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The Curse of the Blue Scarab: A Monster Mash-up

The Curse of the Blue Scarab: A Monster Mash-up - Josh Lanyon
It is a while already since I finished this book, and I have to admit, I’m still is in two minds about it.

Considering the writing quality and the fact how the style and language harmonized with that period and with a created historical atmosphere [b:The Curse of the Blue Scarab|31421764|The Curse of the Blue Scarab|Josh Lanyon|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1470859190s/31421764.jpg|52113304] is a nice piece of fiction.

However, judging by my personal enjoyment, I cannot give this book more than 3 stars, and I am generous here.

Had the author published it under another name, I would have never guessed that it came from the pen of Josh Lanyon. That fact shows, on the one hand, a wide range of JL’s writing skills, on the other hand, it shows that readers don’t meet with approval every experiment. It takes courage to try something new, and we have to respect it, but we are habit creatures regarding our reads.

This book is excellently written, as I’ve already mentioned. However, by and by, exactly the writing became my problem. I found it very interesting, unusual and perfectly suitable to the story line at the beginning, but as the story unfolded, it became increasingly frustrating to concentrate on the events and the story line.

What happened here: a good writing became an obstacle to the story itself. It started to be difficult to come through long-winded passages in old-fashioned language - that matched perfectly with the historical atmosphere- but that became difficult for me to enjoy.

The story is slowly paced that have never been a problem for me, if I’m connected with the characters and If I am intrigued with the story and its development. Unfortunately I couldn’t really connect with the MCs and I found the story rather boring than enigmatic and, in regard to a mystery concept, rather illogical than mysterious. I didn't get why the mummy has to be moved from host to host, leaving dead bodies behind, if the main owner could simply keep it in his house without bringing anyone in danger of death.

The ending I liked more than the majority of the readers, and I am glad that it didn’t turn at the end into a horror-paranormal-novel with the revitalized bloodthirsty mummy that one could have initially presumed.

It was my first book in a mashup genre, and it is nice to be introduced to it. I knew it solely from movies (like The Naked Gun, if I can qualify this series as such).
I didn't read the original [b:The Mummy|28805554|The Mummy|Riccardo Stephens|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1454152055s/28805554.jpg|49018817] that serves as the basis for [b:The Curse of the Blue Scarab|31421764|The Curse of the Blue Scarab|Josh Lanyon|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1470859190s/31421764.jpg|52113304], but I know that it is not actually funny, quite the opposite. However, considering the mashup genre I think, I’d have had much more fun reading [b:The Curse of the Blue Scarab|31421764|The Curse of the Blue Scarab|Josh Lanyon|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1470859190s/31421764.jpg|52113304], if it had been told with more humor.



***Copy provided kindly by the author in exchange for an honest review.