Monday, October 31, 2016
The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey
Author: Rick Yancey
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 Warthorpe, 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?
The Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey, revolves around Dr. Pellinore Warthrope's hunt for anthropophagi. He and his assistant/ward Will Henry spend hours researching anthropophagi and how to kill them. Throughout the novel, they meet and talk to several people that they hope will help them in their journey to rid New Jerusalem of the anthropophagi.
The Monstrumologist was a well written novel that will draw you in from the get-go and keep you reading to the very end. That being said, if you are easily put off by blood, death, and flesh-eating maggots, this is not the book for you. There are frequent mentions of people getting attacked and eaten by the anthropophagi. There are actual descriptions of a living human being infested with maggots in the rolls of his flesh.
All the kind of gross things aside, this is probably the best horror novel I've read in a while. It was so well-written that I kept going no matter how gross it got - I just couldn't stop! In addition to the good writing, the characters are well-developed and very distinct from one another. They all had distinct personalities that worked well with each other and inside the individual characters.
The only thing I ever wondered about during the book was why Will Henry would continue to live with Pellinore Warthrope. The doctor was repeatedly verbally abusive to Will and treated him like he was a complete idiot. Surely foster parents or the orphanage would have been preferable to verbal abuse.
Overall, I would recommend this book to everyone. I would reserve the book for readers 16 and older, as younger readers may find it a bit unnerving. For mature readers, though, it's a definite must read!