Waking Beauty

Waking Beauty In an erotic and visionary fantasy debut Paul Witcover transports readers to an awesome world of terrible beauties and unimaginable terrors filled with voluptuaries and vizards deadly furies and ey

In an erotic and visionary fantasy debut, Paul Witcover transports readers to an awesome world of terrible beauties and unimaginable terrors, filled with voluptuaries and vizards, deadly furies and eyeless kites a world illuminated by the courage of two very different women and saved by the sacrifice of a man foolish enough and bold enough to love them both.

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  1. The author of Waking Beauty, Paul Witcover has also written a biography of Zora Neale Hurston and numerous short stories He is the co creator, with Elizabeth Hand, of the cult comic book series Anima and has served as the curator of the New York Review of Science Fiction reading series His work has also appeared on HBO He lives and writes in New York City.

147 Reply to “Waking Beauty”

  1. This book is very different lolI think you will either hate it or love it I found it tedious, sometimes frustrating, but then I also found it fascinating Witcover s world is beautiful, decadent, suffocating and monstrously cruel Witcover knows how to make a reader cringe in ways I never thought possible I worried that I would never care about any of the characters, because it was so hard to relate to them Yet at the end, I did care Everyone is trapped within their own caste, unable to escape, an [...]

  2. This book has the most inaccurate blurb ever This book isn t even about what it says it s about What it s really about is a sexist society, hierarchy, gods, prostitutes, lesbians and later puppets.

  3. Not to be confused with the other Waking Beauty Different story, different authors.Insterting a complete review.This is one of those books which have stayed with me over the years and I doubt I could ever forget It s a fascinating tale with several layers as the story progesses The writting is brilliant Each chapter actually transends the previous.Unfortunately, the publisher promoted the book like some kind of major erotic story Though there is a fair amount of erotica, it s so far removed fro [...]

  4. I first read this novel years ago, when it came out, I believe I ve read it than once and then loaned it out As with loaning books, I didn t get it back but was able to find it again I enjoyed it when I first read it and I enjoyed reading it again.I suppose, for some, it could be confusing I know years back I was confused with the ending or felt that it lacked something This time it was much satisfying Perhaps that s because I ve read a few things a good deal stranger and certainly confusing [...]

  5. I am so annoyed with the book that I don t think I will even finish it I think I got it at a used bookstore years ago So I picked it up the other night and within the first page and even after a few pages it is losing me It is talking about all these places, people, and things that have no meaning to me because the author is not explaining them first He begins to but not complete enough to make me get it at all and become a part of the book The book is divided not only into chapters but parts So [...]

  6. Paul Witcover, Waking Beauty Harper, 1997 After three long months of wrestling with this monstrosity, I finally gave up Ponderous is the best word to describe Witcover s style, which plods along with no consideration for the reader whatsoever, and little for the characters therein Things happen to the characters, all of which are described in lush detail, but somehow the detail never manages to convey any emotion whatsoever If you ve managed to learn to care about what happens to anyone in this [...]

  7. The weirdness of this book is beyond desciption I had vague memories of reading it as a young teenager and completely not getting it I reread it when I was somewhat older and realized that, while I had, in fact, missed some of the weirder gender dynamic elements, my inability to figure out what was going on had nothing to do with age and everything to do with this incresibly confusing and, despite everything, oddly compelling in the Kevin Sonney sense of the term text I kinda want to read it aga [...]

  8. This book was daring, visceral and absorbing dark fantasy noveluntil about 3 4 of the way through Then it felt like the author totally lost the thread out of his cave of drug induced imaginings I loved the world building and the characters and frankly, I enjoyed much of the writing of the book, but the incoherent ending and failure to wrap up many of the questions left me confused, frowning, and wishing for something .

  9. I made it halfway through this book before I gave up on it I realized that I didn t care what happened to any of the characters, I had no idea where the plot was, and that the twisted darkness of the culture as a whole was pretty revolting to me Decided that I didn t want to waste the time it would take to finish it.

  10. This is one of my favorite books of all time The story telling is beautiful, and the themes are universal It is truly an imaginative and wonderful novel, one I can read again and again.

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