The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty - erotic fiction by Audioworks - review by Mnemosyne

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A Different Kind of Fairy Tale

To be honest, I don't even know what to say about this one. I am a huge Anne Rice fan, but this isn't my cup of tea. It is probably because I'm not all that interested or turned on by BDSM. Rice usually will mix an ample amount of erotica in her chronicles, but this was excessive for my tastes. At the turn of every page was the account of some sadomasochism, physical as well as mental degradation, bondage and punishment. I'd pass on the Sleeping Beauty unless you're into that sort of stuff.
Interesting spin on a classic fairy tale, Well-written
A bit repetitive, Dull at times, Extreme
Rating by reviewer:
useful review

About author

In the past, I have read countless novels by Anne Rice. I think she's fantastic. Her Vampire Chronicles are among some of my favorite books, so when I came across this book written under her pen name (scandalous), I had to check it out. I had never read an erotic novel before and decided that this would be the perfect one to start with. I was a little disappointed afterwards.
    • Dull
    • Well known author

Content / Style / Audience

In the traditional folk tale "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. Anne Rice's retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire.

Here the Prince reawakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but rather, with his dick. That's right; he rapes the sleeping virginal Beauty. He is then rewarded for ending the hundred years of enchantment with Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him.

Keep in mind that this book will put off anyone who does not see romance and sensuality in a power exchange. If you can't tolerate the idea that a woman or man may actually wish to submit to another person because they wish to please the Dominant, this concepts will probably seem too far-fetched to keep your attention. If you are put off by homo-erotic concepts, you'd best keep a distance. It's not for everyone, but for those open to the above mentioned "flavors", the book will probably be entertaining at the very least.

If you are going to read the Beauty Chronicles, expect pure, savage erotica and repetitive spankings with nothing hidden or explained away.
    • Bdsm
    • Erotica
    • Fiction
Follow-up commentary
The first time I read this and then wrote this review, I felt I may have been a bit unkind SO I decide to try re-reading it. But to no avail, it's still pretty awful and I'd suggest that those who love Anne Rice should just stick with her non-erotica or check into a different erotica piece by her like, Belinda. Think Lolita.
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  • Selective Sensualist
    Great description of what this book is like (though I haven't read it yet -- I keep debating whether I should buy it). I also loved Anne Rice's vampire chronicles and absolutely adore her lush and beautifully descriptive prose.
  • liilii080
    Good on you for trying again. You were fair and honest. Thanks for the review!
  • Mnemosyne
    Thank you! Thank you both.
  • M121212
    Thanks for the review ^.^
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