This book. This mothereffing book. It’s a monster of a book. A little over 700 pages. I decided to go the audiobook way. #noregrets. 

The basic premise of the story is that women all over the world are falling asleep and being enveloped by a cocoon-like material that radiates from their bodies. Waking the woman, results in disastrous results for the sucker that attempts it. So while the women are all asleep in their cocoons, the men are left to fend for themselves and are eager to get their women back. Meanwhile, the women are living in some kind of utopia in an alternate timeframe and eventually have to decide whether to go back to the regular world, or stay in their new, idyllic life. 

This book confused me from the very beginning. The cast of characters is tremendous!! I couldn’t keep track of all these people. Let me put it this way. Imagine every person that lives on your block. Got it? Okay, now imagine every single one of their viewpoints regarding one event all in one book. It’s too much right?? Oh, and then there are the views from the mice and fox. Yeah. I wish I were kidding. All those point of views were highly unnecessary because they overlap and make the story drag on. This book could have been pared down and still gotten its message across. 

And the message! My goodness. It’s super political. A lot of socio-political drivel wrapped up in a “supernatural” story. Whether or not I agree with it or not is beside the point. This story was waaay too much. Because while it sits on some kind of moral high horse, there are aspects that, in my opinion, are actually kind of offensive.

A Conversation With the Authors
At the end of the audiobook, there is a small conversation between Stephen King and Owen King. It was enlightening. Turns out that they initially started writing this book as a television script. So, this 700 page book was written with the idea of making it into a television show in mind! Makes so much sense. Was I annoyed? YES!!! Ugh! I spent 25 hours listening to this overly tedious book. 

Final Thoughts

This is my third Stephen King book. And I am yet to be impressed by his books. Have I given up on him? Nope! He has a plethora of work. I’m sure one of them will eventually stick. 

2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

Prompt: a book that was being read by a stranger in a public place

[Saw a woman reading this book in a hospital waiting room last December when I was compiling my TBR for this challenge.

Challenge Update: 46/50

12 thoughts on “Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

  1. Ugh. Stephen King….. I will refrain from going on my usual rant, but I will say that I’ve read a TON of his books trying to figure out why people love him so much… To no avail. I bet that “over 600 pages” could probably been 300-400 and still got the point across just fine… The wordy bastard.

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  2. I quite like the idea of lots of viewpoints especially if the characters have interacted with each other previously, but definitely not the mice and fox, I’m not sure what to do with that, that seems rather out of place. :/

    I do feel like there’s just a few aspects of Stephen King that somehow can be offensive. With End of Watch, the resolution to the aftermath of the suicide is presented as kind of dismissive, and that people should be less self-absorbed as if depression is a choice and people choose to be in that state. He could have taken a more compassionate approach and just left it at: there is beauty in the world, and sometimes we have to look really closely to clasp those pieces of beauty. I mean I don’t know why he tackled such a big issue, but didn’t try to tie it up in a more tactful way. How was this one offensive?

    I think Stephen King is more than aware that his books tend to get turned into films and tv shows, so he probably writes with this approach.

    In terms of Stephen King recommendations, I would recommend Mr Mercedes, it’s definitely the most gripping, but I have warned you before that the villain is evil on a different level. Joyland is crime fluff, but I liked it? It was simple and enjoyable. But I can’t say that you might like it!

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    1. I can handle multiple viewpoints, if there’s a point. Some of these storylines wandered off into these weird directions that had no overall bearing on the main story. Like the mice and fox. There was no point. It went nowhere and added nothing. It was just a lot. I can see it working better as a show. Which was apparently their main objective anyway.

      I’ve been going back and forth on whether it was actually offensive or not. There’s a character who is a bit unhinged. He’s a scary, angry father. Now, when I read books, I assume everyone is white. Because that’s just the way things are. So while listening, I assumed the guy was white. Nope. He’s black. The one guy that is characterized as brutal and leads the townspeople against another group, is a POC. It’s not revealed until a good way into the book. And he seems to be the only POC mentioned in the book. Why him? Out of all the characters in the book (and keep in mind there are a lot) why him? Granted that there are criminals in the book who I assume are white. But they’re not as closely tied to the action in the book as this guy is. It felt like the Kings were relying on stereotypes. And this book isn’t about racial tensions. It’s about the treatment of women by men. So to recap. It’s: hey, this guy is super scary and aggressive; oh yeah, by the way he’s black. Idk. It felt weird?? And his character isn’t fully redeemed in the end. So… why? Am I reading too much into it? Is it truly offensive?? I’m not sure. Maybe there’s some commentary there that I’m not getting??

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      1. Stephen King really does love to experiment, perhaps one day I might just have to ask him why he included the POV of a mice and fox, I really need to know the reasoning behind it! If there is one, or it was just a failed experiment.

        Oo, I would have given him the benefit of the doubt, but singling him out as the one POC character and one that is villainous as well is dubious. I wonder if he wanted to highlight and create a POC villain? There aren’t many of them, I can’t recall any at the moment, but the more tactful thing to do would be to include more POC, so he isn’t singling one POC out or maybe he’s playing on the “I don’t see colour” which in itself is a ridiculous reasoning because what our skins? Transparent? He does do a good representation of POC in the Mr Mercedes series, so I’m sure any negative racial undertones is not something he genuinely intended to create. But let’s see…

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      2. King does need to do some more research when it comes down it because he doesn’t tend to always present certain issues and characters with greater empathy (but apparently he did do so with Carrie so it’s not like he can’t m).

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  3. Girl, 25 hours?!?! Damn. That´s a lot. Glad you survived. ❤ Stephen King does have some great books. But like it is with every other artist- not everything they produce is fantabulous. I never read this one because I haven´t heard good things about it but his other books… They´re either brilliant or super damn creepy. ❤ Loved this review. ❤ ❤

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