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La Bella Durmiente

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  3,374 ratings  ·  230 reviews
Este es el diario de Bella, hija del duque de Westfaire, nacida en el siglo XIV y condenada por una maldición a dormir cien años... En esta ocasión, sin embargo, Bella viaja en el tiempo hasta el siglo XXI para descubrir que éste puede ser el último siglo de la humanidad. Refugiada en el siglo XX -"el último siglo bueno"-, es violada. Cuando regresa a su época, nace su hij...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published November 28th 2005 by Ediciones B (first published 1991)
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Martine
Sep 21, 2009 Martine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fantasy lovers and those who like fairy tales with an original twist
About 100 pages into Beauty I wasn't sure whether I was really going to like the book, as it kept moving from subject to subject without staying long enough with each one to make it work. About 200 pages in, I was convinced the author had far too many ideas for her own good, and no idea of how to weave them together into a cohesive story. Despite my misgivings, though, I stuck with the book, and I'm glad I did, because the second half more than made up for the flaws of the first. I ended up enjo...more
Katie M.
Jun 30, 2007 Katie M. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: dark fantasy fans, environmentalists, feminists
When people force me to choose a single favorite book, I often name this one. It begins as a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Then the time-travelers show up and things go crazy from there. The book has apocalypse, more fairy tales (cinderella, snow white, etc.), visits to Hell and Faerie, horror, and more. The familiar elements react to make a very original whole. The book wears its environmentalist and feminist hearts openly, but lack of subtlety doesn't mean lack of power. Every time I reread it...more
Jessica
I normally try not to review anything I hated, but I'm going to put this on here as a warning. Sure, I give it 1 star, it's certainly inventive and it was interesting to see how many fairy tales she could weave together. HOWEVER. This is one of the most DISTURBING books I have ever read. The ICK factor in this book is extremely high. Sheri Tepper is a hardcore feminist, and she does not paint men in a good light (which is putting it mildly, honestly, pretty much every man in the book is a perver...more
C.
Now is not a good time to write a review of this, because I am in a bad mood. I will do, nonetheless, it.

I did have to remove two stars from my 13-year old rating. I did not find this particularly beautiful, or as tragic as I remembered, or even particularly clever. Luckily, though it did not descend into the overwrought sentimentality I was dreading, except perhaps a little towards the end. Even then, though, I maintain that it retained something of grandeur.

Tepper is clearly a very good writer...more
Joy H.
It took me a while to finish reading this book (In fact, when I was more than half way through, I almost quit, but Jackie encouraged me to finish the story.) There are several reasons for my reluctance to finish reading the book:
1. I wasn't able to fully grasp or keep track of the plot because the main character, "Beauty" keeps moving back and forth between different time dimensions and different worlds, meeting different characters. That was confusing to me. So there was a sense of vagueness as...more
Jackie
I loved this book immensely. It weaves a tapestry of fairytales, linking Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White in a timeless fantasy.
It transported me to the Realm of Fae and I was completely immersed in the novel. Sympathetic characters made it easy to love.
I sent this to my neice and wish I didn't because I'd love to read it again.
Amy (SpedBug)
I love fairy tales and especially those aimed at adults. Beauty definitely delivers this in spades. Not only does Beauty weave in elements of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale, it also touches on many others as well, Cinderella and Snow White to name two.

Beauty is a fantasy, fairy-tale, science fiction mix with an unmistakable message about the future consequence of society turning its collective back on magic. Toward the end of the book, Tepper's Beauty character ponders on how people have esch...more
Simon
A classic work of fantasy well deserving of it's place in the Fantasy Masterworks series.

I have never read anything by this author before and was pleasantly suprised by her delightful prose and the vastness of her imagination. This is not conventional fantasy quest story but follows in the fantasy tradition of railing against modern times and the direction that mankind seems to be headed in.

Tepper obviously has very clear ideas about what she thinks is wrong with society and which beliefs syste...more
Columbine
Part speculative fiction, part philosophy, part patchwork cosmology, Beauty is - intense. It chronicles the life of someone who starts out as a mistrusted halfbreed in an age that values genealogy, and who progresses through multiple worlds, back and forth in time, being entirely too curious about what makes her situation unique. Tepper manages to write realistic Sidhe and believable Bogles, despite the unlikelihood of her audience having any basis for comparison.

The protagonist, named Beauty (e...more
Terri Kempton
This book is a big hot mess! I kept reading because it was such a train wreck, a sick sense of fasciation held my interest. The plot is ridiculous: Tepper throws countless fairy tales, Bible stories, and unrelated fiction into a single storyline. But instead of cleverly weaving together disparate elements, it feels disjointed, haphazard, and nonsensical. Her writing frequently throws us such delicious awfulness as "his eyes glittered with hectic abandon." On top of that, here are my two major pr...more
Stevelvis
Beauty is a novel about decay and death and horror and ugliness and the fantastic hope that beauty may one day return. Sherri S. Tepper won the Locus Award for best fantasy novel with this story in which the fairy tale princess of Sleeping Beauty magically travels in time from her real life origins to the present day and the distant future end of humankind fighting to save herself. In her travels she encounters many real live people who appear as characters in our world's fairy tales, finds an u...more
Delicious Strawberry
This has to be one of Ms. Tepper's better works. In too many of her books, we usually see some kind of weird deus ex machina or whatever thrown in (Family Tree, Gibbon's Decline and Fall, the Visitor) so I am pleased to say that this story is more coherent than these.

Anyone familiar with Ms. Tepper should not be surprised at her inclusion of commentaries against this or that - Ms. Tepper is quite the feminist, and snarks against religion, violence, patriarchy, the abuse of the environment/natura...more
Shauna
Beauty is an interesting mix of fairytale and dystopian fiction. In it, Tepper is commenting on her perception that all the beauty in the world is dying, but perhaps-and we can only hope-it is just sleeping. She uses the metaphor of Sleeping Beauty to represent the world at large and the direction we are headed; perfect Beauty born, Beauty cursed with death, Beauty dying.

In all honesty, to the story itself I wouldn't give much more than two stars for all the enjoyment I got out of it (view spoil...more
Puddlyduck
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Lindsay
Jul 04, 2009 Lindsay rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: everybody, particularly feminists, environmentalists and fairy-tale lovers
This book surprised me in a lot of ways. I was expecting a feminist-inflected retelling of "Sleeping Beauty," and while Beauty started out in that vein, it didn't stay there long.

Briefly, the story is about the title character --- a half-fairy daughter of a duke in fourteenth-century England --- roaming through time, space and other worlds after the famous sleep-for-a-hundred-years spell is placed on her family's castle. Among the places she goes are the present day (well, the 1990s), the End of...more
Samikha
Jul 09, 2012 Samikha rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Samikha by: Kira
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I hesitate between three or four stars on this one, because while I love the themes of this book, and cannot but approve of its quoting Swinburne, the reading experience is not as good as the premise would suggest. It's a fairytale - a collection of fairytales woven into a single tapestry - with more realism than might be thought, and with a clear, strong but still good moral message: take care of Beauty, in all of its (her) forms.

The book's strengths lie in the way it blends fairytale dynamics...more
Olduvai
Ugh.

So apparently I wrote a couple of paragraphs about Sherri S. Tepper’s Beauty not too long after I read it. And I just read it and now have no idea where I was going with it.

And the problem is, the indifference, the disinterest. Because with a book you love, it’s so easy to write a gushy, full-throttled love fest. And with a book you hate, it’s also pretty easy to fling it against a wall and rant your head off. But with the indifference, there’s a struggle to move the cursor forward and fill...more
Renee
This is the first novel of Tepper's I have read, but it certainly won't be the last. What initially begins as a good retelling of Sleeping Beauty becomes... an amazingly insightful novel about the human condition, a representation of a myriad of personality types and their interactions, a theological discussion, an exploration of the aging process and a distopian imagining of the effect humanity has on the planet. What Tepper accomplishes here is nothing short of miraculous. If she had written t...more
Clare
This was one of the strangest books I've ever read. It was like Tepper was trying to write a book about everything, while at the same time have it focus entirely on the one mortal character who only actually lives around twenty years. And so the title character, Beauty, is like a pinball in this great celestial machine, rocketing around from the fourteenth century to the twenty-second, from one realm to another, from reality to imagined reality and literally to hell and back. I finished this boo...more
Kathy Huynh
I was fussing between giving this novel a 3 or 4. I Decided on 4 because I was really engrossed in this book when reading it. It was definitely a page turner. However I did find Sheri S Tepper awfully annoying for her cluttered preaching. I do like a book with grounded principles and a moral stand I agree with but I just felt like the author tried too hard and interrupted the book with pages and pages of feminist and environmental views. It got in the way of a potentially nice flowing story. On...more
Korynn
Not so much a fantasy as a giant allegory in which Sleeping Beauty is also all Beauty in the world. We're the sleepers. It's rather depressing, fixating on a horrible future of drones and machines and death and pollution, the standard: the world's going to hell in a handbasket if we don't wake up and save the rainforest, whales, oceans, animals, air, environment, ozone, learn to recycle, reuse and honestly people wake up! It's all true. However I really hate to have the point beaten into me ever...more
Ideath
Another astonishingly embarrassing cover. Some parts were very good and others felt like romanticizing a fictional golden age (when people didn't make ugly things). That may seem like a silly criticism, given that its main substance is fairy tale, but the portrayal of horroporn just seemed over the top.
Also, ecological collapse being so close, i require more realism in my ecopocalypses. Perhaps i'm spoiled by KSR in that respect.
Harvey
This is a great book. The way that Tepper weaves in fairy tales to the story is very, very clever.

And even though I don't agree with her politics or her dystopian view of the future, it didn't intrude on my enjoyment of the book. (Robert J Sawyer please note how it should be done.)

My only quibble would be the Chinanga section of the book. Meh! Not so good. Or is there some literary reference that I'm missing?
Katie
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Casey
I've just read this book for the fifth or sixth time. Each reading of it generally holds up to my memory of its greatness. Tepper uses the disappearance of magic from the world as a metaphor for the destruction of the earth by humans. The heroine Beauty begins her journal as a loquacious 16 year old in 15th century England. At birth she is cursed to a hundred year sleep by an evil fairy aunt. But with the help of gifts from her flighty fairy mother, she escapes her prescribed fate and accidental...more
Crsdefiance
Oct 04, 2008 Crsdefiance rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: no one.
Recommended to Crsdefiance by: Someone without taste.
How anyone could give this book above one star is beyond me. The concept of the book is great, and the author really does have a gift, but not for writing. Throughout the course of this book, the author actually managed to make her book feel forced, which is not a desirable trait to say the least. The author fails to develop a single character from start to finish, and this includes the main character, who to be completely honest, serves no purpose other than to preach Sheri S. Tepper's philosop...more
Christina K
Aug 03, 2011 Christina K rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: People who like dystopia, or being depressed
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Jae
I don't even know what to say about this. The story is certainly an interesting take on Sleeping Beauty, with some Cinderella and Snow White thrown in. Time travel, fairies, imaginary worlds, etc., all sounds super awesome but the execution was uneven. The story was strongest when Beauty was in her own time and weakest when she was in the 21st century or thinking about the 21st century. It got almost unbearably preachy when Beauty is philosophizing about how ugly and gross and horrible the futur...more
Emily
From the fourteenth century to the twenty-first; from medieval England to the imaginary land of Chinanga; from the Faery land of Ylles and even into hell itself, Beauty's journey spans myriad settings and covers some very important issues. Beauty is ostensibly the Sleeping Beauty of legend, but the legend is re-imagined in a delightful and thought-provoking manner. I cannot summarize the plot further without giving away so many delightful surprises; in fact, I think the first sentence of this re...more
Newport Librarians
Remember Fractured Fairy Tales from the Rocky and Bullwinkle show? They took a standard fairy tale and mixed it up a bit, often with hilarious results. Jon Scieszka does the same kind of thing for kids with his The True Story of the Three Little Pigs or The Frog Prince, Continued.

Beauty by Sherri Tepper is not a fractured fairy tale so much as the tale of Sleeping Beauty told through a dark and sometimes bizarre and mysterious lens. Beauty is able to escape her wicked aunt’s curse, set for her 1...more
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Sheri Stewart Tepper is a prolific American author of science fiction, horror and mystery novels; she is particularly known as a feminist science fiction writer, often with an ecofeminist slant.

Born near Littleton, Colorado, for most of her career (1962-1986) she worked for Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, where she eventually became Executive Director. She has two children and is married to Gen...more
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