Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Curse of the Wendigo

by Rick Yancey
May 12, 2012

Dr. Pellinore Warthrop is a monstrumologist, but he is a man of pure science. He doesn't believe in superstition and the supernatural.  When his former fiance comes to him to tell her that her husband is missing he is torn.  The woman married his best friend and now that friend is said to be a victim of the wendigo, a mythological shape-shifting beast that feasts on human hearts.  But loyalty to his friend wins out and Dr. Warthrop and his assistant Will Henry travel to the Northwest to rescue John Chanler.

They encounter some strange things in the wild and eventually find John Chanler. They bring him back to New York. But have they unleashed a monster?  Dr. Warthrop doesn't think so, but "there are more things in heaven and on earth...than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

I didn't like this as much as The Monstrumologist, but it was still so good.  More was revealed about the character of Pellinor Warthrop and his past.  We also get to see inside the Monstrumologist Society.

I love this series. One reviewer described it in this way:
 "The style is reminiscent of older classic horror novels, such as Bram Stoker's Dracula, mixed with the storytelling sensibilities of Dickens."
As with the first book, The Monstrumologist, some of the scenes are pretty gross, but it doesn't overwhelm the story.  Looking forward to reading book 3!

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