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The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist #2)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  3,676 ratings  ·  494 reviews
While attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, Dr. Warthrop is asked by his former fiancé to rescue her husband from the Wendigo, a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh, and which has snatched him in the Canadian wilderness. Although Warthrop also considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and rescues her husband ...more
Hardcover, 444 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2010)
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5.0 stars. After reading the first two books of the Monstrumologist series, it has quickly become one of my favorites. I am at the point where I will purchase the next one immediately upon publication.

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
Things I Have Learnt From YA Books #678019 : When the Monstrumologist gets scared… you should too.

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
William Thomas
So I have to give Mr. Yancey a very firm handshake or a big damn hug if I ever meet him. I'll tell you why: books that change the mythos of a legend that dates back hundreds or even thousands of years irritate me. From Anne Rice to Stephenie Meyer, the warping of an ancient legend seems to be the fashion. And I can understand the point that you are writing fiction and you have poetic license over your story. Agreed. But this still irritates me because your poetry can be contained to the story su ...more
Lindsey Rey
Highly recommend the audiobooks for this series!
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
GAHHHHH I don't even know where to begin.

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
WARNING: Ridiculously long review ahead.

I've always thought that you don't fully appreciate a book until the second time you read it. This was the main reason why I decided to read again this series. I mean, I wanted to read it because I missed all the characters so much (please, don't roll your eyes), because I am in love so much with this series that being away from it caused my heart to feel sore (again, don't roll your eyes), but I also had this feeling that I left something behind, that I h
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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
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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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Somehow Mr. Yancey managed to make this book even more disturbing than the first book. Beautiful prose, even when the images evoked were sickening. No choice but to give it five stars even though this book freaked me out! Loved the Algernon Blackwood nod!

Full review to be posted on Bitten By Books website.
4.5!! The Curse of the Wendigo has a shift in focus; less (but still very intense) monster presence, and more character development.

Initial thoughts:
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
I'm not a person who likes violence and gore, so despite the brilliance of The Monstrumologist, I almost didn't read this. The first one made me physically sick, but I had to keep reading to find out what happened. But Greg and Patricia said this one was less gorey and more character-driven, so I decided to give it a try. However, they lied! This was absolutely as gorey as the first one, but it was just so good that I didn't notice as much. The writing was top notch, the story was well-paced and ...more
Megan Park

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
If I could give it 6 stars, I would. Completely blew me away! Especially the last 100 pages or so. Wow!

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 . . .

Melissa Proffitt
The Curse of the Wendigo takes this series to new levels of horror and a deeper exploration of the human spirit. Dr. Warthrop is called on to rescue his friend John Chanler, who has gone into the wilderness at the behest of their mutual mentor Abram von Helrung to find a creature Warthrop is convinced is a myth, the monstrous Wendigo. Finding Chanler is only the first part of the problem, because he comes back changed--the question is, is he still a man, or is he a monster?

This installment is fa
Mike (the Paladin)
This is listed as YA fantasy so, okay... but as noted when I reviewed the first in this series, be sure your "youth" is mature enough or ready for these.

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
I'm not going to say this book was as good as the first The Monstrumologist; I do not feel that it was. I think it lacked some of the key themes I liked seeing in the first book - the action, the suspense, and mystery that existed in the first book.

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
Tommy Hancock
My very few, nitpicking gripes that kept me from 5-starring The Monstrumologist were delivered in this book, and then some! One of the better books I've read the past few years. very easy 5-star. Would give more if I could.
Emily Rose
This was impossibly even creepier and mor disgusting than the first of The Monstumologist books. I love the feel of it and the characters, except Lily...if that was her name. Sorry, I finished this book a few weeks ago so the details aren't still fresh in my mind. Lily was a bit annoying and I hope that either she becomes a more appealing person if she and Henry ever get together, or not associate with Henry at all.

Other than Lily, I thoroughly enjoyed this read, spending speedy, consecutive hou
The second book in The Monstrumologist series, The Curse of the Wendigo is every bit as impressive as its predecessor. Yancey's characters are phenomenal, and his eloquent prose are a pleasure to read. Add to that a multi-layered story with interesting subplots, and you've got another 5-star installment.

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.
I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first one. Such, I think, is the curse of the second book. This focused more on the making of a monster vs an actual monster. While the first book was all about a real live monster that could or did exist. I found at times I raced through this which means I skimmed places not unusual for me. It was a nice story with an interesting twist and a good moral tale to it. I enjoyed the folk lore that built up and to be quite honest I do like t
Possibly even better than the first. That's hard to say because the first was so good but it seems this has an even greater refinement in its darkness and horror. Will came pretty far in the course of this adventure but I was particularly impressed with the extent of development of Dr. Warthrop's character. I'd like to see this series continue for several more books; The skill to do so is definitely there.
Truly terrifying, this book is a surprisingly visceral young adult novel. Not for the faint of heart, there is gore, gore and more gore. Sometimes piled on top of huge, steaming piles of excrement. However, for the horror fan, there is no finer author or series of books I can think of right now to introduce teen readers to the genre.

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

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)), but it still stands on its own. Yancey tackles his own variation of the popular (ok, semi-popular) wenidgo legend ((view spoiler)

Beauty and desecration go hand in hand and go to war with each other in Rick Yancey's miracle sequel to "The Monstrumologist." The language again is poetic and vibrant with Victorian decadence. The "monster" of the book is again terrifying and shockingly violent, but in a completely different and brave way from the horrifying man-eating anthropaphagi of the first volume.

The Wendigo, or any of it's other names from various cultures, is a creature born of folk lore with terrible power, a never-en
This second tale in the Monstrumologist series was every bit as good as the first. In this book we find Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, a self-proclaimed monstrumologist (one who studies real-life monsters), and his young assistant/apprentice/cook/housekeeper/therapist Will Henry on the hunt for the scientist's old friend who has disappeared while investigating sightings of a Wendigo. What, you may ask, is a Wendigo? A creature from Native American lore, the Wendigo:

"...feeds, and the more it feeds, th
I picked this up at the library about a week ago. I didn't really look at the cover; I had a few other books I wanted to read before this one, anyway.

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
While I did enjoy this book, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as the first. I was initially tempted to give it a 3-star rating, but I think I was setting my expectations too high. Sometimes you just have to take a story for what it is and not what you think it should be.

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
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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
In short: The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey does not hold back the horror and gore in this superb and gag-inducing sequel in the terrifying series.

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
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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.

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The Monstrumologist (4 books)
  • The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)
  • The Isle of Blood (The Monstrumologist, #3)
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“As long as you draw breath anywhere -here or ten thousands miles from here- I will love you. I can't help loving you, so I choose to hate make my love bearable.” 101 likes
“A word of advice, Will Henry. When a person of the female gender says she wants to show you something, run the other way. The odds are it is not something you wish to see.” 28 likes
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