kate atkinson is a funny, witty, woman. i saw her speak recently, and read from one of the chapters of this book, and it was highly enjoyable. i especially love the fact that she has a penchant for buffy the vampire slayer, and would love to write an episode... great stuff!
unfortunatly, emotionally weird does not live up to her other 2 novels. it's funny, and clever, and enjoyable, but the ends don't meet as nicely at the end, and in her books, some tying up is necessary after you've been scattered all about.
i would still say read this, but read her others first, they're better, and then, when you love her (and inevitably you will) read this one, you'll be hungry for more at that point, and while this isn't a full course meal it is a nice light snack!