The Alchemaster's Apprentice by Walter Moers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Let's just call it the adventures of Echo the Crat. Because that's what it is.
Of course, that doesn't quite do the culinary genre justice, nor does the bargain to eat all he wants for the low, low price of being rendered into tallow for an evil old man quite do the stakes justice.
That's merely the appetizer.
There's a lot of great imagination in here, packed page by page, evoking a Goethian nightmare, an intellectual paradise, and a taste for tongue (not merely for the words it swirls) bar none.
The novel is worth a great, slow, lazy read. Don't worry if you get fat on words. I promise, the author won't process you for your fat. I promise.
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