The Monstrumologist

The Monstrumologist

William James Henry

Book - 2009
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In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2009], ©2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781416984481
1416984488
Branch Call Number: FICTION Yan
Characteristics: xiii, 454 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Will Henry is an orphan but doesn't have a normal guardian. He is the assistant to a doctor with an unusual specialty: monster hunting. When he and the doctor discover a unstoppable monster, they race to save the world they know.


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ericakl
Aug 04, 2017

I absolutely loved this book. Very scary at times - great!

ELPLTeenLibrarian Jun 30, 2017

A gloriously gory read, this first installment of a tetralogy features deft characterization, a solidly constructed historical setting, and also nightmares. Nightmares for miles. Nightmares for you, dear reader, forever. Recommended for seasoned horror readers with strong stomachs.

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mogie
Apr 24, 2017

This one was a struggle for me to read. I was into it for the first bit, then was totally disinterested again until just about 100 pages left. I won't be reading the rest of the series. I don't know why it bothered me that the length of the chapters wasn't consistent; some 60 page others 10. The book was long and combersome. I won't be reading anymore of the series.

AdrianaPaola Aug 07, 2014

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 =)

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ronburian
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

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snicholson_1
Jan 04, 2014

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

jayliss Mar 10, 2013

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.

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mwong
Feb 16, 2013

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

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biddies
Dec 28, 2012

fantastic book and very descriptive.

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FancyFlyer
Sep 22, 2012

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.

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