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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. Good morning, Olga….you have given me quite a lot to think about today,. I must say that ‘Dark Prophecy’ sounds intriguing…I will put it down as a possible read. Hoping all is well…and wishing you a lovely weekend, surrounded with magical hummers:)x

    1. Thanks, Janet. It is a very peculiar book, like all the books by this author but I think for people who get into the swing of his style, there’s lots of fun to be had. And some worrying moments too. (His methods of writing are fascinating too, but that’s another longer story). Have a magical weekend!

      1. I am definitely intrigued….:)

        1. He writes very quickly and several books at a time… I can’t even do that with reading!

          1. 🙂

  2. Intriguing. It’s always amused me how Marmite polarises people – I loathe it, though whether that means anything regarding whether I’ll like Dark Prophecy or not, who can tell! I think I’ll be on much surer ground with your prequel to Escaping Psychiatry! Happy Weekend!

    1. I hate Marmite too, Sarah. (But I don’t mind Twiglets.)

      1. Funnily enough I do like Twiglets but have never felt inclined to try Marmite on anything else, Pete. A friend of mine kept talking about Marmite when she visited me in the UK, as it seems an English teacher had extol its virtues. I hasten to add that she was sorely disappointed!

        1. My wife loves it on toast. And the Australian version, ‘Vegemite’ is very popular down under.

          1. I wonder if the taste is different. It’s true that as I don’t eat meat I should (if anything) try Vegemite…

    2. Thanks, Sarah! Yes, Dark Prophecy is definitely not the type of book I’d recommend without reservations. On the other hand I’m sure people who like the style will be fascinated. I love the narration by Marlin May and I’m very pleased he’s keen to do the narration for the next one too (when it’s ready)! Have a great weekend (and I’ll keep you posted on free codes. They always take a week or so to send them)

  3. ‘A comic without drawings.’ That sounds most unusual, and intriguing too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Yes, that’s the best comparison I’ve been able to come up with. I’ve talked to the writer about his style but basically it’s either take it or leave it. He has very keen readers in Spain. I believe it has the makings of a cult read. 😉

  4. Hi Olga. Thanks for the review (and translating the book). It’s always helpful to know in advance when there is a certain “difference” in an author’s style. For instance, once I mentioned David Eddings’ Belgaraid series in front of a coworker. He leapt into how much he hated the book because of how awful and immoral the characters were. I was saying how much I loved the author’s sense of humor (that was how I took the “immoral awful characters”). He said “Hmmm maybe I should read it again.”
    Thanks also for sharing your audio book sample. I like the narrator — his voice and performance.
    Wishing you and Javier both huge success! Mega hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Yes, indeed what makes some people love something makes others hate it. I had some reviewers who hated my ‘The Man Who Never Was’ because of the ‘interesting’ lack of morals of the characters that they found unbearable. Oh, well. I agree, Marlin is quite a find. And he’s keen on narrating the next book in the series. Now…

  5. dgkaye says:

    Love the narration on the audio books Olga. Congrats! 🙂

  6. I tried Marmite. Once. Nuff said 🙂 But I love reading Spanish authors.
    The narrator is brilliant!

    1. Thanks Inese. I get the feeling we think the same about Marmite. I’d advise checking the look inside or a sample for Javier’s book as it’s very special, but it’s good to try new things.
      I liked Marlin May since he send me his sample narration, and on top of that he works quickly and well.

      1. Yes, he is great. And I will check out the Javier’s book for sure. I am leaving home right now, will be back later tonight. Busy! 🙂 xx

        1. Have a great day!

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