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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  31,690 ratings  ·  654 reviews
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 quell 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 memor...more
480 pages
Published 2004 by Arrow (first published 1989)
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Loved this book...couldn't put it down once I started it. I really wish she would have done a series out of this story.
Litchick (aka Navessa Allen)
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 more recent novels have been of much lesser quality. 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?
Can't believe it took me so long to read this one. There are only one or two of Rice's books that I haven't liked, but this one was classic Rice. She captures the historical mood perfectly, the grandeur and romance and mystery, the eroticism that is somehow woven into every scene, without being trite or distracting. Just when I think I know how she's going to resolve things, she goes in a completely different -- yet perfectly fitting and satisfying -- direction. There are a lot of themes in this...more
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 H.P. 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. Intri...more
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Michael Mallory
First, I'm a middle-aged guy who does not read bodice-rippers as a rule. Perhaps "ever" is a better word. But I happen to love mummy fiction, be it in the form of a movie or a book. That was what prompted me to dive into Anne Rice's "The Mummy," which, prior to "The Da Vinci Code," was the worst book I could not put down. Perhaps anticipating the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies that came along several years later, this Mummy is not a shriveled, bandaged, mute zombie hit man, stumping around and stra...more
Leido... Y la verdad es que me esperaba más y solamente le doy un aprobado...

La novela aunque empieza de forma prometedora enseguida la historia se estanca y se vuelva lenta y monótoma. No es hasta pasada la página 300 (mi edición de bolsillo tiene 541 págs.) que la cosa se anima un poco, pues la acción y la tensión van in crescendo conforme llega el final. El desenlace no está mal: es abierto y lógico aunque para mi gusto, poco singular...

El estilo de Anne Rice hace la lectura amena y rápida. A...more
The Mummy: Ramses the Damned - VG
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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 arou...more
Jan 01, 2008 Slayermel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys Anne Rice or Fantasy
This is the second time I have read this book, as the last time was years ago. The story is different then any mummy tale I have seen to date. It deals more so with immortality then raising the dead, and the emotional turmoil that accompanies being immortal.

The Story moves quickly and the characters are very likeable. The reason I only gave the book four stars is because three quarters of the way through the book, I found the characters where not behaving quite like themselves and also because...more
I don't particularly like Ms. Rice's vampire storylines, so I was pleasantly surprised by the theme in this book, so completely removed from the vampiric realm, yet still firmly entrenched in the paranormal genre.

I'm a big fan of mummies (from cartoons, movies, to books) and Ramses the Damned with his soulful blue eyes is no exception. I loved his story, the trials and tribulations he had to go through and I was rooting for him from the beginning...And was so very happy he got his just reward.

I really like how "The Mummy" started out, and I had high hopes for it. Anne Rice is so good with suspense. The characters seemed full and precise, and I thought the plot was intriguing. However, as soon as the characters disembarked (and you'll know what I'm talking about if you read the book), the story falls on its face. The characters don't follow their established personalities, and the story turns into a circus on a merry-go-round. I've read worse, but I really expected better of this book...more
This was a book highly recommended. It’s also the first Anne Rice I’ve ever read.

After finishing this novel, I’m don’t feel it’s representative of her best work.

Not that it’s that bad. The beginning popped for me and I was thoroughly engrossed in the story and characters. Bascially, this is a love story between a mummy brought to live and the daughter of the man who freed him from his tomb.

Sounds…unique. And it is. But to a point.

By the time Ramses and his modern love Julie return to Egypt, I wa...more
Madeline Knight-Dixon
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 movie.

A lot of reviews call it “vintage Anne Rice” and I couldn’t agree more. 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 time.

A mummy rises, he falls in love, and...more
I'd found Servant of the Bones in my university library and had enjoyed it greatly, so I thought I'd let Anne Rice entertain me again with a book about one of my greatest interests, Egypt. She didn't.

Because of the settings and locations--early 1900s London and Egypt--and the characters--a murdered British archeologist and the main character, his Edwardian daughter--I kept thinking (or hoping) I was reading an Elizabeth Peters novel. But I every time I thought it, I was reminded that it sadly wa...more
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 author.

After first few pages I checked. Oh dear.

I really do not like Anne Rice.

It 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 w...more
In many ways The Mummy is atypical of Anne Rice, and yet totally typical. I love that it taps into a genre of film especially that is culturally familiar and tells this engaging story about immorality and history.

That being said, I read this for the first time when I was pretty young, and I don't recall disliking Ramses or Julie as much as I did this time around. I understand that Julie is a woman of her times - and supposedly ahead of her times - but she just irritates me. Her mewling suitor Al...more
Carrie Slager
I’ve read a lot of Anne Rice’s books, but The Mummy is my absolute favourite, no question about it. It has the perfect mix of tragedy, romance, history and emotion that Anne Rice pulls off so well, without any extra flab added to the story. Compared to her other novels, The Mummy is incredibly short, with my version only being 398 pages. Believe me, they read fast!

Maybe I’m a bit biased because I’ve always loved ancient Egypt and have been fascinated by Ramses the Great. I’m not necessarily an a...more
A British archeologist in early 1900's Egypt uncovers a mummy's sarcophagus covered with all manner of dire warnings about disturbing the occupant. Undeterred, the mummy is removed; but instead of the mummy claiming vengeance on anyone, someone else murders the archeologist. The mummy is sent back to England to the home of the archeologist's wealthy daughter for display in her home, and the story takes off from there.

I read this book after reading Interview With the Vampire; this is clearly not...more
I enjoyed this book, though parts of it annoyed me. I'm not exactly sure what I didn't like about it. I think it was a combination of writing, characterization and a few other things.
Amy Hutchinson
I loved this book so much! I have read it several times, and I read it again when I traveled to Egypt because part of the book takes place where I would be visiting. Most Anne Rice fans were not thrilled by it because it was so out of character for her. One friend, a Rice enthusiast, said this was her worst book because it was no more than a trashy romance. But that's why I loved it! It is a historical romance that is incredibly well-written. Basically, Rice started writing paranormal romance be...more
I'd forgotten all about having read this until I was poking around to see Anne Rice's latest offerings. I really liked this book because it was very creepy, and did not make the idea of immortal mummies "pretty", it definitely strayed into Stephen King horror area in some of its descriptions. The other thing I liked about it was that it became very philosophical about what immortality might mean and whether it was something to be idealized or avoided at all costs. No cut and dried (ha ha) answer...more
Delicious Strawberry
At 4.5/5 stars, the Mummy stands out as one of Ms. Rice's best standalone novels, and is even better than some of her Vampire books (the later ones, anyway) The read is entertaining and the characters are fluid. Not everyone might like this book, but the descriptions have the flair Ms. Rice used to have before her novels started to go sour (around Blackwood Farm/Blood Canticle) and I definitely loved reading this book. I would give this book a perfect 5 stars if Ms. Rice had gone through with he...more
Jul 30, 2007 Lynn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves Egypt and Ms. Rice
Shelves: fantasy
This is my absolute all time favorite book by Anne Rice! She introduced me to a new kind of mummy that was actually attractive. It's not your typical "Mummy" style story. The intro of Cleopatra really threw me for a loop. Anne Rice's "The Mummy" inspired me to write my own novel. You can feel the characters and see the surroundings so vividly. Her twist on the "Mummy" was a surprising and pleasant shock!
I must have read this novel 10 times in the last few years. Recommend it to everyone!
Aug 15, 2008 miaaa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to miaaa by: fitri a
Shelves: fictions-others
this book taught me that being immortal is a curse. if being immortal means you could not appreciate things around you because you're so get used to it, i'd rather live for a short time yet living it up.


buku ini mengajarkanku menjadi abadi itu adalah sebuah kutukan. jika hidup selamanya berarti kita tidak bisa lagi menghargai setiap hal di sekitar kita karena terlalu seringnya kita mengalami itu semua, aku lebih memilih hidup singkat namun menjalaninya sepenuh hati.
Birdie Tracy
Making a Case for Ramses the Great

This is another favorite that I've purchased for my kindle in my (never-ending, according to my husband) quest to have them available wherever I happen to be.

I first read this book many years ago when I was trying to balance a fairly new marriage, a four year old daughter, a (second) hip and pelvis replacement, and college classes. I probably don't need to say that money was tight. Really tight. My husband, who views reading somewhat like I view golf, bought the...more
Ryan Zimmerman Carstairs
The anti-vampire – I could not finish the book. I got about half-way through and I just couldn’t face slogging through any more of it.
I know its me – Anne Rice is a wonderful writer, so many love her! But I can barely get through most of her works, and it’s usually a supreme act of will or sheer inertia.
Oh well. Don’t burn this one, but if your taste are anything like mine don’t try it either.
Jeanne Drzewiecki
Can't remember how many times total I have read this book. By far my favorite of any of Anne Rice's novels. I am always on the lookout for copies of this book and purchased my original copy at a little store in the Garden District of NOLA and the wear and tear on the book is evident of my love of this book.
I really liked this story by Anne Rice. I wish she had written more of this style of book.

Ramses the Great has come back to life, now he is cursed to live eternity and the only glimpse of happiness is his intriguing relationship with Julie Stratford.
“When we are weary, we speak lovingly of dreams as if they embodied our true desires”


Right now, I’m letting out a loud groan. That is all I really can do thinking about this book. Well, I could give you a very impressive eye roll as well. Or I pull out some of my hair.

This was actually my first Anne Rice book ever. I always wanted to start with the Vampire Chronicles, because I really like the movie adaptation from Interview with the Vampire (it is one of the few movies I actuall...more
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold near...more
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