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
"[The] best horror novel of the year." (Booklist)
I came to this book expecting to find an aging scientist who takes in a young boy and through the nature of his science, introduces him to the fact that monsters exist - sort of Indiana Jones meets Night of the Living Dead. It seemed like that would be somewhat entertaining and entertainment was all I was looking for. Other reviewers had compared the author's writing to Lovecraft. I have not read enough Lovecraft to comment on the similarities, but I will say this. I nearly quit the series after reading the first book, not because I was not entertained, for I was. I nearly quit because I found myself profoundly disturbed. Rick Yancy in this series will shine light into dark places, places you cannot see, places you must not see, places you cannot help but look. And you will come to know, to KNOW, that monsters exist. You will find them somewhere between the transcendence of heaven and the piles of dung we live in which, as he shows, are not extremes but points on a circle, a coil if you will, and you will come to see the coil unwind, and the thing, the thing ITSELF, lying one ten-thousandth of an inch beyond your field of vision. Read them. READ them. Read and Marvel! Read and Wonder! Read and Fear! Read and Despair! Your journey begins here.
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.
The writing was so vivid, you could taste the fear in the air along with the story characters.
Will Henry, and secretly, Kearns
When they ambush the Anthropophagi pack
Throughout the book the relationship between Will and the Doctor evokes both anger and compassion
Although at times sickening in the decriptions of the horrors, its a verbal car crash that you can not turn away from.
You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can't wait to begin book 2 tomorrow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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