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Olga Godim

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I'm a fantasy writer. I live in Vancouver, Canada, and have two wonderful children: a son and a daughter. Both have already flown the nest, so instead of children I now collect monkeys. I have over 300 monkey figurines in my collection.

I’ve been making up stories with magic and swords since I was very young but I only started writing professionally in the 21st century. Before that, I was a computer programmer. Besides writing short stories and novels, I also work as a journalist for a local newspaper. I enjoy writing cultural pieces and personal profiles of the local artists.

My favorite things:
• Favorite hobby: reading.
• Favorite genres: fantasy and romance, although sometimes I find delight in a serious mainstream novel or a cozy mystery
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EagleEnGarde_smallI recently sent a fragment of my fantasy novel Eagle En Garde – the winner of 2015 EPIC eBook Award – to Grimdark Magazine’s Battle-Off competition. The conditions are simple: only scenes of battles (less than 1,000 words) from published works in speculative fiction genres need to apply, and only indie writers are eligible. Then, readers vote. The winner with the most votes gets a Kindle, plus...

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Published on August 29, 2015 12:06
Average rating: 4.20 · 46 ratings · 36 reviews · 8 distinct works · Similar authors
Lost and Found in Russia
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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Almost Adept
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Squirrel of Magic
4.6 of 5 stars 4.60 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Eagle En Garde (Eagle #1)
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2014
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Twist of Luck
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Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal
"I get where a lot of people are coming from with some of the reviews but my experience with it was one of enjoyment. Jane has invested a lot of her energy and self worth into her skills as Glamorourist, now that she is in partnership with her husb..." Read more of this review »
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
"Beautiful setting - an alternate-history Paris, devastated by wars both terrestrial and magical, decaying but still filled with terrible beauty. Gangs run the streets, and others cluster to Houses for protection - Houses run with ruthless amoralit..." Read more of this review »
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"When ninety-three meticulously carved, 12th century, walrus ivory chessmen were discovered in the decidedly protestant sands of Scotland’s Isle of Lewis in 1831, a haul that included 16 alarmingly Catholic-looking bishops, no one knew where they h..." Read more of this review »
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It is hard to pigeonhole this book. Literary? I’m not sure. Historical? Kind-of. It does deal with a historical period. Steampunk? Not really, even though the characters have some paranormal abilities, and the Victorian era adds credibility
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Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
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I know some of my friends liked this book, but I didn’t. It was OK but too flaky for my taste. The plot was acceptable and the pace quick, but the characters were all flat, without even an attempt by the writer to make them alive. I didn’t c
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
" Great review, Evgeny. But I disagree with the gist of the conversation you quote between Dorothy and Scarecrow. Sometimes, home is not where you were ...more "
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Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon
Remnant Population
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What a charming book. Its heroine is rare in fiction – a 70+ peasant woman Ofelia. Such a protagonist is even rarer in science fiction. Actually, I think she is unique in the genre. In all my reading, I’ve never heard of another old woman who would m ...more
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This was a very good book. In it, Peter Wimsey first meets the love of his life, Harriet Vane, a writer of mystery novels. She is accused of murdering her former lover with arsenic, and Peter sets out to prove she didn’t commit the murder. His clock ...more
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Siren's Call by Jayne Castle
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I love this writer. She is reliable. Every time I pick up one of her books, I know what it will be about. I know I’ll enjoy it. I know it will be a few hours of pure escapist reading. And I know there will be no cliffhanger at the end. She writes ser ...more
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message 10: by Olga

Olga Godim Kyra wrote: "Hi Olga, it's nice to meet you!"

Hi, Kyra.
[Waving my hand and smiling.]


message 9: by Kyra

Kyra Halland Hi Olga, it's nice to meet you!


message 8: by Olga

Olga Godim Carol wrote: "Olga--did you see Frank Tuttle linked to your review?

http://frank-tuttle.blogspot.com/2013..."


Thank you, Carol. I didn't see it before.


Carol. Olga--did you see Frank Tuttle linked to your review?

http://frank-tuttle.blogspot.com/2013...


message 6: by Olga

Olga Godim Genia wrote: "Hello Olga, thank you for the compliment on my reviews. I hope you enjoy them, even when they are scathing (perhaps even especially when they are scathing)."
LOL. Yeah, critique is always more fun to read than praise, although I must admit I rarely write reviews for books I dislike. I tend not to finish them.


message 5: by Genia

Genia Lukin Hello Olga, thank you for the compliment on my reviews. I hope you enjoy them, even when they are scathing (perhaps even especially when they are scathing).


Nataliya Thanks for the friend request, Olga! I look forward to discussing books with you.


Regina Thank you for the friend request I look forward to talking about books!


message 2: by Aderyn (last edited Feb 26, 2012 12:46PM)

Aderyn Wood Thanks for the request, and it's nice to meet a fellow daydreamer :) I'll be checking out your reviews too.


message 1: by Dana

Dana Simpson Hi Olga. I have been comparing our libraries, and wow, we share many favorites. I have been reading your comments, and I agree that reviews are subjective. I am very passionate over my favorites, such as Wicked the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.


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