Book Reviews of The Mummy or Ramses the Damned

The Mummy or Ramses the Damned
The Mummy or Ramses the Damned
Author: Anne Rice
ISBN-13: 9780345369949
ISBN-10: 0345369947
Publication Date: 9/13/1991
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 379 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
This was the only one of Rice's books that I absolutely loved.
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Ramses is not so damned after all, December 30, 2005
Reviewer: Lisa M. Headrick "Eve wuz framed" (Ye Ole Smoky Mountains, USA)

Would you like to live forever? I'm not talking eternal life as the undead, Lestat style. I'm speaking of immortality: never to die. If so, you'll probably think that Ramses, the mummy, isn't so damned after all! You see, Anne Rice's new spellbinding hero has drank the elixir of life 3,000 years ago, only to wall himself up in a book-lined tomb 1,000 years later when his beloved Cleopatra commits suicide. Wealthy archaeologist Lawrence Stratford discovers the tomb and meets his death inside of it. That leaves Stratford's daughter, Julie, as the custodian of the mummy... who of course scrambles to life in the sunlight.

Ramses--often accompanied by Julie--has a dandy time in 1914 England, although hopelessly prone to gluttony and debauchery. Then on a trip to Egypt Ramses steals the mummified form of his darling Cleopatra from a museum and brings her back to life utilizing the elixir. The handsome 3,000 year old stud then finds himself in a bizarre love triangle, playing for keeps. But ole Cleopatra ain't what she used to be; now the insatiable murdering seductress is unstoppable!

This book is less of a horror novel and more of a Victorian era romance. It's escapist fantasy: a contemporary twist on your parents' mummy tale with some alchemy mixed in. I recommend it for anyone who has ever dreamed of living--and loving--forever.
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Helpful Score: 3
It has been a long time since I read it, but anything by Anne Rice is good. I was hoping for a series on this particular book, never happened as far as I know.
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Good Anne Rice!! Not as good as the Vampire Lestat, but Good none the less.

Ramses the Great lives.... Reawakened in opulent Edwardian London he becomes Dr Ramsey, expert in Egyptology and member of a group of jaded aristocrats with strange appetites to appease. But searing memories of his last reawakening, at the behest of Cleopatra, burn in his immortal soul. For he has drunk the elixir of life and is now Ramses the Damned, doomed forever to wander the earth, his most intense longing of all, a great love undiminished by centries, will force him to commit am act of unspeakable horror...
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My favorite Anne Rice. Full of rich story and history.
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i was captivated from the time i started this book till i finished it
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An eerie & gripping novel of Ramses the Damned resurrected in Edwardian London in the body of an Egyptologist. As he mixes in the opulent lifestyle of the wealthy business & royal classes, he is ceaselessly seeking his beloved, his Cleopatra.
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If you like Anne Rice you'll like this book. The copy I posted is in good condition.
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I love Anne Rice, she combines the supernatural with historical ambiance....My favorite author. As always...kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Could not put this one down.
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Not bad, for an Anne Rice book. Lightly scary, and a quick read.
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Amusing take on the classic Mummy novel. One of Anne Rice's better efforts!
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Loved this book so much I borrowed it three times from the library and finally bought it. One of Anne Rice's best without too much historical flashbacks.
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Rice is at her best w/ this book!
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This is the first Anne Rice book I ever read and it hooked me. I have read every other book she has written with the exception of her newest offering "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" and Ramses will always be my favorite.
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LOVED this book! Awesome supernatural fiction.
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Like all Anne Rice books, this too is excellent. A good read.
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I love this book. This one of my favorite Anne Rice novels. A good fun read.
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I loved this book! It's the best Rice book in my opinon.
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Quite possibly my favorite Anne Rice of all time, this stand-alone book tells the tale of the great Ramses of Egypt. Entombed but not dead, he returns to life in 'modern' times. The story follows his triumphs and follies, a very entertaining and all-too-believable story.
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"The reader is held captive, and, ultimately, seduced."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Ramses the Great has awakened in Edwardian London. 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. Although he pursues voluptuous aristocrat Julie Stratford, the woman for whom he desperately longs is Cleopatra. 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....
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Ramses tomb is opened by archaeologists and his mummy is shipped to England for museum display. Before the mummy reaches the museum, it is stored in the estate of a lovely English heiress. When Ramses awakes in England in modern times, he is bewildered but is helped by the lovely heiress who is swept off her feet by the great Egyptian's aura of power and wealth. They return to Egypt and he uses the same magic which awakened him to try and awaken his queen (whose mummy has lain in a glass museum case for years). She, however, is not completely reanimated and becomes a vicious murderer. I've never been a big Anne Rice fan but this was better than the Vampire series in my opinion.
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I liked this book a lot. Good read, good story.
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Excellent story and plot. You won't be able to put it down.
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This novel was one of her best! It will keep you captivated and unable to put it down until you've read it til the end. I would totally recommend this book to anyone.
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I am a big fan of the Vampire Chronicles, and a little romance is ok, but this book had a bit too much of that for my taste. I really think this book belongs in the romance section.
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Julie Stratfords father is a retired shipping mogul who now spends his time as an archaeologist in Egypt. He uncovers a tomb that claims to be that of Ramses the Damned, even though his tomb was already found. Everything in the tomb is written in hieroglyphs, Latin, and Greek, and the mummy is accompanied by scrolls claiming that Ramses is immortal, was a lover of Cleopatra, and can and will rise again.

Anne Rice's beautiful, lyrical writing is again present here. Unfortunately, it is destroyed by a mainstream romantic plot that completely undermines the willpower and respectability of the heroine. Additionally, there is stark Eurocentrism present in the story. The clearest example is the fact that the elixir of life turns brown eyes blue. So there are no immortals with brown eyes. I am so disappointed, Anne Rice. Whereas the Vampire Chronicles are a lovely mix of social commentary, lyrical writing, and all the best tropes of genre fiction, The Mummy is a beautifully written book that is destroyed by a kind of offensive, all-too-common plot and Eurocentrism. Even beautiful writing cant overcome that.

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I think everyone knows this story!!!
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Well read but in good condition