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Ramses the Great has reawakened in opulent Edwardian London Having drunk the elixir of life he is now Ramses the Damned doomed forever to wander the earth desperate to uell hungers that can never be satisfied He becomes the close companion of a voluptuous heiress Julie Stratford but his cursed past again propels him toward disaster He is tormented by searing memories of his last reawakening at the behest of Cleopatra his beloved ueen of Egypt And his intense longing for her undiminished over the centuries will force him to commit an act that will place everyone around him in the gravest danger


10 thoughts on “The Mummy or Ramses the Damned

  1. says:

    Now a novel which includes Cleopatra VII and Ramses II the greatest pharaoh in history has a certain amount of intrinsic interest especially the Egyptian ueen with little native blood almost all Greek when she plays one of the evil ones Not a beauty as portrayed in films but attractive intelligent and a bold capable rulerMultimillionaire Lawrence Stratford in 1914 unearths his most important discovery the mummy of Ramses south of the capital; however this cannot be since he is in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo the mystery slowly unravels like our supposedly dead friend's wrappings Any person who has seen a film about these poor creatures knows the chilling scene Strange noises heard the grotesue thing starts to vibrate eyes staring coldly then it moves inch by inch until the helpless humans still breathing notice and runs for their lives Some people's relatives are greedy and will commit any crime to get money such is unstable Henry Stratford the dissolute nephew of this gentleman gambling away a fortune drinking anything in reach and fast women not very uick yet he is nevertheless his brother's son A preposterous narrative unfolds how Ramses was given an elixir by a foreign witch that grants him immortality; pretends to die at the age of 90 after a reign of 66 years roams the world gets bored and has himself buried alive back in Egypt What dreams he hascenturies of vague pictures viewed and unending horrific unexplained things deformed nebulous eventsAwakening a thousand years after internment sees Cleopatra's glorious face then soon Mark Antony arrives in Alexandria Back to the mummy's sarcophagus and modern times uick automobiles flying airplanes telephones which speak until they become rather tiresome to the listener monstrous trains loud guns weird clothes and odd customs Add a few murders stir some intrigues and a complicated plot a little spice for seasoning passionate love making Mr Stratford's pretty daughter Julie has a lot of admirers no surprise she becomes smitten by Ramses the Great and the tale becomes clearerbut the seuel follows so leave a dangling conclusion This book has many good ualities yet not enough for it rise above the ordinary just another action adventure story one of countless if it only stayed on the narrow path and not become unfocused less is


  2. says:

    I give you the book the movie The Mummy was SUPPOSED to be based off of In the end they butchered the story so much Anne Rice wouldn’t put her name on it Which is a shame because this book is if not better sexier than the movieA lot of reviews call it “vintage Anne Rice” and I couldn’t agree It gets back to the feel of Interview with the Vampire; darkly sexual with the most compelling plot She’s seriously one of the best storytellers of all timeA mummy rises he falls in love and they journey to Egypt where he misuses his immortal elixer Seems like it would be cheesy or at least silly But nothing about this is like that everything about this book makes sense The way he rises the way he acts how long he’s lived he’s relationship with Cleopatra how he learns to operate the modern world Every aspect of the story has a logical explanation laid out clearly within the story In my opinion there’s nothing worse than an author having to explain themselves after the book is published coughStephenieMeyercoughJust like all of Rice’s other works Ramses is devastatingly perfect The woman he falls in love with is fierce and intelligent without being cliche There’s an older man that for some reason you are attracted to despite his age An adorable innocent young man for you to obsess over and the uintessential bad boy that you can’t help but love Add in a dangerous and alluring female villain and you’ve got one of the sexiest cast of characters I’ve ever readThe book is fairly long but Rice is always a fast read I’ve always found Anne Rice to be the perfect alternative to a “fluff” book because even though there’s elements of a romance novel the plot is still the most important part of the story It’s fast paced and oh so fun


  3. says:

    Loved this bookcouldn't put it down once I started it I really wish she would have done a series out of this story


  4. says:

    I read a lot of Anne Rice in my late teens I think I was hoping for another Lestat somewhere in her cannon but alas there is only one “The Mummy” interested me because it reminded me of those super cheesy B horror movies à la Hammer but with sex I was 17 cut me some slack Flipping through it now I can’t help but think of how my tastes and standards for books has changed over the last fifteen yearThe plot is classic creature horror the mummy of Ramses II is brought back to England where it is accidently brought back to life by virtue of a mysterious elixir of immortality This elixir makes him eternally young incredibly strong and permanently horny He saves the life of a beautiful feisty heiress and they fall in love and decide to go to Egypt together so that he can get some closure on his long and complicated pastOf course Ramses is incredibly handsome and irresistible Of course he learns English in like 5 minutes Of course he can’t resist resurrecting Cleopatra when they find her mummified body Of course that turns into a huge violent mess with sexy interludes It’s an Anne Rice novel for Pete’s sake But it’s also fun and I do love the kitschy homage to 19th century EgyptomaniaRice apparently wrote a seuel where Ramses and Cleopatra are reunited but I don’t intend on reading it I’m kind of over her emo immortals and bizarre psychosexual relationship dynamics But “The Mummy” is good and silly Gothic fun


  5. says:

    HmmmmRamses the Great or Ramses the Damned is discovered in The Valley of the Kings He has risen from the his immortal sleep to fall in love with Julie But when people start turning up dead Ramses raises the seductive Cleopatra from her graveUm Ok So I read this in October as a good monster read Unfortunately I didn't really get that I have a few problems with this bookFirst off and foremost I think this is not a horror book by any means I hate to compare this book to her others but unfortunately here I must do so This is of a paranormal romance which I was not expecting at all Although I did like the romance between Ramses and Julie I have to say the sex scenes were completely rushed and having a very wham bam thank you ma'am sort of feel to them Which is not usual for Anne Rice who definitely knows how to write a good sex sceneThe characters don't seem to be fleshed out enough They just seemed very one dimensional to me with not a lot of background to them at all It also made it very difficult for me to connect with the characters or two relate to the main character Julie at allThe main storylines were okay but there are so many little story lines and subplots that are going on that really have no sway on the main storylines and it seems they are almost there just to confuse you of which they do a very good job in that respect Everything considered not her best work at all Sadness I am hoping that her wolf series will be betterCan't say I'd really recommend this one


  6. says:

    Apparently I never added this even though I read it ages ago Huh Anyway re reading now because I got approved for The Passion of Cleopatra at Netgalley and am so excited


  7. says:

    Before I rant a little background I’ve always enjoyed horror stories in particular vampire and mummy stories As a young teen my favorite author was HP Lovecraft and one of my most favorite horror stories was The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker which is a “mummy” story Starting in 1984 I began reading what came to be known as “The Vampire Chronicles” by Anne Rice The first book Interview With the Vampire was sensuous and atmospheric and rewrote traditional vampire mythology Intrigued I immediately moved to the second book The Vampire Lestat which was a natural continuation of the mythology and then snapped up the third book ueen of the Damned as soon as it hit bookstore shelves in 1988 And that brings us to my thoughts about The Mummy I read The Mummy while waiting for the next installment of the vampire books hoping to find Rice giving mummies the same uniue treatment that she’d given to vampires Nope The Mummy read like an outline of a book something she probably pitched to her editor and had published uickly to capitalize on the popularity of the vampire books The premise was compelling but the writing is purely awful Sentence fragments and other bad grammar cheesy melodramatic scenes trite dialog and a tendency to slip into the style of cheap pornography insulted not only my intelligence but my sensibilities throughout Yeah I read the whole thing hoping it would get better as the story unfolded It didn’t


  8. says:

    OK I'm giving it one star but I did read it all the way throughI thought this headed towards pulp not up to the uality of her other books and a bit towards porn litAlso I guess I can be nit picky but Ramses claims that his cells can't die He gives an example of using the elixir on plants hoping that his subjects will be able to eat forever but the awful thing is that the plants regrow in people's stomachs Awful picture but I state it just to point out that she's trying to make a pointIt seems to me however that Anne misses this point when Ramses and the female lead have sex I kept waiting for he woman to get pregnant I mean his sperm would never die right so there'd be a billion of them waiting in those fallopian tubes for the next egg to come by I pictured her getting pregnant with his children for the rest of her child bearing yearsOK I guess I took it too literally My bad


  9. says:

    I was stuck in a library waiting and had nothing to read I picked this up thinking 'Ancient Egypt the undead how can it be bad?' without looking at the authorAfter first few pages I checked Oh dearI really do not like Anne RiceIt was in reading this book for a few hours stuck in a library and continuing out of an awful sense of self harm that I realised that Anne Rice wants to be immortal She doesn't care how she manages to do it she wants to be undead Not in the horror awful monster way either as she romanticizes the awesome classic villain archetype But in a beautiful way And I'm pretty sure she wants to be a gay man


  10. says:

    I really like when Anne Rice takes a supernatural creature and puts her own spin on it This novel is no exception as it was written at the height of her talents There's something glamorous about this book and how it was written I wish the author still wrote like this to be honest as her recent novels have been of much lesser uality Does anyone else notice how hard it is to find a hardcover of this? It was harder than usual for me to track one down What's up with that?