The Monstrumologist

William James Henry

Yancey, Richard

Paperback - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Monstrumologist
In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a New Escientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2010
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster BFYR pbk ed
ISBN: 9781416984498
Branch Call Number: FIC Y
Characteristics: xiii, 434 p. ; 21 cm.


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List - 13 Thrilling Reads by: nypl_ottendorfer Oct 08, 2011

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey- Monsters do exist! Will Henry is the 12-year-old apprentice to Pellinore Warthrop, a brilliant monstrumologist--a scientist who studies (and when necessary, kills) monsters. Disturbing—scary—and impossible to put down! Two more books in the series.

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Aug 07, 2014
  • AdrianaPaola rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book is a good book i couldn't stop reading it is very vivid in the scenes in which there is death and i just cant wait to read the entire series =)

Apr 18, 2014

"The Monstrumologist" is one of the best books I have ever read. It was entertaining, exciting, terrifying, humorous, and most enjoyable. So good I read it twice (three years apart). The images are gloriously (and goriously) frightening, so much so that my tweenage daughter could not finish it nor could a (male) friend of hers. My favorite book of the Will Henry series. -- RJB

Jan 04, 2014
  • snicholson_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you want true horror with unforgettable characters, then this 4-book series is for you!

May 13, 2013
  • Lil_G rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is not for the faint of heart. It is dark, gruesome, and at times terrifying. I loved it.

Intertwined with all this blood and gore are moments of smart humor, and genuine tenderness, all wrapped up in a poetic and intellectual writing style which compliments the late 19th century setting perfectly.

Mar 10, 2013
  • jayliss rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I voted for this book in the Abraham Lincoln Book Award contest 2013. Rick Yancy was able to imitate a Victorian style without it seeming pretentious or snooty. It was well-researched and full of rich, intricate sentences. For people who are tired of the vampire/werewolf/zombie/fallen angel trends, the creatures in this story are the Anthropophogi, which are incredibly different and unique and terrifying.
One character, the dapper English monster-hunter Jack Kearns, stood out as one of the most fascinatingly twisted heros (?) I've ever read about.
The ending is amazing, there are lots of twists.
There are insane amounts of gore and cringe-inducing descriptions, including an encounter in a Victorian insane asylum.
The only con was that the book could get lost in its philosophical musings for a while, which I guess sets it apart from most slasher-violence horror books, but still slows down the story sometimes.

Feb 17, 2013
  • mwong rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

i didn't finish it. page 16. that should say something. snowball40 is correct.

Dec 28, 2012
  • biddies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

fantastic book and very descriptive.

Dec 17, 2012
  • rubymoon4559 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I personally liked this YA novel more than the ones I had read so far. The whole dating monsters theme is not my thing so it's a relief that there are still good horror books that talks about killing them. The writing is good. While there are dramatic moments, Yancey doesn't go overboard with it. I highly recommend this book.

Sep 22, 2012
  • FancyFlyer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fantastic book. Yancy's style is beautiful, if a bit mature for a younger reader at times. The gore was pretty intense but not very scary. I really suggest teens read this book, but only if you can stomach people being ripped apart in the most gruesome ways. Someone also left little sticky notes in this book, talking to the readers. I found it a pretty funny addition.

Jul 10, 2012
  • yd12 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love the monstrumologist so much I wanted to cry when I heard the fourth book isn't out! The book is so goooood. Sure it's gory, maybe a bit slow and thick... but it's so deep, intricate and amazing! The characters are so real!!!!!!! I would read every book over and over!

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  • AdrianaPaola rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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