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Geek Love

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Intriguing story of inner and outer beauty

This is the second time I have read this novel. I love the descriptive imagery to help you picture the characters, not only their unique physical appearance but their personalities and demeanors as well. I also very much enjoy the back-and-forth between the past life o...
This is the second time I have read this novel. I love the descriptive imagery to help you picture the characters, not only their unique physical appearance but their personalities and demeanors as well. I also very much enjoy the back-and-forth between the past life of Oly's childhood in the Fabulon and present-day in the "real world".

Dunn does an extraordinary job of comparing the term "freak"--Chick is the seemingly normal child but treated as the outsider in the family of genetically gifted offspring. Al and Lil create deformities for the allure (enticing patrons to their carnival), while Mary Lick creates deformities for the opposite purpose of causing repulsion (removing women's sex appeal); yet they all seek the human condition of acceptance.

posted by MonieWolf on July 13, 2012

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1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Don't waste you money or your time!

A more thoroughly disgusting book I have yet to read. We meet a man and woman who have encountered a shortage of employees for their traveling side show. They are parents of children whose in utero existence was purposefully tainted by viral, bacterial and toxic agent...
A more thoroughly disgusting book I have yet to read. We meet a man and woman who have encountered a shortage of employees for their traveling side show. They are parents of children whose in utero existence was purposefully tainted by viral, bacterial and toxic agents for the desired result of producing mutants/freaks to populate their circus. As an adult survivor of of physical abuse by my biological father, I had trouble sleeping after barely reading the first chapter. I tossed it into the rubbish!

Angi Sayles-Simon

posted by Angi_Simon on October 29, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    Not for the faint of heart (or stomach)

    There were moments where this book literally made me sick to my stomach... points at which I put it down and said, this is making me want to retch, I cannot continue reading this. I could not get the horrifying imagrey of the Arturans out of my head. Eventually my nausea overcame my curiousity...couldn't finish it, too gross.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    Are you quirkey?

    "Geek Love" was recommended to me by someone who's clever, funny and very hip. So of course I had to read it...being 65 means I have fallen off the coolness wagon, and I don't want to go to dinner at 4:30 p.m. quite yet, if you know what I mean. ANYWAY...I was indeed pulled into this book and took it with me to read everywhere I had a sitting wait until it was done. It's very very odd, which I enjoyed...and I just had to find out how it ended. However, it left me emotionally unmoved, for all its familial twists and turns. Is it me, or the book? Or an author who would write these characters, who are such painful creatures, into life?
    I would recommend it to select people just because I want to discuss it with someone else who's read it.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    Pretty Good

    I will admit that I love any disturbing book, and upon looking at a list of the oddest/most disturbing books of all time, I noticed "Geek Love", picked it up from my local bookstore, and read it. At first I wasn't that impressed - there were some interesting characters, but the first half of the book as told by Oly was slightly disturbing and somewhat boring. It wasn't until the back story about the family circus that I really started to get into it.<BR/><BR/>Overall, I liked the book. Dunn has a talent for disturbing the audience with odd but likable characters, and most importantly, keeping the book original. The ride is slow toward the beginning, but once the reader hits the book becomes hard to stray from. <BR/><BR/>I'm not exactly sure if its a book I want to reread or have in my library, and I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone due to some of the concepts included. It teaches a good lesson, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2002

    An ok book

    This was an ok book, but nothing to write home about. I guess it had a pretty good overall message.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    Incredibly perverse

    Yes, incredibly perverse, but interesting in story. The ideas are, however, almost cliche. It was not a waste of a read, but this could never be considered a true masterpiece because it resorts to utter perversity (which is very easy, not 'imaginative' like commonly believed) to get its ideas across. This book is almost equal to watching 'garbage television' at some points, but the book does have a point; not a very original one however, which is the point, isn't it?

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