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The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty: Number 1 in series [Paperback]

A.N. Roquelaure , Anne Rice
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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9 July 1987 Sleeping Beauty (Book 1)

Step beyond the wall of your own imagination to the place where erotic enchantment lies...

When Sleeping Beauty awakes at the Prince's kiss it is the beginning of our story, not the end. Once the prisoner of a spell, locked in the sleep of innocence - now she is the prisoner of sensual love, held fast by the magic of desire. Claimed by the Prince as the slave of his passions, Sleeping Beauty learns that tenderness and cruelty, pleasure and pain, longing and fulfilment are all one in the awesome kingdom of love.

Beauty she is - but she is sleeping no more...

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (9 July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452266564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452266568
  • ASIN: 0708827438
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 670,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* "One of the most wonderful, erotic, sensual books ever written" - Sting on INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. (*"a literary odyssey into a world of forbidden lust.the same kind of skillful writing that brought respectability into the works of Henry Miller, Anais Nin and D.H. Lawrence" - UPI)

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* Modern classic of erotic fiction: 'No longer a prisoner of sleep, she is locked in sensual 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. Read the first page
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars erotica BDSM 3 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Who can say what Anne Rice's intention was when writing this book we can only look at the end result. In my opinion it encapsulates perfectly the descent of one person into a sexual life of submission. Yes the characters are dehumanized to a degree but that does not for me detract from the core theme of dominance and submission. This is after all fiction and I for one and perfectly willing to suspend disbelief to enjoy it.
If you are looking for a novel which deals with BDSM in a realistic setting this is not the book for you. However it is from start to finish a compelling and erotically charged novel which takes the reader on Beauty's journey with her.
On a passing note I am not sure I agree with the reviewer who states that women can never describe sex for men accurately. This novel deals largely with the feelings of the submissive men, not their dominant counterparts. I would think that submissive feelings are the same whether for a man or woman.
If you are looking for an erotically stimulating read and enjoy dominance and submission then I would recommend this book to you.I have also read the other two novels in the series and enjoyed them equally well. Anne Rice has managed to write a sequel without them simply being a tired replay of the original.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seductive, but also quite sick! 27 Jan 2003
By "hm202"
I had no idea of what I was reading, but the scenes described are so graphic and humiliating, all those interesting in SM will like it. The 'Prince' enforces a number of humiliating 'punishments' on Beauty to break her 'proudness'even though she has already been paraded naked for the villages they pass and made to travel about his palace on all fours, as other slaves are. (Mind you, all other slaves are Prince & Princesess from neighbouring areas!) The 'Queen' is also a nasty character too, and from what her 'favorite' slave says about her, she can be a very demanding Mistress to men.
Its a good read, and you wont put it down!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
A must read for anyone who is intrigued by the fantastic world of submission and domination. One learns, along with Beauty, the nuances of the master/servant relationship.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book! 13 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
interesting!! anne rice is a fabulous author and the sleeping beauty books prove this too...... if 50 shades shocked you then this book will blow your socks off.... different twist on all your normal kinky books.... good read!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just not for me at all 19 July 2014
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Source: ARC from Netgalley

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty begins with Beauty being ‘initiated’ into the world of sex by the Prince. Naively, when I read the blurb, I assumed Beauty would be…well…awake, for this. She’s not. Beauty then goes with the Prince to his kingdom to become his sex slave.

I requested The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty on NetGalley, pretty much on a whim. I knew it was an erotic retelling of Sleeping Beauty, I knew it was written by Anne Rice, and I knew a lot of bloggers I normally share reading tastes with had enjoyed it. I was convinced enough by those facts to request it, but unfortunately The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty and I just did not get along at all.

For a long time, I debated whether or not to write a review of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, because while I do write negative reviews, I try to write negative reviews rather than flaming ones (see this great post by Dudette Reads on negative reviews without negativity) and that means highlighting the positives of a story – even if they’re few and far between. Unfortunately, I really struggled to find a positive about The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty.

I didn’t find either The Prince or Beauty compelling as characters, and I couldn’t really bring myself to care about either of them. The sex (between them and others) is prolific, so there’s absolutely no sense of build up, and I found it quickly got repetitive. This is not the BDSM of Fifty Shades or the like – the consent is so dubious, I wouldn’td feel comfortable calling it BDSM at all. It’s also definitely not BDSM-lite: characters are ‘given’ to others to use, they’re humiliated and they’re treated as slaves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic, Important Work of Erotic Fantasy 2 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read this book multiple times over the past twenty years. I reread it recently in order to prepare this review, and it's taken me a few days to crystallize my thoughts about this book. First, I want to remark on how well it's held up in the three decades (!) since its release. The writing is still as fresh and accessible (and HOT) as it was the first time I cracked it open as a teenager in that crowded B Dalton all those years ago. The description, the emotion, and the lust still jump off the page. It still disturbs and fascinates in equal measure. It's a remarkable, incredible book ... but it's definitely not for everyone. Not by a long shot.

Ms. Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, gets things started with a, er, bang, with the opening sequence of the Prince's claiming of the eponymous Beauty. This scene is not only incredibly brave (it takes guts to write fantasy this unflinchingly), but it's so true to the animal, primal nature of the sexual fantasies this book not only explores, but embraces. Is sexual fantasy "safe"? Is it politically correct? The answer is of course, `no', and this book both acknowledges this fact, and affirms the truth of the untameable, ever hungering nature of our sexual fantasies and desires. In its own understated way, this book is a subtle, yet emphatic refutation of the ridiculous notion that sexual fantasies and desires need to be safely within bounds, or even worse, politically correct. Does it make the reader uncomfortable at times? Of course. Does the line between "right" and "wrong" sometimes become blurred? Absolutely. But such is human nature; the complexities of sexual desire are not at all sunshine and rainbows, and the deeper needs and urges that drive sexual desire are sometimes simply inexplicable ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and not for the faint hearted
On the cover of my copy it says 'if you liked fifty shades blah blah blah'. Now I have read FSOG and well...hmmm...say no more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sally
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm...Yes!
Very, very sexy!
Published 2 months ago by Amanda Fuller
1.0 out of 5 stars disliked content
I found it rude and offensive - disturbing really. If that's what people have been reading in 50 shades of grey I feel they must all be unbalanced; sex should be loving not cruel... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jessica Wabbit
2.0 out of 5 stars Eugh...what?
I recommend you read this if you have a strong stomach, a very liberal mind and are not looking for a romance novel! Read more
Published 15 months ago by DROB
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious BDSM
It's no secret that Anne Rice is a superb storyteller, but the Beauty Series left me enraptured. It was probably my first taste of BDSM and it certainly made me want to read more. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anari
3.0 out of 5 stars nothing like 50 shades
I bought this after reading a book about dita von teese and it was mentioned. I really enjoyed it, its quite disturbing in places and if 50 shades is your only experience of erotic... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ms. C. E. Corrigan
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
This was meant to be erotica but left me cold. Just seemed to be a shopping list of sexual shenanigans. Had no soul.
Published 19 months ago by Faraday94
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
Loved the Vampire Chronicles, liked the Lives of the Mayfair Witches books and assumed Anne Rice would be good, generally. I was wrong. Read more
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Published 20 months ago by The Gael
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is SO much better than 50 shades! I couldn't even get through the first book of 50 shades because it was SO stupid. This book is complete fantasy... Read more
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