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The Monstrumologist
怪獸學家
作者:Rick Yancey
版本: 平裝464頁  2010 年 7 月  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers出版
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內容介紹

中世紀的歐洲,午夜的黑暗籠罩大地之時,一輛馬車自古老的街道上飛馳而過。沒有人知道馬車上正裝載著一具屍體與一隻可怕的怪物。怪物被送往Warthrop博士的住所,將這毛骨悚然的屍體解剖之後,Warthrop博士揭示了一個嚴酷的事實——這名為Anthropophagi的怪物殘忍狡猾,以人類為寄生對象,感染未出生的胎兒後殘殺母體完成進化,而最可怕的是,沒有人知道關於這怪物的一切,除了他們——這世界上鮮有人知的秘密職業,怪獸學家。

爲了獲取更多關於這種怪物的資料,Warthrop博士與他的助手,12嵗的男孩Will Henry來到死者所在的墓園尋找綫索,卻被不明生物襲擊。一切跡象都表明他們的對手強大且狡猾,而這時Warthrop博士的同行兼對手,John Kearns博士也來橫插一腳,讓本已複雜的案件變得更加撲朔迷離。

如福爾摩斯般驚險緊張的懸念,生化危機般血腥刺激的劇情,加上帶有神話色彩的背景,作者Rick Yancey以黑暗華麗的歌德式筆風描繪出這部驚悚卻令人欲罷不能的小説。

該書獲得2010年普林玆兒童文學( Michael L. Printz Honor Award) 銀獎,是三部曲中的首部,第二、三部將於2011年出版。

 

作者介紹

Rick Yancey is the author of The Monstrumologist and The Curse of the Wendigo. He has also written the award-winning series Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, as well as several novels for adults including The Highly Effective Detective and A Burning in Homeland. His memoir, Confessions of a Tax Collector, was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five best books on taxes ever written. He earned a BA in English from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and worked as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service before turning to writing full time in 2004. Rick lives in Florida with his wife Sandy and two sons. Website: http://www.rickyancey.com/

書評

"This gothic thriller will appeal to kids who like scary with high brow Dickensian writing...Yancey builds the action towards the climactic cemetary scene while also deftly handling the changing interpersonal dynamic between the doctor and Will. REaders who enjoyed Yancey's Alfred Kropp series...won't want to miss this one. Recommended."--Library Media Connection

"Yancey takes...gore and violence...to thrilling new levels in this sophisticated tale."--School Library Journal