Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King

Sleeping Beauties

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 increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the...

Details Sleeping Beauties

TitleSleeping Beauties
Release DateSep 26th, 2017
GenreHorror, Fantasy, Fiction, Thriller

Reviews Sleeping Beauties

  • Emily May
    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 t...
  • 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 an...
  • Matthew
    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 p...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. BUT I MADE IT I CROSSED THE FINISH LINE AND I DIDN'T QUIT!
  • 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 P...
  • 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,...
  • Perry
    Best Let Sleeping Beauties LieCompletely revised on 10/18/17Stephen 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 gr...
  • Suzanne
    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 ...
  • 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 l...
  • Mark
    I enjoyed this book right through to the end. Not a classic king horror book but perhaps that is the input of Owen as much as that is Stephen veering down another path.Carrying a veiled message perhaps for this day and age about the poor treatment that women receive at the hands of men and perhaps too an eye-opening slap in the face for men. Be careful to love what you have now before it is too late - sort of a strange time to read this message i...
  • Matt
    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. N...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    "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...
  • Zoeytron
    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.
  • Kemper
    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 anyo...
  • 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, no...
  • Celeste
    Full review now posted!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 at my local libra...
  • Debra
    3.5 starsSomewhere 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: wo...
  • 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 caug...
  • Jilly
    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. Liked:Stephen King really gets you inside the characters heads and creates complex characters. I had strong feelings about many of the characters.Hated: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 t...
  • Ashley Daviau
    I've been waiting anxiously for this book for so long and it was most definitely worth the wait! It definitely wasn't a classic King horror story 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 w...
  • Becky
    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 younge...
  • Mandy
    I loved this book!!Not really a surprise as I love Stephen King's work, but it was actually a little surprising to me how much I loved it. When release day for this book came round, I was sick at home so I ordered it online, and it arrived the next day. When I saw how big it actually was I kind of baulked a little, but soon started reading. The cast of characters listed at the beginning of the book scared me. I prefer less characters in a book li...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    The Stand/Under the Dome Mash-up.Yet still creative, enjoyable Epic.ماذا لو استيقظ الرجال كلهم ذات يوم، ولم يصح النساء أبدانعم، هن..المتحرش بهن، المضطهدات، حاملات كل الأعباء المنزلية بل والحياتيةلكن دونهن، لن يقود الرجال العالم إلا للفناءيبدو ان ستيفين كينج وصل لمرحلة "نحت" نف...
  • Mindi
    *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'...
  • Carol
    Well.....Darn. 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 wor...
  • Medhat The Book Fanatic
    Technically 3.6 stars.This book has a very special place in my heart. After years and years of dreaming to have one, I now finally own a signed book by my icon, Stephen King. I cannot tell you enough how this is the very BEST thing that ever happened to me as a reader.As for the review,Sleeping Beauties, written by the Master of Horror, Stephen king, and his talented son, Owen King, is a very fun ride. The book itself isn't King's greatest effort...