. And if someone decided to remove a woman from their cocoon, there was hell to pay. Awakened women were angry women, and they fought dirty, biting off noses and beating or stabbing their awakener with whatever happened to be handy, until their faces were once more wrapped in silken fibers and they drifted back into their supernatural slumber. These sleeping beauties left the men of the world completely flabbergasted and the women still clinging to consciousness terrified of long blinks. The aftermath of Aurora, as the sleeping sickness has been named, is where the story really takes off.There were so many things I loved about this book. The gender questions raised by Aurora were fascinating. Are men more violent without women around to calm them? What would a world without women, or a world without men for that matter, look like for the gender left behind? I don’t think gender roles are as cut-and-dried as they are portrayed in the novel (obviously), but the stereotypes exist and were explored in an interesting way. There are some people that found the book sexist, but I really don’t think that what King and King were going for; they were merely exploring the stereotypes that have defined our society for so long, and that still permeate certain corners and communities. And some of those stereotypes do still hold a grain of truth when discussing a gender as a whole. For instance, far less violent crimes are perpetrated by women than are perpetrated by men. Does this mean that there aren’t violent women? No. Does it mean that all men are violent? Of course not! But differences between genders as a whole do exist, and they bear discussing so that we can figure out the roots of said differences. And seeing societies redefined when they hold only one gender was fascinating. There was also a bit of examination of race and sexuality as they divide our societies, and I felt that they were tastefully. That’s not to say that there weren’t characters who spewed hatred and clung to archaic viewpoints, but isn’t that the case in real life, as well? No society is ever going to be without people who fight against the march of progress.One of my favorite things about King novels is his ability to take a conflict of cosmic importance and show that conflict in a small town setting, allowing the outcome of the smaller-scale battle dictate the fate of the world at large. In this case, Dooling, a little town in the Appalachian Mountains, is the focal point of the story, as is the women’s correctional facility at employs a chunk of the town. The fate of the world’s women and the men they left behind depends on the decisions made in Dooling and the prison, especially those involving Evie Black. Evie appeared in Dooling right as Aurora was making its first appearances in the town and prison, and a lot of people think that she has something to do with the sleeping sickness. They just might be right. Because the thing is, Evie isn’t quite human. And I really loved her. She’s funny and scary and incredibly compelling. Evie is one of my favorite characters I’ve come across in a King novel, and I loved how ambiguous she was, playing both sides of the war that raged through Dooling.King always makes the characters in his small towns feel so real, resulting in a town that is completely believable. And that depth and variance of characterization was definitely present in Sleeping Beauties. I cared so much about the characters, and they were all so well-developed and different from one another. However, this didn’t feel exactly like a King book. The prose was different. It felt a little more modern and polished than his solo work, which to me made it feel more like a co-authored book because I could feel Owen King’s influence. (Not that I have any problems with King's regular prose, mind you; I obviously enjoy it or I wouldn't be consuming so much of his work!) However, the writing was seamless; I could never tell who wrote what, although I could feel the influence of both writers. I’ve seen some people compare this in tone and scope to Joe Hill’s The Fireman, and I completely got that comparison. For me, that was a bonus, because The Fireman was one of my favorite books published in 2016.In case you couldn’t tell, I really loved this book. It was fabulous. I know that it won’t appeal to everyone, but it just checked all the right boxes for me. It’s a compelling story that touches on some major sore spots currently plaguing our world, and handles those topics well. It’s fun and disturbing and kept me up late reading, and it’s a book that I’ll definitely be reading again.Original review can be found at Booknest.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2018-09-18 05:10

    EXCERPT: The Avon Lady who was not the Avon Lady walked away from the trailer and back toward the meth lab. The smell of propane grew stronger with each step until the air was rancid with it. Her footprints appeared behind her, white and small and delicate, shapes that came from nowhere and seemed to be made of milkweed fluff. The hem of her borrowed shirt fluttered around her long thighs. In front of the shed she plucked up a piece of paper caught in a bush. At the top, in big blue letters, it announced EVERYTHING IS ON SALE EVERY DAY! Below this were pictures of refrigerator units both large and small, washing machines, dishwashers, microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, Dirt Devils, trash compactors, food processors, more. One picture showed a trim young woman in jeans smiling knowingly down upon her daughter, who was blond like Mom. The pretty tyke held a plastic baby in her arms and smiled down upon it. There were also large TVs showing men playing football, men in racing cars, and grill setups beside which stood men with giant forks and giant tongs. Although it did not come right out and say so, the message of this advertising circular was clear: women work and nest while men grill the kill. THE BLURB: 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? MY THOUGHTS: Ummmmmmm. . . When I started to read Sleeping Beauties, a collaboration between Stephen King and son Owen, I felt sure that I was getting into another 5☆ masterpiece. The first third kept my interest levels high, although I often had to abandon it in favor of Netgalley reads that needed to be reviewed because they were due for publication. I usually push them to one side in favor of Mr King, but not this time. The second third continued to intrigue me, but perhaps not quite as much. I felt like my wheels were spinning a little. And the final third? Well, the whole warfare episode - shoot 'em dead, blow 'em up - I could have done without. It kind of felt like they were cheating, taking the easiest way out. I have to admit to finally skimming large tracts of this section. It was that or throw the book away. And the ending? My jury is still out on that decision. It is an exceedingly long read at 714 pages, which I have come to expect from Mr King. But I also expect a little more quality than I got here. Sleeping Beauties could easily have been quite a bit shorter. I am not going to apportion blame for either the length or the warfare, because I don't know the logistics of how this was written. But I would like to know. Did they collaborate to the extent that they squabbled over the keyboard? Did they write alternating chapters? Had they each written a similar story that they merged? I don't know. I thought that they may have discussed this in the authors' note, but they don't. I haven't previously read any of Owen King's work. I need to do so. I have wavered over my rating. 2.5 ☆? 3☆? 3.5☆? It is better than 2.5-stars. Better than average. 3.5? Probably not quite . . . although I am a little more wary of the cobwebs that cling stubbornly to the outside of our house. And those innocent looking little brown moths that swarm around the porch light at night? No way are they coming inside. So some things have lingered. 3.25☆ seems fair to me.I wish I could have liked Sleeping Beauties better. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the 'about' page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  • Debra
    2018-10-03 03:15

    3.5 starsSomewhere in the future in an Appalachian town of Dooling (is this a spoof on drooling which one might do when they fall asleep?), women are falling asleep and being cocooned in a sticky white substance. Psst...don't wake them. No one likes to be waken from a deep sleep, especially the women in this book who become violent once awoken. This is a big book so I am not going to give a big synopsis on it. The long and short of it is this: women are falling asleep, those not asleep yet are living on red bull trying to stay awake, one woman (Evie) appears to be not affected by it and may have even caused it, men are either trying to help figure out what is happening or are up to no good. For the most part, they are trying to figure out how to live and keep the sleeping women safe.This is a science fiction meets fantasy meets horror type book. It's long and in some parts it felt long. There is a magical tree, a fox, a tiger, a snake, talking rats, moths, and about 60 or so townspeople ; some of which are asleep and some are awake. Evie appears to be in control of all and has ties to the magical tree. Some reviewers are stating that they can tell what parts Stephen King wrote vs. which ones Owen King wrote. In the beginning of the book, I thought "Yes!" this is S.King's part..but then the entire book felt that way to me so I guess, I really couldn't tell the difference.I often wondered while reading this book "What's the point?" and "What is the message?" Is there one? Tie in the sleeping illness (for lack of a better word) with the marital problems of the Psychiatrist and the Sheriff (married to each other) and you have a mess. But an enjoyable mess. I enjoyed this book. I don't feel that it is Stephen King's best but at least it is not his worst either. I have never read Owen King before this so I can't speak for him. I thought they did a good job. Perhaps a little more edited especially in the beginning would have made this book better. But how about that cover? Beautiful!See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com

  • Morgannah
    2018-10-07 04:51

    An official picture of the manuscript! GIVE IT TO ME!!!

  • Ashley Daviau
    2018-10-03 09:05

    I've been waiting anxiously for this book for so long and it was most definitely worth the wait! It definitely wasn't a classic King horror story but I was drawn in from the start and quickly fell in love with the characters and the story. I'm always wary of collaborations, too often they come out stilted and awkward. But that was far from the case with Sleeping Beauties. It was absolutely seamless, I couldn't pick out what was Stephen and what was Owen even if I tried! The whole idea of the story is so unique and interesting, I was instantly enraptured and waiting on pins and needles to see how it would all play out and the effects the events that happened would have on the world, Dooling in particular. My favourite part of the story was definitely the characters. King is truly a master of creating memorable characters that you can't help but get attached to. And there were so many great ones to pick from in Sleeping Beauties! My favourite is definitely Lila though, she stole the show for me right from the start. Something about her just spoke to me and I felt an instant connection with her. I honestly couldn't have loved this book more. It was absolutely everything I was hoping it would be and more! An absolutely brilliant story that I already can't wait to reread!

  • Jilly
    2018-10-11 09:52

    I'm rating this middle-of-the-road because the stuff I liked about the book I really liked, but the stuff I hated I really hated. Liked:Stephen King really gets you inside the characters heads and creates complex characters. I had strong feelings about many of the characters.Hated:There were too many damn characters. There was a cast of characters at the beginning of the book that had over 70 people listed. I was like, do I really need to study this before reading? Is this going to be on the test? I'm not sure if I'm up for it.Also, he added in a couple of bad guys at about 3/4ths of the way into the book. They didn't add anything to the overall story except for additional pages of us having to learn absolutely everything about them and their family histories. I would rather have stuck with the characters I was already invested in and their storylines. It was simply annoying.Liked:There is a plague! Well... a sleeping sickness that only affects women. It was slightly creepy, but a lot of fun to watch as it developed and women fought it for as long as they could. I thought it was funny that the cops eventually started doing meth and cocaine to stay awake. Personally, I'd just say f-it and go to sleep because I hate staying awake and I'd probably be one of those people who has an immediate heart attack if I try to take one of those drugs to stay awake. Hell, caffeine makes me jumpy.Hated:Along with the plague comes a magical tree, a magical tiger, a magical snake, and a semi-magical fox. They annoyed me. No, I didn't find them mystical and pretty. I found them to have a hell of a lot of pages dedicated to their magicalness and I hated them the whole time. Have I mentioned I hate magic? Sure, I like Urban Fantasy, but I have no patience for magic. The only thing worse than magic, in my book, is if it is being performed by a clown. Oh, and we can thank Mr. King as well for our societal fear of clowns.Liked:There is a lot of girl power in this book. The sleeping women travel to another time/space and start a new society. They do amazing things together and build their own new world. There is a lot of food for thought in there:Molly (12 yrs old) walked the two blocks back to her house (in the dark). By herself. And why could she do that? Because in this world there were no predators. No pedophiles.Hated:Although I am all for a good girl-power theme, the world of men seemed to fall apart a little too fast for me. It seems that most men are aggressive, animalistic killing machines without us girls! I guess it's good to be needed, but come on. Society completely falls apart in five days! I truly think they could have made it a bit longer. At least I hope so...Omg, can I have this bunny??? He's so cute!(sorry. I guess I am a stereotype myself. Writing a review: "Oh look, a bunny!!")And finally:What I hated more than anything and, to me, was the most important thing about this book:This book was too damn long!It would have been so much better if it was a hundred pages shorter. Or, even more.There were pages and pages on the magic tree. Pages and pages of what a FOX is thinking. Pages and pages of the guys setting up for their war. Pages and pages of those bad guys that were added in really late and didn't need to be in the book at all.Too long!Still, overall, it was a pretty good book and I got engrossed in the story. I would recommend it for people who like Stephen King and who have patience.

  • Mandy
    2018-09-19 05:59

    I loved this book!!Not really a surprise as I love Stephen King's work, but it was actually a little surprising to me how much I loved it. When release day for this book came round, I was sick at home so I ordered it online, and it arrived the next day. When I saw how big it actually was I kind of baulked a little, but soon started reading. The cast of characters listed at the beginning of the book scared me. I prefer less characters in a book like this not the whole town, but luckily quite a few didn't last too long.This is the story of a small town, Dooling, and what happened to it after all the women in the town started to fall asleep, and not wake up. It's a story of both how the men react, and also how the women do, and although these events are happening all over the world, we are seeing it all from within this town. I always enjoy the way in which Stephen King's characters are so real, so flawed, but the reader still roots for them( well, not all of them), and each character felt very real and very well-fleshed out that I could easily picture them.I have to say, that the two authors' writing blends together seamlessly. I was worried about that but needn't have been. I thought the horror/fantasy/sci-fi elements of the book all blended together so well and at no time was I bored during reading. I did think that the ending, whilst enjoyable, was a little predictable, but at the same time I don't see how it could have finished any other way. Easily my favourite read of the year.

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2018-10-03 05:02

    Oh come on, 720 pages?!

  • Sadie | sadie_reads_them_all
    2018-10-04 06:04

    DNFI'm not going to finish this book; at least right now. Maybe I'll be more tolerant of the slow pacing, exorbitant cast of characters and weak plot line, later. Although I doubt it. I was 450ish pages into a 700 page novel and my suspicion is that this book was more of an Owen King effort instead of Papa King.I didn't see Stephen's fingerprints on this AT ALL. This book had no teeth, no edge, no bite.This wouldn't be the first time I DNF'd a King book, so I don't feel bad about it. He has so many hits for me, a miss is no big deal.This is a miss.

  • Mindi
    2018-09-23 09:54

    *This review contains spoilers, so stop right here if you haven't read Sleeping Beauties yet.*OK, so yes, I've been putting off writing this review. Some knob on Instagram even @ Stephen King for my picture that discussed why I didn't love it. I wanted to love it. It's Stephen Effing King, and I really wanted to love it, but I didn't. And I think it's because this book is more Owen than Stephen.Full disclosure, I have never read Owen King. I don't know his writing style. But I do know Stephen King, and for some reason this book did not sound like Stephen King. I wish I could find out how much was truly Stephen and how much was Owen, but alas, I don't think I'll ever know. It felt to me like Owen had the bones of an idea, Stephen provided some advice, and then Owen did the majority of the writing.I've had friends passionately argue that isn't the case. Some of my Constant Reader friends swear that the second half of the book has Stephen all over it, and that most of the people who are disappointed wanted more horror and less fantasy. That is sincerely not the case with me. I think Stephen King could make his grocery list interesting, and so I don't have a problem with genres. This book just doesn't have his distinct voice. You can tell where his advice and ideas are, but the writing just doesn't seem like him.So let me stop complaining for a moment and talk about what I did like. I liked the concept. I liked the idea of Evie. I liked the tree, and the animals (especially the fox), and I liked Our Place. I liked that the book was filled with strong, powerful women. I liked Lila as the sheriff, and Janice as Dooling Correctional's warden. And I also liked the badass way women responded if they were suddenly awakened from their unnatural slumber. That part seemed pure Stephen.What I didn't like were most of the male characters, and the fact that not liking them was intentional. I didn't like that the novel felt like a feminist manifesto in the wake of Trump's America. I also didn't like that the Kings decided to tack a police violence sub-plot to the very end of the book. It seemed like the Kings just wanted to make it more political after a first draft, so they decided to throw that in.I don't mind feminism in fiction. I also think it's important to discuss the problems that America is dealing with concerning racial profiling and unnecessary violence. But I feel like Stephen has an axe to grind, and it's overshadowing the story. I like that he's outspoken on Twitter. I don't like our current president anymore than he does, but when it feels as if you are TRYING to make a point so hard that the story is lost around that point, that's where I have a problem. Also, if all men are so terrible, why did every single woman in Our Place vote to come back? Yes, there are terrible, destructive, misogynistic men in this world. But there are also some pretty fantastic, feminist men too. I think that's why this paragraph bothers me so much:"Mostly it was the sons, though, that drew them back. A new start for every woman in the world was goodbye forever to their precious sons and they couldn't bear that. This also made Evie's heart break, too. Sons killed sons. Sons killed daughters. Sons left guns out where other sons could find them and accidentally shoot themselves or their sisters. Sons burned forests and sons dumped chemicals into the earth as soon as the EPA inspectors left. Sons didn't call on birthdays. Sons didn't like to share. Sons hit children, choked girlfriends. Sons figured out they were bigger and never forgot it. Sons didn't care about the world they left for their sons or for their daughters, although they said they did when the time came to run for office."If that isn't an axe to grind, I don't know what is, and I also think it's incredibly unfair to the amazing men in this world who are gentle and loving and care about women and the planet. Some sons are assholes, but certainly not the majority, and daughters can be just as bad.Let me just stop this rant by saying that fiction for me, especially horror fiction, is an escape. I want to leave Trump's America and find a place where I can get lost in a story and not worry about all the BS that is going on in the world around me. Sadly, Sleeping Beauties did not provide such an escape.

  • Bill
    2018-10-06 02:53

    Are two Kings better than one? No. But…Two Kings are better than no Kings. And that ain’t bad at all.(And better than most)This one started great. Then got strange and a little boring. Then came back around. Overall, I really enjoyed it. There are definitely some classic King characters in here, Angel and Don, I think were my favorites.Normally, I would have taken more time to read a work over 700 pages long, but rushed it because I wanted to finish before I went to see Stephen and Owen King on their SB book tour (tomorrow). I’m glad I ended up liking it too, because it would have been a bummer to go see them on tour if the book stank. Oh hell, who am I kidding…I would still be jazzed to get to see them in person.The premise of the story was excellent and the execution, despite a few peeves I had, was well done and for the most part the story flowed as well. I laughed out loud a few times at some of the character comments and was never thrown out of the narrative even when it slowed down a bit and almost took a too hard “fantasy” turn for me.I like King. And now, I like two Kings. And a Hill. (Yes, I know Joe had nothing to do with this one.) I would like to be a fly on the wall at one of the holiday dinners at the King house. I can imagine the conversation gets pretty interesting.EDIT 10-5-17: Went to the Newmark Theatre in Portland on the 3rd to see Stephen and Owen King. It was very cool and they were both very entertaining. Didn't get to meet them in person, but did get a signed book which was awesome.

  • Medhat The Book Fanatic
    2018-09-25 03:56

    Technically 3.6 stars.This book has a very special place in my heart. After years and years of dreaming to have one, I now finally own a signed book by my icon, Stephen King. I cannot tell you enough how this is the very BEST thing that ever happened to me as a reader.As for the review,Sleeping Beauties, written by the Master of Horror, Stephen king, and his talented son, Owen King, is a very fun ride. The book itself isn't King's greatest effort, and though it isn't exactly scary in terms of what King is known by, the concept is dark, and can create a discussion, and a debate, about the serious issues that it tackles.This father-son collaboration discusses national, and, most importantly, present-wise crises that the United States is currently struggling through, such as racism and police-brutality and the American politics, and feminism. It also opens a thread of thoughtfulness and offers a vision, real and vivid, expertly mastered, about a community built by women and communities destroyed by men. In terms of characters, I disliked and liked them equally. Some, more or less, I wanted them to die, especially Frank. Goddamn it what an asshole he was. However, I loved Evie Black, she is a real charmer and you can surely depend on her to make you laugh even when you shouldn't be. Masterfully executed is the sense of place the Kings have evoked within my mind. I felt like I am there in the town of Dooling, watching everyone behind their shoulders while the Aurora illness and the intensity within this small town are spreading, building up to that epic climax.To be honest, the climax of the book at the end keeps reminding me of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when the chaotic events unfold at the last quarter or so in both books.This book is far from being great. I dislike the fact that King's hallmarks of darkness and gore aren't as much there as I was hoping. The novel is too long and needed some cuts up to 200 pages. Moreover, I wanted more major events to happen, and less endless talks and walks around and other random stuff. Also, there aren't as much resolutions as I wanted to. I still have unanswered questions about Evie, her whereabouts and origin.Lastly, what else can I say, this novel is eye-opener and needs to be read, by men and women alike. It is a good experimental novel that operates by the hands of one of the world's greatest living author and a skillful author with a building-up talent.

  • Lyn
    2018-09-19 09:56

    Very pleasantly surprised.Oh I knew it would be good, at least I hoped so. I’ve read some “collaborations” that seemed after a few pages read to be written almost entirely by the lesser known writer, then the book selling author would make some notes, some suggestions and stand by waiting for the royalties check.Also … 700 pages? Really? I started with some trepidation, afraid that I would like the beginning and then slog through the long middle pages praying for the end to come.But to both, I can happily report that the end result is a fine achievement – a page turner with a rich population of complicated, interconnected characters, good dialogue and a well-researched narration filled with keen observations and references and allusions to Biblical, myth and psychological themes.The surface story is about a plague or a curse – a global incident whereby women go to sleep and are then covered with a cocoon type of covering. All women. Everywhere.Well, actually almost all. A handful of women in Dooling, West Virginia find away to stay awake for a few days and to survive what becomes an allegory for what is best and worse in human nature. The unlikely scene of a women’s prison in Appalachia becomes the final showdown in what could be the dawning of a new world and the end of the old.Is the Y chromosome a fatal flaw in humans?The writers King, father and son, make some alarming reflections about who causes most of the trouble – and it is usually the folks with the penises. Penii? Penes?Anyway, women are not all angels either but they do seem to do the heavy lifting when it comes to putting up with dangerous nonsense. (* Disclaimer, I’ve been married to the same woman for 27 years, know she can be … unpredictable, but also know that she more than carries her weight when it comes to maintaining a household and raising children.) The book challenges gender stereotypes while allowing for the good, the bad, and the ugly in both sexes.So two snaps, a thumbs up and a bag of chips for this entertaining and enjoyable novel. Recommended.

  • Mohammed Arabey
    2018-10-11 05:59

    The Stand/Under the Dome Mash-up. + a pinch of Salem’s LotYet still creative, enjoyable Epic.ماذا لو استيقظ الرجال كلهم ذات يوم، ولم يصح النساء أبدانعم، هن..المتحرش بهن، المضطهدات، حاملات كل الأعباء المنزلية بل والحياتيةيبدو ان ستيفين كينج وصل لمرحلة "نحت" نفسهوهي خلطة ناجحة إن تم إعادة تدوير أفكارهم القديمة بشكل جديد مبتكر...والأهم أن تناسب العصرفهي مدينة صغيرة ، تماما كروايتيه تحت القبة أو بلدة ساليم، مع وباء غريب يجتاح العالم تماما كروايته الأطول الأشهر المواجهة، وكالمواجهة سيحدث وقفة فاصلة ستحدد مصير البشريةالوقفة هنا تخص الأنثي...المرأة..في زمن تصاعد فيه كشف فضائح التحرش، الاضطهاد والنظرة الدونية للمرأة التي تحمل علي أكتافها عبء ثقيل مع أن الرجل لا يرحمفي زمن تصريحات رئيس اهم دولة بالعالم ، ترامب، الدونية عن المرأةفي زمن كشف وفضح منتجي ونجوم هوليوود من الرجال الذين قاموا بالتحرش والابتزاز الجنسي ضد الممثلات الشاباتتأتي الرواية باحداث تذكرني بمشهد سخيف أحمق مفتعل في بلدنا، مصر، لتجمهرعدد من الرجال "الاسلاميين" يحرقون ويدمرون كنائس وبيوت بل واحلال دماء وطائفية قذرة لأنهم يريدون استرداد "كاميليتهم" ، إمرأة ثار الجدل حول تحويل دينها… يريدون اخذها من وسط عائلتها وكنيستها… لنصرة الإسلام؟! وربما لزوجوها لرجل فاضل سأم زوجاته الثلاث ويريد دماء جديدة… وليرق الدماء وتشتعل النيران للحصول علي كاميليا، أوكانت وفاء؟ ...هل حدث الأمر مرتين حقا؟ لا اريد ان اتذكرتأتي هذه الرواية لتذكرني ان الجميع يتجادل ويتكلم حول صلب المسيح عليه السلام… لكن لم يفكر أحدا كيف وصل البشر للدناءة لمجرد التفكير في صلب رجلا أيا كان لمجرد أن لديه رسالة وفكرةتأتي هذه الرواية لتفتح عينيك، وعين كل رجل، عن التحكم في الغضب الذي نفشل فيه دوما عندما نتعامل مع امهاتنا، شقيقاتنا، بناتنا، زوجاتنا، نساء حياتناتأتي هذه الرواية لتفتح عينيك، وعين كل رجل، عن التحكم في هرموناتك الذكورية وتلاعبك بعواطف -وأجساد- الفتيات والنساءبل وتأتي لتفتح عينيك عن كيف أساء الرجل استخدام الأم الاكبر...الطبيعة الأم، التي صارت تئن حقا مما نفعله وللقصة، الفكرة والتشابهات بين القصة وقصص كينج السابقة، بل وبين واقعنا المؤسف سنر المرتجعة الكاملة في خلال ايام قليلةOh, and it was My Goodreads' Romance Week's Read..& starting @ Valentine's Day ❤❤❤ yay..I know, my Romance Reads is a bit...kinky 😂But come on, the Title has 'Beauties' & 'Sleeping' 😍

  • Joshua Jorgensen
    2018-10-07 06:09

    I was so very fortunate to receive an ARC copy of SLEEPING BEAUTIES from the publishers! I must say, I was not prepared for what I read. And I mean that in a good way! STEPHEN KING doesn't disappoint. This first time collaboration with Owen King, his son, is absolutely delicious. The synopsis is about what would happen if women that fell asleep started growing a cocoon-like-gauze around their bodies. It would be wise to not disturb the women that are sleeping, because they awaken with a violence and a fury that is almost otherworldly. The story follows multiple character storylines. We see how these people are reacting and responding to the "Aurora" epidemic, as it is called. The story has echoes of UNDER THE DOME in the way that it is both structured and told. It is almost as if you could replace THE DOME with THE SLEEPING "DISEASE." Nevertheless, this story is original, compelling, and utterly relevant in today's society. Anonymous Content has optioned the rights to make this a TV series. While I certainly don't think it will do the novel justice, I am excited to see it! The only bad part about having read the book so early, is having to wait until next year for KING'S next book. Make sure to pick up a copy of SLEEPING BEAUTIES. It is haunting, dark, bittersweet, and important. Constant Readers, such as myself, are sure to love it!

  • Councillor
    2018-10-16 07:57

    On Stephen King’s recent tour to promote his book, End of Watch, the author shared that he has collaborated on a novel with his son, Owen called Sleeping Beauties. The book is set in a women’s prison in West Virginia. A first draft has been completed and the book is expected to be released in 2017.A book by Stephen King in co-work with his son set in a women's prison in West Virginia? Yes, I'm totally hoping this might be a female counterpart to Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, and yes, I totally can't wait to read this.Edit (03/19/17):The synopsis to this novel has been published and it does not exactly sound the way I originally expected it, but that certainly doesn't change anything about my excitement for this novel.