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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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3.75 I can't really say what I liked about the book (because I can't quite put my finger on it) but it kept me interested. I will say I didn't like the ending but only because it was a cliff hanger. ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Apr 17, 2015 |
It's not for the faint of heart, but it's also far better than 50 Shades of Grey (and I think that's all I can say without making this review completely inappropriate...). Anyway, yes this was a great book & I'm eager to devour the sequels... ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Feb 25, 2015 |
I scanned through this book back when I worked at the library and was compiling a booklist of erotica during the height of 50 Shades insanity. All the time people would come in, we'd tell them despite purchasing 80 copies of 50 Shades, there were still 200 holds on it, and invariably their next question was, "Well do you have anything else like it?" These interactions lead me to believe it was not Christian and Ana people wanted, but an excuse to read smut*. So, in an effort to please the horny masses, I familiarized myself with the likes of Sylvia Day (yay), Maya Banks (boo), Zane (meh) and countless others. [It's also maybe worth noting no one else on staff was willing to delve into this highly-profitable sector of publishing; yet another incongruence I filed away under how secretly judgmental librarians can be.] And then, somehow, I stumbled across "A. N. Roquelaure," better known as Anne Rice, and this trilogy that is about as unlike 50 Shades as you can get. As another reviewer said, it is not for the faint of heart. I think I gave several patrons that disclaimer as I lead them down the fiction aisles to these sleek black books, that were always checked in, unlike 50 Shades, as they are not as known. That didn't stop most of the copies from never returning, though; like Stephen King and other horror books, books on mushrooms, witchcraft and "The Anarchist Cookbook," copies went from checked in to missing or lost almost overnight.

Anyway, I'm not into it. Just like I quickly click off hardcore BDSM if I accidentally (YES, honestly) stumble onto it online, the lengthy descriptions of what I consider to be pain, torture and humiliation, rape, pony play... etc. don't really water my garden, if you know what I mean. I will say the writing is of course, much higher quality than the drivel that's churned out; and the fantasy fairy tale setting might help with some dissonance to absorb the blows for some. But for me, when I think back on this book, I still have faint impressions of cold rooms, chains, and guards coming in to train Sleeping Beauty in my head that present like a bad nightmare, a real-life horror story, a thing of disgust, not of arousal or pleasure. But, to each their own, I guess.

*Not a derogatory term.
  evforija | Feb 23, 2015 |
In an attempt to escape 50 Shades of Suck (I got about halfway before I just broke down and threw it across the room), I searched for a better alternative in the realm of erotic literature. I'm already a fan of Ann Rice, and this series popped up on pretty much every Must Read for erotica, so I thought, why not.

Disney's Sleeping Beauty, this sure as heck is not. Yes, Beauty and her kingdom is under a sleeping curse, and a handsome prince does wake her up...but not with a kiss. The thing is, this prince and his court have pleasure slaves, tributes from the neighboring kingdoms of royal lineage, who are required to serve in court for years. These slaves are always naked and are always expected to perform any manner of task for their masters and mistresses. If they do not please them, the slaves are punished. This novel does not shy away from actual sexual punishment (not that insipid pseudo-BDSM that Christian and Anastasia partake in in 50 Shades), so it is not for the faint of heart. I would definitely not be embarrassed to read this book in public. I appreciated how this novel is billed as erotica for men and women, since the experiences are relayed through both perspectives (Beauty's in the present, and Prince Alexi's in flashback).

The book also deals with humiliation and learning to accept the humiliation and punishments. Again, it can be hard to read in some parts, especially for those who are not at all comfortable with those topics and the subject of rape.

The writing is obviously way better, and while there isn't what I would call character development, Beauty makes a decision at the end of the book that could lead to some interesting things in the books to come. My only complaint is that Prince Alexi's story took up way too much time, and after a while the punishment scenes became repetitive. I am hoping the next book goes into why this particular kingdom operates this way.

Anne Rice seems to be on the nostalgia train, since the next book in the series is finally being released soon (she also just released a new Vampire Chronicles book a few months ago).

This book/series is for anyone who wants actual, well-written erotica, far from the likes of 50 Shades. ( )
  kaylaraeintheway | Dec 30, 2014 |
Too long for what it had to say. Just kind of a rambling mish-mash. Didn't do too much for me and took a LONG time to get through. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 19, 2014 |
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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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A. N. Roquelaure is a pseudonym of Anne Rice.
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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

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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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