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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 (32)

  1. Christina Boyd says:

    A Vindication of Austen’s Women! Love it. Where were you when we were coming up with a subtitle?

    Delighted that our collection has inspired you to read more Austen! Thank you for your thoughtful review of our 484 page, 16 story collection.

    1. Thanks, Christina for counting on me for the tour. I’m better coming up with titles for other people’s books than mine, but, personally, I don’t think Austen’s women need much vindication, but I loved reading about them in more detail. Another great collection.

  2. I have never been a big Austen fan, Olga, although I have read many of her books. This sounds like a refreshing take on the characters.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I remember reading some of her novels in Spanish translations many years back and I think I should revisit them in English at some point. As a writer, I find her particularly interesting, as she was a great observer of people and their behaviours, and her focus on female characters and the female perspective was well ahead of her time. Have a great day. 🙂

  3. I read most of the popular Austen novels as a teenager, and have enjoyed the many adaptations on film and TV too. There is a huge fan base for books like this one, and I suspect Christina’s book will do very well indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Yes, you are right. And the new versions, even the cross-genre ones (I remember you mentioned the film adaptation of Pride, Prejudice and Zombies not that long ago) keep coming. Have a great day.

  4. Haha! Thanks for the warning, Olga! The book sounds terrific. Reading a good book at night never made me drowsy, so yes I would be losing a lot of sleep. 😀

    Your “Pride, Prejudice and Zombies” remark to Pete got my wheels spinning. Groan… so many books to write so little time… But now I’m thinking about a steampunk Austen. LOL. Heaven help me.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Beware of great books. By the way, everything is ready for my post on Tuesday. Not sure if you will have seen my review, but I’ll send you a link later. A steampunk Austen sounds fine (and Pride, Prejudice and Zombies is quite a romp, to be honest!). Have a good Thursday!

  5. Maria says:

    I never tire of Austen or well written fan fiction.

    1. I’m with you on that. Thanks, Maria.

  6. dgkaye says:

    Fantastic review Olga. This book does sound intriguing, so once again I’m heading to Amazon! 🙂 x

    1. Christina Boyd says:

      Thank you! I hope you find the collection as satisfying a read as Olga did. Looking forward to comparing notes.

      1. dgkaye says:

        Most welcome. 🙂

    2. Thanks, Debby. I know you never tire of intelligent books, and I am sure you’ll enjoy this one. Have a great Friday.

      1. dgkaye says:

        Happy weekend Olga. Your blog is my go to for reviews! <3

        1. Thank you, Debby. I pick up not only books but great tips from yours. 😉

          1. dgkaye says:

            Oh, that’s lovely to hear Olga. 🙂 x

  7. Vashti Q says:

    I have read several of Jane Austen’s books. She’s a master of characterization and I’ve often thought of reading a couple of them again, since it’s been so long since I’ve read them. This collection reads intriguing and fascinating. Thanks for the marvelous review, Olga. I’m going to add to my TBR list. 😀 xx

    1. Thanks, Vashti. I have reread a couple on recent years, but there are some I haven’t read for many years, if I ever did. I ended up very intrigued by the characters and the books I didn’t know that well, and enjoyed catching up with some of my old favourites as well. I hope you enjoy it, Vashti. I know you like strong female characters, so I think you’ll appreciate the collection. All the best.

  8. I like Austen so this one really interested me!

    1. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it then, Christy. I sure did! Happy Thursday!

  9. karenmcoxbooks says:

    Thank you for a lovely review, Olga! I’m so glad you enjoyed the stories. The anthology has meant so much to us authors, and to Christina, of course 🙂

    1. Thanks, Karen. I am always amazed at the different stories you all create and at how they always illuminate some new aspect of Austen’s work for me. I’m looking forward the your next project (individual and with Christina). Good luck!

  10. Anji says:

    Hi Olga. This is my first visit to your blog, which I’ve discovered through the tour for this wonderful anthology. I’m probably one of the people you mention who, while not classing myself as an Austen scholar, are very familiar with the works of Jane Austen.

    All of the stories are absolutely wonderful and your review is such a good summary on the collection. I love the fact that not all of the subjects could be classed as heroines and that they’re not redeemed either, but we do get an insight into the characters they are and become.

    1. Thanks, Anji. I agree with your opinion and that was also one of the strong points for me. Bringing to life characters that we might not like so much is always more difficult, and making readers care and be interested enough to read their stories even when they are not favourites shows a great deal of skill and also of sensitivity towards the original material. Such a talented group of writers. I hope we get more of their stories soon. Thanks for visiting, Anji.

      1. Christina Boyd says:

        “Bringing to life characters that we might not like so much is always more difficult, and making readers care and be interested enough to read their stories even when they are not favourites shows a great deal of skill and also of sensitivity towards the original material. Such a talented group of writers.” I appreciated that!! Thank you.

        1. Thanks, Christina. You always work with the best and it is a pleasure to read the books you coordinate and edit. Good luck with all your future projects and good luck to all the authors as well. ♥

  11. Thanks for the detailed review of Rational Creatures, Olga. This is my first time visiting your blog so I’m not familiar with your review style. I’m happy to say that it is very good the way you express your thoughts and sum up the collection.

    1. Thanks very much for visiting and for your kindness. I really enjoyed this collection and the previous ones I’ve read edited by Christina. All the best.

    1. Thank you and congratulations, Schilds!

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