This series is delightfully terrifying and descriptive.
Think of Edgar Allen Poe's writing, though definitely not as slow and dense, with a great deal of gory, violent, and sickening scenes. The passages of violence and gore become more thinly spread as the series goes on, but the quality only increases. The books are narrated from the point of view of a boy who is apprenticed to a bizarre man who studies and occasionally hunts some creepy, physically imposing, and very unique curiosities of biology. Each of the (currently 3) books focuses on a different "monster", and each of them so far has succeed in kicking generic monsters like vampires and the Wolfman to the curb. I have to say that the psychological developments seen in some characters is fascinating to watch unfold- read the books and you'll see what I'm talking about.
On occasion, the language can get a little overbearingly elaborative, but the books manage to be quickly paced, regardless.
Undoubtedly worth a read.
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