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To Wake the Dead | [Richard Laymon]

To Wake the Dead

Amara was once the beautiful Princess of Egypt. Now, 4,000 years later, she and her coffin are merely prized exhibits of the Charles Ward Museum. If you were to look at her today, you would see only a brittle bundle of bones and dried skin. But looks can be very deceiving, as Barney, the museum's night watchman, finds out. You cannot kill what is already dead.
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Publisher's Summary

Amara was once the beautiful Princess of Egypt. Now, 4,000 years later, she and her coffin are merely prized exhibits of the Charles Ward Museum. If you were to look at her today, you would see only a brittle bundle of bones and dried skin. But looks can be very deceiving, as Barney, the museum's night watchman, finds out. You cannot kill what is already dead.

© Richard Laymon; (P)2006 Books in Motion

What the Critics Say

"This exuberantly entertaining horror novel is grade-A Laymon....this one hurtles from start to finish - never mind the large cast and tripartite plot - and as in all Laymons, the sex, violence and violent sex will leave even jaded readers gasping." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "Bad first impression"

    This was my first Laymon book and after listening to this I am not sure I will give him another chance. Too mutch sex not enough blood and terror. Its supposed to be a horror novel not a graphic romance!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 07-16-08
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 07-16-08 Member Since 2004
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    "off-putting"

    I read the reviews so I had some inkling this might be bad, but well, the reviews were right. It started off fairly good, but went downhill rapidly. I'm sad to say I couldn't finish. Deleted it from my iPod.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Tobin 10-31-07
    T. Tobin 10-31-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Richard Laymon is an under appreciated writer"

    I'm glad to see audible post some Richard laymon titles, however these are not really his best work. I recommend "In the Dark" or "The Traveling Vampire Show"

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Trish 11-08-08
    Trish 11-08-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Vulgar and unnecessary"

    So I was looking for a good mummy story to put me in the spirit of Halloween. This. was. not. the. one. The story started off with potential, but it soon became something that took 6 months for me to finish listening to as it was so extreme and spiritually draining. There are various subplots that all seem thrown out there - no rhythm nor reason to any of them at all. All the characters are tossed around and thrown into a blender for good measure, culminating in a grand finale which is anything but grand. The author seems to have no notion whatsoever into the mindset of the obese, which struck a cord with me early on when a "crush" loses her mind and nails a cat to one of the protagonist's doors when he rejects her for the pert, know-it-all (and quite annoying) blonde. Why this level of obsession so quickly and without warning? And a cat to the door? Please. Come on. Really. As for the rest of the book, it was extremely sexually violent with little to no reason behind any of it. The author also seems to have trouble with the motivations of the truly, desperately lonely as well, turning them from sympathetic characters and into murderers and sexual sadists. And I haven't even mentioned the tale behind the mummy yet! Take from this review what you will, but my advice is to not waste your credit on this train wreck unless you're already a fan of this particular author and his writing style. Very disappointed.

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    Eric wantagh, NY, USA 05-09-08
    Eric wantagh, NY, USA 05-09-08 Member Since 2008
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    "A Tale Of Potential"

    A scary romp is what I wanted and it was indeed there! My only criticism is that I found the handling of most of the subplots didn't tie in well with the title character. I felt as though the writer had half a dozen ideas that could have been great novellas but instead, tied all of them together with the title character to create the book.

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    "Not one of his best"

    I'm a great fan of Richard Laymon's books, but found this very disappointing. It reads like three independent short stories that have been poorly knitted in an attempt to make a single novel. However lack of a central character and continuous storyline, characteristics of Laymon at his best, let this work down badly. I find it hard to recommend this, despite it being one of the few of Laymon's novels on audiobook.

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