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The Monstrumologist Paperback – July 20, 2010
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"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." (BCCB)
* “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.”--Booklist, starred review “Horror lovers will be rapt.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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I absolutely loved this series! The main reason i bought this book was for the cover. It had medical tools on it and inside the hardcover. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Marissa Wallenberg
Did not finish. Not terribly written, just terribly dreary. Repetition of a certain piece of dialogue became intolerable, so I'm walking away from this one without a backward... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Lannie
very well written. Truly scary. Very graphic violence. I will be reading the entire series.Published 20 days ago by M. Smith
The item arrived in the promised condition within a reasonable amount of time. I am pleased.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Rick Yancey is no stranger to the strange. As creator of the award winning Alfred Kropp series, he has more than dabbled in the fantastic and has spun many entertaining yarns for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Danny Norbury
It's rare in modern fiction to find a novel that is both a literary and guilty pleasure, but Yancey's novel is both. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wendy Neeld