The NecroNomNomNomicon: Cookbook of the Dead
The Harrison family is dragged into the bizarre world of the supernatural as they become the pawns of the Cookbook of the Dead, in its bid to bring on its supernaturally flavored apocalypse. Boy, the family dog struggles to keep his family out of the Frying pan AND the fire as he defeats the Cookbook’s minions along the way.
Piers Anthony has this to say about The NecroNmNomNomicon: The Cookbook of the Dead:”…a rather original story centered on fantastic cooking – literally fantastic, literally cooking – merged with a boy and dog story. It’s pretty wild from the start, with the boy’s mother a superlatively bad cook getting into a televised cooking contest, and demonic figures being fended off by the dog. There is romance along the way, and plotting by evil figures, and of course that carnivorous sheep.. I think young readers will like it.” -Piers Anthony
I wasn’t sure completely what to expect with this book, even though I interviewed Mr Galvan not that long ago — it was that interview that got my interest piqued in this book. I love the idea of the dog, named Boy, being one of the protagonists!
Jason’s mother, who can’t cook at all, gets chosen to be on a very special cooking show, one where she doesn’t realize that all of the recipes involve magic and she unwittingly gets all of her recipes from the Cookbook of the Dead. Their dog, Boy, is also not quite what he seems.
There are a lot of fun elements to this book and Mr Galvan obviously has a terrific imagination — especially with the craziness of the cooking show, the poultry-geist and the other paranormal aspects, and the parts told from the point of view of Boy. The story is fast paced and quirky and is sure to appeal to a teen aged sense of humour.
Mr Galvan’s writing is good, though there were a few times when the story went to a memory unexpectedly and I got a bit confused. The characters in the book are all clearly good guys or bad guys, which fits with the type of book this is, and, maybe it’s just me, but I wanted the good guys to be a little less agreeable all the time.
Overall, though, the plot twists and crazy adventure make for a lively read.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.