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Preview — The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist #2)
This book belongs to a new sub-category of horror/fantasy/SF that I am calling “House” Stories (after the main character of the TV show played by Hugh Laurie). I came up with this because I am finding a similar type of character emerge recently in speculative ficiton that reminds be, on the surfac ...more
Honestly, I didn’t think that Mr Yancey could top The Monstrumologist but he did… and then some.
The plotting is immaculate. The characters are absolutely superb. The setting is one of my favourites. It is both terrifying and heart breaking. Stomach churning and butterfly-inducing. Thought-provoking and all the superlatives I can think of.
“Let us go then, you and I, like Alice down the rabbit hole, t ...more
I have already torn through the first three books in this series and can't wait for the fourth one. There was one morning where I actually sat down and read pretty much the entire second half of this book and then about half of the third one. And that was a good 550 pages or so. I can't remember the last time I read that much in one sitting.
So anyway, out of the three books so far, I think this one was my favorite.
I thought things couldn't get scarier aft ...more
I only really read The Monstrumologist last month because I got into this agreement with Aaron and Tricia that I will read the second book with them. What is it with me scaring myself silly all of a sudden, yes? I don't know, either. If it were up to me, I would probably wait another year to read the next book in this series to give me (more than) enough recovery time. But because I can be such a pushover sometimes, I gave in and read The Curse of the Wendigo soon a ...more
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1. Apparently, Dr. Warthrop cleans up nicely! We see more of the monstrumologist's backstory and personal (past love) life. Yes, there is some "romance", but it's subtle and done very well.
2. More action at the beginning, then in the middle transitions to more character development. Quite different setup, but still very effective in the storytelling ...more
I think I am the only person who read this book and didn't like it. When I scanned the reviews everyone had great things to say about it. I didn't care for it at all. To be fair, I listened to the book instead of reading it because it was part of a list of the Best YA Audio Books 2012, but I don't even think I would have enjoyed reading it. The narrator spent the whole book telling the story of how he and his guardian are trying to save a friend of the guardians from becoming a Wendigo. The fru ...more
I just don't see enough horror of this caliber, particularly for teens. The Monstrumologist, the first in the series, was a top read last year, and this one may be even better, because it raises the stakes for poor, doomed apprentice Will Henry and his recalcitrant master of monstrumology, Dr. Warthrop. I don't love the series just because it's gory, atmospheric, and frightening; I also love it because the characters, and their relationships with each other, have such ...more
This installment is fa ...more
Steven King in Danse Macabre mentioned that when writing he always wanted to go for pure terror, if he couldn't achieve that he'd settle for horror, but failing that he (in his words) wasn't proud, he'd go for the "gross-out". These books come very close to being wall to wall gross out. Just be aware of that. Where the fist book book gave us bod ...more
"I am saying a larger brain comes with a price. Our better instincts are oft put down by our reason."
When a past romance shows up at Dr. Warthrop's door asking for help to save her current husband, Warthrop and Will Henry find themselves off on an adventure with the legendary monster, though scientifically improbable as Warthop would say, the Wendigo.
This is where all the gore begins, with flayed victims and eaten hearts it was darn right scary at times. As a follow up to the first book it sur ...more
Relative to the first book, this one moves VERY slowly. It wasn't until the last third of the book before things started to pick up, which was disappointing. On top of that, the "hunt" which took place at the end was - I felt - rushed, and didn't have ...more
Other than Lily, I thoroughly enjoyed this read, spending speedy, consecutive hou ...more
This is my second time reading the series, and I'm just as wowed this time as I was the first time.
Would recommend to fans of classic Gothic horror.
"...feeds, and the more it feeds, th ...more
In The Curse of the Wendigo or Will Henreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Part II, we follow the Good Pellinore and Will Henry through the backwoods of Ontario and the splendour and third-world filth of Industrial Era New York City -- as does the insatiable, blood-thirsty, mystical Wendigo. I love Wendigo mythology, and Curse does not disappoint, with a well-envisioned creature, a good heaping helping of haunting yellow eyes and the voice that calls and rides the wind. Curse, for those fami ...more
What can I say about this book except . . . poop.
No, that is not an insult. This book is literally FILLED with poop. Poop everywhere. Poop all over the walls and in the basement. Poop in the snow.
Luckily, the book itself was not poop. It was actually very good, though not as good as the first ((view spoiler)[and not as good as the third in my opinion (hide spoiler)]), but it still stands on its own. Yancey tackles his own variation of the popular (ok, semi-popular) wenidgo legend ((view spoiler)...more
So then I finally get to this one, right? And sometimes when I'm not actually READING the book, I just stare at the cover. And I finally see IT. THE FACE ON THE COVER.
If you don't see it yet, it's the terrifying face in the sky. I screamed and threw the book, I am embarrassed to admit. My brother came in wanting to know what was wrong, and immedia ...more
Great, unique story. Amazing characters - Will and the monstrumologist are so complex and real. Universal themes - love, death, loyalty . . . and dealt with in such believable, yet heart-breaking ways.
Fright factor - 10+ by the end. Completely creepy.
Loved it, loved it, loved it. Loved it more than the first by a mile. While the first was a great horror tale, this one is so much more . . .
This is an extremely well-written story. I was disappointed by the lack of action in this book compared to the first but it was an excellent story nonetheless. Yancey makes you consider the boundaries between monstrumology and t ...more
Rick Yancey doesn’t miss a beat in The Curse of the Wendigo, follow-up to The Monstrumologist. In this book, we start with Pellinore Warthrop being called on by an old lady friend from the past. FYI, there are no sexytimes so get your mind out of the gutter. Anyways, Muriel Chanler is concerned her hubby, John Chanler has been turned into a Wendigo which is like a vampire, in Canada. Pellinore is all ‘Wendigos don’t exist.’ But as he ...more
So begins a new adventure with Will Henry, assistant monstrumologist, and his master and certified monstrumologist, Dr. Warthrop. Last time, in The Monstrumologist, the monster of the story was a well studied and known humanoid beast. This time, in The Curse of the Wendigo, the monster is the Wendigo, a vampire-like beast that is just a silly my ...more
The Monstrumologist first introduced us to the series' young narrator Will Henry and his work assisting ...more
Mr. Yancey’s investigation of the mysterious journals of William James Henry continue in The Curse of the Wendigo (or, more accurately, folios iv-vi). In these recollections, written by a much older incarnation of our intrepid young hero, twelve-year old Will and his guardian, the Monstrumologist Doctor Pellinore Warthrop, face a terror that is much more personal in nature than the anthropophagi of earlier adventures. The fourth of Will’s journals begins with alarming news ab ...more
Once again we're in the hands of young n ...more
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