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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. You’ve given us two very interesting reviews, Olga. It was fun to see them together. Don’t worry about getting caught up — have some fun.
    Huge hugs

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I think it’s a losing battle unless at some point I just decide to start publishing reviews continuously until I’m done…

  2. Good morning Olga….just returned from France and so am catching up…..Two very intriguing books. I haven’t read either author before but could be interested…will definitely put them on my list. Hope all is well with you and that the hummingbirds are weaving their magic. Janet:)x

    1. Thanks, Janet. I hope you had a great time! I have read quite a few of Don DeLillo’s novels, and he’s a fantastic writer, although tends to write much longer books than this (perhaps not so much recently). If you haven’t read him and have a bit of time, ‘Metropolis’ is a fabulous book, although he has his own style and requires a bit of a contemplative mood.

      1. Thank you – I always enjoy your tips…:)

        1. 🙂 I’ve just read quite a few great novels and I’ll keep sharing them.

  3. Eco’s The Name of The Rose is one of my favourite books. I have a lovely hardback copy bought at the time of publication, with maps illustrated inside the covers. I also enjoyed the film adaptation a great deal.
    I have never read anything else he has written, and this new book does not sound like one that will grab me.
    The two reviews were very interesting though. Thanks, Olga,
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Yes, that seems to be a big favourite. I did enjoy Numero Zero (the comments about politics were very sharp) but I think it might disappoint many of his usual readers. I don’t know if he’s left any unpublished books.

  4. Intriguing review, as always, Olga. 🙂

    1. You’re right, Tess. I’m not sure about my review, but both books are surely intriguing. 😉

        1. Normal is overvalued!

  5. Wow, where are you taking the time? Amazing!

    1. Thanks, Erika. I always have a book on the go and take it with me everywhere. I also listen to the book in the text to speech option if I’m doing chores… And yet, there’s never enough time! Have a lovely day!

      1. Haha! But you always find ways! Awesome!

        1. We keep trying! 😉

          1. Right

  6. I was fascinated by the contrast between the blurbs and your reviews. DeLillo’s is a possible for me. Thanks.

    1. I guess that proves that blurbs for traditionally published books are written by people whose jobs is to write blurbs that sell books… Both books are beautifully written, but while there are some books I’d recommend to anybody, these two aren’t that kind of books. Thanks, Hilary!

  7. I read In The Name of the Rose and loved it. Then I read Foucalt’s Pendulum and not so much. Not sure this new book is something I would take the time to try, and thanks for an honest review. People tend to gush over Eco.Zero K sounds like a different kind of challenge!

    1. It’s short, though, Noelle. I enjoyed it, but then I’m weird…;)

  8. Thank you for an honest review, Olga! I am sure that these books are not for everybody, but I am very curious because I have read In the Name of the Rose, and want to see how the new book is written, and how it feels. Thank you for your fantastic reviews!

    1. Thanks, Inese. It’s a very different book, for sure. 🙂

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