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The Sleeping Beauty Novels: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty/Beauty's Punishment/Beauty's Release [Box set] [Paperback]

Anne Rice (A. N. Roquelaure)
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Celebrate the daring gifts of Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure, with this beautifully repackaged boxed set of the three erotic novels in her acclaimed Sleeping Beauty trilogy.

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  • Paperback: 724 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452156610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452156616
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 12.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Rice was born in New Orleans in 1941, the second daughter in an Irish Catholic family. She is the author of many bestselling books. She is perhaps best known for her incredibly successful Vampire Chronicles--Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Dammed, The Tale of the Body Thief (published in Penguin) and Memnoch the Devil. Her other books include the Mayfair witches sequence The Witching Hour, Lasher (both published in Penguin) and Taltos; the novels Cry to Heaven, The Mummy or Ramses the Damned (both published in Penguin), The Servant of the Bones and, recently, Pandora, the first part of her New Tales of the Vampires series. She lived for many years in San Francisco but has now moved back to her native New Orleans where she lives with her husband, poet and university professor Stan Rice, and their son.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more than just an erotic story 3 Sep 1999
By A Customer
For an adult who likes fantasy and erotic literature, this is truly the series of choice. I have never read such a colorful and well written work of this nature. Anne is an expert at expressing the nuances of the characters and settings in this series, and really fuels the imagination with her writing style. Not a read for the weak-at-heart, but for those who can appreciate something much more than your everyday sex story. It is so unusual for a sexual fantasy to be written in such a colorful way and taken beyond anything you could have expected, (into novel form) but if you are open to reading this unique trilogy, you will wonder why more adult fiction of this caliber is not available, and will wish that more would be written!
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well, it certainly ain't disney! 14 Nov 2002
By A Customer
as someone who works in an adult store, i've seen my fair share of erotica. i've seen the repetative, boring movies. i've read the flimsy fiction in mags. but it wasn't until i read these books that i realised how erotic erotica could be!
so they're not for the faint-hearted, (if the idea of bondage puts you off, maybe read something else). this is no wishy-washy, rose-tinted tale! this is an honest, laid bare look at the most primal of our desires.
the story follows Beauty through her 'development' from girl to woman. we feel her pleasure, her desire, her frustration, her lust... and all the while the book is peppered with fantastic imagery of locations, of people, (and of gizmos).
like sleeping beauty, open your eyes to the world for the first time. read these books and never look back!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Beauty Awakens 2 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Sleeping Beauty awakens to find Prince Charming is taking her to his castle not to make her his wife but take her through an adventure which makes her subject to the whims of the countless inhabitants of his castle. Her adventures continue when she visits the local village in the second novel and is abducted and taken to a Sultan's castle in the third. But in the end her greatest adventure is finding true love.
I read all three of Ann Rice's Sleeping Beauty novel's, and almost every other book she's ever written. I loved her other books because of the sensual, erotic way in which she writes. When I bought the trilogy, I never imagined I would encounter the best erotic fiction I have ever read. I loved the Trilogy. I would highly recommend it to anyone with an open mind, however if you are not, then read at your own risk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defying the sexual cliche 9 Sep 2009
By Katie
Again, the sheer brilliant of Anne Rice. Discovering female sexuality in a slightly patriarchal style. I think it's good to see writers overcoming embarassment and writing for realism and expressing raw sexual excitement. It is a highly influential piece of erotica: if not considered so by wider society I believe it should be. Fairy tales are within themselves metaphors of darker human desire, so why not play on that with sexual implication? Personally, the constant repetition of themes within erotica has turned a lot of sexually subliminal literature into cliched sex, it is good to defy typical sex and look at the wider range and practices of human arousal.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars some really good erotica (for a change). 28 Oct 2003
By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE
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.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be still my heart 22 Nov 2000
By A Customer
I read mixed reviews about the book, but decided to chance it and I have to say it was most definitely worth it. If you're not a fan of submission and bondage in books and lots of spanking lots and lots of spanking then the books not for you. But if you want intelligent erotica that sensually explores the nature of submission then do buy it. Its not about D/S relationships, and if you're looking for something of that nature you won't find it. It's a fairytale fantasy about the whims of the Lords and Ladies and the auction at the village, and a different nature of slavery under the sultan. I highly recommend it, if you're unsure try reading reviews at amazon.com the US site there are a lot more and I found them highly useful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Personally didn't enjoy the books but can't fault their condition or...
As described. Personally didn't enjoy the books but can't fault their condition or the service I received. Thank you
Published 27 days ago by mrs annette vasey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Master at Work
With the furore caused by "50 Shades of Grey", people the world over have been discussing the genre of Erotica in Literature with the assumption that it is a new, daring,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jo
1.0 out of 5 stars You have got to me kidding me
I lasted two pages of this revolting book, so Prince *ahem* Charming rapes a virginal 15 year old sleeping beauty while she sleeps. Enough said. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Gascoyne
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgust
The Sleeping beauty Triology is the most disguisting piece of work ever conceived.To write such an epic of continuous kinky sex 24-hour action ,one must have a really twisted... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ruslan
4.0 out of 5 stars TOO MUCH SPANKING
This review comes with a "for adults only" warning.

Few people will be unfamiliar with the fairytale in which a beautiful princess has to sleep for 100 years before a... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2012 by Marleen
4.0 out of 5 stars The sleeping beauty novels
My friend read the books and recommended them to me. I found them to be easy to read but hard to put down. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2012 by the rhondda rebel
1.0 out of 5 stars Trilogy of Beauty Novels
Was not shocked but bored. Utter rubbish. Think Anne must have needed some money or somehting at the time of writing. Great fan of all her other books. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by Belleza
3.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Beauty Trilogy
Definitely Erotica,with a capital E , and a bit of a shock as I hadn't seen any other reviews, and thought the books were just a set of Anne Rice novels I hadn't come across... Read more
Published on 15 July 2011 by Susan Francis
2.0 out of 5 stars To repetitive
The book deals with Sleeping Beauty being treated like a hostage prostitute or something like that. There is no story only gory sceenes describing nakedness and abusive treatment... Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2011 by Cirse the Whitch
2.0 out of 5 stars A Seriously Troubled Heroine
Sheer pornography. Don't know what people fancy in it because it is like the author sat down and thought 'what other perversion can I make my heroine and hero do to titilate my... Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2008 by Zontania
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