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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice

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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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A. N. Roquelaure

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Good recommendation for lovers of Fifty Shades of Grey. Much better writing! ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
This is in violation of everything.

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. I'll say. More like the Rape and Abuse of Sleeping Beauty. And Prince Charming? THIS IS NO PRINCE CHARMING.

And FAR from a fairytale. Poor, poor Sleeping Beauty. She should never have had to wake up.

First the Prince, the Alexi, then Tristan?!

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  potterhead9.75 | Jan 5, 2014 |
Anne Rice wrote a trilogy of books under the pen name A. N. Roquelaure, based on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. These books were titled The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment (Sleeping Beauty), and Beauty's Release: The Conclusion of the Classic Erotic Trilogy of Sleeping Beauty. Yep, you read it right - erotica. The set is the only thing I have ever read by Anne Rice, and the only erotica books I have ever read. I have told maybe one or two other people that I have read the series, because it just does not match up with my "good girl" persona, and it resulted in the shocked expression I was expecting. Why would I read such an abomination? One part boredom, one part fairy tale superfan, and three parts secret naughty indulgence/curiousity (one for each book) - I found the books at a slow point while working at a bookstore, and sneakily read them at the customer service desk when I had nothing else to do.

In the first book, Beauty is awakened from her hundred-year sleep with a deflowering by the Prince. He takes her to his kingdom, where she is trained as a sexual slave and plaything, but she fails to be obedient, so is sent to brutal slavery in the neighboring village. In the second book, she is sold at auction and a power struggle ensues as she refuses to be completely broken by her various punishments. Actual plotline wanes in this one until towards the end some of the psychological aspects of sexual slavery are explored before Beauty is kidnapped for a Sultan. In the third book, the various characters all reach closure in varying forms as the sexual aspects of the plot take on a more religious and philosophical tone, as opposed to the crudity of the European castle and village. By the end of the series, it felt more like I was reading a study of a lifestyle for the education and not so much for the indulgence.

The sexual scenes are extremely explicit and graphic with the theme of sado-masochism replete throughout the text, but amazingly, there is still a plotline and decent character development. The first book was my favorite of the three, simply because that is the only book of the three that actually uses the fairy tale in its plotline, and by the third book much of the sex seemed vaguely repetitive and did not affect me as intensely as it did in the beginning. I would even dare to recommend it to those who are of the appropriate age.

I likely have A. N. Roquelaure's influence to thank for my unquestioning devotion to the Kushiel's Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey, now that I think about it...

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  JacobsBeloved | Nov 25, 2013 |
Esta historia no es la misma que habia escuchado de niña. En esta version del cuento la bella durmiente es despertada por el beso de un principe que, despues de haberla poseido, se la lleva a su reino para ser tratada como una esclava. Durante su estancia en el palacio, Bella descubre cosas que cambiara su vida.
Esta historia, aunque un poco perversa es interesante. En este cuento no hay un final feliz y por lo tanto siento yo que hay un poco mas de credibilidad. Sin embargo creo que por el contenido que tiene, esta historia es apta para lectores con mayoria de edad.

This story isn't the same I had heard as a child. In this version of the story sleeping beauty wakes with the kiss of a prince that, after having claimed her, takes her to his kingdom where she is treated like a slave.During her stay at the prince's palace, Sleeping Beauty will find out things that will change her life.
This story, although a bit perverse is very interesting. In this story there is no happy ending and therefore the story is more realistic. However due to the content it has this story is more suited for mature audiences.
  Lady_Darquesse | Oct 14, 2013 |
I'm currently in the processes of rereading the series, it has been close to a decade since I've last read them. Detailed review coming, but I wanted to put a little something here for people who might be confused or curious about why people either love or hate this book.

This is a extreme BDSM fantasy in every sense of the word. Rice threw out all the rules of our society and even safe/sane/consensual rules of real life BDSM play to create a fantasy world that is essentially one long BDSM scene. There is no consent given, no safe words, negotiations, etc.

Here Dominance and submission are a way of life. Sex slaves are real slaves, but most importantly a readers is allowed to fully emerse themselves into a fantasy world without real life consequences.

So be warned, gentle readers. I would not recommend this for someone's first foray into erotica or BDSM. I would remind those who are brave enough to read that this is a fantasy world, with its own rules that do not necessarily match that of our world. Much like in other fantasy worlds where people have magical powers, animals can talk and no one has to wear a condom for fear of getting an STI. ;) ( )
  EinfachMich | Sep 21, 2013 |
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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. But he did not believe it until he was inside the castle.
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A. N. Roquelaure is a pseudonym of Anne Rice.
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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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