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The Mummy (Ramses the Damned #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  37,800 Ratings  ·  811 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
Paperback, 480 pages
Published 2004 by Arrow (first published 1989)
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Gina
Mar 30, 2008 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Navessa
Feb 13, 2014 Navessa rated it did not like it
Madeline Knight-Dixon
Dec 21, 2012 Madeline Knight-Dixon rated it really liked it
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
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Kerry
Nov 15, 2010 Kerry rated it did not like it
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Darth J
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?
Kate
Oct 29, 2007 Kate rated it it was amazing
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
vex
Aug 23, 2010 vex rated it did not like it
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
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Marianne
May 31, 2011 Marianne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Mallory
Jun 14, 2012 Michael Mallory rated it it was ok
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
Mary Rose
Sep 15, 2016 Mary Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
- Quizás a una mente moderna le resulta imposible comprender a una mente antigua con facilidad - concedió Elliot -. Me pregunto si también sucedería lo contrario. Si un hombre de la antigüedad que volvería a la vida en nuestro tiempo sería capaz de comprender nuestros valores.
- No es tan difícil comprenderlos - repuso Ramsés-. Ustedes han apreciado a expresarse demasiado bien como para que quede algo velado o misterioso. Sus periódicos y libros lo cuentan todo. Y sin embargo, no son tan diferen
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Dawn
Jan 08, 2010 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel
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
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DoodlePanda
I tried to like this book... Undead, mummy, what's not to like?

I got about half way through before I decided to give up. It's not that it was badly written, it just isn't my cup of tea.
Maybe all the good stuff happens at the last half. But there are too many books out there I want to read to spend my time on a 'maybe'.
Tinka
“When we are weary, we speak lovingly of dreams as if they embodied our true desires”

Spoilers...duh

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 actual
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Niki
Mar 21, 2017 Niki rated it really liked it
rather 3.5 - many stories within the story - but i soooooooooo love a mummy story ;-)
Simona Bartolotta
La 'mummia' di un romanzo, forse.
Da premettere che la prima parte mi era piaciuta: l'idea di partenza è affascinante. Già dopo primi capitoli però, l'autrice inizia a perdersi in assurde ripetizioni, diventa incoerente, scostante, tutta la storia acquista un'inverosimiglianza quasi inaccettabile. Ogni singolo sviluppo si basa sul presupposto che tutti i personaggi, chi più chi meno (ma io sarei propensa per il più), siano affetti da una acuta forma di demenza.
Julie è come se non esistesse, una
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Marsten
Aug 09, 2011 Marsten rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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LJ
The Mummy: Ramses the Damned - VG
Anne Rice - Standalone

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
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Slayermel
Jan 01, 2008 Slayermel rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Mojca
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.

A
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Damian Dubois
Feb 18, 2015 Damian Dubois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Such a shame that the novel wraps it all up but leaves it open for a follow up book that we'll never get. I want more Cleopatra!!!

J.C.
Jan 13, 2011 J.C. rated it liked it
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
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Cindy
I really enjoyed this novel - it was definitely a different take from the Saturday afternoon version with Boris Karloff. I was surprised to learn that the Brendan Fraser movie was supposedly based on this book; if that's true, then it's no wonder that any mention of this was obliterated from the film version as the only similarity is the title. The novel takes us from a mysterious tomb in Egypt to an estate in London and back again to Alexandria and Cairo. Ramses is immortal, thanks to a mixture ...more
Kathleen
Bahahahahahahahahahahahaa...seriously?????? This was one of the worst novels I have read in a long time and I only read it because my brother-in-law loved it. It's a fricking Edwardian bodice-ripper, for fuck's sake. The dialogue is unbelievably trite, ridiculous, florid, take your pick...it's all there.

Pros:
It's a short book

Cons:
The main female character cries WAY too much
Too many coincidences
Main character falls in love with a dead guy mere minutes after he comes to life and tries to stran
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M Strawberry Reviews
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
Thomas Strömquist
This horror-cum-romance was my second date with Anne Rice. We were not meant to be. I'm sure she's happy without me and I will be happy with my mummies (if I find any) scary and monstrous.
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-bought
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
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Sheila
Jul 30, 2011 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rice-anne
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
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brianna
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
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Kari Elliott
The premise of this book was so appealing to me, that I was certain I would love it: an immortal Egyptian king awakens after being in slumber for several centuries, and attempts to blend with society in early twentieth century London. I've been interested in ancient Egypt since a young age, and so this idea was undoubtedly intriguing. And I was loving it...at first. It is so classically Anne Rice, with her lush descriptions, gorgeous atmospheres, and constant outpouring of sentimentality - all o ...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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“when we are weary, we speak lovingly of dreams as if they embodied our true deisres-What we WOULD have when that which we DO have so sorely disappoints us” 44 likes
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