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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure
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Dec 20, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: ebook_nook, 2010, reviewed, made-my-eyes-bleed
Read from December 20 to 21, 2010

Well. I have finally managed to finish an Anne Rice book. Give this girl a cookie! I've tried to read Anne Rice in the past, and time after time, with book after book, I get bogged down in the details and the descriptions and the descriptions of the details and the details of the descriptions of the details... and then I just get annoyed with the amazingly intricate and beautifully molded front door (or whatever) she's describing and throw the book at the wall in aggravation.

So I think it's quite an accomplishment to have finally managed to finish SOMETHING Anne Rice has written. Unfortunately, I wish I hadn't. Or, more accurately, that I hadn't started it to begin with.

I know that Anne Rice can write beautifully and evocatively when she remembers that she's telling a story and isn't bogged down showing us every little blade of grass. I can see that much before the book becomes a Wallbanger of Frustration. But this one... My goodness. It was bad. It was like Rice dictated the book to a secretary, who had only marginal experience with the English language, and transcribed the book in their native language, afterwards rendering it back into English using nothing but an ESL phrasebook and a thesaurus.

There was no emotion in this book, no feeling, no plot, no point. It was like Rice set out to try to meld the Sleeping Beauty fairytale ending (where the prince comes to awaken her and happily ever after), with 120 Days of Sodom - only without any mutilation. It's like a 273 page pain fantasy with an emphasis (emphasis on emphasis) on spanking, which just happens to feature Beauty from the fairytale - only naked, humiliated, deflowered and spanked. How many different ways can one be spanked? Not that flippin' many. With a hand, with a paddle, with a strap, with a stick - it's spanking. I'm sure some people find it to be a turn-on, and I can maybe understand that even if I'm not one of those people, but when 1/2 of a book is nothing but spankings, that stops being anywhere near arousing, and starts being really boring and repetitive.

The main character, Beauty, is awakened by being raped by the Crown Prince, who then claims her as his sex slave and takes her back to his castle where she joins many, many others in this "service". There's no lack of imagination regarding the different trials that they slaves are put through, but there hardly seems a point to it either. There's certainly not a story here - it's just event after event after event. Beauty cries and cries and cries, but she loves her captors and wants to please - if only they would tell her how.

Hardly any sex at all occurs in this book, actually, and what is there seems barely worth mention. It's done, it's over. Occasionally, Rice would stack it up, so that they go 2, 3, even 4 times in a row, which is apparently so that she can get it over and done with and get back to the "story's" focus... This is all about the pain, the frustration, the humiliation, the domination and submission of people against their will.

I am no prude, but I don't get how this would do anything for anyone but those with a very specific set of fetishes which feature abuse and rape. Because that's really what this is about... repeated abuse and rape. And spankings. But OK - roleplay and dominance and submission is fun, sure. But eventually you get tired of the game and get down to business, right? There's some goal there, right? There's not in this book. These slaves are tormented and made to live in a constant state of arousal and pain and punishment without release. I don't know of any man who would be able to keep it fully locked and loaded 24 hours a day and still be able to walk, let alone crawl and serve in any capacity. Especially not under duress. It's completely unrealistic. So much of this was, but I want to try to keep this review NC-17 at least, so I won't go into specifics.

And then, as if that is not enough, Rice feels the need to philosophize on what it means to be a true submissive. On and on and on she has one character go, about the need to yield and submit and blah blah blah. He then goes on to say that after being molested and repeatedly anally raped by a rotating band of brutish kitchen hands, that he learned how to submit and how to please his masters appropriately and enjoy it. WTF?

Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed with this. I'm all for some naughty, rough, dirty or whatever books from time to time... But my gosh, even porn has a story - even if it's a stupid one. This was just an abduction with a string of varied abuses following it until the pointless end.

Do yourself a favor and give this one a pass.
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message 1: by Bondama (new)

Bondama Well, girl, you are one up on me --- (Come to think of it, I DID read "Lestat" because a friend challenged me.) Oh well, I thoroughly enjoyed your review as it echoes so, so many of my own sentiments -- not only insofar as Anne Rice, but Laurell K. Hamilton as well -- and Hamilton's the better writer, technically speaking!!

Becky Glad you enjoyed the review Bondama... I have Interview to read... but I'm in no hurry. ;)

message 3: by MrsJoseph (new)

MrsJoseph Oh my.

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