The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty Series #1)

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Before E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day's Bared to You, there was Anne Rice’s New York Times best seller The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

In the traditional folktale of "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. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. In the first book of the trilogy, Anne Rice, writing as ...

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Overview

Before E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day's Bared to You, there was Anne Rice’s New York Times best seller The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

In the traditional folktale of "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. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. In the first book of the trilogy, Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, retells the Beauty story and probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the Prince awakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him . . . as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience. Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey will indulge in Rice’s deft storytelling and imaginative eroticism, a sure-to-be classic for years to come.

Praise for The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty:

"Articulate, baroque, and fashionably pornographic." —Playboy

"Something very special . . . at once so light and yet so haunting." —The Advocate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452281424
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Sleeping Beauty Trilogy Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 92,072
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Rice was born in New Orleans in 1941. She is the author of many bestselling novels, including the widely successful Vampire Chronicles. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was made into a film in 1994 starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Her other books include the Mayfair Witches series, the novels The Mummy or Ramses the Damned, Violin, Angel Time, the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, and most recently, The Wolf Gift. Anne lives and works in Southern California.

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    1. Also Known As:
      A. N. Roquelaure, Anne Rampling
    2. Hometown:
      Palm Desert, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 4, 1941
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Orleans, Louisiana
    1. Education:
      B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971
    2. Website:

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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2009

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    What a horrible book...

    I am completely confused as to why this book got such a great reviews by other members. I'm an avid reader who enjoys reading at least 3 books a week from all different genras. And yes sometimes that includes erotic romance. And like many do, I will on occassion skim through a book for the "juicy love scenes" of which this book has NONE. Fumbeling teenagers have hotter sex then this. That aside this book has the most poorly developed characters I've ever run across. There is NO story-telling here. Nothing that grips your interest. The premise is strong an "adults only" version of a classic fairy tale. Great concept. Horrid execution. <BR/><BR/>Now I'm an attractive women in her early 30's who in todays society sees nothing wrong with erotica or porn but this book was the worst example of both. Purely about putting the main chartacter Beauty is every concievable phsyical postion that could be only politely described with such words as uninventive unsexy and plainly gross. She goes from being shown naked throughout the entire book first like a dog then as a horse. Now I've read some BD/SM books and in my opinion whatever floats your boat is fine. It can be intresting when written by someone who understands what SEXY is . That is not the case with this book. <BR/>In 8 years of reading through hundreds of books I've maybe been tempted to write 3 reviews. This book was hands down the worst book I've ever read. If you're looking for hot romance the kind that has you unable to put it down and cursing having a job that doesn't allow you to read all day THIS IS NOT IT. If you are looking for a sexy read that has you squirming in your seat with hot and heavy love scenes THIS IS NOT IT. <BR/>Spend your money elsewhere or contact me and I'll fish mine out of the trash bin. Also a first for me never have I ever thrown a book out. But this went right where it need to go - in the trash.<BR/>If you"re looking for hot romance sorching sex a little BDSM with great charcaters check out Lora Leigh Bound Hearts series.<BR/><BR/>One star because I couldn't give it less.

    57 out of 86 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    This book is erotica-- Plain & simple, straight up erotica.

    This book is erotica-- Plain &amp; simple, straight up erotica. Often, erotica will come wrapped up with some flimsy romantic story to make it palatable for mommies. This absolutely does not! It is unashamedly the most hardcore of any erotic novel I've ever read (and I've read a LOT). I actually really liked this book. I DO think Beauty could've been developed more (even erotica needs interesting characters), but that fact that she was the LEAST interesting character to me knocks it from five to four stars. Note- this book really delves into some fetishes people will find distasteful (heavy bondage, pony play, etc). This book is also HOMOEROTIC, which I suspect has something to do with a lot of the one star reviews here (I personally find a bit of homoerotica a turn on). If you're interested in reading some hardcore erotica, this book is really great. If you're looking for a sappy love story with some moderately hot erotic scenes, move on- this book isn't it.

    24 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    This was the worst book I ever read. I am sad to say that actua

    This was the worst book I ever read. I am sad to say that actually finished it- I kept hopong or thinking it was going to get better, but it did not. I read many books, every genre imaginable. I enjoyed 50 Shades of Grey and was looking for something similar- THIS WAS NOT IT. What a waste of time and money.

    22 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Worst book in the history of literature

    Seriously. Worst. Book. Ever. Bleck.

    13 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2008

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    This book claimed me!

    From the first paragraph, I was drawn in and could not put this one down. It was based on a fairy tale, Beauty, and really read well. It was sexy but not sleazy and I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the surroundings. Anne Rice doesn't just write well about vampires, that's for sure!!!

    13 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2006

    Too much of a bad thing

    I had expected to get an erotic, love story about sleeping beauty that had some plot and storyline. Instead it was a story about being spanked and beaten everyday and a princess who is constantly horny. It gets old very quickly. Very vulgar and very disappointing. Don't waste your money

    13 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2009

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    i love this books

    when my marriage started falling apart i was wondering around b and n and seen the books the claiming of sleeping beauty,beauty's punishment and beauty's release and i wasnt able to put them down...not only are they great reading material but they also gave my husband and i some new ideas to try...and let me tell you it was great...i must say i would recomend these books to anyone tho i wouldnt give them to my grandma as a present...lol she is to old..

    12 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    A bit harsh..

    I have been reading a lot of BDSM books after I read the Fifty Shades and this, I have to say, is a bit much for me. I read the entire book, but can't continue into the second. It is not something I would recommend for someone who is into romance stories.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Just gross

    It was nasty even if i had money to buy it i wouldnt i hated it and i just read the sample! YUCK!!!!

    10 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    After hearing about this book for years, I finally bought it. W

    After hearing about this book for years, I finally bought it. What a waste of money! I read a lot of different types of books, including erotica, but this did nothing for me at all. My dislike had nothing to do with any of the sexual themes of the book. What ever &quot;floats the boat&quot; of consenting adults is fine with me. There is just nothing to like about any of the characters.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2006

    Waste of Money !!! Check it out at your Library first!

    I would only recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about domination and submission. This is taken to the extreme in her descriptive writing and subject matter. I got only about 50 pages into it and my stomach was upset and I had to stop. Had I known this I would have never purchased the book, and I dont intend to read the rest of the trilogy.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Brings you in

    I love this series. I had to read it in sections. Its an easy read but it makes me want to do dirty things.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    Not for everyone

    Wow Anne Rice is one dirty bird!!! This book is so raw and in your face with girl on boy, girl on girl n boy on boy. I did enjoy this series but can't see myself telling a friend to read it, afriad what they would say or think.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2006

    WAY overrated!

    I loved the premise of this book. Turning a fairy tale into a naughty story seemed right up my alley. However, I was extremely dissapointed. This isn't even a good protrail of a dom/sub relationship. Those types of relationships are about mutual consent, and the dominant has to be very in tune with his or her submissive's needs and limits. It isn't just about forcing someone else to do what you want. This book is just about Beauty being constantly humiliated against her will, but it's okay because the prince is soooooo hot. Gag me with a spoon!

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Worst money ever spent on a book and I've read a lot. Can't fig

    Worst money ever spent on a book and I've read a lot. Can't figure out why it has such high ratings! If you like torture, then maybe you'll enjoy this.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    Captivating, blushing, submissive to the core...and oh so steamy hot!

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Outside my comfort zone.

    This book was not what I expected. Way too far outside my comfort zone. Too much pain and humiliation for my taste. I read about half-way then started skimming and scanning....it only got worse the farther I went. Finally had to stop reading.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Didn't like

    I was really hoping this book would get better as I forced myself to keep reading. It made my tummy turn (not in a good way) reading how this poor princess was treated. I pictured some who has been kidnapped & held hostage would be treated the same. This book has more of an abused slave tone then a loving yet diry sexual tone that I was hoping for. I also do not believe the writing is very good. Was really hoping for more .....

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Worth it

    This series is good for those with open mind. Not for the light hearted. Transform yourself and be pleasantly surprised

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Decent read

    Not for children or the conservative.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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