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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (edition 1999)

by Anne Rice, A. N. Roquelaure (Pseudonym)

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Title:The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
Authors:Anne Rice
Other authors:A. N. Roquelaure (Pseudonym)
Info:Plume (1999), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 272 pages
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I wish i could unread this, just erase it from my memory.

seriously, this has nothing to do with erotica or bdsm, it's not sexy whatsoever. it's rape, pure and simple.

the writing was pretty abysmal too.

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  thedreadcat | Apr 9, 2016 |
This book is in the DNF category. I found it so boring I could not finish it. It was NOT erotic, it was not even a good BDSM book. It was a good show of control and domination (BDSM characteristics). Yes there was lots of spanking, but the humiliation, mental abusiveness, lack of love, or even caring made it seem more like torture to me. It was truly masters controlling their slaves, and it seemed that nobody really benefited, as there was little sexual release in the story. The master/slave relationship was very one sided, it seemed like it was a courtly show that involved both male & female slaves. I was saddened to see Beauty found herself believing this was love - it was Stockholm syndrome.
I kept hoping that with each page turn I too would see the erotic nature of this book leap out at me, but it never happened - it was just plan boring.
  kerbytejas | Mar 25, 2016 |
Beauty is awakened from her hundred-year sleep by the Prince, not with a simple kiss, but with a deflowering, initiating her into a Satyricon-like world of sexual adventures. After stripping her naked he takes her to his kingdom, ruled by his mother, the Queen, where Beauty is trained as a slave and a plaything. The rest of the naked slaves, dozens of them, in the Queen's palace are princes and princesses sent by their royal parents from the surrounding kingdoms as tributes. In this palace they spend several years learning to become obedient and submissive sexual property, accepting being spanked, being publicly displayed, crawling around on their hands and knees, servicing their masters and mistresses, until they return to their own lands "being enhanced in wisdom".

In the palace Beauty meets another slave, Prince Alexi, with whom she copulates passionately. After that he tells her the long adventurous journey he had in the palace. Alexi previously had been a stubborn prince who fought back all the attempts to break him, until the Queen sent him to the kitchen to get him tortured by crude kitchen servants. The punishment Alexi received there was so savage and merciless he began to lose his senses and, after some particularly humiliating training at the hands of a strong stable boy, Alexi became a totally surrendered slave, playing various sexual games at the Queen's commands.

The moral of Alexi's story notwithstanding, Beauty fails to become an obedient plaything, and the book closes with her being sentenced to brutal slavery in the neighboring village along with other failed slaves.
  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
I genuinely debated doing a review for this book. I wasn't sure at first what to write, and it is so far outside my usual reads. But, I reminded myself, it's just a book. No one cares.

I was freshly married when I first read this. 19 and borrowing every single book I could from the neighbours, no matter the content. I had to read. Pregnant and out of work for the first time, I re-read everything of mine, but didn't have a disposable income to spend on books. And public library? Hah!, I say. There was none where we lived. (Still isn't.) I read the first two books in this trilogy, then was found out by my husband. It's not that he didn't approve of the style of books, it was that they were books. I returned them, and didn't read when he was home for a long time. It took me a while to get comfortable reading around other people again.

Fast forward to now. I came across a book recommendations list for Valentine's and this was on it. My first thought was, I remember that book, which induced blushes. My second thought was, I never finished the series, which induced an OCD form of anxiety. My third was, I wonder if my local library has it, which induced opening a new tab to check. I didn't think they would, but sure enough I reserved a copy.

Enough background. Anne Rice is an accomplished author, without doubt. She also has a way of weaving a story that you are chapters into before you know it. Beauty is no exception. A quick moving tale beginning with the Awakening of Sleeping Beauty (simply named Beauty), you get the impression that Sleeping Beauty is not the only fairy tale here. She is awoken by a Beastly, if handsome, Prince. The Prince begins his reign of Beauty by stripping her with his sword, then doing the deed. This is the last that Beauty wears clothes, because the Prince forces her to remain naked with him, even as her Father enters the room. The Prince stakes his claim, then sweeps Beauty through the countryside and to a seemingly enchanted castle where her 'training' begins.

Beauty finds that she is not the only princess to be treated in this way, and soon creates a bond with the Queen's favorite 'slave', Prince Alexi. Beauty's treatment is described in lurid detail, and the story of the characters that Beauty encounters increases her distress until she acts out against her own good sense, rebelling against the rigid rules of the castle. Her disobedience ends the first part of the story, with her being shipped off to be auctioned off for the summer.

This is a very adult book, and the descriptions are often blunt, leaving much to the imagination, but little in the way of creative interpretation. The way that Ms. Rice uses imagery allows the reader to feel sympathetic toward Beauty's situation, one that she does not pick for herself, but rather is thrust into. ( )
  Ermina | Feb 25, 2016 |
Finally got around to reading this. Didn't realize that it was going to be quite so explict in the beginning. Anne Rice wrote the beauty series over 20 years ago, and it really shows how much of a hack Laurell K. Hamilton really is, if you compare all of her writing over time. ( )
  Schlyne | Nov 12, 2015 |
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For S. T. Roquelaure with love
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The prince had all his young life known the story of Sleeping Beauty, cursed to sleep for a hundred years, with her parents, the King and Queen, and all of the Court, after pricking her finger on a spindle.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452281423, Paperback)

Before E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, there was Anne Rice’s New York Times best seller The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

In the traditional folktale of "Sleeping Beauty," the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. In the first book of the trilogy, Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, retells the Beauty story and probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the Prince awakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him . . . as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience. Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey will indulge in Rice’s deft storytelling and imaginative eroticism, a sure-to-be classic for years to come.


Praise for The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty:

"Articulate, baroque, and fashionably pornographic." —Playboy

"Something very special . . . at once so light and yet so haunting." —The Advocate

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:42 -0400)

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The Prince awakens Sleeping Beauty and brings her to his castle, where she has a series of erotic adventures.

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