I finished Darkmans by Nicola Barker. I loved it. It's wonderfully written, extremely modern, yet steeped in medieval ties & references. The story wanders amongst a diverse & unique group of characters, who surprise in quite a few ways. This is a book I could read more than once & get more out of it w/ each reading. There are many layers & I'm quite sure I missed many things. I'm still pondering the final pages.... I think it deserves more attention (I had never heard of it, just stumbled across it on a library shelf, even though it was nominated for the Man Booker prize), but I do know it's not a novel to everyone's taste. Definitely recommended for those who enjoy modern fiction, experimental literature, & literary wordplay.