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702 pages, Hardcover
First published September 26, 2017
Once a serious conflict commences—a fight to the death—objective reality is quickly lost in the smoke and noise.
Also, many of those who could have added their own accounts were dead.
“In a terrified world, false news was king.”
"Evie?" Lila moves around in a circle, searching--woods, ground, grass, air, milky sunshine--but there's no one. "Evie, are you there?"
She yearns for a signal, any kind of signal.
A moth flutters from the branch of the old oak tree and settles on her hand.
Sometimes you get what you want, but mostly you get what you get.
All Frank knew was that the ones you really had to watch out for in this world were the ones that couldn’t love even a cat or a dog.
After recently reading THE OUTSIDER and absolutely 5 Staring it, my first impression of SLEEPING BEAUTIES is that it didn't sound or feel like there was much of a Stephen King presence here, albeit found this early quote pretty cool.....
"The Black Angel came up from the roots and down from the branches. Her fingers are death and her hair is full of cobwebs and dream is her kingdom."
There are bunches of characters here, but no worries....a complete listing is provided up front and many have only minor roles. It's the long, bland storyline that caused disappointment for me.
And.....Rats, I didn't find anything really scary in this world of fantasy, but was hopeful a couple of times.
Despite the mysterious (female only) sleeping virus....despite a few crazies (Angel did crack me up) and violent characters....despite the darkness and unknown surrounding the beautiful black stranger....and despite the "creepy shit on people's faces" that mustn't ever be disturbed, a good portion and end result of the 702 pages was rather a boring letdown (for me) but, ok...the long awaited message good.
STILL look forward to reading any and all upcoming Stephen King books as well as those oldies I have yet to open.