The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy

The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy

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by Anne Rice

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In 1983, Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, began the first installment of a series that is now considered a forerunner of erotic literature. This boxed set, containing the books The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment, and Beauty’s Release is a testament to Anne Rice’s irresistible talent. Now in a repackaged edition…  See more details below


In 1983, Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, began the first installment of a series that is now considered a forerunner of erotic literature. This boxed set, containing the books The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment, and Beauty’s Release is a testament to Anne Rice’s irresistible talent. Now in a repackaged edition, Rice’s charged eroticism and magical style is back, connecting old and new readers alike.

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Rice counters the critical assessment of these works as pornographic in a People interview: "I wrote about the fantasy that interested me personally and that I couldn't find in bookstores. I wanted to create a Disneyland of S & M. Most porno is written by hacks. I meant it to be erotic and nothing else -- to turn people on. Sex is good. Nothing about sex is evil or to be ashamed of." Moreover, in a Lear's interview Rice maintains, "they're of high quality . . . and I'm very proud that I wrote them."
A beautifully designed boxed set of erotica by the bestselling author. Rice's enormously successful "Beauty" books are based very loosely on the Sleeping Beauty tale, and explore just about every sexually explicit fantasy imaginable. "Articulate, baroque, and fashionably pornographic."

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Sleeping Beauty Trilogy Boxed Set 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 170 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i have no idea why folks would recommend these books to people who loved 50 shades of grey... these books are hard core BDSM... 50 shades is a vanilla pale farce of the BDSM lifestyle... a fairytale for women who long to "rescue" a poor, tortured handsome soul and have him fall head over heals in love and "omg can you believe it" .... puh-lease. These books are about personal growth... learning what you can endure and come out better on the other side... learning compassion through shared experience... if you enjoy TRUE bdsm then these ARE the books for you... personally i would HIGHLY recommend them... they are everything 50 shades had the promise to be but fell flat...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
quite literally. As far as erotica goes it just doesnt get any better than this, Anne Rice explores in depth sexual desires and emotional states in a way that no one else can. It is beautifully written and just like any novel deeply moving you feel the characters pleasure and pain. She pushes all the boundaries of sexual expression and brings to light your darkest desires. However a thousand praises aside this book is not your average womans sex novella. And is not for the close minded or "Sexualy traditional" for lack of a better term. It deeply explores Bondage, S+M, Power exchange, Sexual servitude, humilation homosexuality in parts. All things that can be highly offensive to the wrong person or the wrong mindset. All of that said this series is still a personal favorite of mine and i Believe it to be an orgasmic reading experiance it to anyone male or female with an open mind and an interest in the sexual themes mentioned
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what I was expecting when I bought these books. However, when reading all the positive reviews about them, I thought why not and give it a read. I got through half of the first book, and had to stop. These series of books did not fulfill my needs of fantasy, but made me feel sad. Everyone has there own likings, but these books were not for me. In some parts, I can understand why people enjoyed it, but most of the time it made me sick. Being in a fantasy, people should enjoy what they are getting into, and it seemed that Sleeping Beauty was not having fun but feeling worthless and degraded. I thought some point in the story it would get better, but it didn't.
dragonsbloodwine More than 1 year ago
I love this arousing collection! Based on the fairytale of Sleeping Beauty Anne Rice takes the reader on a thrilling joy ride that explores the most sensual aspects of bondage and discipline love. A true erotic winner.
Trini More than 1 year ago
I absoulty loved this series. Anne Rice dose a great job with everything in these books. I loved the characters and could picture them clearly and I couldn't help but fall in love with Beauty in all her vulnerablity.I couldn't put them down and read the seies twice. If you're looking to get sweeped off your feet into a fanciful world of exciting non-stop sexual adventures, this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
all I can do is beg for jaw was dropped to the floor by the end of the first few pages and yet I COULD NOT put it down! Let's hope she branches back out into this kind of writing again someday..soon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish she'd write more like them!! They SIZZLE!
TiffyGirl2 More than 1 year ago
These books were well done, and for that I felt compelled to give five stars. That said, it wasn't really what I was looking for. When I read D/s or BDSM, I expect something a bit more active. If you want literary, go with these, if you want something more exciting, I'd suggest A Dose of Slavery or Amy's New Owner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This trilogy is sure to open your eyes and your mind. I've read the entire story at least 3 times. It is definitely a page turner. I do not recommend this book for anyone that is not comfortable with his or her own sexuality, but if you are...purchase and enjoy
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sleeping Beauty written in this style is better than the G-rated version. I wonder what Anne Rice's alternative story would be for Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs?? This is an excellent read if you are bored on a Saturday night. Anne Rice has a quite an imagination. Go get it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I could give a negative star rating but they don't have that option! I love Ann Rice Vampire stories but this was horrible. When I read that if you like 50 Shades of Grey you'll love these books I had to get them. If I hadn't spent so much to get the triolgy I would have stopped reading it. Hated all the books. I've told all my friends who were thinking or getting the books save your money!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish the overviw would have had more of a hint to the true nature of this book (or these books). I found them deeply disturbing with no real story line. As an Anne Rice fan, I was deeply disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was an amazing set... although I recomend have a significant other while reading these books
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Only one word comes to mind after reading this trilogy STEAMY!!!
debbyboyle More than 1 year ago
Makes 50 Shades of Grey read like a fairytale!! These are listed as erotica, so if that is not what you want, don't buy it, but don't bash it either. It is an exceptionally graphic fairytale, which tells a tale of love, torture, pain, arousal, joy, humiliation, exhuberance, retaliation, compassion, respect, and innocence lost. It's not just about sex, or it is all about sex - take what you want from it, but let me say this is not a book or books you will soon forget. Anne Rice, as with many of her novels, makes the reader feel as if they were characters in the story or definitely wish they were. My husband was a very happy man while I read these books! LOVED them and highly recommend them, especially if you want a little more than 50 Shades!
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Sierrajns3 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this trilogy. It was exciting and interesting. Not a romance which made me love it all the more. As usual Anne Rice's writing was spectacular.How she captured the characters feelings and emotions. How you feel as if your growing as they grow and you feel as if your making the discoveries with them. I wouldn't recommend i to people who can't couldn't handle 50 shades, is a prude and isn't open-minded towards to BDSM. This is a trilogy i'm sure to keep forever and read over and over. And over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just recently bought the trilogy. The only thing I'm annoyed with is that I wanted hardcover. I didn't think to look online.  I'll eventually buy the hardcover set because that's how good the books are. The stories explore the deeper side of humanity and sexuality in an artistic, tantalizing, and beautiful way. Anne Rice perfectly  imagines a world of pain, pleasure, submission, dominance, fear, and delight.  Everyone has something in these books that they can relate to whether they want to admit it or no especially with themselves. The biggest message in the books, to me, is letting go. If more people would let go and feel comfortable in  their sexuality people would feel more at ease with themselves. Stagnant relationships greatly benefit from  exploring sexuality of both partners. Role playing between partners is a safe and exciting way to explore the wild side and not be afraid or embarrassed. Beauty is afraid at first but, its clearly written that another side  of her is getting pleasure at the same time and eventually lets go, mentally and sexually, having  a better understanding of herself. Another message is pleasing your partner - being attuned to what would please them and,   most importantly, wanting to do so! The books are graphic at times, but its written tastefully in a setting that  compliments the story. The books shouldn't be taken literally. It's art. There are many hidden messages  waiting to be discovered and understood. Next step is to discover and understand yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When all the uproar was out there about the 50 shades books I thought finally maybe something to read that will be up to the Beauty books, but no such luck. The 50 Shades books are for those that are looking for a little (and very little at that) spice to add to the Romance Novel. I read the Beauty books just a few years after they were released (knowing full well what I would be reading which I think is IMPORTANT)and loved them. So when 50 Shades hit the shelves I figured , all right another good "dirty" read. Not even in the same ball park! So, for those that would like to read both trilogies, start with 50 Shades and then move up to the Sleeping Beauty books...if you think you can  :-) 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I still don't know how I feel about these books. Not what I was expecting for sure. I guess if you are into this stuff you could enjoy more, but I didn't like how there was no relief for these people. Day in and day out they were punished and to think there own parents sent them to this terrible place. Sick, sick people. The last book was the best out of them. Still trying to digest these. I wouldn't recommend for the faint of heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the series based on the recommendation that it was good for anyone who liked the 50 Shades of Grey series. I would say that is not accurate. This series is a hardcore look into the BDSM lifestyle that does not allow the submissive the choice of entering the lifestyle. To tolerate the repeated raping and beating, it was necessary to suspend all concepts of reality. I felt that the finale was rushed to try and create a "romance" in an otherwise brutal series. If you are into the hardcore lifestyle this series is for you. If you enjoy a romantic novel with dom/sub aspects, this series is not for you.