There is so much really really BAD erotica around, stuff that commits the ultimate cardinal sin, (in this type of thing), of being BORING, that Anne Rice's trilogy will make a refreshing change for a lot of people. Basically she takes the Sleeping Beauty legend and revamps it for the S&M brigade, and it works very well. Rice is such a skilled writer that the places she writes about in these stories, such as the Queen's palace, the village, and the Sultan's lair all beautifully come to life. I've knocked off a star though for a number of reasons, one is that Beauty herself is a completely vacuous and irritating character (Rice herself apparently got bored with her as the series went on, and focussed more on the other characters instead), it is hard to believe that even someone into submission for pleasure would placidly submit to all the indignities heaped on her here, though perhaps that's just me being naive. (In fact I'm pretty sure it is!). And there are some really stupid absurdities, such as one of the male characters trying to win his mistress's approval by turning himself effectively into a performing circus animal, I found it quite funny that even Beauty lost a lot of interest in him after he had told her all that he'd done! And some of it just goes on far too long. But these lapses are compensated for by some very good stuff indeed. A bit of classy well-written soft porn for a change.