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Book 20

  1. Portis, Charles — True Grit (215 pages)
  2. Simpson, Joe — Touching the Void (210 pages)
  3. Bardin, John Franklin — The Last of Philip Banter (207 pages)
  4. Millar, Martin — The Good Fairies of New York (278 pages)
  5. Millar, Mark — Kick-Ass (190 pages)
  6. Sachar, Louis — Holes (225 pages)
  7. Baxter, Stephen — Moonseed (523 pages)
  8. Buchan, John — The Thirty-Nine Steps (152 pages)
  9. Bukowski, Charles — Post Office (167 pages)
  10. Palahniuk, Chuck — Fight Club (211 pages)
  11. Bemelmans, Ludwig — Madeline's Rescue (50 pages)
  12. Rennison, Nick — Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide, Eighth Edition (508 pages)
  13. Rucka, Greg & Steve Lieber — Whiteout (120 pages)
  14. Rucka, Greg & Steve Lieber — Whiteout: Melt (106 pages)
  15. Orwell, George — Homage to Catalonia (267 pages)
  16. Moore, Brian — Catholics (87 pages)
  17. Chatwin, Bruce — The Songlines (296 pages)
  18. Funke, Cornelia — Inkheart (555 pages)
  19. Eddison, E.R. — The Worm Ouroboros (521 pages)
  20. 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-the-crowded-Tube-commute comedy.

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….

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