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review 2018-09-13 00:01
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King, Owen King for Modern Masters of Horror
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King,Owen King

  I enjoyed this enormously. There were some surprises and some poor reading on my part (my earlier race comment was wrongish, because of my failure to notice and/or remember the race of characters, but also kind of accurate given later developments - it's complicated). Anyway, nice work with archetypes and fairy tales and a premise that is clearly fantasy, but also very grounded and concrete. There's a large cast and lots of plot. But also really nuanced and generous, kind even. Stephen has always showed an understanding of and sympathy with abused women, so a whole lot of compassion towards the inmates of a women's prison is no surprise. But there is also a lot of anger, some of it directed at people behaving badly and some of it directed at society for creating and exacerbating iniquity. Dickensian.

 

Good on these two for writing a book that is absolutely entertaining, but more than just entertaining.

 

Good for many squares, and recommended to those who don't care for horror in general.

 

 

Library copy

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text 2018-09-12 15:44
Reading progress update: I've read 646 out of 720 pages.
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King,Owen King

I'm still enjoying this, but I'm jealous of everyone who is reading something else, too. Everyone else's books are funnier (Sayers) or scarier or cozier. Memo to myself: next year only short books after Sept 1 and be sure and check the page count for the electronic ones.

 

On the plus side, I am enjoying two Modern Masters of Horror at once, so that's something. I wonder which of the four novelists in the family are most in demand for bedtime stories?

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text 2018-09-10 17:30
Reading progress update: I've read 427 out of 720 pages.
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King,Owen King

I have no idea what the collaboration process was, and honestly, have very little interest. But it reads as though Stephen King wrote one of his larger books, and then invited Owen King to go over it and try to add as many words as possible. I haven't yet read anything that is just by Owen, but there isn't anything that feels like a different voice.

 

I get how even when two authors are swapping whole chapters back and forth (like Cohen and Levithan) the text feels like one voice, because no doubt both are tinkering and suggesting edits. But it also feels a little like magic in Good Omens or any of the Nicci French books. 

 

Anyway, I'm enjoying everything about it except the lack of diversity. If you only have one character who is different, it's pretty nearly impossible to read that one as an individual rather than as a Representative and awful, whether as a model minority or the worst stereotype.

 

 

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text 2018-09-09 12:33
Reading progress update: I've read 249 out of 720 pages.
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King,Owen King

Chicken or egg: could I not sleep because there was a enthralling, enormous book to read, or was the book so good because the insomnia was so bad? Good thing it's on kindle: my upper arm strength wouldn't be up for the task.

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text 2018-09-08 19:16
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King, Owen King
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King,Owen King

  In my eagerness to stock up on my Halloween reads, and out of concern that I might not get them quickly, I put in nearly all of my holds early. Now I am starting to read based neither on "whatever looks tasty" nor on a strategy of filling up my card by rows: now I have to start choosing based on what needs to be returned soonest. My stupid petard. At least a couple haven't come in yet. I will feel silly if I have to return everything before October. Then I might be forced to read off of my own bookshelves.

 

Anyway: King and King for Modern Masters of Horror. I haven't read anything by Owen yet, so I 'm excited to get two masters for the price of one. 

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