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, 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.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2017
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501163401
Branch Call Number: F KIN
Characteristics: x, 702 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: King, Owen - Author


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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

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"'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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