- Portis, Charles — True Grit (215 pages)
- Simpson, Joe — Touching the Void (210 pages)
- Bardin, John Franklin — The Last of Philip Banter (207 pages)
- Millar, Martin — The Good Fairies of New York (278 pages)
- Millar, Mark — Kick-Ass (190 pages)
- Sachar, Louis — Holes (225 pages)
- Baxter, Stephen — Moonseed (523 pages)
- Buchan, John — The Thirty-Nine Steps (152 pages)
- Bukowski, Charles — Post Office (167 pages)
- Palahniuk, Chuck — Fight Club (211 pages)
- Bemelmans, Ludwig — Madeline's Rescue (50 pages)
- Rennison, Nick — Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide, Eighth Edition (508 pages)
- Rucka, Greg & Steve Lieber — Whiteout (120 pages)
- Rucka, Greg & Steve Lieber — Whiteout: Melt (106 pages)
- Orwell, George — Homage to Catalonia (267 pages)
- Moore, Brian — Catholics (87 pages)
- Chatwin, Bruce — The Songlines (296 pages)
- Funke, Cornelia — Inkheart (555 pages)
- Eddison, E.R. — The Worm Ouroboros (521 pages)
- Milligan, Spike — Puckoon (152 pages)
Page count: 5040.
I was surprised by just how slim Puckoon is when the package arrived from Amazon that day. And good thing that it did, because on this particular day I found myself without a book for some reason. So, although I was still working my way through other books, I dipped in. And I was hooked from page one!
Puckoon is about Puckoon, a small fictional village whose exact location is, um, in dispute because, well, let's just say there was a bit of a rush to draw that last little bit of the Irish border and this takes place during The Troubles. Comedy ensues. Irreverant, spontaneous-bursts-of-laughter-during-th
The "hero" of the book is Dan Milligan, who has a running conversation with the author, mostly about the legs he's written him. There are plenty of other colourful (and off-colour) characters and incidents.
Okay, so I realize I'm not exactly selling this here, partly because I don't really want to say too much about it. It needs to be experienced. It's one of the funniest and most unusual things I've read in a while, and I wish Milligan — aw hell, I just made the connection! — had written other novels.
Speaking of which, he did write a screenplay. I found out only a few minutes ago that there's a movie based on the novel. I never thought to look before, as I just couldn't imagine this being made into a movie. If it's even half as funny as the book….