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OlgaNunez
I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

Comments (23)

  1. I enjoyed this review. I knew of the old Stanley Steamers, but had not heard of a Dobie. I liked the Terry Pratchett discworld novel with the clacks. I think it was ‘Truth’.

    Happy Reading!

    ~Ichabod

    1. No, now I think it was ‘Going Postal’.

      I dig old photos of fun Victorian gadgetry. I would love to give this book a look.

      1. Olga Nunez Miret says:

        Thank you! I’m sure you’ll love the book, as you are already interested in the matter. It’s a joy. Have a great week!

  2. It was very much ‘The Age of Invention’, undoubtedly. I have never read any Steampunk books, but I did watch this Japanese film, and thought it was outstanding. (This trailer is dubbed. I watched it in Japanese, with subtitles)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAOW7CRftXY

    I think I would enjoy this book too, Olga.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I love the trailer and will watch out for the film. I think you would enjoy the book too. It’s informative and fun. Have a fabulous week!

      1. The film DVD is very cheap on Ebay, and the visuals are simply startling. 🙂

        1. Thanks! Good tip!;)

          1. I just bought a used copy for £1.77, so our grandson can see it. 🙂

          2. OlgaNunez says:

            That’s a bargain! And I’m sure he’ll enjoy it!

    2. Wow! Huge thanks for sharing this trailer, Pete. I’m a great fan if well done anime and this promises to be the genre at its finest. Not to mention a stellar cast of voice actors. I’ll be on the lookout for “Steam Boy.” Hugs!

      1. Cheap on Ebay, Teagan. You can get a version with the option of dubbed familiar actors, or Japanese with subtitles. I was staggered by how it looked. 🙂

  3. Olga, this is fabulous! I really enjoyed your review. I would very much like to get this book and sit down with it. The topic fascinates me. I have a Pinterest board that I dedicated to such inventions. I call it Real Steampunkery Tech. (You know I like to be playful with language.) Hugs on the wing.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I kept thinking of you (for evident reasons) as I read this book. I haven’t spent much time on Pinterest recently, but I remember your board and I don’t think I need much of an excuse to visit. Looking forward to your serial! Have a great week!

  4. This looks interesting! I have to admit I know next to nothing about steampunk or the Victorian era, but Teagan has mentioned some of it on her blog and it really made me curious. Great review, Olga!

    1. Thanks, Jacquie. I don’t know a lot either, but I was surprised by how many of the things I assumed authors had made up had actually existed. It’s incredible. I’m also a big fan of Teagan and she got me interested. Have a great week!

  5. dgkaye says:

    Wonderful review Olga. As you know, not my genre. 🙂

    1. Olga Nunez Miret says:

      Thanks, Debby! I haven’t read much in it but find it fascinating. Enjoy the week!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks Olga. Happy week to you too 🙂

  6. You know, I’m going to have to check this out, Olga: and put it on my wish list.

    Oh, I knew about the various forms of optical telegraph: benefits of a Discworld education!

    It wouild’ve interesting to see hwhat could’ve happened, there … !

    1. Indeed, Paul! I thought you’d find this one interesting, for sure, although I’m sure many of the things would be familiar, but it makes for a great read, and I think you’d enjoy the illustrations as well. They weren’t lacking in imagination, for sure! See you later on the quiz!

  7. This is not my scene, Olga, but my son might like it. I will show him this review.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. It’s very interesting from the historical point of view as well. Sometimes we don’t realise how old some of the “new” inventions truly are. It’s fascinating for people who love quirky inventions and gadgets and I think you’re probably right about your son. 🙂

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