Sleeping Beauties: A Novel by Stephen KingSleeping Beauties: A Novel by Stephen King

Sleeping Beauties: A Novel

byStephen King, Owen King

Hardcover | September 26, 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.
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the firs...
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Title:Sleeping Beauties: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:720 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 2.1 inPublished:September 26, 2017Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok didn't end up where I thought it would
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from On the fence Not great but not bad either....................seems it might have been better had it been shorter.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dull and slow. A disappointment. I have read most of Stephen King’s books since the mid 1970s, when The Stand made me a King believer. This is one of the very few of his novels that I found truly disappointing. The plot is not a great one; it failed to capture my imagination at any point. There are way too many characters and it is very hard to care about most. Worst is the plodding, tedious pace of the book. Half way through this monster of a book I was skimming pages of seemingly irrelevant dialogue. I could not finish the book was so bored The feel of this book is unlike any other SK book I have read. It did not make me smile or amaze me for his ability to turn a phrase. Maybe it is the influence of his son. Too bad. This book does not hold a candle to The Stand, Salem’s Lot, It, Joyland or 11-22-63.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive! I may be a little bit biased since Stephen King is my favourite author of all time. But I was a little nervous about this book being a collab with his son Owen since I had never read any of his work prior to this one. I must say though, I was thoroughly impressed. Stephen and Owen were a dynamic duo for sure!
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SO SCARY I believe this is the most scary novel that I have ever read. Be patient, give it a chance, you wont regret it, especially at the end!
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ignore the bad reviews...it's good. I actually quite enjoyed this one. I'm not saying it wasn't without its flaws (really, how many books can you not say that about?), but overall, it gave me what I wanted. So, let's talk the flaws first, okay? As per usual with most King novels, it's a touch bloated, but the bloat is front-loaded here. You get through part one, and then it picks up steam and gets rolling. So, yes, some trimming could be in order, but the book pays off if you stick with it. ...and that, for me, is the major flaw of this book. I also have some quibbles. I would have loved to have seen it tied to the King universe, but, unless I missed a character reference, I didn't see one. Just one little head nod to Joe Hill, and that was just a namecheck. The Appalachian setting threw me off a bit, but as they state toward the end of the audiobook, Maine has had more than its fair share, and this was neutral ground for both authors, so I can respect that. Some said there were too many characters and that they were hard to tell apart. I say you weren't paying attention. Some said it was too like Under The Dome etc. Well...yeah, in the fact that it centred on a small town going through a major calamity? Yes. Funny how they play out, huh? But really, no, it's not Under The Dome. In fact, I'd say this one worked better, to be honest. Some said King's pushing his politics too much here. Okay, first off, there's two Kings, not one, and second...but come on, this is a story where all the women essentially go away. Did you really not expect a bit of a message in this one? Really? But the message, at least to this old white guy's ears, rang true. While there will always be exceptions to the rule, women are the nurturers, women are the peacemakers. Men are, really and truly, very often the ones that play the jerk. Again, yes, yes, exceptions. But it felt pretty accurate to me. And I also read complaints about the tiger. All I'll say is, think long and hard, and look at what other animal shows up, and I think you can figure out what that's all about. Finally, for me, the thing that just made the book? Eve Black. She was, as far as I'm concerned, the anti-Randall Flagg. His polar opposite. I fell in love with her in this novel. So, don't believe all the "this is King's worst book ever" crap—because we all know that title belongs to The Tommyknockers, don't we? —and read the damn book. Yes, it's going to be a touch different, because Cousin Owen is a part of it. But so is Uncle Stevie, so it's just fine.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love Terrific plot bu some parts of the book are slow, more towards the middle, but towards the ending is where the book picked up. overall very good
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from mediocre some great ideas in this book but feels like this should not have been the final edit. lots of missed potential
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no It's not especially well-written and basically serves as millennial bait.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such a wonderful addition to any book collection. So beautifully written and inspiring!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Overall, this book could have used some work but the general atmosphere was very gripping, and the character development was great!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVEEEEE I've only started this book but i am totally in love with it, once i start reading i dont want to put it down, i've even fallen asleep well reading. Really happy i got this for my birthday!!!!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok A good plot with some slow spots, but overall a good read.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok A good plot with some slow spots, but overall a good read.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love stephen king Amazing novel! I loved it!
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting plot seems interesting. i've never read stephen king before, maybe i'll try this one out
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! Amazingly eerie novel! I loved it!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow I have never been a fan of Stephen King, I have a hard time getting through his books, but this one.... I loved it, very scary and so worth the read!
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Good Kind of Creepy A very creepy and intense story. Fantastic addition to Stephen King's legendary collection!
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Didn't love the ending but this was still enjoyable
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved itt creepy as always. excellent read but weak ending
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good creepy as always. excellent read but weak ending
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Great read - didn't know what to expect but loved it! I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so excited!! I can't begin to describe how much I am looking forward to this novel! 2 Kings! YES!
Date published: 2017-03-28

Editorial Reviews

“The novel provides enough action, thrills and humor to keep readers burning the midnight oil....There’s comfort to be found in tales such as this... Sleeping Beauties is a well-tooled horror thriller, a worthy venture from a productive family business.” —San Francisco Chronicle