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The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned

The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned

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by Anne Rice

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Anne Rice, bestselling author of The Vampire Chronicles, now delves into the mysterious legend of the mummy in this original and poetic tale of romance and horror.

It begins in the early 1900's when archaeologist Lawrence Stratford discovers a perfectly preserved mummy in a tomb in Cairo. Little does he know that the mummy, one Ramses the Great, a.k.a. Ramses the


Anne Rice, bestselling author of The Vampire Chronicles, now delves into the mysterious legend of the mummy in this original and poetic tale of romance and horror.

It begins in the early 1900's when archaeologist Lawrence Stratford discovers a perfectly preserved mummy in a tomb in Cairo. Little does he know that the mummy, one Ramses the Great, a.k.a. Ramses the Damned, has consumed an extraordinary potion that makes him immortal; only the powerful rays of the sun are needed to bring him to life. Transported to London, the mummy dispenses with his wrap and takes on a human guise. As Reginald Ramsey, he immediately captures the heart of Stratford's daughter, Julie, who is privy to his unnatural secret but can't resist his stunning good looks. All goes well until Reginald comes across Cleopatra, his long-lost love, under glass in a museum. Unable to bear the sight of this once-glorious Queen now on gruesome display, he decides to bring her back to life...a decision he will live forever-to regret.

The ancient world collides with the modern one in Anne Rice's richly erotic yet sentimental love story that resonates with the macabre.

Michael York made his film debut in 1966 opposite Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Taming Of The Shrew. The well-known actor has since appeared in many movies, including Cabaret and Murder on the Orient Express. His extensive television credits include the CBS miniseries SPACE, an ABC After School Special Are You My Mother? for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, and a series of guest appearance on CBS's Knots Landing.

Other Anne Rice titles available as Random House AudioBooks: Interview With The Vampire and The Queen Of The Damned

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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Meet the Author

Anne Rice is the author of thirty-two books. She lives in Palm Desert, California.

Brief Biography

Rancho Mirage, California
Date of Birth:
October 4, 1941
Place of Birth:
Rancho Mirage, California
B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971

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The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 121 reviews.
muktownmomma More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 9 months ago
All of her stories whisk you away to the time and place of her stories. There isn't a story she can't tell or make you fall in love with. I read this story years ago & with talk of a sequel just had to revisit. It was just as good this time 'round. You won't be disappointed. Promise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review was most needed. I was about to start this book, actually I did start it, but I don't think I'll read it. I'm really a fan of paranormal romance. The few books by Ann rice that I have read will stay in my mind. She does really well with vampires but I really need the romance with my vamps and so forth etc. ..
6768 More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this book for the fourth time. PLEASE Ann let us know what happened to everyone. We need another book or two.
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Was my first Anne Rice book. I go back every few years a read it again.
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The best ann rice book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the first book i read by Anne Rice and still my favorite.
gman3806 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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My favorite Ann Rice book. Wish she had written more with this story line.
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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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love this book and could not put it down
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