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Sleeping Beauties

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  75,441 ratings  ·  8,247 reviews
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 disturb
Kindle Edition, 721 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Scribner
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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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, horror
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Justin Tate
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
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Supposedly co-penned with his son Owen, this old-school King supernatural 'disaster-movie' style read sees an epidemic of almost all of the world's women falling into a coma-like sleep and self generating enveloping cocoons. The story focuses on the small town of Dooling, West Virginia, where the epidemic was preempted by the arrest of a seemingly mentally unhinged woman who appeared to have slain a meth drug gang in a rather unusual way... with her bare hands.

The very large casts proves difficu
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
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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
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
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.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashley Daviau
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*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
Oct 03, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF'd the audiobook at 80%, which took me 3.5 weeks to get through.

Big Huge Sigh. I really wanted to love this as I love Stephen King, but alas I did not. While the book is ok, and the narrator (Marin Ireland) is phenomenal, unfortunately, the storyline is lacking. I no longer care about why women are cocooned in a moth like material and if any will survive this strange disease. Though this is character driven fiction, which I normally love, there's just something missing here, which I can't qui
Mohammed Arabey
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, to-buy
Sometimes you get what you want, but mostly you get what you get.

All Frank knew was that the ones you really had to watch out for in this world were the ones that couldn’t love even a cat or a dog.
The premise of Sleeping Beauties is simple: women around the world are falling into an interconnected sleep, and leaving the men behind to fend for themselves. Unlike many Stephen King novels, this one has a great deal of overtly discussed social commentary, first and foremost about gender roles and p

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

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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more

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