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Publication Date: July 2010
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): hese are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for nearly ninety 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, orphan and assistant to a doctor with a most unusual specialty: monster hunting. In the short time he has lived with the doctor, Will has grown accustomed to his late night callers and dangerous business. But when one visitor comes with the body of a young girl and the monster that was eating her, Will's world is about to change forever. The doctor has discovered a baby Anthropophagusa headless monster that feeds through a mouth in its chestand it signals a growing number of Anthropophagi. Now, Will and the doctor must face the horror threatening to overtake and consume our world before it is too late.
My Review: This book is a PERFECT Halloween read. There are monsters, there is mayhem, and there's blood. But it's not your average read. Mr. Yancey does a superb job of creating an engaging and enigmatic character in young Will Henry.
These books are presented as journals discovered and published. Will Henry wrote down his experiences with the Monstrumologist years after they happened which lends an astuteness and observation quite beyond what a normal 12-year old could accomplish. It even gets quite philosophical at times. While the mystery of the book and its conclusion were a draw, the main reason I kept reading was Will Henry. He's just so adorable and he tries so hard and is actually quite capable. But he's so alone, and the Monstrumologist is all that he has and he'll stick with him. Awww, little Will Henry!
At first I didn't like the Monstrumologist, he was very distant and seemed just obsessed with his work. Turns out he has a conscience and I was quite impressed with some of his actions throughout the book. He is very personal and it's hard for him to show affection, and there is still the element of Master and Assistant, but for all that, he's actually a pretty decent guy for Will Henry to be with. Especially as other characters come to light, Will Henry could be a lot worse off, but Doctor Warthrope will look out for him. He was a pretty layered character as well and I look forward to seeing what adventures he takes Will Henry on next.
I must admit that the most disturbing images in this book were ones that concerned the human body and bacteria. Monsters with mouths in their stomach and long claws are nothing to ignore to be sure, but the descriptions of other more mundane things were the most disturbing and will stick with me the longest. Not really for the faint of heart or those with a weak constitution.
Overall, this was a fantastic read. I am really impressed with the atmosphere that Mr. Yancey was able to create and how much I love Will Henry and came to like the Monstrumologist. Definitely a series I am wanting to continue. The question now is, do I keep reading it all at once (the fourth book doesn't come out till next year) to get the scary gross things over with quickly, or spread it out, with happier less wormy books in-between because even with time, this book will still stay with me. Choices choices!
The reason for the 1/2 star off is because the end was a little lack luster. Things just kind of concluded. Maybe it's because it's the start of a series (a fantastic one at that) but the last 20 or so pages of the book did not quite grab me as the rest of the 420. That's a pretty good average if you ask me!