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About leenasbooks

I have loved books and reading ever since I learned to read on my own as a child. I started writing stories at an early age as well. After five years of Egyptology studies at the University of Manchester, I decided it was time for some "lighter" reading. If ever there is such a thing. In the words of James Bryce: "The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." And, as I finally had time in my hands, I began to write down a story that had been developing in my minds for years already. I am weaving human mythology into the series, and of course ancient Egypt is an important part of the story. You are welcome to read about my writer’s journey, about books, and life.

Tutankhamon-book I wrote will travel the world with the Tutankhamon exhibition

And the secret is out  The Tutankhamon book I wrote and illustrated for children gets to travel the world with Tutankhamon’s artifacts on their world tour of ten cities around the world. Had to pinch myself when I heard this. (Ok, maybe I’ll pinch myself a few more times…)

I quote Nigel Fletcher-Jones’s post on Facebook (director of the American University in Cairo Press)

“I’m delighted to say that both Dominique Navarro and Leena Pekkalainen will have AUC Press books for sale at the exhibition stores as the exhibit travels around the world on its ten city tour. More soon!”

http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/11/29/78274/artifacts-from-king-tut-s-tomb-set-for-internation/

 

Well knock me down with a feather: 20 reviews – all five stars

I had not checked the Amazon reviews for Moon Daughter for a while and to my surprise I found 20 reviews in all – and they were all five stars! Couldn’t believe my eyes. 15 in Amazon’s UK page, 5 in US page. books2read.com/u/b5OE7p

At the moment I am writing the third book of the series every day. Here’s hoping I’ll get it to my editor soon!

 

Representation and Reality in ‘The Mummy’ (1999)

Egypt at the Manchester Museum

Following on from my own thoughts on the most recent installment in the ‘Mummy’ genre, I’m pleased to welcome a guest blog from armchair Egyptologist and film fanatic Matt Szafran – hopefully the first in a series!

It’s easy to be annoyed when a subject you’re knowledgeable in is depicted inaccurately on screen. I know medical workers who get annoyed when a procedure is performed in a fatally incorrect manner, IT people who balk at the incessant use of the word ‘firewall’ and locksmiths who laugh at the way a highly trained secret agent uses lock picks the wrong way round. It sounds obvious but sometimes we forget the fact that films are simply entertainment for the masses and in our haste to condemn the inaccuracies we often overlook the more accurate details.

To that end let us consider the Stephen Sommers directed The Mummy (1999) film, and observe what the…

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