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The Monstrumologist [Kindle Edition]

Rick Yancey
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)

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Book Description

These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for nearly ninety years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me.

So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphan and assistant to a doctor with a most unusual specialty: monster hunting. In the short time he has lived with the doctor, Will has grown accustomed to his late night callers and dangerous business. But when one visitor comes with the body of a young girl and the monster that was eating her, Will's world is about to change forever. The doctor has discovered a baby Anthropophagus--a headless monster that feeds through a mouth in its chest--and it signals a growing number of Anthropophagi. Now, Will and the doctor must face the horror threatenning to overtake and consume our world before it is too late.

The Monstrumologist is the first stunning gothic adventure in a series that combines the spirit of HP Lovecraft with the storytelling ability of Rick Riorden.

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With a roaring sense of adventure and enough viscera to gag the hardiest of gore hounds, Yancey’s series starter might just be the best horror novel of the year. Will Henry is the 12-year-old apprentice to Pellinore Warthrop, a brilliant and self-absorbed monstrumologist--a scientist who studies (and when necessary, kills) monsters in late-1800s New England. The newest threat is the Anthropophagi, a pack of headless, shark-toothed bipeds, one of whom’s corpse is delivered to Warthrop’s lab courtesy of a grave robber. As the action moves from the dissecting table to the cemetery to an asylum to underground catacombs, Yancey keeps the shocks frequent and shrouded in a splattery miasma of blood, bone, pus, and maggots. The industrial-era setting is populated with leering, Dickensian characters, most notably the loathsome monster hunter hired by Warthrop to enact the highly effective “Maori Protocol” method of slaughter. Yancey’s prose is stentorian and wordy, but it weaves a world that possesses a Lovecraftian logic and hints at its own deeply satisfying mythos. Most effective of all, however, is the weirdly tender relationship between the quiet, respectful boy and his strict, Darwinesque father figure. “Snap to!” is Warthrop’s continued demand of Will, but readers will need no such needling. -- Daniel Kraus

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"This has all the elements of the best Victorian mystery and horror...Readers who like their horror truly horrible and yet archly distant and peppered with ecstatic Victorian-scented comments on the woes of the human condition will jump right in and not emerge until the last relieved gasp."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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  • File Size: 1924 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002OTKEKQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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306 of 308 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never Thought I'd Read This But...... September 27, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a grandmother, somewhere between menopause and death, and my usual selection of books would never include a monster book (except for the Twilight series maybe), but this was a free book for Kindle, so I downloaded it. Late one night, I finished "The Help" (excellent) and just opened this to prove to myself that I didn't like it, and I could delete it from my Kindle. I read a couple of pages, then a couple more, and before you know it, my husband is going to bed and I'm sitting up, scared to death and can't stop reading. Oh, it's gross, it will make your skin crawl at times, it's totally creepy. It's definitely not the kind of book you should read sitting up alone at night with hubby already gone to bed, but I loved it. I'll probably have nightmares for a long time over this, with the cold mist of the fog over cobblestone streets and unthinkable things that go bump in the night.
The surprise was the writing style. I didn't expect eloguent language, talented writing, page-flipping suspense, but it delivered all of that. So don't rule this one because you don't think this would be your cup of tea. It just may be.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un. Put. Downable July 30, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Rick Yancey's throwback gothic horror novel, THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST, takes its readers back to 1888 New England where young Will Henry narrates the strange tale of his master, Pellinore Warthrop, and their "search and destroy" mission against a bloodthirsty pod of monstrous killers called anthropophagi. These creatures are headless (though not thoughtless), vicious (though not foolish), and gourmands of human flesh (though not averse to mere animal flesh, if no human cuisine is on the menu). The creatures' mouths, located in the stomach-area (how direct!), are not unlike a great white shark's. Perfect for eating, in other words -- wholesale.

While Yancey's YA gem is undeniably a "plot book," it is also blessed on other fronts. The characterization, for instance, is excellent. The key characters are not cardboard, but real, with traits both admirable and abominable. Dr. Warthrop sometimes lets science get in the way of his humanity, but he's nothing compared to the dashingly dangerous Jack Kearns, a fellow monstrumologist called into the fray when it is learned that there is not just one, but many, anthropophagi living beneath an otherwise tranquil New England cemetery. Kearns delights in the hunt, and the more dangerous, the better. The trouble is, he'll stop at nothing to accomplish his goals and, to him, the laws of church and state are more a source of amusement than reference.

The novel also features a convincingly Victorian style, what with its more advanced vocabulary and numerous allusions to Greek mythology. Both doctors are cool under pressure (and pressure abounds in this creepy book), bringing to mind the unflappable Sherlock Holmes.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scared the pants off me! July 26, 2009
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Alright, alright, so I exaggerate as I am still wearing pants as I write this. However, this book did give me a fright and I had trouble sleeping for several nights due to it. Now granted, I get scared easily. The first time I saw "The X-Files" I had trouble sleeping too so maybe I'm not as stout of heart as others when it comes to these things. But this book creeped me out so I will say it is not for the faint-of-heart since there are *many* gory descriptions and events.

At 432 pages, it is not a book to breeze through considering the author's writing style can be meandering at times. While some ruminations were profound, others were long winded and made the text boring. The story was slow for the first 100 pages but picked up really quickly. Still, once the action was established I could not put it down.

The characters were multi-layered, the plot was interesting, the monsters scary and the ending was satisfying. I'm trying to think of another book to compare it to, or at least to say, "If you like (blank) then this book is for you" but I just can't. This book is truly unique.

I did not give this five stars as I am trying to reserve that for books that I want to read again the moment I finish them. So to be more precise, 4.5 stars. This is obviously the first in a series and I look forward to reading the upcoming books.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Scary tale... July 22, 2009
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The Monstrumologist is one of the creepiest, goriest and most thrilling YA-intended novels I have read recently. Rick Yancy, creator of the popular Alfred Knopp series, has really outdone himself with this gothic masterpeice.

The premise reminded me a lot of Joseph Delaney's popular Last Apprentice series (if you haven't read them, check them out-they are a lot of fun!) in which a young boy is fostered by a local doctor after the death of his parents and becomes an assistant to him. In this surprisingly creepy first novel, we are thrown into the utterly visceral world of pre-turn of the century New England.

Yancey has written such a well thought out, realistic view of life in the late 19th century that you can't help but almost FEEL the grime and filth of that era. There are moments in the story that are so filled with realistic descriptions that you almost feel clauserphobic. You can literally almost smell the cloyingly pungent scent of rotting flesh at times!

Will Henry is our main character...A young boy of twelve who serves as an apprentice for Doctor Warthrop, the town of New Jerusalem's eccentric monster-slayer. Of course, the Doctor's monster hunting title is hush-hush and the locals of the town just take him to be a crazy scientist of sorts...but his huntings are 100% real and VERY scary!

This was a fantastic new entry to the world of horror and I definitely recommend it to fans of The Last Apprentice or even Stephen King. Honestly though, I am quite surprised that it IS intended for young adults since the violence and gore are so extreme at points. There are some fairly graphic scenes of dismemberment, mutilation, and typical blood and gore fare that come with monsters ravaging human flesh.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifically spooky and gory.
While I am a complete chicken when it comes to watching scary movies, I usually have no problem reading scary fiction. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Snap to, readers. It's time for Science and Monsters.
There’s so much to love about this book. I’ll try not to mention anything that will ruin things for anyone, but the framework of the story is great. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Steven Roy Author of Black Redneck vs. Space Zombies
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but writing style is tough to slog through
The writing style is a bit plodding, due to the floral language, but it's does have a compelling set of lead characters. Read more
Published 18 days ago by DK1000
2.0 out of 5 stars Good writing, boring book
I tried, I really did. I got about 50% of the way through this book and realized nothing had really happened yet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Shireman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
A friend recommended this to me, and from the beginning I was captivated. Fantastically written. This book kept me reading into the late hours of the evening. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kelsea Burnside
3.0 out of 5 stars For Teens/Young adults
In this book there are some mysteries that you as the reader get to try and figure out. It is creepy at times but also heart breaking at others. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good slice of YA
Can't speak for the rest of the series, but this was a thrilling novel, moved at a good pace, and included plenty of interesting history (both real and imagined). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Aaron Gertler
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrill ride
The monsters wasn't what made this book work for me, it was the people. The characters are very believable and you can really get touch with them.
Published 3 months ago by readaholic
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Interesting premise and plenty of chills. A wild ride and fascinating read. The whole series is well written and well thought out. Read more
Published 4 months ago by wings4u
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love about monsters?
Those of you who follow my reviews know that I don't give out 5-star ratings lightly. This book, which I picked randomly from a shelf in the library, blew me away. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barb Lawrence
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Rick Yancey is the author several books for adults, including The Highly Effective Detective. He is also a produced playwright and former theater critic. He lives in Gainesville, Florida with his wife and three sons. Visit him at www.rickyancey.com.

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I was surprised when I tried to buy it and it wasn't available. I don't think it was all that long ago that I downloaded a free sample. I loved it and went to buy it--and couldn't!
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