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  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1 Reprint edition (20 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416984496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416984498
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 792,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2010 07 Pages: 434 in Publisher: Simon & Schuster. Childrens Publishing These are the secrets I have kept This is the trust I never betrayed But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years. the one who gave me his trust. the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me ... and the one who cursed me. So begins the journal of Will Henry. orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore War throp. a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology. the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor. Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor. and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a grueso me find. he ings with him their most deadly case yet. Critically acclaimed author Rick Yancey has written a gothic tour de force that explores the darkest heart of man and monster a...

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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Young Will Henry is apprentice to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, a doctor of a different kind of science.

Dr. Warthrop, a monstrumologist, hunts and studies creatures that are the stuff of nightmares. He has spent his entire life documenting and dissecting an array of bizarre creatures, and now his knowledge will be put to the test.

A nest of gruesome monsters, the Anthropophagi, is wreaking havoc on the sleepy town of New Jerusalem. These horrific beasts feed on human flesh and will stop at nothing to find and kill fresh victims.

With the help of Will Henry, Dr. Warthrop must stop the Anthropophagi before the entire population of New Jerusalem is destroyed.

Rick Yancy has created an exceptional horror/mystery/thriller/paranormal young adult novel. The storyline is extremely engaging - I was hooked at page one! I was very impressed with his use of vocabulary and dialogue.

I will say that this novel is definitely not for the faint of heart. Some of his scenes are very graphic, and his imagery can be intense at times. This would be an excellent Halloween read! I am hoping for more Monstrumology stories to come!

Reviewed by: LadyJay
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By kirstie jezequel on 17 Feb. 2015
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The story is unoriginal, the characters unlikeable, the language too stiff and the imagery too complex.
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318 of 320 people found the following review helpful
Never Thought I'd Read This But...... 27 Sept. 2009
By Kathy O'Gorman - Published on
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I'm a grandmother, somewhere between menopause and death, and my usual selection of books would never include a monster book (except for the Twilight series maybe), but this was a free book for Kindle, so I downloaded it. Late one night, I finished "The Help" (excellent) and just opened this to prove to myself that I didn't like it, and I could delete it from my Kindle. I read a couple of pages, then a couple more, and before you know it, my husband is going to bed and I'm sitting up, scared to death and can't stop reading. Oh, it's gross, it will make your skin crawl at times, it's totally creepy. It's definitely not the kind of book you should read sitting up alone at night with hubby already gone to bed, but I loved it. I'll probably have nightmares for a long time over this, with the cold mist of the fog over cobblestone streets and unthinkable things that go bump in the night.
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.
48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Un. Put. Downable 30 July 2009
By Ken C. - Published on
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Rick Yancey's throwback gothic horror novel, THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST, takes its readers back to 1888 New England where young Will Henry narrates the strange tale of his master, Pellinore Warthrop, and their "search and destroy" mission against a bloodthirsty pod of monstrous killers called anthropophagi. These creatures are headless (though not thoughtless), vicious (though not foolish), and gourmands of human flesh (though not averse to mere animal flesh, if no human cuisine is on the menu). The creatures' mouths, located in the stomach-area (how direct!), are not unlike a great white shark's. Perfect for eating, in other words -- wholesale.

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. Overall, it's a singularly well-written book, a riveting display of the horror genre, and, for young Will Henry, a nightmarish coming-of-age tale. Best of all? It's the first of a series. If we are to vicariously hunt more creatures and things that go bump in the night, then, count me in. I haven't had this much fun in a long time.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Scared the pants off me! 26 July 2009
By Mindy - Published on
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Alright, alright, so I exaggerate as I am still wearing pants as I write this. However, this book did give me a fright and I had trouble sleeping for several nights due to it. Now granted, I get scared easily. The first time I saw "The X-Files" I had trouble sleeping too so maybe I'm not as stout of heart as others when it comes to these things. But this book creeped me out so I will say it is not for the faint-of-heart since there are *many* gory descriptions and events.

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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Genuinely Scary tale... 22 July 2009
By RPK - Published on
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The Monstrumologist is one of the creepiest, goriest and most thrilling YA-intended novels I have read recently. Rick Yancy, creator of the popular Alfred Knopp series, has really outdone himself with this gothic masterpeice.

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. There is even a rather disturbing human/monster impregnation that reminded me a lot of the Alien franchise that I am not so sure a lot of parents of young kids would be happy to find out there kids were reading about. Don't get me wrong, I loved every second of it...Just not sure this is for the younger crowd. I would aim it more so at the mid to late teen age range.

That said, BUY THIS BOOK NOW!!! This will leave you reading far into the late hours of the night. It's the kind of book that leaves you seconding guessing the shadows in your room once the lights go out.

AMAZING new start to what is surely going to be a top-notch horror series. I am very excited about the next installment!!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Gory but Gripping 30 July 2009
By PurpleKat - Published on
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As a middle school teacher, I read a lot of Juvenile fiction, though the horror genre isn't my most common draw. I feel that Rick Yancey's imagery is a little more grotesque than is necessary to convey his plot. This is horror fiction however, and that may be part of the appeal. This book is not about the gore though, it is about monsters, and the monsters that humans can become.

In the end I felt that the Monstrumologist left a lot on the table. On occasion, characters seemed to be forced away from drawing obvious conclusions, possibly in order to save those revelations for a sequel. The blurb references HP Lovecraft, but I feel that the author draws his inspiration more from popular television such as Fringe, or Sanctuary (who in turn reference HP Lovecraft). And like those television shows, Yancey spends a lot of time laying the groundwork for followup novels. The wrap up was unsatisfying as a result, since the story is clearly not yet over.

As an introduction to the series, I found it difficult to like all of the primary characters, possibly because in their pursuit of monsters their more monstrous behaviors had become commonplace. If you need to have wrongs righted, and villains punished, horror fiction isn't going to scratch that itch. It will however, show you the worst that we can become, and our bright shining moments that are only visible in the darkest hours.
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