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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.

Comments (18)

  1. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. Curious isn’t it, that we humans have the arrogance to think that we are the ultimate accomplishment of evolution, that is, that we are as far advanced as it is going to get. Hope not! Wouldn’t it be nice to check back in a hundred thousand years or so? 🙂

    1. Thanks, James. You’re absolutely right. It would indeed be interesting to see (if the species still exists by then), but we’ve always thought we were the centre of the universe, even though the world around us has a way of bringing us down from our pedestal every so often. I hope you have a great week. 🙂

  2. Something different indeed, Olga. I have always regarded humans as biologically flawed, and I am still waiting for more proof about that ‘missing link’. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I’m with you on that. You might enjoy the author’s blog. Have a great week!

  3. Thank you so much for this very thoughtful review. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when someone enjoys my work. Have a great week!

    1. Thanks very much for your comment and for the opportunity to read the book. It is a joy to be able to share an interesting, informative, and entertaining non-fiction book with my readers and I hope the book does very well (it would work very well as the basis for a documentary series). Best of luck with your teaching and your future writing!

      1. Hi Olga. Thanks again for more nice words! Yes, I am in talks right now with a production company and I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but I am very excited about the possibility!

        1. Fingers crossed and good luck! I hope it comes to pass and I’ll keep my eyes open to watch it share when it does. 🙂

  4. This is not a book for me, Olga, but I did find your review very interesting.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. Happy week.

  5. Hi Olga, This sounds fascinating. I mostly like fiction, but I enjoy the occasional non-fiction. Your paragraph that began with “I was familiar with some of the content but” — that was particularly mindful and interesting.
    Thanks for this review and the introduction to Nathan. Hugs to you both.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. According to the author, there is interest in creating a documentary based on it, so we might be able to watch it soon. I think it would make a great series, for sure. Have a great day!

  6. I have read a lot of books like this, about false starts in our genome. I’ve accepted that 1) either we are a work in process, still with much to go, or 2) as we evolve to fit an imperfect environment, it evolves faster than we so we are always behind the curve.

    Having shared my thoughts, I really will have to see what Nathan thinks!

    1. Thanks, Jacqui. I think you’re in a similar wavelength to his. I particularly enjoyed his comments about animals, that is something he’s written about before and not a topic I know much about. Congratulations and good luck on your new book!

  7. Omg Olga, every time I come to your blog, I add another book to my portly TBR! But I find this one utterly enthralling. I’m fascinated by genetics, and I’m sure my background in medicine would keep this book glued to my hip. I love ‘Scurvy is a dystopian novel written by the human body.’ It makes me want to define all ailments in a similar fashion 🙂 Terrific review! Thanks so much for sharing this book with us ❤️

    1. Thanks, Tina. Sorry about the long reading list, although I always feel it’s a luxury to have too much to read! I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book with your background, and it is not only well-written (I highlighted quite a few things, but didn’t want to end up with a longer review than it already was), but it is easy to read by topics or in small bite-size chunks. I don’t know about you, but every so often I need to read something quite different to reset my brain. And if it’s informative and amusing in one, all the better. Have a lovely weekend, Tina!

      1. I know what you mean, Olga. I read health books and those like The Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi Scriptures to reset my brain. Happy weekend, my friend! ❤️

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