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Geek Love
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out–with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes–to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious–and dangerous–asset.
As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.
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VeryLazyDaisy
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This book is full of so much brilliance

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thebluestocking
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My Round 4 #LMPBC book has come home. The consensus on this seemed to be “weird but interesting.” Thanks for a great round @leslieseidel @Ingerella @Whimsical.Curiosity!

I sent off my Round 5 book (Maid) about a month ago to you @BookishMarginalia. Did it arrive okay? I haven‘t received my April book yet. Is that coming from you @LazyDays? I‘m excited to read the books you ladies picked. @WanderingBookaneer

leslieseidel It was a great round!! I just got my book back too! 1mo
thebluestocking @leslieseidel Yay! It‘s fun to get it back and see the comments! 1mo
Ingerella I really enjoyed our round, and the comments in my book were SO great! (Agatha Christie book) I thought about sending it around again just so you all.could read the conversations you were having! @Whimsical.Curiosity @leslieseidel 1mo
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LazyDays Yes it is. I am behind (as usual 🤦) sorry. I should be sending it out tomorrow. I am not really on Litsy much anymore, so you cam always email me lazydayslitsy gmail. I haven't received a book either. @WanderingBookaneer @BookishMarginalia 1mo
WanderingBookaneer I am sending my today! 1mo
thebluestocking @Ingerella Ha! I get that feeling too! I want to see what everyone thought about the other books! 1mo
thebluestocking @LazyDays No worries! I just wanted to make sure I didn‘t miss it! 1mo
thebluestocking @BookishMarginalia I just remembered you posted about my book‘s safe arrival!! Sorry about forgetting! 😳 1mo
BookishMarginalia No problem! It‘s hard to keep track of the many different things we have going on. (edited) 1mo
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LeahBergen
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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Well, you asked for it @Cinfhen and said you wouldn‘t let me off! And, sadly, that is NOT a perm. 😆😆😆

I vividly remember reading the tagged book that year. Oh, the glorious 90s!

#90sSpringFling

Cinfhen YOU are my INSPIRATION 🙌🏻💕😘 2mo
Cinfhen And THAT HAIR 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻so jealous 2mo
julesG Sadly?! I love the hair. Great look! 2mo
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robinb This is absolutely wonderful...love, love, love! 👍👏👏👏 2mo
CarolynM So cool😍😍😍 2mo
Hooked_on_books Straight from the set of 90210? 😉 2mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen 😆😆😆 2mo
LeahBergen @julesG @robinb @CarolynM Thanks, friends! 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books Yeah, pretty much. 😆 2mo
Cathythoughts I love this !! So cool 😎 my friend. And so pretty & such beautiful hair 😍 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm This is like Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman! 😍👏 Love the look! 2mo
Reggie So mysterious!!! Nice photo!! 2mo
Kalalalatja OMG YOUR HAIR! 😍😍 2mo
TrishB Gorgeous 💕 great pic 2mo
batsy You look fabulous! I love the 'tude 😁❤️ 2mo
JoScho This is perfect!!! 2mo
KarenUK I had those shades! 😍 2mo
Chrissyreadit Love your commentary with the pic! Perfect. 2mo
Jerdencon I had those shoes! 2mo
britt_brooke 90s hottie! 🔥 And I agree with @Hooked_on_books - totally 90210. Love it! 2mo
BarbaraBB You were cool! Great pic! 2mo
Mtroiano ❤️❤️ 2mo
sammisho That look is totally in again! My preteen wore almost the exact same outfit yesterday to school...not ironically. 2mo
BarbaraBB And indeed, we had the same hair 😀 2mo
Melissa_J This is awesome! 2mo
merelybookish You are too cool! And that hair! 😎😍 (And aren't fanny packs coming back?) 2mo
MaureenMc 😍 2mo
LauraJ There it is! I crown you Queen of the 90‘s! 👑 2mo
UwannaPublishme How cool are you! 😎👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
DebinHawaii This is the best! 😎👍👍You win the 90s! 2mo
LeahBergen @KarenUK Did you?? 😂😂 2mo
LeahBergen @Jerdencon I liked them (but not as much as my Doc Martens brogues 😆😆). 2mo
LeahBergen @sammisho Well, I think your preteen is awesome! 😆😆 2mo
Leftcoastzen I think you look really pretty! 2mo
readordierachel Love it! 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 12 year old me would've loved your look. Me now would ditch the fancy pack & slouch socks. 2mo
Centique 🙌🙌 2mo
mabell Perfect!!! I thought your photo was an album cover! 😄 2mo
LeahBergen @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I‘d ditch more than those! 😆😆 2mo
LeahBergen @mabell Your comment made me LOL. 😂😂 2mo
saresmoore You look amazing! You would‘ve fit right in with my much cooler cousins, one of whom now has a legitimate and lucrative career in fashion design, so... 2mo
LeahBergen @saresmoore 😆😆 Thank you! 2mo
Suet624 Too cool for school! 😂😂😂 Gorgeous. 2mo
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VeryLazyDaisy
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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I‘m finally reading this. Knocking dents in my TBR! I made a fast friend at a book sale when we connected over the idea of spending an entire year reading only women authors. (2019 for me)
She kept handing me great titles; some that are new to me and some I recognized as already being on my TBR. We traded recommendations and had a great time! Don‘t you just love book people?!

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leslieseidel
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Got it!! @Whimsical.Curiosity Thanks! It will be returning to you shortly @thebluestocking This was a good set of books: #LMPBC round4 @Ingerella I am about to start round5 and looking forward to it!!

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madamereadsalot1
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📚 Geek Love

🎬 Weird Science

🎧 Anti Matter by N.E.R.D

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Weird Science 🙌🏼🤓🖤 3mo
AlaMich Love Weird Science!! 3mo
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Whimsical.Curiosity
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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Mehso-so

This is a novel that is so far fetched that it can be very hard to believe and follow. That said, you really connect with some of the characters like Oly and Chick. Or at least worry for them. It's hard to really describe but if you take the Isle of Misfit toys and give them a manipulative leader and a reality TV show then you're almost there.
⭐⭐⭐
@leslieseidel it will be coming your way soon!
@thebluestocking @Ingerella
#lmpbc #teamk

Jillybeane I read this in high school and liked it. I‘m not sure how it would hold up reading it as an adult. 3mo
Whimsical.Curiosity @Jillybeane it wasn't a bad read, it was just a tough one for me. 3mo
britt_brooke Definitely one of the weirdest books I‘ve ever read. I rated it “so-so” as well. 3mo
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Whimsical.Curiosity @britt_brooke it was!! Every new page was a WTF moment. 3mo
thebluestocking Very very strange book. Definitely an experience. 3mo
Whimsical.Curiosity @thebluestocking agreed. I surely didn't expect it lol 3mo
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Croissonter
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Halfway through this, and though it‘s quite long (editor must have not been very liberal with their red pen), I am enjoying the pace and storyline.

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Ingerella
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I just finished this book for the #LMPBC , #GroupK, and I'm not really sure what I think about it. It's wierd, and disturbing, but also intriguing. I'm not exactly sure how to categorize Geek Love, but somehow I'm glad I read it. I think I will give it a "pick" because no matter what I think of the story (undecided), the book is written beautifully. @Whimsical.Curiosity it will be on it's way to you tomorrow.
@leslieseidel @thebluestocking

readordierachel I felt the same way. 4mo
Ingerella @readordierachel I'm glad I'm not the only one! 4mo
thebluestocking I‘m glad this one leaned to a pick for you. I had a similar struggle. It is so very weird. But it is unlike anything I‘ve ever read. 4mo
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Whimsical.Curiosity Well now I'm intrigued lol 4mo
Ingerella @Whimsical.Curiosity I can't wait to see what you think if it. 4mo
thebluestocking Love the background on this one! 4mo
Ingerella @thebluestocking Thanks! That's my scarf. This is the photo that was taken on the floor of my closet! 4mo
IamIamIam I remember being inappropriately young when I read this and tried to get back into it last year. I'm going to bump it up but I do recall enjoying it! 4mo
Ingerella @IamIamIam This book definitely has adult themes! I'll look forward to seeing what you think if you reread it. 4mo
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Ingerella
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1. I completed a Spartan race with my hubby, sister and brother-in-law. My hubby and I are on the right. Sister and brother in law are on the left, and the lady in the middle is a mystery.
2. I want to read some bigger books I've been putting off.
3. Worst: Hubby got laid off, Dad had a heart attack. Best: Hubby got a new job, Dad survived and is doing great!
4. Get a new job.
5. Almost done the tagged book.
#humpdaypost @MinDea

Smarkies LOL. Mystery lady. 🤣🤣 5mo
Kaye Sorry to hear about your dad and the job, but so glad both worked out .♥️ 5mo
Ingerella @Smarkies 🤣🤣 5mo
Ingerella @kaye Thanks so much ❤️ 5mo
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thebluestocking
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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Mehso-so

Reading this book was an intriguing experience. It centers on the Binewski family. The parents run a carnival and experimented with drugs to birth freak children. The book is adeptly and disturbingly written, but it just left me feeling sad.

readordierachel I know what you mean. It's a sad one. 6mo
thebluestocking @readordierachel Right? I can see why people love it and why people hate it. 6mo
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thebluestocking
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The first book of Round 4 is, well, in the books! This one was weird but intriguing. It‘s on the way to you @Ingerella.

#lmpbc @Whimsical.Curiosity @leslieseidel

Whimsical.Curiosity Yayyyyyyyyyyy!! 6mo
thebluestocking @Whimsical.Curiosity ❤️ 6mo
TheSpineView Good pun!😊 6mo
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Ingerella Sweet! Looking forward to reading it! 6mo
thebluestocking @Ingerella I‘m definitely looking forward to seeing the responses to this one. 6mo
Ingerella The book arrived today..I'm super curious about this one. 6mo
thebluestocking @Ingerella Ooh. I‘m glad you got it. I hope you enjoy it. (edited) 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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A family with their own freak show.
#NoFemmeber #freakyfreaks

Billypar This is one I'm really excited to read based on all I've heard! 6mo
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thebluestocking
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These are my options for #LMPBC round 4. What do you think, #groupk?

@Whimsical.Curiosity @Ingerella @leslieseidel

Whimsical.Curiosity I like Geek Love and Olive. 7mo
CatLass007 Geek Love is excellent. 7mo
Ingerella Geek love sounds interesting! 7mo
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leslieseidel Agree with everyone. Geek Love or Olive sound good to me. 7mo
thebluestocking Awesome. Sounds like Geek Love it is!! 7mo
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valeriegeary
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"Their first born was my brother Arturo, usually known as Aqua Boy. His hands and feet were in the form of flippers that sprouted directly from his torso without intervening arms or legs. He was taught to swim in infancy and was displayed nude in a big clear-sighted tank like an aquarium."

#peoplearestrange #Octoberxfiles
@Robothugs @Cinfhen

Robothugs I must read this book 7mo
Leniverse My favourite bunch of unlikeable characters! 7mo
Cinfhen #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime #OneDay I‘m not sure if I‘ll hate it or love it!?!???! 7mo
valeriegeary @Cinfhen it's a really weird book, I can't remember if I liked it or not but I think I'm glad I read it. It was an experience. 🤔 7mo
Cinfhen That‘s an honest answer!! I‘ll have to try the book for myself. Thanks 😉 7mo
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LauraJ
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Geek Love immediately popped into my mind when the Empress card came up for today‘s #tarottakeover. Lil Binewski takes teratogenic substances to give birth to “special” babies. #octoberphotochallenge

ByChallaF What kind of decks do you have? 8mo
LauraJ @ByChallaF Tarot of the Cat People and The Mythic Tarot. 8mo
ErinSueGreads I just got a copy of geek love in a swap. It looks so good! Also @Meaw_catlady you need the cat tarot 7mo
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BookishBeth
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Pickpick

I read this book years ago and am now listening to it. I never realized how beautifully and grotesquely written this is. Poetically horrific.

BethM That is not at all the book description I was expecting! Sounds intense. 8mo
BookishBeth @BethM the book is kind of twisted in a train wreck-can‘t-look-away but the word choices are quite wonderful. 8mo
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Dawn_Louise
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Pickpick

I think this one is going to stay with me for a while. Loved the writing and the story, made it so easy to picture everything and get sucked into that world.

Spoiler:

I would have been happy without any of the parts that took place after it all came crashing down. I‘m still not over poor Chick and the twins. It shows how twisted families can be albeit taken to extremes and the damage that can be caused even with love and the best intentions

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vivastory
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1) Geek Love
2) Neil Gaiman (or Lauren Groff)
3) Game of Thrones
4) Gyro (chicken shawarma)
#manicmonday @JoScho

saresmoore Gimme all the G things! Except Game of Thrones. That sh*t cray. I couldn‘t agree more about your author choices. Or shawarma. 8mo
JoScho 💖😊 8mo
britt_brooke Geek Love is one of the weirdest damned books I‘ve ever read. 8mo
vivastory @britt_brooke It really is. There's nothing else like it. 8mo
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Dawn_Louise
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Got my blanket, latte and it‘s a rainy Saturday. Perfect time to start my new book.

After an almost 18 month reading slump, finally feel back to my old self. Fingers crossed it lasts 🤞🏻

#newbook #currentlyreading

Kaye Pink 🎟👄👅🧠👩🏼‍🎤💅🏻👚👛👙🐷🐽 🌸 🏩💒 🛍🎀 8mo
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Tex2Flo
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Pickpick

#manicmonday
#letterg
@JoScho
Geek Love, which sat me right down
Neil Gaiman, who I discovered far too late in life
Gillian‘s Island, which as a child I thought could be actually possible
Gnocchi, food of the gods

JoScho Gnocchi 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 9mo
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meghan2714
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"The Binewskis, a circus-geek family who bred their own exhibit of human oddities (with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes)Their offspring include Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins ,albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the most dangerous "

All I can say is get in my brain!?

sprainedbrain This is a great book.. 9mo
tapgurl Found this at City Lights bookstore in San Francisco years ago when you had to peruse the shelves for s good book! 9mo
HighLadyoftheStacks One of my favs 9mo
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underground_bks This has been on my TBR forever! I️ need to read it this Fall! 9mo
meghan2714 @underground_bks its been on mine too ibtgink I'm gonna give it a go soon🤓 9mo
Merchgal I‘ve had this book on my shelf for years. I need to read it. 9mo
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sprainedbrain
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Since my other two favorite #circus books have already been chosen for today‘s prompt, I‘m going with darkest, weirdest circus-themed book I‘ve read. The writing is excellent, the characters are certainly unique, but there is some disturbing stuff here. 😐

#AugustIsATrip

pgh.femme I‘ve been hesitant to re-read this because I‘m afraid it won‘t hold up to my memory of it. 9mo
AmyG Oddest book I‘ve ever read. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍🏻👍🏻 9mo
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gibblr I've been seeing this one around lately. Sounds good in a disturbing way! 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Good choice. That was an odd book. I still don't know if I liked it or not. Unique for sure. 9mo
vkois88 What the what? It's an interesting premise, I suppose... but I couldn't imagine ever purposely taking things to ensure that there were deformities with my baby just to make a buck 😢 9mo
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crazyspine
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Congrats to @Mitch
#50kreadinglifegiveaway
5 words to describe my reading life are:
Dog-always read with Hank
Sun-I try and read outside as much as I can.
Secretive- I often read when I should be doing something else, so I sometimes have to be sneaky.
Bubbles-when not reading outside, reading in the bath or hot tub is awesome.
Chocolate-Nothing pairs better with a book than hot chocolate (I don't do coffee, but I swear I'm an adult)

Mitch Brilliant! I‘m a bath reader too 🤣 9mo
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monalyisha
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Mehso-so

It's not that "Geek Love" isn't a good book... but it's a good book that's not for me. It's smart, inventive, & bold - & almost entirely without redemption.

Just as "Lolita" (which I loved) takes advantage of a reader's natural empathy (by making you almost connect with & admire its pedophile protagonist), "Geek Love" takes advantage of the human inclination toward hope (with its terrible, unrelenting cruelty).

*Cont‘d in comments below.??

monalyisha 1/2: This book is like so many delightful things all wrapped into one: a particularly disturbing episode of Law & Order SVU; anything written by Ottessa Moshfegh; that iconic "Twilight Zone" story in which a "horribly ugly" woman has plastic surgery to make her more "beautiful" but then it turns out that all of the "normal-looking" doctors & nurses have pig's faces. (edited) 10mo
monalyisha 2/2: I'm happy I finally read this, since so many people seem to love it & since it's been on my TBR list for years... but I can't say that I enjoyed the experience. 10mo
monalyisha First (early) review for @TheReadingMermaid ‘s #MakeMeReadIt event! (This one didn‘t look like it was going to get enough votes to put it high enough on my list to make it into my August reads, but it did get enough to make me curious! So, I figured I‘d just do it beforehand. 🤷‍♀️ You win some, you lose some.) (edited) 10mo
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Foragingfantasy Eeeek! I just bought it last week, I had some bookstore credit. But I‘ve read reviews since that have me questioning. I‘ll get to it eventually.. 10mo
monalyisha @Foragingfantasy Haha I said “I‘ll get to it eventually for about 5 years.” I totally get it. 10mo
Aluciddreamer @monalyisha I think this is one of those books that if you read it at the right time it is spectacular, but I can see the lack of enjoyment. This particular subject matter has always been a favorite of mine. I love the P.T. Barnum side show era. 10mo
monalyisha @Aluciddreamer I liked “The Museum of Extraordinary Things.” Totally different vibe. 😆 10mo
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monalyisha
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Elly & Iphy are Siamese twins who share 1 sex organ. One of them wants to have sex for the 1st time; the other doesn‘t. The 1 who does pays someone to sleep with her/them, billing it as “The Exquisite Convenience of 2 Women with 1 Cunt!” After, he stumbles away, muttering “I don‘t think I was right. I think I did something wrong. One of them didn‘t want it. She cried & scratched at me. The other one did.” It‘s like an extra-twisted episode of SVU.

REPollock That bit really disturbed me. 10mo
monalyisha @REPollock I‘m honestly disturbed by so much of this book. 10mo
REPollock @monalyisha yeah. It‘s pretty far out there on the whole. 10mo
lynneamch Yup. But, glad I read it. Good bookclub discussion about how far people go in following a charismatic leader. 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego The whole book was weird. I still don't know how to feel about it. It was unique, I'll give it that. 10mo
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monalyisha
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The two books are *so* wildly different that it‘s difficult to imagine this was intentional... but can anyone spot the echo of a much-beloved text from the 1940‘s? 🔎

Liberty ICTC. ♥️ 10mo
BarbaraJean That‘s not where I would expect to find a reference like that! 10mo
LauraJ I love both of these books, but read Geek Love first. Thanks for pointing it out! 10mo
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Weaponxgirl Green feet? 10mo
monalyisha @Liberty Yes! 💞🏰 10mo
monalyisha @Weaponxgirl I was thinking of “I Capture the Castle” but I‘ll have to check out your guess now. 😉 (edited) 10mo
Weaponxgirl @monalyisha I thought she had green feet iin the sink too nn I capture the castle for some reason. I'm probably, combining two books in my head! 10mo
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monalyisha
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We interrupt your regularly scheduled bookish broadcast to bring you a picture of my face. I forgot my book again. I guess I‘ll just spend my break taking stymied-looking selfies in front of this stone tower. 🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️ #theworst

IamIamIam D'oh!!! I keep a few back up downloads on my Kindle app for just such occasions! 10mo
monalyisha @IamIamIam It‘s okay. It‘s not like I‘m reading against a deadline or anything. Oh, wait. Yes, I am(IamIam). #bookclub 10mo
IamIamIam @monalyisha 🤣🤣🤣 Then double d'oh!!! 10mo
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LiteraryinLititz Nooooo! 😋 10mo
Trashcanman Oh that's a bummer. 10mo
CoffeeNBooks Oh, bummer! I hate it when that happens! 😫 10mo
Slajaunie That is horrible!!! You need to have the kindle app on your phone for just such emergencies!! 😫 10mo
Bklover Hate when that happens! 10mo
kspenmoll Yuk! But that face is great! 10mo
ErinSueGreads 😂😂😂 10mo
AmyG I always have a book on my phone...just in case. 10mo
bookandbedandtea 😆🤣😂 10mo
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monalyisha
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Gotta finish this up quick!

My book club just set its meeting date for “The Windfall,” which I haven‘t even started yet, & the meeting is in 10 days! 😱

Also, I‘m just *really* enjoying my lunch right now (Thai deluxe: brown rice, “chick‘n”, cabbage, sprouts, snow peas, carrots, corn, onions, pineapple, basil, crushed peanuts 🤤).

emilyhaldi Omg I LOVED The Windfall! It is laugh out loud funny and all of the characters are so well done. I hope you like it! 🤞🏻 10mo
2BR02B That lunch looks delicious (and wholesome!) 10mo
JamieArc The Windfall was one of my favorite BOTM picks. A light, funny, quick read in an interesting setting. I hope you like it too! 10mo
Soubhiville Mmmm, sounds good! Geek Love was a strange read, huh? I didn‘t love it. But thought it was worth the time to read it. 10mo
monalyisha @Soubhiville So far, that‘s exactly how I feel about it! (edited) 10mo
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monalyisha
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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Roughly 75 pages in.

“GEEK LOVE throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene.”

Thus far, I‘ve seen the ugly & the obscene, and am desperately awaiting the beautiful & the holy. 🙏🏻 I suspect there might be some redemption ahead in Oly & Miranda‘s relationship, but it‘s been tough-going. Pressing onward!

#MakeMeReadIt (early edition)

Suet624 Quite the family portrait. 10mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This book was unusual, but I liked it 10mo
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monalyisha
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This one was pretty far down on my list (behind 8 other titles) for August‘s #MakeMeReadItEvent, so I decided to just go for it early.

This whole time it‘s been on my TBR (years & years), I thought “geek love” was synonymous with “nerd love.” I knew it was about the circus but had never heard the term “geek” in this specific context before. “Geeks” bite the heads off of live chickens & swallow them! 🤢 Who knew?! As for me? I prefer ice cream...

Reviewsbylola So jealous of your 🍦! 10mo
monalyisha @Reviewsbylola Not to rub it in...but it was so good! 🤤 Pistachio. 💚 10mo
ReadingEnvy Yes! Complete shocker. 10mo
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Craftylikefox I have heard so many good things about the book! I hope you enjoy 😊 10mo
gossamerchild It's so bizarre, but great. I hope you enjoy it! 10mo
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Read this sooo long ago, but I still remember the shock of the story, the way it pulled me in and pushed me around. #QuotsyJuly18 @TK-421

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AlexanderSBrown
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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I just finished this novel & I adored it. Yeah, it's like what would happen if John Waters wrote an episode of "Full House". But the book goes so much deeper that shocks & dark humor.

The beginning of this novel was beautifully innocent & it painted a family portrait that was so richly told it made me want to be a part of this family. However, as the book progresses the family falls apart.

Still, the redemable end urges bittersweet tears.

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AlexanderSBrown
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn

I should have seen this coming.

Spoiler!!!!

Fortunato transferred sperm from Artie into Olly by using his telekenisis. This is how Miranda was born, through incest.

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Jillybeane
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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That daunting TBR stack, tho! Let‘s focus on the glass of South Shore white instead, shall we?
#tbr #stack #booksfordays

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AlexanderSBrown
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn

I was an adolescent crone, sitting in the ruins.

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Jillybeane
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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Reading at Crown Beer Fest 🧡🍻

#readeverywhere

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AlexanderSBrown
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn

SPOILER

There is no doubt about it, Artie must die. Due to Ellie and Effe's rebellion, he has had Ellie labotomized. As if having his cult members transformed into armless/legless sheep for his religion, Autroism, wasn't enough.

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AlexanderSBrown
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn

Talk about old school torment, Ellie and Effe can't even get their unwanted child aborted because their brother, Artie, has a signed agreement with Doc P. that prevents their procedure! The doctor's best advice to the twins is to stop pissing Artie off.

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AlexanderSBrown
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn

Artie is really a jerk, he's giving his siblings away for self benefit & to exact punishment. Ellie & Effe are now stuck in an unwanted marriage engagement because of him.

Also, Fortunato has been gifted to Doc P., the Dr., who creates freaks for Arty's cult. While Artie has gained too much power, their father is too money hungry to care what happens.

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AlexanderSBrown
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn

The Artie cult was a pretty creepy concept, especially how his number one fan had her legs and arms removed to honor his image. What follows is a disturbing look into idol worship.

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CaroPi
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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I had read twisted books and then... I read Geek Love. Never thought I will find something like this. I hope to finish it today

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AlexanderSBrown
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn

So far, besides the wholesome opening between the children as they listen to their father reminisce about when he met Lil, my favorite scene is how Olympia owns her body when an audience member tries to humiliate her on stage. Stripped nude, rather than running from the spotlight, she dances under it -proud. This display is also what encourages her daughter, Miranda, to sketch her nude.

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AlexanderSBrown
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn

Told in a non-liner fashion, the novel beings during story time & introduces siamese twins (Iphy and Elly), telekinetic infant (Fortunato), aqua boy (Arty), & the narrator (Olympia) who is a bald, albino hunchback. Included with the cast is her mother & father, (Crystal Lil and Al) which Lil is a geek & Al is the ring master. Although the portrait begins happy, it soon falls into depression as the freak show begins to disintegrate with time & age.

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AlexanderSBrown
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn

A true freak cannot be made. A true freak must be born.

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LitDrivenGirl
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When your sister is your fellow bibliophile and spoils you rotten on your birthday. I finally own Geek Love! Whenever I get new books it is so hard not to skip everything else in the piles for what's bright and fresh 😃. #tbrpile #itneverends #birthdaybooks #sisters Thank you @biblio_ginger 😍😗!!!!!!!

biblio_ginger Aw shucks! 😍😍😍 You're very welcome! It's just too much fun spoiling you!!!! 12mo
jfalkens Happy birthday! 12mo
LitDrivenGirl @jfalkens Thank you! 😊 12mo
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Bessiecat
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Pickpick

I loved this book!! Took me a while to get into, but was so worth it. Very unique, and original which I love. Also really made me want to be vegan 😂 love that Chick ❤️ #geeklove

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JKat
Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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Beautiful, sharp, grotesque, carnivalesque.

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AmyG
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#OutlandishGiveaway @julesG #JesusHRooseveltChrist

The premise of this book. I enjoyed the book, but it‘s the wildest story I‘ve ever read.

julesG Is that the cover? 13mo
AmyG @JulesG No...seems to be fan art. 13mo
Crystalblu A totally weird one! But, I loved it! 13mo
Karkar I have heard so many good things about this book! 13mo
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Addison_Reads
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readordierachel Good one! 13mo
Linsy I‘ve always been interested in this one. I‘ve heard good things about it. Thanks for the reminder!! 13mo
Addison_Reads @ReadOrDieRachel thank you! I recommend it to people all the time. I love the weirdness of it so much. @Linsy I hope you love it as much as I do. 💙💚💜 13mo
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