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Sleeping Beauties

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  71,454 ratings  ·  7,562 reviews
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, and 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 increasingl
Hardcover, 702 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Scribner
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Bob Gray Trying so hard to get through the next 200 pages. This book has been pretty awful from the start. This would have been a decent novella, not a novel. …moreTrying so hard to get through the next 200 pages. This book has been pretty awful from the start. This would have been a decent novella, not a novel. Evie's palms, the same as Flagg's in The Stand? Stupid.(less)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
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.
Emily May
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 2017
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 b
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 whe
Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
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.

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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 go
Edward Lorn
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 rewo
Sep 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Best Let Sleeping Beauties Lie
Completely revised on 10/18/17

Stephen 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 on
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
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! :D

I'll probably update this review
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 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 b
Justin Tate
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Stephen King is a god, but this book is a slog. I support quality father-son bonding, though, so for that I feel less guilty about wasting $20 and 20+ hours of my life on it. But please, please don't waste your time. Not unless you've read every other word by SK. It's by far his worst effort to date.

It took me about 4 months to read the first half. I realized then that if I was ever going to finish it I'd have to do the audiobook. That helped a lot. My one positive comment is that Sleeping Beaut
Johann (jobis89)
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-e-book
I'm so glad that I have this book a chance. I had read so many meh reviews, that I just kept putting it off. I should know better than that! I loved this book! I don't think I've been this satisfied with a King book in many years. Yes, I liked The Outsider, and Kings recent trilogy, but they just weren't quite weird enough for me. Sleeping Beauties felt like a King book of old. I don't know or care who did the majority of the writing here. Father or son? Either/both, the thing was a winner for m ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Having long been a fan of Stephen King, I was curious to tackle this novel, which pairs the King of Horror with his Prince of Thrills (?), Owen. Working together on this massive piece, the reader is able to see the Kings’ respective writing styles and notice how well they mesh together. In the town of Dooling, the discovery of two meth cooks are found murdered seems to be a day like any other, though a stranger may be behind this bloody mess. Normalcy ends in this community when women around the ...more
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 coc
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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 it at my local library. I was super exc
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Somewhere 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
Sophia Triad
Not bad....Not bad at all...

A moth flutters from the branch of the old oak tree and settles on her hand

It'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
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: public-library
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.
Sigh. I think that my Constant Reader card is going to be revoked soon. Of King's last 5 books, the best rating that I was able to give was a "It was good, I guess..." 3 star. One I thought was absolute shit, and I'm pretending absolute shit's two sequels just don't exist so I don't have to read them.

Then there's this book. Holy hell. I have issues with this book, oh yes indeed. This was a collaboration between Stephen and Owen King (SK's youngest child), and I don't think it was an altogether
Ashley Daviau
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This definitely wasn't a classic King horror story (which is to be expected since it’s a collab) 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 ...more
Sadie Hartmann
I'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 m
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
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
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.

Stephen King really gets you inside the characters heads and creates complex characters. I had strong feelings about many of the characters.

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 tes
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bayb-2018

If Stephen King's "The Stand" and Joe Hill's (Stephen King's son) "The Fireman" had a baby, it would be "Sleeping Beauties."

That's not surprising since "Sleeping Beauties" is a collaboration between Stephen King and his other son, Owen King.

Owen King

Stephen King

Joe Hill


At the beginning of "Sleeping Beauties" - which takes place in the Appalachian town of Dooling - a beautiful woman appears in the woods, strolls over to a trailer housing a meth lab, kills the two belligerent dudes inside w
Mohammed Arabey
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Stand/Under the Dome Mash-up.

Yet still creative, enjoyable Epic.
ماذا لو استيقظ الرجال كلهم ذات يوم، ولم يصح النساء أبدا
نعم، هن..المتحرش بهن، المضطهدات، حاملات كل الأعباء المنزلية بل والحياتية

لكن دونهن، لن يقود الرجال العالم إلا للفناء
يبدو ان ستيفين كينج وصل لمرحلة "نحت" نفسه
فتلك الرواية ستشعر أنها تحمل نفس ملامح روايتين من أضخم رواياته
ولكنها خلطة ناجحة طالما تم إعادة تدوير الفكرة بشكل جديد مبتكر...والأهم أن تناسب العصر

الوقفة هنا تخص الأنثي...المرأة..في زمن تصاعد فيه كشف فضائح التحرش، الاضطها
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
*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 Ki

After recently reading THE OUTSIDER and absolutely 5 Staring it, my first impression of SLEEPING BEAUTIES is that it didn't sound or feel like there was much of a Stephen King presence here, albeit found this early quote pretty cool.....

"The Black Angel came up from the roots and down from the branches. Her fingers are death and her hair is full of cobwebs and dream is her kingdom."

There are bunches of characters here, but no worries....a complete listing is provided up front an

Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 c
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are two Kings better than one?
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
Cody | CodysBookshelf
Oct 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stephen-king
DNF @ Page 506.

I am following my friend Sadie’s lead and stopping on this one. I’m as big a King fan as they come and often finish his new releases within a couple days... I just can’t make myself finish this one. It’s Under the Dome 2.0, but without the memorable characters or black humor that made that tome so fun.

Highly disappointed. Sad, too. If you enjoyed this one, more power to ya. Maybe I’ll revisit it at some point in my life, but not any time soon. Also, I am rating it because I did
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