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The Mummy

(Ramses the Damned #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  45,485 ratings  ·  1,326 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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Nick Ramses the damned: The passion of Cleopatra will be released later this year. The story continues:)

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Henry Avila
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now a novel which includes Cleopatra (VII) and Ramses II, the greatest pharaoh in history has a certain amount of intrinsic interest, especially the Egyptian queen ( with little native blood, almost all Greek) when she plays one of the evil ones. Not a beauty as portrayed in films but attractive, intelligent and a bold capable ruler....Multimillionaire Lawrence Stratford in 1914, unearths his most important discovery the mummy of Ramses south of the capital; however this cannot be since he is in ...more
Madeline Knight-Dixon
Dec 21, 2012 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
Mar 30, 2008 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. ...more
I read a lot of Anne Rice in my late teens. I think I was hoping for another Lestat (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) somewhere in her cannon, but alas, there is only one! “The Mummy” interested me because it reminded me of those super-cheesy B-horror movies à la Hammer, but with sex (I was 17, cut me some slack!). Flipping through it now, I can’t help but think of how my tastes and standards for books has changed over the last fifteen year…

The plot is classic creature horror: the mummy
Aug 03, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mummy re-awakened in Edwardian London ... what's not to love?! Well ...

First things first, what is this book about?
An archaeologist uncovers a tomb that contains none other than Ramses the Great - or Ramses the Damned, depending on which source you believe. This shouldn't be possible, except that good old Ramses apparently drank some sort of elixir making him immortal, explaining not only where he was found but also the writing uncovered around the mummy.
A family plot means the archaeologist d
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Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ramses the Great (or Ramses the Damned) is discovered in The Valley of the Kings. He has risen from the his immortal sleep to fall in love with Julie. But when people start turning up dead Ramses raises the seductive Cleopatra from her grave.
Um... Ok. So I read this in October as a good monster read. Unfortunately I didn't really get that. I have a few problems with this book.
First off (and foremost I think) this is not a horror book by any means. I hate to compare this book to her other
Aug 23, 2010 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
“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 actu
May 31, 2011 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
Nov 15, 2010 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? ...more
Michael Mallory
Jun 14, 2012 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
sorry couldn't do it couldn't stick with this one. Rice has written some books i love but this wasn't one of them so im letting it go back to library tomorrow unfinished ...more
Jan 08, 2010 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
Michael Sahd
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Ramses awakens in 1914 in London, years after his previous awakening. When he reigned over Egypt, he had learned the formula to make an elixir that made him not only immortal, but superhuman as well. He apparently is highly intelligent, as reflected by his ability to learn English in record time. I personally wonder how intelligent he is, because some of the decisions he makes in the story aren't the brightest. However, his poor decision making is what drives the plot.

Anne Rice loves her immorta
Oct 29, 2007 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
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
M.M. Strawberry Library & 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
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this about 20 years ago, when I was still a big Anne Rice fan. I liked it a lot.

Recently I was approved for the Netgalley ARC of the sequel. Not re-reading this one here at the moment, as I don't have it anymore. Let's see if I still like Anne Rice 20 years later and if I do, I might come back to Ramses for a re-read.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish in the end, and I skimmed most of the pages I managed.

I know it is a dated work, but there has always been a timeless classic feel to other Anne Rice books. This is just too corny and bland. More like an early Hammer horror, only with less plot.

Not for me.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
436 pages of absolute rubbish. I wouldn't recommend this book to my worst enemy. Positively atrocious; avoid at all cost. ...more
Jul 30, 2011 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
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
Kind of interesting take on the life, and afterlife, of Cleopatra. Not my favorite Anne Rice, but I liked it.
I would classify this as vintage Anne Rice. It is ridiculously over-the-top, almost laughably so, yet a fun enough read. It's just so... 1980s excessive. Lol.

Gabrielle's review nails it for me, especially the part that says:
"Of course Ramses is incredibly handsome and irresistible. Of course he learns English in like 5 minutes. Of course he can’t resist resurrecting Cleopatra when they find her mummified body. Of course that turns into a huge, violent mess with sexy interludes. It’s an Anne
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'.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'll keep this brief because this is older and it's a re-read. In a world where Vampires and Faerie's rule the realm of modern paranormal/urban fantasy The Mummy is nice change of pace. Rice writes the setting very well. From a hustling and bustling industrial London to the deserts, pyramids, and shady market corners of Cairo, she whisks you away to with wonderfully detailed imagery.

I'm not sure how well Julie holds up as a heroine 20 years later. She's fitting for the time period I think, but c
Cheesy and one helluva good time! My first mummy story. I can’t complain too much. Okay, maybe a little.

Ramses, one seriously hunky immortal, not a mummy per se, he just sleeps wrapped up for long periods of time, like a thousand years or so. He adapts remarkably well. He loves to eat and have sex. An interesting character.

Julie. I positively hated this character. Wimpy woman. Man, was she annoying. Love interest to Ramses. Julie’s name could have been Skipper. Why couldn’t Anne Rice have call
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.

Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice change from the vampire books. Excellent read, great pace of story and characters. The main character is very engrossing. Very recommended
My first read of 2018 and.. DNF 😔

This paperback has been sitting on my book shelf for almost 4 years. During that time, I picked up and tried to read this book a couple of times. But.. I kept putting it down. And after trying to read this book for I don't know how many times (and the result was still the same 😓), I decided to throw in the towel since I couldn't bring myself to finish it. I could't get into this story and couldn't form connections with the characters either. So, sadly to say, thi
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) was a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematic 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 nearl ...more

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