Sleeping Beauties (Stephen King)

The book is based in the town of Dooling in Appalachia. Circumstances arise where all of the female population cannot wake from their sleep – hence the title. A strange, mystical woman enters the town and before long it is realized that she can sleep and wake when she needs to. As the men try to keep their lives together without the women, it is not long before the blame for the eerie circumstances are laid squarely at the feet of the newcomer – Evie Black as she calls herself.
Evie is more secretive than the inner workings of Amazon as she sets about playing good against bad to achieve her goals.

The culmination of Evie’s will and the townsmen’s testosterone-fuelled response is akin to a minor civil war – haha lesson taught!! This is how men behave and react. OK, guys unclench those fists – check out the authors again – yep, Stephen and Owen King. Guys like us so don’t go blowing off steam about bloody feminists or any other crap. And if you still feel riled just take solace in the fact that this is, at the end of the day, just a fictional novel.

So to this point, you can see that I liked this read. And yes, I did but I cannot give more than three stars because I felt there was a slight loss of originality.

I started with a concern that the disease/plague that was inhabiting the women, and the way that is spread worldwide quickly and easily, was a bit too close to the Captain Tripps flu from The Stand. Then I cut it some slack as it only affected women and we were not left with only little possess. There came a mention of a fire like bird and immediately I thought they had called Joe Hill to join the family and he had brought his Phoenix with him from Fireman. At one point he is actually mentioned by name in this book…….. in the words of Jimi Hendrix, “Hey Joe”.

The second half of the book deals with two alternate worlds, one where time flows a lot faster than the other and I was waiting for Roland Deschain to chase the man in black across the desert or for Blaine the Train to come steaming out. At other times Evie formed the perfect picture in my mind although she looked remarkably like Drew Barrymore in the Firestarter movie, that was the impression I was getting. Little disappointed that the prison in this book is a women’s prison, just couldn’t get Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in the frame.

  

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Kavya

Nice really nice……..! Since the title itself looking quite different and interesting too..this story regarding mystical woman enters the town ..and off course always As the men try to keep their lives together without the women..but can never nice story for the reading lovers

Anthony P. Bush
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Yes it is very natural for every women and men to live together without a good relation and love.

Milos Andrejic
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Verry nice book. Stephen King is the best

john
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of cause he is. you should try out more of him. he is one of best author

Mary wilson
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Mary wilson

Interesting book with mystery story… Must read it… Loved it

john
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this is written by his son i think, and not great as his fathers style of writing. Anyway this is a not a bad book.

Anthony P. Bush
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After long time work we need to sleep well so this book is very helpful to everyone.

underwood
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This is the first I’ve read of Owen King but I’ve read SK for over twenty five years. This is possibly my least favorite of any of his books. The story and setup had promise but it quickly became filled with repetitive stereotypes of both men and women. I think this played to the characters being bland and by the end of the book I had a hard time remembering who was who.

john
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As a collaborative novel, this works fairly well. The character development is there, as is an interesting take on giving agency to women (don’t want to give the end away) that is refreshing. In all transparency, I have read all of King’s novels, novellas and collections

john
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As a collaborative novel, this works fairly well. The character development is there, as is an interesting take on giving agency to women (don’t want to give the end away) that is refreshing. In all transparency, I have read all of King’s novels, novellas and collections

underwood
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This is the first I’ve read of Owen King but I’ve read SK for over twenty five years. This is possibly my least favorite of any of his books. The story and setup had promise but it quickly became filled with repetitive stereotypes of both men and women. I think this played to the characters being bland and by the end of the book I had a hard time remembering who was who.

Lavonne J. Rankin
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Really? i guess the character part was really clear and its an amazing story. I really loved it.

Clifford M. Creighton
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Clifford M. Creighton

Very well known & interesting book. Read it many times. It is a great book for kids.

Lavonne J. Rankin
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This is the most interesting and mysterious book i have always wanted to read. thank you so much for this book this is amazing.

Sharon Kleckner
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Sharon Kleckner

Those who have seen the movie sleeping beauty surely would love this book, Stephen King is really a giant when it is come to creating a different atmosphere in his books, He is really a genius who knows how to create a killer story.