The Monstrumologist is a suspenseful tale shelved more appropriately next to Agatha Christie and Mary Wollstonecraft than the modern teen page-turner; entirely enjoyable.
I was just disappointed by another, way too over the top, fantasy book- but ever the optimist I decided to try again with the Monstrumologist. This man can write AND tell an compelling story. The Monstrumologist is in the same vain as the early Sanctuary T.V. Show (only better) or something like Sherlock Holms meets Monster Hunters International. The voice actor sounds a bit young in the sample, but it turns out he his a good match. I listen to or read a LOT of "urban fantasy-ish" type books- Yancey just may be a challenger to Butcher (Dresden files/codex Alera) for my favorite author- we shall see.
I actually really like Rick Yancey and am enjoying the 5th Wave a lot. But this book was boring - too much description of gore and blood and guts, without a whole lot of story line. It's disappointing, because this SHOULD have been the type of book I like.
Great original story - well written and well performed. I hope this is the first of a series.
This vividly dark tale is filled with enough gore to make your stomach turn. Brimming with excitement and action, it is a narrative worthy of any Indiana Jones film. Gruesome and fraught with mental illness, this story is not for the weak at heart (or stomach for that matter). Ordinarily I would have thought this kind of story not one I would want to read, however, I found myself riveted to the very end. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this very entertaining series.
I liked the story, but I almost got sick a few times from the descriptions... evidently, the author is very good at making the reader visualize with his descriptions.
This was one of the better books I've listened to.
Will Henry was a rock of courage
Steven Boyer was excellent.
Most of all, I loved the alliteration. It would have felt silly in any other kind of book, but it totally made sense that Will Henry would tell a story that way. He was so poised under pressure and so proper in his servitude that and he would never write directly how shaken he was. It was almost like the staccato repetition of consonants was his subconcious or "coded" way of expressing the sheer horror of his situation. Incredible work Mr. Yancy
I'm not a big fan of gore. But it was totally worth it for the perfect use of Alliteration. The Bard of Beowulf would be bowing before the accomplishment.
I LOVE haunting, atmospheric writing that plays in your head like a movie. I adore books of a mysterious, suspenseful and creepy nature. I am a big fan of Horror/Zombie/Apocalypse and other genres which center on Mystery and strong character development.
Execution through Rick's writing style alone renders this book a FAIL to me. Telling a story through a supposed twelve-year-old boy's journal is completely absurd when the rhetoric is sesquipedalian in nature and does not read anything like a journal. That is to say he uses large or unusual words to illustrate simple dialogue, as I just did. It removes authenticity from the entire narrative by what seems a shoddy attempt to confuse or impress his young adult readers. I eventually stopped listening in Part 2 of the book after being completely fed up with the author's sloppy overuse of certain words. A few great examples are the words "flesh", "alabaster", and "corpse." I have never seen an author use word repetition to this extent; especially when it would seem his vocabulary is extensive.
Writing style aside, the story was not very engaging in my opinion because you knew what was coming. Perhaps I expected too much from a "monster" book...
Notice I didn't even comment on the gore? I enjoy a good splash of gore and I will credit his ability to illustrate those scenes well, if nothing else.
Rick could have taken his well done research on Anthropophagi and let the story unfold more like a mystery than a poorly scripted dialogue of observations.
Steven Boyer did a great job, given what he had to work with. It would have been nice to hear distinctions among outside characters however, as they were all delivered in the same voice.
I'd start with the useless journal idea and keep cutting...
My review may be a tad harsh but after reading some fantastic books in the horror and YA genres I simply cannot rate this higher than 1 star.
Although I did not enjoy the book I thought Rick's characters were well done and his historical fiction, believable.
I would only recommend this book for those who do not care about writing style or narrative, love monsters and gore and those who don't mind a fairly linear plot.