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Sleeping Beauties was co-written by Stephen King and his son, Owen King.

The story is set in the present in a small American town where most of the townspeople work in a nearby women’s prison. An epidemic which becomes known as the Aurora Virus sweeps the world, causing all women who go to sleep to become wrapped in a cocoon. If woken, the sleeping women are so violent they kill the person who woke them before going back to sleep (huh? Isn’t that normal behaviour?)

Most women fall asleep eventually, despite their attempts to resist. A handful of women stay awake right through the story because they are insomniacs, or because they have access to drugs.

I fell asleep.

Sleeping Beauties was too long, had too many boring bits and went down too many rabbit holes.

I struggled to stay interested, even though the sleeping women went to another world with no men, no wars and with none of the drama that men have historically created. The real world, with men now running the show, wasn’t anywhere I would want to live, as with no women left, no one ironed, cooked or cleaned, while other men took the opportunity to burn sleeping women to death. A supernatural element in the story didn’t improve things.

I was disappointed such a long book by Stephen King could have told so much more of a story. I skipped the last 200 pages to read the last few pages and wasn’t at all surprised by how things worked out. Yawn.

Comments on: "Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King" (7)

  1. Ha! Much what I felt about Revival, the only Stephen King book I’ve read. I keep saying I’ll read one of his earlier books one day to see if the rambling and unoriginality is just a product of age, but somehow I keep putting it off…

  2. Well, I was never going to read a Stephen King anyway, but I do know that he’s considered an excellent writer. Which makes me wonder why father and son are jointly credited on this book. Is Stephen hoping to give Owen some kudos maybe by lending his name? Either way, Rose, your review made me smile! 🙂

  3. I’ve always been a fan, think I was at the right age and stage for his books, but it’s been a while since I have genuinely loved one of his books. I don’t know if you would like his earlier books or not, the time might have gone past.

  4. I started reading Stephen King’s books as an impressionable teenager and I still get a shiver down my back if I allow myself to remember some of the scenarios. If I were to think about the plot of It if I had to make a nocturnal trip to the toilet, for example, I could frighten myself into not going…
    I haven’t loved one of his books in years. They’re serviceable, but no more. I’m not sure how much input Stephen or Owen had in Sleeping Beauties each, it might be interestin* to know.

  5. Hmmm, so neither you nor FF consider him that great as a writer. Perhaps I’ve been under a misapprehension… Not that it matters as the mere thought of reading the genre is enough to stop me from making a trip to the toilet! 😂😂

  6. His books are certainly popular and his stories are entertaining, but a great writer? I’m hesitating here. Maybe if he had written in a different genre he could have been, but his style in horror is fast and all about the story, and he has a very distinct voice. Reading his stories gives me the feeling of visiting his community. Maybe I’ve outgrown him.

  7. Interesting points. Thanks, Rose 🙂

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