23 March, 2010

The Mostrumologist


Title: The Mostrumologist

Author: Rick Yancey

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

Rating: 4 out of 5

Awards: Prinzt Honor Book
When Dr. Pellinore Warthrop receives a midnight visitor, his assistant, William James Henry, or Will Henry, stares at the contents of the bag with horror. Inside is a girl with a ravaged face and dead monster attached to her, embedding its spawn in her. Will Henry is repulsed, but the doctor begins to think; why are the monsters here? Called Antropophagi, these creatures are dangerous things; they can leap forty feet into the air and have claws as hard as diamonds and can easily dig into flesh, capturing the prey. Now they are showing up in New Jerusalem, and the reason why has the power to destroy to doctor--and Will.

This is a very creepy book. I am not sure that I would award it the way the ALA did, but I agree that the style and plot is good. There is plenty of action, fear, adventure, dangerous endeavors, and, as the title suggests, monsters. Anthropophagi, to be exact, as Shakespeare called them.

Anthropophagi are headless monsters; however, that does not meant they cannont eat humans, for their mouth are on the torsos. According to book, their jaws have the force of two thousand pounds, three thousand teeth, and a hunger for human meat.

WARNING: It can get rather graphic and gruesome when it comes to the descriptions, and there are some very disgusting parts. I do not recommend this to younger readers.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, despite the aforementioned gore. It is well written and enjoyable, if you don't mind crazy former surgeons and some stomach-turning situations. I actually found it strangely satisfying, even the ending.

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