I'm never sure where the trend line is on long novels. A few years ago, it seemed like everything was coming in at 400 pages and I share Dan Rhodes' view that that's just too long most of the time.
I really like Rhodes. Timoleon Vieta Come Home was a laugh and although I've never read it, I hear Rhodes walks the walk too. Each of the one hundred and one stories in his book comes in at exactly one hundred words a pop.
As his publisher Canongate says,
"you'll laugh, probably cry and you'll be finished in time to go to the pub".
Posted by Dave