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The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  8,692 ratings  ·  1,621 reviews
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: mons...more
Paperback, 434 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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karen
okay, so monsters.

this reads like victorian teen fiction, only with more arterial spray. it's got all the trappings: it is long, and there are orphans and mad scientists, an evil madhouse director, and then there are monsters that eat people.

there is absolutely no crossover audience between this and twilight. the girls who swoon over edward's restrained bloodlust are going to be horrified by the multiple beheadings and the scene where a child is reduced to a fine mist of blood splatter-painting...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
The Monstrumologist was an unforgettable read. I can't even imagine how Rick Yancey came up with this idea. I was completely horrified many times, as I read this book. This is a young adult book, but it's not one I'd recommend lightly to just any teen, or adult for that matter. Mr. Yancey doesn't hesitate to make this story gruesome and downright stomach-churning. Due to my biological/medical background, I have a strong stomach. It came in handy when I read this book. There were scenes that I wo...more
Jo
A note: I promise the follow is actually a review and not my application for the position of President of the Rick Yancey fan club.

"There are times when fear is not our enemy. There are times when fear is our truest, sometimes only, friend.”

"…for only a mad man believes what every child knows to be true: There are monsters that lie in wait under our beds.”

When I was younger I never believed in monsters.
I like to think it was because even then I was a little clever clogs who knew that monsters...more
Maggie Stiefvater
Soooo this one is about a rather particular Monstrumologist and his apprentice chasing headless man-eating monsters across Victorian New England.

Here are five reasons why you should read it:
1. These are proper monsters. They don’t want to make out with you or play you songs on their guitar while you snuggle on the sofa. They just want to eat you, except for when they want to insert their babies in your corpse so they have something to snack on as they incubate. Okay, it’s a little gross sometim...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
This book was quite the pleasant surprise.

I didn't really know what to expect when I first picked it up. I had heard of it a couple of times before––and maybe I'd seen it at the library and previously thought about reading it. I just recalled being told that this book was really graphic and frightening. So I was just like, "Well, here goes nothing!"

Within about twenty or thirty pages, I was already feeling a bit sick to my stomach. Let's just say, this book just got right into the gory stuff. An...more
Caris
Oct 24, 2010 Caris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
Shelves: 2010, young-adult
Five stars? Five fucking stars? Are you kidding? It’s a young adult horror novel for chrissakes! Even the chilluns don’t like it this much.

Well, dear skeptic (karen), I understand your concern. But this was a Printz nominee and is, by definition, better than most of the garbage YA out there. In spite of what I initially thought, this is no mass market horror story. This is literary fiction at its finest.

The story follows a young orphan named Will who is taken in by his late father’s employer, Dr...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
Yes, my dear child, monsters are real.

2.5 stars. This was a perfect Halloween pick. It's really too bad I didn't read Monstrumologist in one sitting. I probably would have appreciated it more if I had. The world was inventive and the tone was deliciously spooky, which I liked. But I had trouble picking the book back up after taking a break because it read on the slower side.
Megan
The Monstrumologist is a literary fiction YA horror which also happens to be a Printz Honor.

What? You wanted more than that for a review? Hmm… The Monstrumologist is well written (yes, yes many people describe it as literary fiction and of course there is the Printz thing.) And it is fantastically gory and bloody (always a plus in horror novels.) Finally it describes a particular adventure of twelve year old orphan Will Henry as he partakes in a hunt for the deadly and ferocious anthropophagi....more
Mike (the Paladin)
This book is tagged as "YA" fantasy...that may be a bit questionable. As I've advised before I advise here STRONGLY, a parent or guardian needs to read this book first and be sure it is suitable for each "youth".

That said, I actually do like this book. My rating (3 stars) is one I usually use for..."the book's okay. don't hate it, don't love it." Here I like the book a bit better than that but there are things that tugged the rating down. For one thing it manages to push one of my annoyance butt...more
Tina
Original post at One More Page

The main reason I bought The Monstrumologist last year was because of the cover. I thought it had a very good and creepy design, and the title's font made it seem like someone was whispering it to you -- "The Monstrumologist". I didn't really know what it was about, but I relied on the Printz medallion on the cover and believed it was good. Every time I see this on my shelf I felt like someone was whispering to me, but I never got around to reading it for so many re...more
Crowinator
This is not a silly kid’s book about monsters that nobody would find scary. It’s not a B-movie. It’s not for the easily frightened or squeamish. What it is, is one of the best horror novels I’ve ever read (and I’m including adult books here, too), genuinely scary, fascinatingly gross, and psychologically complex.

Will Henry is the orphaned apprentice to Dr. Warthrop, a brilliant but emotionally distant scientist who studies monsters. The case starts out simple enough – a grave robber brings to Dr...more
Stephen
4.5 to 5.0 stars. An excellent, well written story with great characters that are nicely developed and a fantastic plot that is tightly constructed and NEVER boring. A victorian, horror/mystery story with a "lovecraftian" feel to it. Has all the attributes of a great series and I hope there is a sequel. Highly Recommended!!!
Heidi Ward
Expanded review at Notes from the Belfry http://battyward.blogspot.com/2013/05...

What a wonderful, terrible, hilarious, disgusting, compelling adventure yarn The Monstrumologist is! I've never read anything even remotely like it. In a nutshell, here's why you should read this book.

1) The monsters -- Anthropophagi -- are completely terrifying. Savage, headless man-eaters, fierce, fast and thoroughly disgusting, they have inexplicably appeared in a small New England town and embarked on a feeding...more
Keertana
Now, to be perfectly honest, The Monstrumologist isn't as mind-blowing as the glowing reviews would have you believe. Rick Yancey has written a compulsively readable horror story - part mythology, part gothic mystery - that builds era, suspense, and aura perfectly. Within the pages of Will Henry's startling tale of monstrumologists and deadly creatures that roam the Earth alongside us is also a tale of friendship, of bonds that run deeper than blood. Unlike The 5th Wave, Yancey's debut is fast-p...more
Orrin Grey
I don't think it's hyperbole to say that The Monstrumologist is one of the most gruesome books I've ever read. Within the first chapter, the fetus of a headless cannibal monster is aborted from the womb of a dead girl, just to give you a taste of the grotesque horrors contained herein. If this were a movie, it would be rated R so hard. It's also one of the best books I've read in some time.

The story concerns Will Henry, the apprentice to the titular monstrumologist, a scientist who hunts and stu...more
William Thomas
When I was younger, I had to read adult books to get the things I wanted out of my reading experience. There wasn't anything comparable to the things being published for young adults over the last few years. So now I find myself reading young adult novels that are larger in their scope, more literary and riskier than the same genre of adult lit.

The Monstrumologist is in a league of it's own right now. It has no peer for style or for literary worth. It's vocabulary was extensive but not pretenti...more
Neal Shusterman
Thrilling, well told, and very, very dark. I listened to this book on Audio, and found I could not stop listening. I was still tuned in at the wee hours of the morning. I was surprised at how very dark and grotesque some of the descriptions were -- especially considering that this is a young adult novel, but the literary quality is so strong, it doesn’t detract from it. It felt like something Poe might write if he lived today.
Aaron Vincent
Originally posted on Guy Gone Geek.

Among the books I listed for the RIP challenge, Monstrumologist is the one I have the least expectation on. I stupidly overlooked the fact that it carries a Printz medallion on the cover, or blurbs comparing it to the works of celebrated horror-fiction writers like Shelley, King and Lovecraft. I should have thought better and prepared myself for what was to come.

While most kids, when scared, are comforted by their parents, saying that there’s no such thing as m...more
Paul Beimers
Jun 16, 2012 Paul Beimers rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who: don't mind the use of old-timey language and extreme gore.
Recommended to Paul by: Cillian Beyond Birthday
Marvelous.

Guess what? Rick Yancey's The Monstrumologist is amazing. I suspected it would be, but it still managed to impress me to no end.

This book has pretty much everything you could ask of an enjoyable (and quality) read. We've got:

1. Poetic and beautiful writing that gets a bit too heavy-handed on only the rarest of occasions.

2. Gore. A lot of gore. Blood and brains and a ridiculous amount of excessive violence.

3. Genuinely funny moments. Smart humor that arises almost exclusively from the s...more
Jessica
So many brains splattering on the walls! So much pus! And the blood! Buckets and buckets of blood! Urp. Pardon me.

I am the hugest fan of Rick Yancey's Alfred Kropp series, and so I cheered very loudly when this book was awarded a Printz Honor. I had not read it yet, and was looking forward to reading it, and was excited to see Yancey honored.

But, boy howdy, this is a wild and crazy departure from the Alfred Kropp books, yesireebob!

HOWEVER. HOWEVER! Once I got used to the fact that this was not A...more
Cindy Irish
I enjoyed the thrilling horror novel, The Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey, and thought it was one of the best Victorian mystery, horror stories that I have ever read.

The characters and monsters for that matter, come to life in the vivid descriptions throughout the book. Orphaned William Henry James, the doctor's young twelve year old apprentice-assistant, has his grisly work cut out for him with late night dissections, and cemetary visits on the quest to seek and destroy the elusive Anthropophag...more
Newengland
Every once in a while you run into a book that's just plain fun -- the kind you used to eat up when you were a kid (back when you could be shamelessly enthusiastic about such "minor things" as books). In THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST, we have that rare meeting of the YA genre with the horror genre, but I don't think adults should rob themselves of the pleasure. This Victorian-style thriller, set in late 19th century New England, is similar in style and tone to Bram Stoker's DRACULA, only there's more bloo...more
oliviasbooks
I am sure The Monstrumologist is an excellent middle-grade horror novel and one that deserves the Michael L. Printz Honor award, too. More gore and blood and brains (the splattered variety) and monsters and mad, amusingly single-minded and selfish professorism are simply not possible. The etching-style 19th-century medical textbook illustations enhance the lost-diary-illusion the story-in-story narration successfully crafts for the reader. A male point of view ties the bow of the altogether perf...more
Rhiannon Hart
In a small town in New England, a grave robber unearths a strange, hideous monster along with the body of a young girl. He takes the two corpses to Doctor Warthrop, a man who is whispered about amongst the townsfolk for his dabbling in things extraordinary. He is the monstrumologist, and Wil Henry is his reluctant apprentice. Told through the memoirs of Wil Henry that he pens as an old man, this is a tale of Victorian horror; of shipwrecks and madmen; and primarily of monsters.

I've been missing...more
Maria
I recommend The Monstrumologist.

*****

I am not an easy person to scare. I like horror books; more so on movies. The Monstrumologist is not that really scary to begin with, but with the overall creepiness of the story, it gave me this horrific effect that i should be scared of monsters. real, eat-you-alive-in-the-grossest-way-possible monsters. Mr. Yancey, I was afraid of the Anthropophagi, not because of the monstrosity, but because of the cunning and intellect that came with that monstrosity. *s...more
Anachronist
Synopsis:

An elderly resident of an old people’s home, called William James Henry, dies in his sleep. He claimed he was born in 1876 which would make him a 131-year old man in the moment of his death but nobody believes him. His notebooks are lent to the narrator/the author.

That’s how, after a short intro, we are plunged into a story within a story, featuring a first person narration of younger Will Henry who describes one event that shaped his entire life. Will was an orphan, taken in by Pellino...more
Brandon
The Monstrumologist is the story of Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, a monstrumologist, or a man who studies monsters for the advancement of science. The story is told through the eyes of Warthrop’s twelve year old orphaned apprentice, Will Henry. They discover a breed of monster known as the Anthropophagi, a monster not indigenous to North America. These monsters are growing in numbers, and they are out for blood. The plot, then, largely concerns the Doctor and Will Henry’s hunt for both the cause of t...more
Audrey
A 400+ page Victorian Goosebumps.

Here are my two favorite bits:
p. 105: "Creatures not of this Earth but from the very Bowels of Hell. I thought of the thing hanging on a hook in the room over which I stood, of the pale, muscular arm bursting through the loose soil of Eliza Bunton's grave, of the sickening squish of its paw puncturing the leg of the old man, of the mass of sickly white flesh and glittering black eyes and drooling mouths laced with row upon row of triangular teeth glittering in th...more
Shaun
I first read this book pre-goodreads, and I am happy to say I loved it every bit as much the second time around as I did the first.

Set in New England during the late 1800's, The Monstrumologist is the tale of an orphaned boy and the monster hunter who has become his guardian.

While it may sound like the type of book that appeals to tween and teen boys (and I'm sure it does), as a forty-something female I still quite enjoyed this and the next two books in the series. (I'm rereading all three in p...more
Meagan
I think it will be relatively easy to describe this book in a way that will let you know if this is something you will enjoy or not. Below are two lists of words:

List One
Bunnies
Cupcakes
Party balloons
Pretty pretty flowers
Ribbons
Puppies

List Two
A geyser of blood
Ripped off limbs
Gouged eyes
Stabby stabby teeth
Accidentally ingesting pus
Claws bursting through a torso

If you prefer list one, with all its fun and lightness and joy, do not read The Monstrumologist. There is nothing for you there. BUT! If y...more
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Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Ext...more
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