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The Curse of the Wendigo (Monstrumologist)
by Rick Yancey | Horror
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 10/18/2011
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by HI77): travelling


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3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

8 out of 10

I read and enjoyed The Monstrumologist last year, and was pleased to see another book featuring the same characters. (All the more so because it's about a wendigo!) I already have the book in hardcover, but as the trade paperback is out now I thought I'd pick one up for a release copy. The book continues the literary-agent setup by which Yancey claims to be investigating the diaries left behind by an elderly indigent named Will Henry...

The story picks up on the lives of Will and the Doctor, and introduces some new characters, including a woman who turns out to have been the love of the Doctor's life - sadly for him, she preferred his best friend. Now she seeks the Doctor's help in finding him, as he's gone missing on an expedition into the Canadian wilderness while in search of the Wendigo, a legendary monstrous spirit that devours humans - and/or causes humans to go mad and devour each other. [There's also the introduction of the Doctor's mentor, some of his companions at the society of monstrumologists, and the mentor's precocious (and mostly obnoxious!) young niece Lily, who takes a mischievous interest in Will.]

This story gets very dark very quickly, with our heroes in deadly danger - and with scenes of the most horrifying verbal abuse of Will by the Doctor (who's never been a nice guy, but he really crossed the line here). Later on we get some strong indications of his true regard for Will, but he's so emotionally hamstrung that this only comes out during moments of extreme peril...

One amusing/odd aspect of this story is that Doctor Warthrop, a professional monstrumologist who avidly seeks evidence of a variety of creatures, from viruses to humanoid abominations, that most people would consider mythical, flatly refuses to believe in such supernatural beings as vampires - or wendigos. He doesn't even seem to accept the possibility of naturally-caused syndromes that would resemble the mythical creatures, a closed-mindedness that seems out of character. (His main objection seems to be a rebellion against the idea that a human could magically transform into a bat or a sky-walking spirit, but he seems to take his disbelief too far for a scientist.)

As the story unfolds, Warthrop and Will go through several kinds of hell (some of it inflicted by humans - the police are not gentle when questioning suspects, even small boys), and other characters suffer even worse fates. It's a dramatic story and a frightening one, and I liked it very much (even as I cringed). The relationship between Will and Warthrop is as dysfunctional as they come, and while part of me acknowledges that Will would be better off in a proper home and away from his mercurial master, I can't help thinking that they do need each other...

[See more about the series on the author's site here. And there's a TV Tropes entry for the series - but beware of spoilers!] 


Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, October 20, 2014

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Released 2 yrs ago (10/20/2014 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I'm sending this to BCer hyphen8 in Hawaii as part of the wishlist-tag game; enjoy!

*** Released for the 2014 Spook-tacular Halloween Challenge. *** 


Journal Entry 3 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, November 05, 2014

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Wishlist tag received today with a bonus traveling companion - thank you very much!

(Larger photo here.) 


Journal Entry 4 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, January 24, 2015

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Another wild ride with Will and Doctor Warthorp: an unexpected visitor leads to a journey into the Canadian wilderness and then to a gathering of monstrumologists in New York City. Along the way Will finds himself in deadly peril more than once, but he also learns some surprising details about the doctor's past.

Certainly there are some things about the past that it's sad we've lost..but Chapter 23 should be required reading for anyone who's tempted to romanticize everything about this era - life in New York City at the time had quite a few significant drawbacks!

I'll count this as my Canada read for kiwiinengland's 2015 Around the World Reading Challenge.

Origami snowflake designed by Canadian Joseph Wu. Diagrams available on Joseph's website; larger photo here


Journal Entry 5 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Released 2 yrs ago (1/24/2015 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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Headed to Florida: hitching a ride with a wishlist tag.

This one isn't on your wishlist, but I know you have the first book, so...

I'm counting this as a release for Secretariat's 2015 Never Judge a Book By Its Cover Challenge (week 3). 


Journal Entry 6 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Saturday, February 28, 2015

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Sometimes when your tumble rumbles,

the hunger isn't what
it's trying to tell you.  


Journal Entry 7 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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Released 2 yrs ago (8/18/2015 UTC) at Fort Myers, Florida USA

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Well! I haven't read this one yet, but by some weird twist, I wound up getting another copy of this set. So I didn't want to hold onto these and let them collect dust.

Of course, it's only too easy to find someone who wants to read them. So off they go! ;)  


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