The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

An Erotic Novel of Tenderness and Cruelty for the Enjoyment of Men and Women

Book - 1999
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Before E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day's Bared to You , 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 series, Anne Rice (author of Beauty's Kingdom ), 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.

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

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

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Plume, 1999
ISBN: 9780452281424
Branch Call Number: F Roq


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Jan 03, 2018

As I was reading the trilogy I had to suspend common sense. So I had to just grab Caution and throw them down a flight of stairs and that's how I made it through. The one thing that really bugged me was that 1/5 of the book was devoted to just ONE CHARACTER TALKING! TWO WHOLE CHAPTERS! About 60 pages. She could have used that time to explore the kingdom or more of the castle or more of the training Beauty had to go through.

All in all, it was an okay read for my first novel by this author.

Mar 01, 2016

well, that's 10 min. of my life I'll never get back. Ten minutes of reading was all it took to make me gag. What the heck does a 18yr old & 15yr old know about anything? Let alone sex!
50 Shades was at least tolerable. This book was not even worth the effort it took to go to the Library to retrieve it!

May 24, 2014

Reading the comments I did have to laugh, this book and the ones following are not for everyone and I am betting that the ones who hated it and found it degrading are vanila (if you don't know what that is, stick with 50shades) This book is fictional and only for entertainments purposes. Yes there are things in this book I would never let done to me but that is what safe words are for. I happened to love this book

May 07, 2013

I am new at Erotica however this is one heck of a book to start with.. I am now a lover for the Erotica stories..

Feb 08, 2013

I was very curious when I started and it held my interest so much that I finished in 1 day. If 50 Shades of Grey was midly interesting than this will blow you away. Happy reading!

oldhag Dec 29, 2012

Unrealistic, repetitive sex, written by a woman, with a male perspective.

black_dog_4723 Sep 18, 2012

Not what I expected!

Cristann Sep 12, 2012

one of my all time favorite books and series, but definitely not for everyone!! i read these books very young, an fell in love with the honesty in them. definitely S&M based and if that bothers you then i would really suggest that you not read these books. It is intense, and graphic in the traditional Anne Rice style. and i do mean GRAPHIC. but if you're open to it, it can be a very intense and eye-opening read, and will definitely make you rethink how you evaluate other people's relationships and the importance of mutual desires

or you could just read it and go for the ride :)

sablegirl Aug 31, 2012

Not a great book. I thought it would be on the order of Shades of Gray but it was definitely not. I was very disappointed and thought the part I did read was degrading to women. I didn't even want to finish it. Don't recommend this one.

Jun 14, 2012

I was really excited to read this and now I'm wondering why I even stuck with it. I didn't enjoy this book at all! The things that were done to the people in the book were appalling and I don't think I will be reading the other 2 books of this trilogy. I don't think I will be reading any more Anne Rice for that matter. I haven't been impressed by her work.


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