Yes, yes, ha ha ha. Very funny title. Anyway, I just finished reading “The Buried Pyramid” by Jane Lindskold. This was the most recent free download from Tor. Being slightly suspicious after the “Spaceman Blues” fracas, I was hesitant to get started on what Tor tells me is “a marvelous ride through Ancient Egyptian myth, legend, and religion”. However, I am always ready for a bit of Ancient Egypt, so I plunged in. In short, this book is acceptably wonderful.”Acceptably Wonderful”, what the hell does that mean? Well, bibliophiles everywhere know about a certain type of book. You may have a different name for this category, but “Acceptably Wonderful” is mine. This type of novel draws you in, it has characters that you wouldn’t mind speaking with in public, pretty good plot, and a couple of twists that you didn’t (quite) see coming. In short, it’s a pretty darn good read. The only trouble is that once you finish, you just know that you probably won’t be coming back to it. And that really is the case with “The Buried Pyramid”. I loved it, but I won’t be reading it again.
“The Buried Pyramid” is a great 1890’s period piece about rich British “Archaeologists”. There’s the absent minded Egyptologist, the dashing former British Army officer with his sweetyettoughAmericancowgirl niece. There is the secret sect of desert Bedouin who will stop at nothing to protect the “Secret In The Desert”. And there is the beautiful but deadly English Noblewoman, intent on finding the treasure for herself. As enjoyable as that is, about 3/4 of the way in, the story just leads us right into Sci-Fi land. I won’t go into any more detail than that as any discussion would be full of spoilers, but it’s definitely a welcome change from mouldy mummies rising from the tomb. In fact, I have to applaud Ms. Lindskold’s creativity, even while I lament the book’s failure to connect with me.
In short, I definitely would recommend this to anyone even remotely interested in Ancient Egypt. The research was obviously intensive, as the descriptions of Egyptian dress, manners, morality & religion are stunningly depicted, and even the late 19th century scenes are impeccable in detail. All in all a most enjoyable read. So much so, that my faith in Tor is restored.