A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Freaks of Sideshow and Film by Mary Brett & Stevan Gould

Freaks of Sideshow and Film by Mary Brett & Stevan Gould
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 8th 2016 by Schiffer Publishing
Source: egalley via edelweiss

This book isn't very well written. It has an annoying habit of repeating information over and over. There are too many people described in some categories who have *exactly* the same story. For example, every tattooed man/woman would tell tales of how they were captured by natives and forced to be tattooed. Also, the picture captions are exact quotes from the text and sometimes don't even tell you who or what you are looking at! That said the pictures are great and I did learn about a few interesting people I'd never heard of, though most of them "freak enthusiasts" will already know about.

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