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- More About The Curse of the Wendigo by William James Henry; Rick YanceyOverviewWhile attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, Dr. Warthrop is asked by his former fiance to rescue her husband from the Wendigo, a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh, which has snatched him in the Canadian wilderness. Although Warthrop also considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and rescues her husband from death and starvation, and then sees the man transform into a Wendigo. Can the doctor and Will Henry hunt down the ultimate predator, who, like the legendary vampire, is neither living nor dead, whose hunger for human flesh is never satisfied? This second book in The Monstrumologist series explores the line between myth and reality, love and hate, genius and madness.
- ISBN-13: 9781416984504
- ISBN-10: 141698450X
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
- Publish Date: October 2010
- Page Count: 424
- Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
Series: Monstrumologist (Hardcover) #1
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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2010-10-04
- Reviewer: Staff
The chilling sequel to Yancey's Printz Honor book, The Monstrumologist, is as fast-paced, elegant, and, yes, gruesome as its predecessor. Dr. Pellinore Warthrop and his apprentice, Will Henry, travel from the bleak Canadian wilderness to the streets of New York City while attempting to determine what--man, myth, or monster--is responsible for a string of murders. The deaths are unfailingly horrific and graphic (with much flaying of skin, plucking of eyes, and removing of faces), and Will and his mentor suffer physically and emotionally throughout, grappling as much with the belief systems at the core of their beings as they do with the alleged wendigo (a North American equivalent to a vampire, neither of which Warthrop believes exists) that is thought to be responsible. The development of the relationship between hapless Will and the demanding monstrumologist is the most rewarding aspect of the story; as Warthrop clings to his scientific bedrock as loved ones die and his very profession is threatened, Will also clings--to a diminishing sense of his own humanity. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)