What’s it about?
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 starts the diary of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, 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 gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.
A gothic tour de force that explores the darkest heart of man and monster and asks the question: When does man become the very thing he hunts?
My Review of The Monstrumologist
I liked that the monsters were proper monsters. There were no sparkly vampires in this book. No “outwardly ugly, but inwardly so in need of snuggles” monsters, either. No, the monsters in this book were straight up monsters in the classical sense. Eat your flesh, and gestate their babies in your dead body.
The Monstrumologist himself is not a likable character. Taciturn, brilliant, most likely at least a little insane, arrogant and utterly selfish, you spend half your time not understanding him, and the other half wanting to shoot him. The fact that he’s not the bad guy of the all the humans makes it even more frustrating. Luckily Will Henry is likable, and every parental instinct in you just wants to get him away from the Doctor, and you follow his story with a mix of feelings roiling in your gut.
As much as I wanted to like this book, I could not. This is the type of book that I classify in my head as “a King book”. It just felt way, way too wordy. Now, with that being said, I can recognize why it was written this way. Gothic horror is a class of its own, and most books in this style are written in an exceedingly verbose style. My pick with this is it feels like it takes ages for any scene to actually happen. Everything seems ridiculously drawn out, even though that’s not always necessarily so.
Its not a badly written book, its just not one I personally should have picked up. Fans of King, Hill, etc, will probably like it, though.
Title: The Monstrumologist | Series: The Monstrumologist | Author: Rick Yancey (site) | Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | Pub. Date: 2010-7-20 | Pages: 434 | ISBN 13: 9781416984498 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Date Read: 2015-11-20 | Source: Library