The Mummy or Ramses the Damned [NOOK Book]

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He was Ramses the Damned in ancient Egypt, but awoke in opulent Edwardian London as Dr. Ramsey, expert in Egyptology. He mixes with the aristocrats and samples their voluptuous lifestyle, but it is for his beloved, Cleopatra, that he longs, and will do anything to be with....


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Overview

He was Ramses the Damned in ancient Egypt, but awoke in opulent Edwardian London as Dr. Ramsey, expert in Egyptology. He mixes with the aristocrats and samples their voluptuous lifestyle, but it is for his beloved, Cleopatra, that he longs, and will do anything to be with....


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Ramses the Great lives, but having drunk the elixir of life, he is now Ramses the Damned, doomed forever to wander the earth, desperate to quell hungers that can never be satisfied--for food, for wine, for women.

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
"The reader is held captive, and, ultimately, seduced."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An uneasy marriage of romance and horror, this potboiler, first of a projected series, is marinated in sentimentality, melodrama and absurdity. In 1914, Lawrence Stratford, a shipping mogul-turned-archeologist, discovers the tomb of an ancient Egyptian ruler whose mummy supposedly already graces the Cairo Museum. The mummy witnesses the murder of Lawrence by his greedy nephew, Henry, and, back in England, where it's on display in the Stratford mansion, the mummy intervenes when Henry tries to kill Lawrence's beautiful daughter, Julie. The mummy turns out to be Ramses the Second, of superior looks, brains and virility despite his advanced years (3000), rendered immortal by an elixir. Julie falls madly in love, dresses Ramses in her late father's clothes and finally--after too many pages--succumbs (``Batter down the door. . . . The virgin door. Open it, I am yours forever.''). But Ramses pines for Cleopatra, with whom he dallied a thousand years after his own reign; he immortalizes her mummy and unleashes a killer-monster. Missing a ripe opportunity to skewer 20th-century values and sexual mores, the prolific, bestselling Rice (the Vampire Chronicles), ever-fascinated with the undead, avoids character and plot development, larding largely lifeless, sloppy prose with a surfeit of epiphanies and calamities.
Library Journal
With this kick-off to a new series, Vampire Chronicler Rice abandons her troupe of nocturnals for the living dead of another kind. In a tale that's part horror and part romance, Egyptian King Ramses, made immortal in his youth, is awakened from self-imposed dormancy and deposited in 1914 London. Ramses's introduction to modern times is charming but slow. The plot, however, revs up a bit when he returns to Cairo and runs into an old girlfriend. Much in this book will be familiar to Rice's fans, except in this case it doesn't work. The characters are mostly boring and the conflict is flimsy. You know nothing bad is going to happen to anybody--and nothing does. You're also cheated out of a genuine conclusion, which is both dissatisfying and unfair. Stick to those blood drinkers, Anne, and let the sleeping mummies lie.-- Michael Rogers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307762634
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/16/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 44,261
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Anne Rice
ANNE RICE is the author of thirty-two books. She lives in Palm Desert, 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
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  • Posted July 11, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Do not overlook.

    Anne Rice maybe known for the Vampire Lestat, but this was beautifully written and well worth the read. You will find yourself imagining the main character as Antonio Banderas with piercing blue eyes. I found myself drawn into the story and feeling empathy for the reanimated / non dead. I don't recommend books converted to film as they are usually butchered by screen writers/ directors/producers or bad acting- this is one I would like to see come to the screen.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2011

    Good, but not her best.

    I wouldn't suggest this as a person's first Anne Rice book--my recommendations would be Servant of the Bones, Cry to Heaven, or Interview with the Vampire. The Mummy is a very light book. Yes, the themes of immortality and its consequences are still there, but this story is nowhere near as dark as her other books. The other books are more Gothic in nature, while this could almost be called a romance novel. Having said that, the characters are good, and I enjoyed the plot. What made this go from four stars to three was the cliffhanger ending. Note to authors: you do not need a cliffhanger ending to ensure that people will keep buying your books. If your writing is good enough and the story is compelling, people will read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

    Ramses

    I enjoy all of Anne Rice books, but this book is at the top of my list. You fall in love with this man. I can wait for the sequel. I have given this book to so many people and they all love it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    THE.BEST.BOOK.EVER.

    Omg, where do I begin. I own two copies of this book; have read them at least 5 times. I.LOVE.THIS.BOOK.

    I absolutely love ancient Egyptian history and was very excited to discover this book years ago. I hadn't seen anyone use the subject in fiction writing before, and this book was everything I could dream this kind of work should be.

    Exciting, mysterious, electrifying, sexy, captivating, smart, hypnotizing, alluring, all around FANTASTIC!

    I believe this is one of the best books ever written. I recommend this book to EVERYONE.

    Thank you Anne Rice for a phenominal peace of brilliance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    First Rice novel

    The story was easy to read and I found myself curious to discover out how it would end. You know how they say a movie is less than the book....this one would fit on the screen well. I felt the story was clever but I was left wanting more depth from the characters. They were too predictable or simple minded for a story that could truly of challenged our thinking about immortal life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Loved it.

    Fell in love with the characters.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

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    Very Highly Recommended

    Anne Rice really hit one out of the park with this story! "The Mummy" is totally captivating from page one right through to "THE END." It is heartwarming, it is thrilling, it is exciting, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. Extremely hard to put down; you just want to keep reading. One of the most amazing stories I have ever read and the lady has a totally beautiful writing style, too. If you like thrillers, if you like mysteries, if you like romances, if you like a little bit of history and travel, this is THE book to read next. Hopefully, there will be a sequel to this marvelous story one day!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2001

    A new rendering of the Mummy

    The Mummy. We all watched it growing up. The book begins in Egypt in the 1920's with an archeologist on a dig south of Cario where they come across a great tomb and written upon it in three different languages dating thousands of years apart is a warning/curse that to disturb this tomb will wake it's occupents whose wrath cannot be contained. This is the resting places of 'Ramses the Damned'. We learn that Ramses ingested an immortality elixir which he took from the Hittites. Having grown tired, he sleeps for 1000 years when Cleopatra awakes him. He, of course, is in love with her, as were all the great men of the time. He offers her immortality, but instead she opts for sucide instead of being taken as a prisoner to Rome. He awakes in London almost 2000 years later. Ramses exhibits human natures and qualities and falls in love. Though he is enjoying his lofe, Ramses feels that he must avenge the death of the man that found his tomb and he must say to Egypt before he can start a new life. But while in Egypt he finds the body of his one true love. Read the book to find out what happens. This book is not your normal mummy story. I would have rated it 5 stars; but the ending is a bit open, suggesting a sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Loved it.

    The best ann rice book...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Great read

    This book was the first book i read by Anne Rice and still my favorite.

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

    Very Enjoyable Read

    Being accustomed to Mummy movies I found this book to be a totally pleasant surprise!

    Picture a hot looking Mummy (Ramses the Great) that returns to life and instantly captures the attention of women (in particular Julie Stratford). Now add to the plot a love story, really nasty characters, a growing body count, corporate scheming to get control of a shipping company by marrying into the family and you have <i> The Mummy </i>.

    I wouldn't call it a fast read but I found it to be very enjoyable and nearly impossible to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    I have always loved Anne Rice's work from her Sleeping Beauty to

    I have always loved Anne Rice's work from her Sleeping Beauty to The Witching Hour but the Mummy holds a special place in my heart. It is one book that I always hope she would write more books on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Great book

    My favorite Ann Rice book. Wish she had written
    more with this story line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Fantastic read!!

    Done as only Anne Rice can do it. This book is suspenseful, romantic, and just plain Interesting, from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    awesome

    love this book and could not put it down

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    THIS BOOK IS SO WONDERFUL. THE WAY ANNE RICE WRITES IS JUST PURE

    THIS BOOK IS SO WONDERFUL. THE WAY ANNE RICE WRITES IS JUST PURE MAGICAL GENIUS!!!

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    This is a keeper

    My daughter and I got this when it first came out. I've read it several times but she took the book. Found it again in paperback and have that stored away, now I am downloading it to my nook.
    I love reading this, I think it is a must for any body

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    Mummys Rule

    Read this when it first came out. This is the book that got me hooked on the author.MUST READ!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    Excellent Book!

    This is one of my all-time favorites. I've read it at least four times, not only because it is a good story, but the whole premise of the book is so thought provoking. Excellent read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2009

    anne rice is compelling

    loved this book like the rest of her writing on witches and vampires

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