The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb by R.L. Stine
Gabe is spending some time in Egypt. His parents are there on business and his uncle Ben is working at the pyramids. Ben really wants to go inside one of the pyramids. The family isn’t in Egypt long at all before Gabe’s parents have to leave the city to attend to their business. Gabe will be spending his time with his uncle Ben, and Sari, his cousin. Sari and Gabe have a love-hate relationship. They like each other as cousins, but get on each other’s nerves almost all the time.
It doesn’t take long for Sari to be annoying. She and her dad prank Gabe the minute they walk into the hotel room. Other than that, things start to become enjoyable. They eat at the hotel restaurant and they go to the pyramid. There’s supposedly a curse, but no one takes it seriously. Ben and his workers have found a new tunnel that they’re investigating. Uncle Ben gets wrapped up in his work, which leaves space for Sari to terrify Gabe once again.
Again Uncle Ben gets wrapped up in his work and has to go to the pyramids. He leaves Sari and Gabe at the hotel; he tells them not to leave the room, but they do. They go to the museum, but one of uncle Ben’s workers, Ahmed is there. He says he’s going to take them back to the hotel, but the children realize something is wrong.
They end up back at the pyramids again, this time, they end up in a terrifying room with a strange connection to Ahmed. Will everyone make it out alive or is the mummy’s curse real?
What I liked
For a Goosebumps book, this wasn’t that bad, not that Goosebumps books are bad; it’s just that they’re usually predictable. I liked the twist of this one. I liked the idea of the Mummy’s curse being both something mystical, but also something more tangible. I like that it had a real person as part of it. I liked that it was this thing that bridged reality and the supernatural, if the two are ever separate…
I found most of the characters in this particular book enjoyable. I know what it’s like to be annoyed by a family member close in age to me.
I’d also like to see the pyramids some day. It would be neat to see something so old.
This idea of a tomb being cursed in some way, definitely has its basis in reality, sort of. Upon the opening of King Tut’s tomb, there were certainly some strange circumstances surrounding it. There were some mysterious deaths and some strange illnesses. Being a little less “woo-woo,” there could be real reasons you’d want to be careful opening up something that has been closed for hundreds of years. There are such things as viruses, anaerobic bacteria, and fungi that can be dormant for long periods of time. Viruses can’t really live without a host, but let’s say you were digging up bodies that had been frozen in the permafrost in the arctic circle for hundreds of years and those people had died of some terrible contagious virus. That virus might still be viable, but frozen, in those bodies.
What I didn’t like
It’s a little silly, the story, but it’s not that bad.
I’m jealous of this kid for getting to go to Egypt.
Maybe you should just leave the mummies and the tomb shut.
Would you go inside the pyramids?
Would you open up something that had been closed for a long time?