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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.

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  1. Fascinating review, Olga. I have read a couple of steampunk novels, which I enjoyed. I don’t usually read zombie – actually, I never read zombie novles – so I’m not sure about this.

    1. Thanks, Mary. You’re well ahead of me in the steampunk genre. The actual zombie part of the novel (I don’t want to explain too much, but let’s say that not all individuals who are brought to life in the story end up as zombies, at least not as we understand them) only comes towards the end of the novel and it is fairly limited in space (and not the most detailed I’ve read, but it’s not lily-white either). It is a pretty amazing read, and, unless you truly hate the idea of zombies, if you like the rest of the set-up I’d give it a go. It’s quite out there! Perhaps check a sample and see how you feel. Have a lovely week, Mary.

  2. Certainly a mix of genres. Steampunk, Zombies, and a Western too. Everything thrown into the mix.
    Judging by your review, it seems to have worked very well.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Yes, not a moment’s boredom, for sure, and pretty engaging characters as well. Have a great week.

  3. The book sounds wild, and yet somehow… plausibly told. I also love twists and turns. Thanks for the great review, Olga, and your insights into the story.

    1. Thanks very much. For some reason, your comment ended up in the spam folder. Yes, you are right. The book is wild but it makes perfect sense within its logic and the characters are all credible. A great reading experience.

  4. Awesome review, Olga. Thanks for reading something so far afield from your other reads.

    Jonathan is an internet pal of mine in a couple of steampunk writing groups. It’s great to see a friend getting a review!

    Happy Reading!
    ~Icky. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Icky. I love to try new things and the combination was very intriguing. Jonathan sounds like a great guy and he’s told me he’ll keep me posted on future books in the series. After this experience, I’ll have to make sure I read more steampunk in the future.
      Thanks again and have a great week.

  5. A very interesting review, Olga. I don’t think I have ever read a steampunk book.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. Me neither, but now that I’ve read one, I will probably try some more in the future. Have a lovely week!

  6. Hi Olga. Thanks for this review.
    Steampunk Zombie Western? Okay… I’m just not a zombie fan. I see too many of them every day, wandering around texting… Now *there’s* your zombie apocalypse. 😀
    I’m not creeped out, they just don’t interest me. That said, this still sounds like a fun book that I want to read. Plus I was guessing even before you said as much (from the description) that these aren’t the usual mindless zombies. All the best to Jonathan with this wild ride. Hugs all around.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. No, I might say there is nothing usual in this book (then, again, as I confessed, I haven’t read much steampunk, apart from one of your serials, and they are pretty special in their own right). The true zombie part of the story is very late in the book and not very long, but I think you will enjoy this one (even with the zombies). I haven’t read many zombie books myself, although I’ve enjoyed the ones I have read, but I don’t think any of them were what I think of as standard zombie fare.
      Have a fabulous Tuesday (and yes, I agree with your take on the zombie apocalypse!). Big hugs!

      1. Aw, you’re too kind. Sometimes I don’t think my blog serials are serious enough to truly fit into any genre. I’m not a steampunk expert, but I like the mix of old-time machinery and audacity. (That’s my take on the genre. I’m not certain how they feel about magic… so I’m not sure if they’d accept my stories… I should research… Oh where’s the time?) 😀
        Have a wonderful Wednesday. Hugs right back!

        1. Thanks, Teagan. Well, I’m no expert, for sure. I wouldn’t have thought zombies usually feature in the genre but it works out. Your story more than worked for me, so I wouldn’t worry at all. I love the old machinery aspect and alternative history.

  7. stacey says:

    Great review, lovely to hear your thoughts. I’ve been given a copy of this book by the author too. Hoping that I like it just as much.

    1. Thanks, Stacey. It’s quite a ride. I hope you enjoy it. ♥

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