I just finished reading The Mummy or Ramses the Damned by Anne Rice, and I can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed it.
Synopsis from Amazon: He was Ramses the Damned in ancient Egypt, but awoke in opulent Edwardian London as Dr. Ramsey, expert in Egyptology. He mixes with the aristocrats and samples their voluptuous lifestyle, but it is for his beloved, Cleopatra, that he longs, and will do anything to be with....
If you enjoy some romance and the whole mummy-Egypt-adventure type story, I can't see why you wouldn't enjoy this book. I've always been fascinated by the great pyramids, ancient Egyptians, their art and legends, and discoveries of archaeologists. That's where I'd probably go if I ever got acquainted with time travel. I have to know who built these colossal structures in such primitive times and how!
I read some of the negative reviews on Amazon, and someone was bitching that Rice didn't do good research, bla bla bla. Oh, come on! There's a reason it's called FICTION, people. A writer can twist a story however she wants. In my opinion, she had it close enough for me. OK, so here goes my list of likes and dislikes, and I will warn you: SPOILER ALERT!
- As I said before, the whole ancient Egypt theme won me from the start. What made it even more enjoyable for me was that Rice managed to meld ancient Egypt into a modern era and illustrate how this might be completely catastrophic.
- I love the mix of character, some lovable, some hate-worthy, and others whose personalities and actions simply add to the suspense, such as the law enforcement team following the hot trail of Ramses and Julie Stratford's wayward cousin Henry.
- I love Anne Rice's writing style. It always gives me great visuals, and her prose isn't long and drawn out. In other words, no TMI, just necessary details and descriptions.
- Well-written dialogue. I can't you how many times the dialogue kills a story for me. It's not easy to write believable dialogue.
- I'll mention romance in both parts since I have a love/hate relationship with it. I like that it wasn't the main topic of the tale and that it was a weird story with sci-fi elements, as in, an eternal elixir.
- Loved that certain twisted characters got what they deserved.
- I'm not one for romance, so this was my least favorite part. But at least the heated passion between Ramses and Julie was as non-traditional as one can get! How often does a woman get wooed by an ancient Egyptian king?
- This was written in the 80s, and she promised a sequel but never wrote one to this day. Not cool. It didn't end huge cliffhanger, but there were still many moving parts of the story left unfinished. For example, Cleopatra. And did Julie ever get into trouble after the museum reps and police entered her home while she was in Egypt and discovered the mummy there wasn't Ramses? Did she even go home? What became of the elixir? The sequel had massive potential. Wonder why she didn't go for it.
- It was annoying to me that Julie didn't cry for her father's death as much as she seemed to cry over Ramses and his shenanigans. I can't stand when a female character sobs and sobs for everything.
- And even when she was in Egypt, the place of his death and burial, she didn't even hint that she was thinking of him nor did she attempt to go visit his grave or death site. It would have made her character seem stronger to me if she had shown her grief for her father plus her love for Ramses, whom he discovered and inadvertently raised from hibernation.
I rate this book 4 stars. Now, off to enjoy a rainy day.