I will admit a bit of fascination with human oddities. Why not? There seems to be little to be fascinated with anymore. Like the author, I also enjoyed Carnivale on HBO. I also enjoyed the old 30's movie Freaks.
With this book, I was expecting more than I received. While the scope was adequate, I felt the depth was lacking. Overall, it was still an enjoyable read but each sub-section left me wanting more information about the person. The most disturbing aspect of the book was the lack of pictures. For sure, pictures were included but for many subjects, I had to do a Google image search. How hard would it have been to insert a picture for each person listed in the book? When the topic is "human oddities" a picture is needed in order to get a real feel of the person's challenges.
Still yet, I would recommend this book to my friends; at least those know how to get Google on their computer.
Michael L. Gooch, Author of Wingtips with Spurs