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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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Most Helpful Critical Review

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 April 8, 2010

    great book; strange, offbeat, great characters... not for everyone

    due to life, it took me quite a long time to read this book. not like 3 months, more like over a year, haha! i only say this bc after such a long time not picking it up it was exremely easy to dive back into due to an original story line and memorable characters and once i started i couldn't stop. i like the strange reads and this really got strange. at some points i even felt dirty reading it. i felt for oly not feeling like her siblings and almost being "normal" even though she loved her brother in an not so brotherly way. arty made me so angry at some points but isn't that what a good book is supposed to do? if you like classic literature or even use the word literature, don't pick it up. you might get sick reading it. the story line is great going back and forth from past to present. i was only dissappointed with how fast the book ended, i felt a little rushed in the end and i wanted more of what oly was thinking and why she was going to do what she was going to do (hence the 4 stars). a great book that is out there but intriguing. i recommend to anyone who likes not so typical books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Recommend if you like weird books.

    Was a super wierd book but I couldnt put it down. Needed to find out what happens. Putting the wierdness aside it was well written book and I enjoyed reading it

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    The Unexpected

    I am so glad I read this book without knowing anything about it. If someone had tried to explain it, I would not have read it. Thanks to my daughter for leaving this behind when she went back to school.
    Do not be put off by the topic. You will miss a good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    Disturbing

    To date, this is the most disturbing book I've ever read. However, it is extremely hard to put down (some of us are attracted to the unexpected and disgusting.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    Astonishing

    This novel is astonishing in more ways than one. The first (and most obvious) way is in its (somewhat) shocking perversity. There's actually a little overkill in this area on Dunn's part, and if it had been more subtle and less overt, this book would have gotten fives stars. Among the moments of sheer perversity, however, are moments of sheer genius and beauty, that make this novel ENTIRELY worthwhile to read. Sometimes her prose rings of Melville, without smacking of imitation, as so many books do. Dunn is a wonderful, extraordinary, creative writer (though her authorship depends a little too much on shock value), and has crafted near-masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    Good, but needs more

    Geek Love had a great plot, but it lacked in author presentation. The tone was eerie with dark humor. Reccomend it to those who want to see something that deviates from the 'norm'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2004

    Not your typical novel

    This book is a bit hard to get into, I finally got what was going on after about 50 or so pages. However, after that, the book was awesome and I devoured it in a weekend! It is a page turner, so bizarre, and you want to keep reading it to see what strange things happen next.

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