Expectations vs. Reality
Creepy, creepy houses
Really creepy scientists
Will Henry to be less spineless
For me to actually be scared
Work with chemicals
Cool gothic setting
Scientist with emotional control of a teenage girl
That same scientist is also on the crazy side
Monsters with descriptions that vaguely remind me of vampires
Three floored houses that aren’t scary at all
People with daddy complexes
Heavily disguised child labor
Starvation of children
Sleep deprivation (nooooo!)
BLOODY monster battles
Jack the Ripper
Book that’s about as scary as a chick flick (actually those can be pretty scary when they’re bad)
Jack the Ripper
I know the format of this post is kind of ugly but I will figure out a way to insert a legible table soon.
Anyways, when I first picked up The Monstrumologist, I had thought it would be more eerie. Definitely not the cheerful but gory book it was. I found that it utterly failed at scaring me and I’m a complete wimp when it comes to horror. It was most likely because of the fact that the story talked about emotions quite a bit and that Will Henry was rarely ever scared in the novel.
I also thought that there would be more monsters than just the Anthropophagi and the body-invading worms. Truly disappointing in that aspect. For some reason, the Anthropophagi reminded me of vampires although I know that they are nothing alike. These monsters don’t even drink blood.They were like giant humanoid gorillas with super strength.
And yes! There was Jack the Ripper. Though it wasn’t super obvious until the end. He was placed in the book as more of a side-character.
I have to say that the biggest surprise was the fact that Dr. Warthrop wasn’t creepy in the slightest. I had begun reading the book expecting it to be about a scientist that was experimenting with monsters and had forced Will Henry into being his unwilling assistant. Instead, I read about Dr. Warthrop who didn’t really understand Will Henry’s boundaries and how to raise a kid.
I wasn’t expecting the book to get emotional at all. Dr. Warthrop and Will Henry both had a lot more baggage than I thought they would, considering that the book looks and sounds really creepy. I was pretty surprised when the book started to get into the background of Dr. Warthrop and Will Henry.
So did The Monstrumologist meet my expectations? Kind of. It was good in the aspect of writing and storytelling but I was expecting it to be much scarier.