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The Monstrumologist | [Rick Yancey]

The Monstrumologist

Dr. Warthrop is a scientist who tracks and studies real-life monsters. Assisted by his 12-year-old apprentice, Will Henry, Dr. Warthrop discovers a pod of Anthropophagi and launches a hunt to destroy the foul beasts.
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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author Rick Yancey has captivated young adult readers with his popular Alfred Kropp novels, the first of which was named a Best Book for Children by Publishers Weekly and was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. Now Yancey begins a gripping new series with The Monstrumologist.

Dr. Warthrop is a scientist who tracks and studies real-life monsters. Assisted by his 12-year-old apprentice, Will Henry, Dr. Warthrop discovers a pod of Anthropophagi and launches a hunt to destroy the foul beasts.

©2009 Rick Yancey; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"[The] best horror novel of the year." (Booklist)

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    Richard Pasadena, CA, United States 03-22-12
    Richard Pasadena, CA, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Things do go bump in the night"
    What did you love best about The Monstrumologist?

    The writing was so vivid, you could taste the fear in the air along with the story characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will Henry, and secretly, Kearns


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they ambush the Anthropophagi pack


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Throughout the book the relationship between Will and the Doctor evokes both anger and compassion


    Any additional comments?

    Although at times sickening in the decriptions of the horrors, its a verbal car crash that you can not turn away from.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Magpie USA 02-24-10
    Magpie USA 02-24-10 Member Since 2007

    You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.

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    "can't make up my mind"

    This is well written by Yancey and well read by Boyer. I have to repeat what a prior reviewer said that this is *definitely* not a youth novel. I think they only mention Yancey's youth novels in the synopsis as a way to convey he's a good writer as evidenced by his awards in that genre. What I can't make up my mind about is whether I will listen to the next book (the end makes it plain there will be more). I'm really interested to know what happens next, but the story can convey such hopelessness throughout that I sometimes had a hard time continuing to listen. There is no doubt as to the "lovecraftian" nature of the book (forboding, dark, horrifying, graphic, gruesome, hopeless).
    Guess I'll have to wait and see what the next book holds.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin M. Slonski Wausau, Wisconsin United States 12-19-12
    Kristin M. Slonski Wausau, Wisconsin United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent naration brought the horror to life"
    Any additional comments?

    I expected more of an adventure book than a horror novel. It was definitely the latter. However, the rich text and excellent narration made this a series I will continue to read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Markinch, SK, Canada 02-04-10
    Mark Markinch, SK, Canada 02-04-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Enjoying this but...be warned!"

    I am 1/2 way through listening to this book and actually enjoying the homage to Lovecraft.

    I knew when I bought that it was about monsters. I even did some research and found the author writes both adult and youth books. Not a problem I quite like that genre if it is done well and the author is an excellent writer. This book was published on the youth side of things and so I expected something a little different than what I found.

    So far in the 5 hours I have listened (and without giving anything away I hope) I have been through at least 3 heavily gore encrusted scenes, murder, illegal activities, evisceration, sever (and detailed) sepsis and some fairly high end psychosis involving abandonment issues.

    In my opinion this is not a book that should be targeted to youth - unless they tend toward wearing a lot of black and too much eyeliner I would recommend parents listen along with their 'young adult'.

    You are warned - it is gory - very Lovecraftian, well written - but gory.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    William Ekhardt 02-04-12 Member Since 2009

    audioreader

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    "brilliant"

    Bloody, dark, gloomy and so very, very well written. This is a great book and a great first book in the series. (make sure you get the others asap). THe narrator is great, the characters are fantastic. I loved this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hardin Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 03-21-10
    Hardin Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 03-21-10
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    "Not my cup of tea..."

    It was tedious. I imagine some of it was due to the attempt to write it in 1880s vernacular and description, but there were a great deal of words for not a great deal going on.

    It's listed as young adult, but I don't see it - it has some fairly explicit violence and though not a parent I don't think it was appropriate for kids.

    I read the blurb for the book on Amazon, and I think I fell into the same trap that Level 26 had for me. Don't read just the good reviews - quite often the truth lies somewhere in between. Then again, maybe I'm being too harsh. A great deal of reviews were from buyers who really enjoyed this book. I really didn't. I think I built it up in my head to be something it isn't. I was really disappointed by it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Flagstaff, AZ, USA 11-04-09
    Lee Flagstaff, AZ, USA 11-04-09
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    "Excellent !"

    If you love "all things Lovecraftian", than this will do for you. It has that Lovecraft feel, very imaginative and satisfying. I hope to see more from this writer. Narrator, also, was excellent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Dark, Engrossing Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Monstrumologist to be better than the print version?

    Not sure, I didn't read it in print, but I felt the narrator brought the sorry to life as I listened, so I would guess yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Monstrumologist, himself, was my favorite character. I felt the most for Winthrop because, even as he literally sacrificed innocents on the alter of his monstrous narcissism and pride, he likewise consistently fought his demons to become the unlikely champion of the powerless and of his own humanity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the scene in the asylum where Winthrop and Will Henry hear first of the terrible migration of the monsters to the New World. This is the first time we see the depth of Winthrop's compassion for the suffering of his fellow man. Plus, the scene is riveting in its revolting and ultimately banal horror.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to begin book 2 tomorrow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Menlo Park, CA USA 06-08-14
    Amazon Customer Menlo Park, CA USA 06-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The only bad thing about this story is the title."

    Great original story - well written and well performed. I hope this is the first of a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-17-13

    SWF, 5'5" 130lbs. Blonde hair, brown eyes. I'm a single mom with two beautiful girls. I design jewelry for a living. I'm going back to school to get a degree in business.

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    "Great for horror fans."
    Where does The Monstrumologist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    8.5


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I am a huge fan of horror and this had a lot of things I look for in horror stories. It is very well written and very well narrated. If you are not a fan of horror or if you are squeamish this is not a book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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