Sleeping Beauties

Sleeping BeautiesSleeping Beauties by Stephen King, Owen King
Published by Scribner on September 26th 2017
Pages: 702
ISBN: 150116340X
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Was this is Stephen Kings version of take your son to work day?

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 living on red bull trying to stay awake, one woman (Evie) appears to be not affected by it and may have even caused it, men are either trying to help figure out what is happening or are up to no good. For the most part, they are trying to figure out how to live and keep the sleeping women safe.

This is a science fiction meets fantasy meets horror type book. It’s long and in some parts it felt long. There is a magical tree, a fox, a tiger, a snake, talking rats, moths, and about 60 or so townspeople ; some of which are asleep and some are awake. Evie appears to be in control of all and has ties to the magical tree.

Some reviewers are stating that they can tell what parts Stephen King wrote vs. which ones Owen King wrote. In the beginning of the book, I thought “Yes!” this is S.King’s part..but then the entire book felt that way to me so I guess, I really couldn’t tell the difference.

I often wondered while reading this book “What’s the point?” and “What is the message?” Is there one? Tie in the sleeping illness (for lack of a better word) with the marital problems of the Psychiatrist and the Sheriff (married to each other) and you have a mess. But an enjoyable mess. I enjoyed this book. I don’t feel that it is Stephen King’s best but at least it is not his worst either. I have never read Owen King before this so I can’t speak for him. I thought they did a good job. Perhaps a little more edited especially in the beginning would have made this book better.

How about that book cover? Beautiful