The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy, Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, 2009, 448 pp, Horror-Fantasy
I just can't finish this book.
There are a lot of things I like about it: the title (creepy and mysterious!), the cover (ditto!), the opening letter from the author that made me pretty much believe it was a true story, the fact that it's a Printz Award winner...
However, I've been trying to read it for a week and I just can't get into it.
At first I thought it was the writing style: "He recommenced his pacing, incessantly running his fingers through his thick hair, and as he spoke, my presence faded from his consciousness as light fades from the autumnal sky." At times I thought the language was just too heavy handed and it slowed me down as I tried to get into the story. On the other hand, it clearly anchored the story in the very early 1900s, in the office and laboratory of a scientist. If it had been written in today's vernacular, the story certainly would have lost something.
(Plus, the writing style continuously reminded me of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, and that was a book I liked very much!)
So what was it about The Monstrumologist? You know, I think people-eating monsters just aren't my thing. I try to read a wide range of YA and I almost never give up on a book, but the coffin-robbing Anthropophagus were just a little too creepily disgusting for me.
What do you think, Book Lovers? Am I wrong about The Monstrumologist? And what does it take for you to stop reading a book once you've started? I can't wait to hear what you think!