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Something dead has been here...Gabe just got lost - in a pyramid. One minute, his crazy cousin Sari was right ahead of him in the pyramid tunnel. The next minute, she'd disappeared. But Gabe isn't alone. Someone else is in the pyramid, too.Someone. Or some thing.Gabe doesn't believe in the curse of the mummy's tomb. But that doesn't mean that the curse isn't real.Does it?...

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The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb Reviews

  • Hannah Greendale
    2018-10-11 06:48

    Gabe can't wait to explore the Great Pyramid with his Uncle Ben, but once he gets inside to search for mummies and treasure, Gabe discovers he may never get out.Uncle Ben woke us up early the next morning and drove to the pyramids outside al-Jizah. The air was already hot and sticky. The sun seemed to hang low over the desert like an orange balloon."There it is!" Sari declared, pointing out the window. And I saw the Great Pyramid rising up from the yellow sand like some kind of mirage. This is the first book in the series that seems to slip beyond the borders of the formula used to write the preceding Goosebumps books. The horror isn't quite as horrifying. The threat to Gabe, while dangerous, isn't what the reader anticipates given the title of the book and its alluring cover art. There are several instances where this book reads more an action-adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones rather than a horror novel, thanks to the ever-present sense of exploration and discovery: Once again, the sour smell invaded my nose. I held my breath to keep myself from gagging. It was the smell of four-thousand-year-old bodies, I realized. A smell that had been bottled up in this ancient hidden chamber - until now. Where most Goosebumps books leave the reader with a chilling sense that monsters may yet be hiding under the bed, The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb reaches a conclusion that's a little too buttoned up. It is, nonetheless, an enjoyable read packed with mummified bodies, unexplored tunnels, and ancient secrets.

  • Carmen
    2018-09-23 02:06

    Gabe is a whiny little brat. His cousin Sari is a know-it-all who enjoys watching Gabe suffer. Both of these unlikable characters are in Egypt - Gabe is on vacation and Sari lives there with her dad, Ben the archeologist.At first, Gabe is really excited to spend time with his cool Uncle Ben. He loves the idea of exploring a new tomb and takes great delight in telling Sari exactly how mummies are made - in gruesome detail.But then things get a little strange. The Egyptian man - Ahmed - who works for Ben, is convinced that there is a curse on the tomb. And then some of Ben's workers start to get sick. And some vanish permanently.Is there really a curse on the mummy's tomb? Or is another sinister thing entirely taking place?Stine really pulled no stops with making his two main characters unlikeable. A bold choice, but I was annoyed with them. Both are petty, selfish, whiny, and stuck-up. I mean, I didn't want anything bad to happen to either of them, but I didn't enjoy spending time with them either.I liked Stine's twist on the traditional mummy tale. (view spoiler)[ There is no 'real' curse. Ahmed is a devotee of the Priestess Khala. He and all his ancestors have been keep her 'curse' on the tomb alive by turning any violators of the chamber into mummies - while still alive! *shiver When Gabe finds the hidden chamber stuffed full of mummies, Sari quickly follows. But then Ahmed shows up to kill them. Ben comes down, and no one is able to fight Ahmed off because he has a dagger, a torch and he's insane. I think Ben should have made more of an effort (especially considering that the kids are there, but oh well. The nice twist at the end is that it turns out that the tiny mummy hand that Gabe bought at a garage sale in the States for a buck is really the true mummified hand of the Priestess Khala. Gabe ends up using it to raise the mummies in the chamber from the dead and they come to his aid. So there are living mummies after all!(hide spoiler)]Some of the horror in this book comes from real-life fears such as child-kidnapping. There is an anxiety-producing scene where Gabe and Sari are led away by someone they trust who uses the claim, "Your father sent me," to lure them into a vehicle. The children eventually realize they're being driven away from the hotel and make their escape, but this plotline hits a little too close to home for me. Very scary.The book is also filled with tons of gross smells. And bugs. Hundreds of scorpions and other creepy crawlies that crawl into pant legs and do other gross things. This book has a high "gross-out" factor.My edition of this book has a wonderful "Behind the Scenes" section in the back. This includes a Q&A with Stine, a list of Top 10 Weirdest Things Found in a Mummy's Tomb, A History of Hieroglyphics, and a section on Preserving the Dead. Fascinating for children. They even provide a hieroglyphic alphabet so you can learn to write your name in hieroglyphics! Very inaccurately, but a cool concept and one kids will love.First sentence: I saw the Great Pyramid and got thirsty. - I liked this opening, but Gabe quickly (I mean on the first half-page) establishes himself to be a brat of epic proportions. And he never improves. Neither does Sari. Still, it's not like I read Stine for character development. *rolls eyes Last sentence: (view spoiler)[ I'll bet they were surprised at how glad I was to see them.(hide spoiler)]La maldición de la momia - ¿Qué despertará a los muertos?

  • Catherine Ford
    2018-09-17 00:02

    I really enjoyed this book. I actually learnt things about pyramids and mummies that I didn't know. The book had a lot of suspense in it, which made me happy.

  • Salymar
    2018-09-28 05:04

    The Curse of the Mummy was the fifth book in the Goosebumps book series.This was an alright story because the concept is very common. I've seen stories similar like this from various sources.Well, this is how story goes: Gabe Hassard is spending Christmas vacation in Egypt with his parents. Gabe's parents own a company, so they are in Egypt for business. However, Gave's Uncle Ben is working at the pyramids and so they take the opportunity to see him. They visited Uncle Ben in Giza and then the story goes on and a mummy appeared to take them all out. that's it -_-

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2018-10-02 04:39

    Αρκετά συνηθισμένο story, εξού και δεν είναι από τα αγαπημένα μου, αφού το βρήκα κάπως μονότονο και προβλέψιμο, σύμφωνα πάντα με τα δικά μου γούστα. Μπορεί να φταίνε οι ήρωες, μπορεί η εξέλιξη της ιστορίας που δεν κρύβει κάποια ιδιαίτερη έκπληξη, ωστόσο δεν μπορώ να μην παραδεχτώ πως διαβάζεται εύκολα και σχετικά ευχάριστα.

  • Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=)
    2018-09-22 01:47

    +Annoying story. Haha Meh. Couldn't determine if this a joke?! Hate the characters. Gabe is okay. But the father and daughter team up!? Bah! DUMB WAYS TO SURVIVE. *rollingeyes* 😕

  • Nek0 Neha (BiblioNyan)
    2018-10-09 06:06

    Something dead has been here...I remember reading one of these mummy Goosebumps installments when I was a child. I remember that it wasn't the first one, and that's what made me go on the hunt for all of the books in the series, so I could find the first part of it. I'm so sad that I finally found it.Unlike the other titles that I've read so far, this came off as more of a suspensey adventure book rather than a horror one. All of the other novels in the serial have something magical and supernatural about it that makes them fun to read, but this didn't have such an attribute at all, and makes it feel abnormal in the Goosebumps line. I also didn't like that it took fucking forever for the creep factor to arise, and when it finally did, it only lasted for ten pages. That's an entire 122 pages of waiting for the scariness to pop up and go "BOO!" So, unfortunately, only two mummies outta five.

  • Glenn
    2018-10-11 01:48

    Currently rereading my original Goosebumps collectionThis isn't my favourite book in the series so far but I was definitely entertained while reading it. I found it interesting to note that Stine strays slightly from the supernatural aspect, and the plot is more realistic in a sense. There are quite a few chuckles to be had in this book and I found myself constantly wondering what was going to happen next.It follows the same Stine formula as the rest of the series (i.e. cliffhangers at the end of every chapter), but that's not a bad thing at all. These books can appeal to both children and adults young at heart, and I've thoroughly enjoyed revisiting my childhood reading these books. My girlfriend and I are expecting a child soon, and I can't wait to read them these books as my parents did with me.

  • Darcy McLaughlin
    2018-09-24 03:48

    I always disliked this book as a kid. I think I read it the one time, and just forgot about its existence. It's probably the closest to a Scooby Doo episode a GB book can be. Basically, we have our hero Gabe who is generally a whiny 12 year old who would rather play Gameboy than look at the wondrous landscapes of Egypt. His parents are big-time players in the refrigeration game apparently, and they're in Egypt on business. Right off the bat we get evidence that Gabe is a total dick, as he makes fun of how fat his dad is, and then comments to the reader how his dad doesn't like to pick things up from the ground because his stomach is so big. Nice kid. He likes to play with a little mummy hand he bought from some kid at a garage sale in Egypt, because hey it was only 2 bucks and who wouldn't want a piece of a corpse in their pocket at all times? Remember this little bit for later...Anyway, back at the hotel the parents get a super urgent refrigeration call and they have to leave within the hour to Alexandria. They abandon Gabe in the hotel, and tell him his cool ass uncle Ben the archaeologist (referred to constantly as a scientist throughout the book as that word is mandatory in GB land) is coming to take care of him. His parents leave for an hour and Gabe already starts having paranoid fears about being eaten by mummies or something. His Uncle scares Gabe like the little nerd he is, and his uber annoying cousin Sari shows up as well (Astute readers will notice that Stine simply dropped the "h" from the previous book's Shari for his female character this time around). We know Sari is a jerk because she can get to the last level on Super Mario Land and Gabe can't. This is where the book loses all credibility, as Gabe implies SML is a game for the Super Nintendo, and he can't practice with his "regular" Nintendo to become good at SML. For kid who plays his Gameboy all the time, you'd think he would realize SML is a god damn Gameboy title. Truly destroys any credibility this franchise had.So because they can't hang out in a hotel all day, Gabe and Sari get to go to the pyramid where Uncle Ben (not the rice guy) is excavating some old tombs. Of course this leads to several instances of Gabe getting scared like a little weiner, along with them meeting Ahmed who is a creepy dude who speaks little English. He thinks that they're provoking the mummy's ancient curse by opening the tombs, which Ben thinks is stupid because he's a real deal science guy.At the hotel again, Ben has to go see some workers from the dig at the hospital, because they suffered some strange illness. Mummy's curse strikes again! While they're waiting at the hotel, the kids decide it would be smart to run around Cairo for a bit. They go to the museum nearby, where they're chased by Ahmed who claims he was sent by Spiderman's uncle to pick them up. He tries to kidnap the kids, and they escape back to the hotel. Creepy.The next day at the pyramid we get our thrilling conclusion. Despite Uncle Ben providing a beeper to each kid in case they get lost, they all get lost immediately and Gabe falls into a scary ancient mummification room. His cousin finds him there, and they're attacked by a crazed Ahmed who wants to murder them in boiling tar and mummify them for violating his ancestor's pyramid. So in true Scooby Doo fashion, it wasn't a monster, but a guy in a mask all along.Uncle Ben shows up, gets blasted in the head and knocked out. The family get put into some sarcophagi (guses?) Luckily Uncle Ben smartly knows every mummy coffin has a back door, and they break out back into the firey tar pit of death room. This is when they're confronted by knife wielding Ahmed again, and Gabe has a stroke of brilliance. He takes out his magic mummy hand (remember that thing?) and raises it in the air. Naturally all of the mummies in the room come to life and attack Ahmed, chasing him from the pyramid. Then they just chill out, and the family laugh off the whole near death experience and go home.At the hotel everyone jokes around until a really scary moment when someone knocks at the door. But it's just Gabe's parents and oh boy wasn't that scary let's just end the book now.Random thoughts: I hated this book as a kid. I typically never liked stories about mummies or vampires, I think I preferred the GB set in smalltown America because it was more relatable. In this book we get a continuation of the annoying relative trope, as Sari is incessantly irritating. Granted Gabe is a dweeb as well, so he really can't complain. I kind of wish they were just boiled alive by Ahmed in the tar pits, but we can't have everything I guess.

  • Maggie Gordon
    2018-09-25 02:39

    Gabe and Sari are the luckiest twelve year olds alive when their Uncle Ben decides to take them into an Egyptian pyramid dig. However, the archaeology project is plagued with problems that may be related to an ancient curse placed on the burial site. While Uncle Ben is trying to figure out exactly what is going on, Gabe gets separated from his uncle and Sari, and stumbles into a mummy making chamber that has been in use more recently than 4000 years ago. As it turns out, one of the men working the dig is actually a member of an ancient group of people who promised to protect this tomb, and this man tries to mummify Gabe and his family in punishment for disturbing the sanctity of the priestess’ chambers. However, Gabe just so happens to have a mummy hand that can summon mummies, and he calls upon its power so that he and his family can escape in the nick of time!One thing I really have to commend this book for was the fact that it seems as if all the protagonists are racialised (Gabe and his family are originally from Egypt, and his uncle has a Middle Eastern name). Normally, I would have been incredibly uncomfortable to read about a bunch of white, American researchers getting threatened by traditionalist Arabic people, but in this case it was the slightly less problematic combination of “modern” Arabic people from the US being bothered by traditionalists from the old country. Still an issue, but not nearly as terrible as it could have been, and it is certainly pretty awesome to see that within the first five books of the series, R.L. Stine was diversifying his characters.Unfortunately, the story doesn’t actually make all that much sense. Gabe saves the day with a magical artefact that he bought at an American garage sale, and no one, including Uncle Ben the scientist, seems to have a problem with this. This was a text book deux ex machina ending, and readers didn’t even get a twist to end the story with!

  • Daniella
    2018-10-11 07:01

    I thought this book was better than some of the others in the Goosebumps series. For one, Gabe was a lot less stupid than most of Stine's protagonists, like Greg from Say Cheese and Die!, for example. And for another, it actually was kind of scary. The idea of being lost in a strange place--in a tomb, for Christ's sake--and at the mercy of some sociopath who wants to mummify you alive is even unsettling from an adult point of view. The only thing I didn't care for was the mummy hand being the deus ex machina that saves the day at the very last second. But then, it is a kids' book, and somehow I doubt the target audience is as discerning about plot devices. They may also not realize how ridiculous it is that, when Ahmed tried to kidnap Gabe and Sari, Uncle Ben didn't call the police. Seriously, who is that retarded? I'm willing to handwave it, though, on account of it being a kids' book, and because Stine generally tends to keep things short and sweet, and he was probably trying to wrap things up in a timely manner.Other things worth noting: The story being set in an exotic foreign locale, and the descriptions of the different culture--the way people dress, the food, etc.--should be interesting to most kids, and may be enticing even for reluctant readers. The information about pyramids and mummies (and the extras about heiroglyphics, mummification, etc. at the back of the book, depending on what edition you read) may inspire kids to learn more about Ancient Egypt. And this book may just make your kids think twice about running off on their own the next time you go out of town on vacation.

  • Librariasaurus
    2018-09-19 00:44

    I ha forgotten how good these were. I'll grant that the writing is not superb by any means and having read R.L. Stine's adult work, I believe the children's writing to be much more enjoyable. Looking back at a book or series like this as an adult and having read only one as a child I am ashamed for not having pursued this series more when I was younger. They are the perfect books for that out of the box kind of kid and they have just the right amount of spooky in them to be enjoyable to kids and not terrifying. I plan on following this up with books from the more recent Horrorland and Wanted series. I missed out on a lot by not having read these when they were more relevant to me.This particular book follows Gabe and Sari, two cousins on an Egyptian adventure for their Christmas holidays who get trapped inside the great pyramid whilst being chased and promised mummification by a crazed descendant of the Priestess Khala who will stop at nothing to stop the violation (or lack thereof) of his ancestors tomb and chambers. Adequately mysterious and filled with childish stupidity on Gabe and Sari's parts it ends with the typical Stine happy ending wrap up.

  • Princess Godoy
    2018-09-19 23:39

    I just found out that there is a tv show for Goosebumps! Just sharing cause I find it amazingSo this is a story about a kid who have a rich parents with/the most cliche catch, they are always busy so he is taken care by his uncle who is somewhat nice and have a really cool job but have a very ANNOYING daughter. And by annoying I mean really really really annoying that I wished that she dies. Oops spoiler alert she doesn't! What a bummer!The plot is interesting but it's not that scary and I hated the characters stupidty because it's off the level that I can handle.

  • Courtney
    2018-10-07 00:39

    The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb was an okay read. It starts off with Gabe and his family on vacation in Egypt for Christmas break. While there his parents get called away to a business trip and Gabe stays with his uncle, who works in the pyramid, and his cousin Sari. The day after his parents live for there trip his uncle takes them to the pyramid, and they learn about the curse of Kahla.The character development in this book was not the best in my opinion. Gabe was a big baby throughout the story until the end. Sari was a stuck up brat, and her dad let her get away with it.

  • Nicola Mansfield
    2018-09-24 06:44

    This one is different from the others I've read so far. First off, though it is a decent enough thriller concerning a crazy madman for the most part. Unlike the other Goosebumps I've read this is hardly "horror" and has only a brief moment of the supernatural in it. It's also the first I've read to give actual useful information about the topic, here being pyramids and the mummifying process. Disappointing ending as well which lacks the cue for creepy twilight zone music.

  • Michele
    2018-09-25 00:55

    I had not read a Goosebumps story before, so it seemed fitting that a mummy one would be my first. With a target audience of pre-teen aged children, I wondered what tropes R.L. Stine would incorporate into his tale. The one familiar element is the inclusion of a native Egyptian character warning the archaeologist of a deadly curse that would fall upon him if he were to open a sacred tomb. In fact, it becomes a situation of a self-fulfilling prophecy since the reader learns that the person is a direct descendent of the priestess sworn to protect and avenge any interlopers who happen upon the tomb. The Hammer Film production of The Mummy (1959) is an excellent example. There were several differences however. The immediate difference is that the main characters of the story are two twelve year old cousins who are constantly trying to one-up each other. It seems that Sari is typically triumphant over Gabe. In the end though, Gabe and his little mummy hand relic save the day. Sari and Gabe fulfill the reluctant hero role well because they are so focused on being better over the other - more like siblings actually. I'm sure this keeps the rapt attention of the young audience. Additionally, all of the characters are Egyptian, which is great, but I do wish that Stine had included some Egyptian terms, so that readers could have learned a little about Egyptian culture. The Egyptian locale of Cairo and the Great Pyramid are used well. There's even a quick trip to the Cairo Museum. And Stine even commented on the constant horn honking on the streets of Cairo, which I vividly remember when I visited, so that was a nice touch of authenticity.

  • Darcus Murray
    2018-10-09 04:39

    This is one of those Goosebumps books that I never got the chance to read as a kid so I had no idea what to expect from this particular story. It was neat to see one of the books focus more on the human side of things instead of just putting everything up to a paranormal entity. I really enjoy the way R.L. Stine plays on the human aspect of fear and the campy quality of the jump scares and cliffhangers at the end of every chapter. Had I read this as a child I would have deeply enjoyed it and I'm glad that, now as an adult, I can still get a kick out of them. I cannot wait until my children are old enough to read Goosebumps. I know they're going to love them.Rating: 4 Stars

  • Dane Cobain
    2018-10-15 07:37

    This book was a nice surprise, because I actually enjoyed it a lot more than some of the other Goosebumps books. I’ve been reading a bunch of them as an adult, because I just happen to have them, and most of them have been mediocre at best, and nowhere near as good as I remembered them.This one, though, was a lot of fun, and that might be because I’m already interested in the Ancient Egyptians to begin with. But the chapters were also longer – as was the book as a whole – and I also liked the way that the twist at the end was sort of not a twist. Pretty cool.

  • Francy
    2018-10-15 23:55

    Voto: 3,5Ho trovato i personaggi troppo irritanti, con dei comportamenti troppi improbabili, come ad esempio quello dei genitori di Gabe nel primo capitolo. Quale genitore si comporterebbe così?La protagonista l'ho trovata troppo irritante, stupida, fifona e credulona, decisamente troppo abbindolabile. La cugina l'ho trovata troppo stronzetta e fin troppo prima donna.Insomma, mi hanno esasperata un po', rovinandomi di conseguenza il piacere della lettura.

  • ✌ Ashley ☠
    2018-09-22 04:49

    Disappointed there wasn't more about the mummy, which is what I expected. The end was pretty cool though. Wonder if Ahmed was crazy or if there really was a curse? The Summoner worked, so maybe? That is probably what the next book is about. I don't blame Gabe and Sari for always taking off. If I got to go to Egypt I wouldn't want to stay in the hotel either. Uncle Ben wasn't the best adult either. He didn't even try to keep track of them.

  • Atharva Shah
    2018-10-08 01:51

    I though from the title of the book that it would be interesting, but my hopes were crushed. The beginning of the book, where there are no discoveries and mummies is pretty fine for a food start with simple characters and clean writing about a teens worries. But later, as the book progresses, the mummy's tomb, abduction, exploring the depths ere supposed to be interesting but were dull and it did not at all give me Goosebumps. The mummies come alive on the fifth last page, and go back to the dead again. There's no logic at all in Ahmed's Character. Sat and Gabe are interesting. The scorpions, mummy hand, priestess chamber were also pretty okay. The ending was completely unsuspectable. That's all that I have to say about this. PlotTwelve-year-old Gabe Sabry is spending Christmas vacation in Egypt with his parents. Gabe's parents own a refrigeration company, so they are in Egypt for business. However, their relative Uncle Ben is working at the pyramids and so they take the opportunity to see him.Back in al-Jizah (Giza), Gabe tries to relax in the hotel room, but the television does not show anything in English. Gabe's parents get a call-- there is a refrigeration emergency inAlexandria, they have to rush out on a airplane that leaves in an hour! They give Gabe an option: He can go with them to exciting Alexandria, or stay in boring Cairo with Uncle Ben. Gabe elects to stay with the archaeologist, even though he does not get along with Ben's twelve-year-old stuck-up daughter,Sari.Since Uncle Ben is on his way to pick up Gabe, Gabe's parents leave him alone in the hotel so they can catch their airplane. As he is waiting, Gabe removes a mummy's hand from his jeans pocket that he had bought at a garage sale several years ago and carries around with him. He hears someone breaking into his hotel room: it is a mummy! Gabe throws the mummy hand at the mummy, who is revealed to actually be Uncle Ben in a mummy disguise! His cousin Sari and Uncle Ben start cracking up.Uncle Ben reveals that he is in such a good mood, because he and his team have just discovered a secret burial chamber inside one of the Great Pyramids. And the best news of all is that both Gabe and Sari get to accompany him into the tombs.Uncle Ben treats the children to dinner in the hotel lobby. As they eat, Uncle Ben prepares the children for their adventure by giving out facts about the pyramids.The next morning, the three trek down to the pyramid. Uncle Ben flashes a guard his badge and the three prepare to head inside, but first Ben poses the following question to Gabe: "You don't believe in curses, do you? You know-- the ancient Egyptian kind."Ben alerts the children that his workers may have violated an ancient Egyptian decree and unleashed a curse. He also warns the two about getting lost in the tunnels several times. Each of the three are armed with halogen flashlights and the temperature drops significantly once inside the giant stone building.As they walk along the dark corridor, Uncle Ben gives even more Pyramid facts. Since his crews just cut holes from one room to the next, there are not any accessible stairwells that lead to the new chamber, so the only way to get to the room below is via a rope ladder. Ben goes down first so he can shine his light up at the entrance, and Gabe, wanting to show off for Sari, jumps confidently onto the rope ladder. However, he was not expecting the rope to be coarse and he draws his hands away in pain. Gabe falls down to his doom until Sari saves the day by grabbing his hand and guiding him back to the rope ladder. Uncle Ben tells Gabe to take his time and eventually all three make their way down the lower part of the pyramid.Gabe's shoelaces keep coming untied as the three trek through a downhill passage. This passage leads to a forked passage and Uncle Ben leads them through a tight, claustrophobic passage that they have to walk through sideways. This leads to the Northwest Passage. Eventually they find themselves in a large, cavernous room with a high ceiling. Spotlights hooked up to generators hang from the walls, revealing four of Uncle Ben's workers excavating the tomb, plus one noticeably non-helpful Egyptian dressed in all white with a red handkerchief. Uncle Ben introduces this quiet pony-tailed figure as Ahmed, a man from "university" there to serve as a consultant on ancient curses.Uncle Ben turns his attention to his workers and Gabe directs Sari's attention to the dirt inside the pyramid.  Sari yearns for more excitement and talks Gabe into exploring the pyramid. She insists that it is safe, because she did it yesterday and all the passageways eventually lead back to the main room. Of course as soon as they make their way down a passage and Gabe turns around, Sari disappears.Gabe continues walking down the tunnel, convinced that Sari is playing a trick on him. He comes across a small square room with a stone casket inside. Slowly the painted lid of the case slides off and Gabe sees the eyes of the creature within. Sari throws a fit of hysterics at spooking her cousin. Uncle Ben barges in and yells at the two about wandering off in the pyramid, only to join in the laughter when Sari fills him in on her prank. Gabe sulks and follows Ben and Sari out of the tomb.The next morning, the three are eating breakfast in their hotel room. Uncle Ben has to conduct a little business inside the Cairo Museum. But he proposes the two children tag along, so they can wander the museum while he works. No sooner is this mentioned than it is dashed away by a telephone call. Apparently two of Uncle Ben's workers have fallen mysteriously ill and he has to go visit them in the hospital. He sternly tells the two children to stay put in the hotel (they can leave the room if they want but not the hotel itself) until he gets back. As soon as he is gone Gabe tries to show off for Sari by proposing they go to the Cairo Museum on their own. Gabe writes a note for his uncle and the two head out.Inside the giant museum, Gabe teaches Sari about the grotesque methods the Egyptians used to prep a dead body for mummification. Gabe describes the process of first inserting a hook into the eye socket or nostril of the corpse and then stirring the brain around until it is pliable to be scooped out with a spoon. Gabe starts to embellish around the time he gets to the part where the Egyptians would occasionally cut off a head and let the brains drain out through the neck.Ahmed shows up at the museum and spooks the children. They run away from him but he catches up with them and claims that Uncle Ben sent him to take them back to the hotel. Even though they walked only two blocks to the hotel, Ahmed insists they drive back in his station wagon. Ahmed drives away in the opposite direction of the hotel, kidnapping the children.Inside the car, Gabe signals to his cousin to run out whenever Ahmed stops. The plan works and the children run into the busy streets of Cairo, eventually seeking solace in a department store. The two are relieved to have escaped Ahmed's clutches but begin to panic when they realize they are lost in Cairo. They hail a cab and tell the driver to go to the Cairo Hotel but the driver doesn't pull out. He just sits in the front seat laughing at the children. Not quite getting the joke, the children begin to panic, fearing that the driver is in cahoots with Ahmed. Still laughing, the cab driver points through the windshield at the Cairo Hotel. Sari and Gabe trot up to their room and make it inside just before Uncle Ben arrives.Ben's clearly distraught over the mysterious illness of his workers-- they will not reveal anything to him, leading him to suspect something wicked is afoot. He tells the children that he gave the rest of his workers the day off but he simply must go back to the pyramid and investigate. He proposes the children wait for him inside the hotel room but they fear Ahmed might return. Uncle Ben reluctantly agrees to take the two children with him.Outside the pyramid, Uncle Ben clips special pagers to their belts. In case the children get lost, they can press a button on the beeper and the device will transmit a homing device for their uncle. Before entering the pyramid, Gabe pauses to make sure he has the mummy hand.Shortly after entering the pyramid, Gabe gets lost. He stops to tie his shoe and then when he looks up the other two are gone. He resists hitting the panic button because he thinks he can catch up with them. He comes across the fork in the path from earlier and he enters the wrong passageway and falls through the stone floor, crashing into a hidden burial room. As he looks up from the rubble he spots a mummy standing at attention, motionless against the opposite wall. Gabe gets up and shines his flashlight around the huge room-- the auditorium-sized room is at least twice as tall as the tomb being excavated by Uncle Ben's team.Inside there are dozens of mummies in various positions and a table with the tools used to prepare the mummies. Gabe shines his light on a dark square in the floor the size of a swimming pool. He walks closer and discovers the dark spot is a pool of molten tar. Gabe questions how the tar could possibly be soft after all this time locked away in the crypt. Finally he has had enough adventure and decides to beep his uncle. Unfortunately, the fall crushed the pager. Gabe is on his own. It gets worse for Gabe as he becomes aware that parts of the room are moving. It's not the mummies though-- it's scorpions. A wave of the dangerous insects convenes across the floor and rushes towards a frantic Gabe. In his panic, Gabe trips and falls headfirst into the pile of scorpions.Sari also got lost and also made her way into the cavernous room. She grabs onto Gabe just as he is falling into the scorpions. The two make their way to a new area of the tomb and Sari explains that she got split up from her father too and that he was so mad at Gabe for getting lost. Gabe reasons that she is lost too and that Ben will get over it once he sees the tomb. Sari directs Gabe to the tunnel entrance in the corner of the room that she came through and the two make their way over. Gabe makes Sari page for her father so they can be saved. Shortly after beeping her father, Sari sees a light coming through the tunnel.Ahmed tells the children that he tried to warn Sari's father about the curse, but he just would not listen. The children have violated the Sacred Chamber of Princess Khala, and violating a sacred chamber comes at a price: death. Ahmed reveals that he tried to scare Uncle Ben's workers to prove that the curse was alive by showing them what it would feel like to be boiled alive in the tar pit. Ahmed in his duty as the descendant of Khala has punished all who entered the tomb. He reveals that the dozens of mummies inside the tomb consist mostly of recent violators of Princess Khala's chamber-- and they were mummified alive.Ahmed draws a dagger and makes his way towards the children. Gabe suggests making a run for it when a rope ladder drops from the ceiling. Uncle Ben swoops down and confronts Ahmed. Ben tries to reason with Ahmed: "Ahmed, you are a scientist, and so am I." Ahmed declines Ben's offer to handle the situation "scientist to scientist," opting instead to hit Ben in the head as hard as he can with his torch.Sari runs over to her father's bloody body and pleads to Ahmed to let them go. Ahmed pulls the torch back and swings it behind him, letting it drop into the tar pit. The pit bursts into bright flames. Ahmed turns around and tells the children they are going to have to wait for it to heat up.Ahmed hoists Uncle Ben's body into a stone sarcophagus and closes the lid. Gabe worries that if he is still alive, Ben might not have enough air inside the coffin.  He and Sari get shoved into a rotting, wooden coffin. Gabe notes that the coffin he is sharing with his cousin is filled with gross bugs. Sari and Gabe hear a rustling inside their coffin. It's Uncle Ben.The Egyptians built their caskets with escape hatches in the bottom so the soul can escape. Ahmed is so wrapped up in chanting an ancient spell that he did not even notice Ben slipping out the hatch and into the other coffin. Ben tells the children that Ahmed has slipped out of the tomb and the three slide out the secret coffin passage. They trot across the tomb and almost make it out when they spot Ahmed's torchlight. Ahmed draws his dagger and forces them backwards towards the tar pit. Finally he has them lined up with their backs facing the bubbling pit. He tells the family that they will have to jump one by one into the pit, which is still burning with a low flame over the boiling surface.In a moment of panic, Gabe pulls out the mummy's hand from his jeans and lifts it above his head. Ahmed flips and cries out that it is the Hand of the Priestess. Ahmed starts chanting in a foreign language. Behind him all of the mummies in the room begin to move. They slowly scrape their way towards Ahmed. Ahmed circles around and cries out in horror. He throws the torch at an advancing mummy. The mummy bursts into flames but keeps walking towards Ahmed. A group of mummies hoists Ahmed over their heads and lift him above the tar pit. The family looks away, as the mummies drop Ahmed into the pit. Strangely, when they open their eyes, the mummies are back to their original positions and they spot Ahmed running through the tomb's exit in terror.Back at the hotel, Gabe is toying around with his mummy's hand. Jokingly he cries out to the ancient spirits, summoning them to life. Sari and Gabe hear a knock on the hotel door. When they go to answer, they discover... Gabe's parents are back!

  • Alexander Draganov
    2018-10-12 08:04

    Fun and original take of the mummy mythos by master storytellet R.L. Stine. I dock one star because of Sari, who is a terribly annoying character, but the main protagonist Gabe was likeable - and the villain was chilling!Review in Bulgarian here:http://citadelata.com/%D0%B2-%D0%B3%D...

  • Donna
    2018-10-13 01:04

    As much as I love all things Egyptian, I have to say this isn't one of my favorite GOOSEBUMPS books. The Idiot Adult Syndrome runs a little too high for my liking in this one. For instance, right at the beginning, Gabe's father asks Gabe how he thinks the pyramids were built. His father then reminds him that the Egyptians didn't even have the wheel. Now I don't know if this was an editorial oversight or a comment on just how dumb Gabe's parents are but they're supposed to be successful business people. So I don't know. And Gabe's archaeologist uncle had some serious TSTL moments. Far too many for his own good.I get it. The kids are supposed to save the day and all but this one goes a bit too far to make the parents look incompetent where the kids would have to step in and save the day. It just ended up being a bit TOO silly for me. I can take some silly. I wouldn't be reading GOOSEBUMPS if I couldn't. But this one's at the top of the ladder.I also wasn't too thrilled with the characters so I didn't have that to fall back on. Gabe is a bit of a whiny brat and Sari is a spoiled brat. Neither exhibit real redeeming qualities at all and while there's some growth, I think it comes too little and a bit too late.It's good for the Egypt factor. It paints a great picture of the artifacts and the dig site and all of the mummies. It's got some good exciting moments where you don't know if the kids are going to make it or not (with RL Stine that's not always a given). But MUMMY'S TOMB isn't at the top of my GOOSEBUMPS list. Thankfully there are a ton more to more than make up for it.

  • Katy
    2018-09-26 02:40

    Some background—I have fond memories of the Goosebump books, and some memories of the original TV show. I decided to reread these old classics and see if they still held up for a modern-day adult horror enthusiast. Since I don’t expect any kids who might be reading these books for the first time to find this, all reviews will contain spoilers.I did not read this book as a kid, because I did not (and still do not) care about ancient Egypt or mummies. However, I actually enjoyed this book. This one switches back to first-person POV, and the main character is the first explicit POC main character in the series (he’s full-blooded Egyptian, though he is a third-generation US citizen). The writing quality of the series enjoyed a great improvement in this book—for example, the end of chapter 1 isn’t a crappy cliffhanger, but a genuine teaser! The characters are all very enjoyable, and their relationships serve as the basis for most of the tension throughout (which is pretty darn good.) When we do get to the climax, it’s revealed that nothing supernatural is going on—the villain is a religious fanatic. I absolutely loved seeing this, especially in a kid’s series rife with supernatural and impossible events. Of course, there does end up being some magic in the end of the book, but I didn’t mind it. I thought this book was actually quite scary, especially the second half, and even though a murderer escapes in the end (um, hello? You let him just walk out the room!) I am giving it 4/5 shrieking banshees.

  • Ben Hami
    2018-09-28 02:42

    this book is talking about gabe, a kid with his parents on a christmas vacation in Egyt and sari, gabe's cousin, which is in Egypt with her father, the archiologist Ben (yay im in a book). in the book the kids go invstigate the newly found ancient tomb in the pyramids, with a danger lurking in the charecter of a local curse should we say...my favorite part in the book is when sari and gabe goes into the pyramid alone(SPOILER ALERT,although not that big of a spoiler) sari decides to prank gabe, and make it look like they got seperated. before they went in gabe connected a rope between him and sari, and in the pyramid sari cutted the rope on a sharp stone corner,and played games with gabe. its my favorite part in the book for several reasons: first and foremost,this part was funny as all hell, gabe had depicted himself as a crybaby/coward/wimp, while sari seemed so evil after this trick. secondly,u can almost see the goofy smile on sari's face on gabe's monologs and lastly, while all of this happend, there was this formidable feeling that somebody,something,somehow,somewhere is watching us, and that ran chills across my spine. so for a finish, this was my favorite part because it made me feel something else, some thing i wont get from reguler readings,something,supernatural

  • Benjamin Stahl
    2018-09-28 04:01

    As far as Goosebumps goes, this book was pretty good. I liked that it was not set in America for once. It was cool that along with telling a children's horror story, Stine also gave his young readers a small glimpse at another culture. Otherwise it was standard fare though. The characters were one-dimensional snotty little brats. Most of the story involves the boy and girl trying to one up each other with stupid pranks. That's the thing with all the Goosebumps books I read. Even when I was in primary school and tried to read them then, I had already been exposed to the likes of Stephen King movies and The Exorcist and stuff and so the scares in R.L. Stine's series always seemed so watered down and predictable. One of the things I most hated - and this goes for most of his books - is that when things finally do get serious and the protagonist is in actual peril, the book is in its last forty pages. I always come out feeling like there was a decent story there, but due to his target audience, Stine was unwilling or unable to really explore it properly. End of the day, for young readers this book has its obvious merits. But for anyone over twelve, the only pleasure found in these books is that of pure nostalgia and a little curiosity.

  • Tiana
    2018-09-20 06:40

    Honestly, you can't say much about R.L. Stine books. They are intended for children, so of course they aren't going to be written at all well. So, giving that I'm not a child, I couldn't bring myself to give any of the Goosebumps books more than 2 stars at my current age, but I do remember loving these books as a child... and that is why I chose to pick them up again!All this book is about, is a boy named Gabe going on vacation to Egypt where his Uncle Ben is an archaeologist doing a dig in an old pyramid. He gets to go in with his uncle, which is the coolest thing Gabe could have hoped for because he's insanely obsessed with mummies, and weird things start to happen. One of the workers warn them that they are disturbing the spirits and that the pyramid is cursed! Ben doesn't believe him and keeps working, but then his workers come down with a mysterious illness... and the worker that warned him tries to kidnap Gabe and his cousin Sari! If that's not the worst... he actually plans on turning them all into zombies!

  • Tracy Poff
    2018-10-16 03:42

    Gabe's family is on vacation in Egypt, seeing the pyramids, when his parents are unexpectedly called away on business. Rather than go with them to Alexandria, Gabe elects to stay with his uncle Ben, and Ben's daughter, Sari. Ben is an archaeologist studying the pyramids, so Gabe gets to go inside the pyramids. Maybe he'll discover a mummy, or some hidden treasure. Or maybe... hidden danger!The fifth book in R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series, The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb follows Gabe and Sari as they have an adventure in a pyramid. Sari is always trying to scare Gabe, and he's always falling for it, but might there be something worth being scared of?(Spoilers removed. The full review, including spoilers, is available here.)The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb provides a good mix of suspense and adventure, with just a touch of the supernatural. It's a fun, quick read, and is available on the Kindle, as Classic Goosebumps #6, for horror fans that prefer bytes to pages.

  • Hilary
    2018-10-01 03:41

    So, this was actually one of the better Goosebumps books so far. I'm actually kind of sad that I didn't read this when I was at a far more appropriate age to be reading Goosebumps books. While Gabe is an insufferable little brat in the beginning of the book (and let's face it, Sari isn't much better) and his Uncle proves criminally negligent when they're actually in the pyramid, the scares in this book are more potent than might be thought.The descriptions of the pyramid itself, thousands of winding tunnels, dead ends, unexplored chambers - the fear of being lost there in the oppressive dark with thousands of years of accumulated dust and grime, scorpions of mummies. It's good stuff, and to the child's imagination likely incredibly potent. Add some old cults into the picture, burning tar, the descriptions of how mummies were made, etc. Very fun children's horror.

  • Alex Larragoity
    2018-09-25 23:53

    Realmente esta serie de libros de "Goosebumps" los leo solo por entretenimiento. Son libros claramente orientados a un público menor (niños o adolescentes) y a mi me parecen rápidos de leer y con buenas ideas, o divertidas ideas.Este en particular me gustó un poco más que los anteriores que he leído de la serie, porque mete una idea diferente sobre las maldiciones de las tumbas egipcias. ¿Existirán estas maldiciones o no?, ¿serán reales?, en este libro no importa, porque lo que en realidad está sucediendo cobra sentido aún en literatura para gente mayor. Esto sin dejar la parte "mágica" o "Fantástica" propia de este tipo de libros. Pudo haber llegado a 5 estrellas si hubieran sido más de una idea interesante las que nos compartiera Stine.