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The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist) Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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I don't know how Yancey does it, he has an amazing gift for writing horror that truly makes you tremble. He plumbs the depth of human potential and scrapes the bottom, things too horrific to imagine are dredged up, brought to the light of day and described with unflinching brutality. But then he goes and shows you beauty as well: love, loyalty and laughter.
And that's where this book excels beyond "The Monstrumologist." I liked the Monstrumologist but the cast was all male. There were female victims of course, but no main player. Here, you have the enchanting Muriel whose relationship with the Monstrumologist makes him seem more human. You have Lilly, a girl slightly older than Will whom I found delightful. I do hope that she will be seen in future installments of Will's story. Other characters abound: Von Helrung (The Monstrumologist's mentor), John Chanler, Sergent Hawk. They all combine to make the story compelling, utterly engrossing. But the biggest draw is Will himself, how he could still be so innocent after witnessing so many horrors, how unfailing his loyalty is and how brave he becomes when grown men pale and flinch.
As usual there is the caveat: This is a gory book with mature content. I would hesitate to put it in the hands of children. It's more geared towards older teens and adults.
Bravo to Rick Yancey; I eagerly await the next installment.
The author does a wonderful job of building on the story, taking us deeper into the world of the Doctor, Will Henry and Monstrumology itself. The Wendigo is fascinating and the author spares no sentiment in describing the monster in all of it's gruesome hunger and decay. The Doctor's past plays a large role in this mission and Will Henry acquits himself with the courage and steadfast loyalty that we have come to expect.
This is an exciting, fast paced read. It's not often that readers are treated to such action, adventure, and intense horror elements all couched in language that is rich and as lush as a warm blanket on a cold day. This series is not for everyone. It is a dark and bleak world portrayed here. As Will Henry states "...tell me why God felt the need to make a hell. It seems so redundant." Hell has never been so effectively portrayed. A recommend for any fan of literary horror fiction whether teen or adult. I can't believe I now have to wait so long for the next one. This is a must read.
This story has more humor, emotion, and heartbreak than the first, and plenty of scares.
Curse of the Wendigo leaves the gate at full speed, with all of the beauty and grace of the first at its most gripping moments and then some. The heavy characterization of the first book really allows Yancey to dive into the thrill ride; but not to worry, the exploration of his characters gets even deeper treatment along the way. If the first book is 80% development and 20% adventure, the second flips those figures, and in the most delightful way. And if you thought the first book was graphic, this one has enough gore to fill a slaughterhouse. No disturbing brutality is spared, but the violence serves a purpose; it's visceral, not clinical or just there for the gross-out factor. The scenes of horror not meant to discomfort the stomach, but the heart and mind.
I pre-ordered the third, and it can't be released soon enough.
I own an e-reader, but I choose to read these in hardcover because of the beautiful cover art, inside and out, as well as the little illustrations on random pages. The style of this series just demands real paper, and possibly candlelight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More bad language in this one and the story seemed to drag a little more. I enjoyed the first one better.Published 2 months ago by W. Jones
An incredible sequel written for an incredible first novel. Curse of the Wendigo focuses more on the character relationships, it seems, while using the monster to explore those... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dakota @ Magic in Every Books
It is hard to ruin the Wendigo, and Rick Yancey doesn't try to. This book felt very X-files to me, with a plausible yet deniable brush with the mystical that may or may not have... Read morePublished 4 months ago by E. Gray
Great horror story. One of the best I have read. I will be following this author and will be reading the rest of the series.Published 5 months ago by M. Smith
Even better than the first book. The pace really picks up!Published 7 months ago by Abigail Stefaniak
This was a joy to read and I found it more enjoyable than the first volume in the series. Language, depth, and pace were all captivatingPublished 8 months ago by alex ace