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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
"This gothic thriller will appeal to kids who like scary with high brow Dickensian writing...Yancey builds the action towards the climactic cemetary scene while also deftly handling the changing interpersonal dynamic between the doctor and Will. REaders who enjoyed Yancey's Alfred Kropp series...won't want to miss this one. Recommended."--Library Media Connection
"Yancey takes...gore and violence...to thrilling new levels in this sophisticated tale."--School Library Journal
"This story is gothic horror at its finest and most disturbing. A cross between Mary Shelley and Stephen King, the tale will force readers to stay up late to finish and then remain awake, afraid to shut off the lights...The richness of the language, the strain of wry humor, and the perfectly drawn characters make it a marvelous read...This book is perfect for readers who want their nightmares in a literary package."--VOYA
"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
I've read just about every popular series of Young Adult fiction, and I have to say that the Monstrumologist series is my favorite by far. Read morePublished 19 days ago by David Marsh
It is hard to put my finger on it, but I really didn't like the book. I finished it, but . . .Published 20 days ago by LDH
This book knocked it out of the park! It reads like an old science fiction novel such as H.G. Wells or Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Read morePublished 25 days ago by RHarsha
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Being a big fan of Stephen King, Rick Yancey writes with a similar suspenseful build up in scenes where nightmares seemingly become real. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kindle Customer
Well written, if you like lovecraftian mythos give this a go.Published 2 months ago by Christopher Austin
The Monstrumologist was beautifully written. Its chilling plot had me ensnared from the beginning. I was introduced to monsters I had never heard of or imagined even in my worst... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ali
This book, as well as the rest of the series, is one of the best I've ever read. I love Rick Yancey's language and storytelling. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joelle Vaughan