Jun 21, 2021
The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories
Posted by Mahvesh Murad Jared Shurin Neil Gaiman AmalEl-Mohtar Catherine King Claire North Hermes Jamal Mahjoub

A fascinating collection of new and classic tales of the fearsome Djinn, from bestselling, award winning and breakthrough international writers.Imagine a world filled with fierce, fiery beings, hiding in our shadows, in our dreams, under our skins Eavesdropping and exploring savaging our bodies, saving our souls They are monsters, saviours, victims, childhood friends SA fascinating collection of new and classic tales of the fearsome Djinn, from bestselling, award winning and breakthrough international writers.Imagine a world filled with fierce, fiery beings, hiding in our shadows, in our dreams, under our skins Eavesdropping and exploring savaging our bodies, saving our souls They are monsters, saviours, victims, childhood friends Some have called them genies these are the Djinn And they are everywhere On street corners, behind the wheel of a taxi, in the chorus, between the pages of books Every language has a word for them Every culture knows their traditions Every religion, every history has them hiding in their dark places There is no part of the world that does not know them.They are the Djinn They are among us.With stories from Nnedi Okorafor, Neil Gaiman, Helene Wecker, Amal El Mohtar, Catherine King, Claire North, E.J Swift, Hermes trans Robin Moger , Jamal Mahjoub, James Smythe, J.Y Yang, Kamila Shamsie, Kirsty Logan, K.J Parker, Kuzhali Manickavel, Maria Dahvana Headley, Monica Byrne, Saad Hossein, Sami Shah, Sophia Al Maria and Usman Malik.

  • Title: The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories
  • Author: Mahvesh Murad Jared Shurin Neil Gaiman AmalEl-Mohtar Catherine King Claire North Hermes Jamal Mahjoub
  • ISBN: 9781781084175
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Djinn Falls in Love Other Stories A fascinating collection of new and classic tales of the fearsome Djinn from bestselling award winning and breakthrough international writers Imagine a world filled with fierce fiery beings hiding


    Wonderfully immersive and original stories.This collection was unlike most books I have read in recent years Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin collected wonderful stories from all over the world showcasting the different types of Djinns or Jinns, or Genies or whatever you would like to call them this diversity of authors made for a really ecclectic and amazing collection The stories told are unique and still relatable every author brings something different to the table and every story is a surpris [...]


    Note I received a copy curtesy of Netgalley and Solaris Rebellion Publishing in exchange for an honest review.A wide variety of short tales featuring very different types of djinns jinns genies, some anchored in reality, some in mysticism, others SF ish Some authors I already knew and read before, some I didn t even hear about, but I would check some works from most of them.Below, each of the stories rated with its own stars and a few words of each.The Djinn Falls in Love by Hermes trans Robin [...]

    Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)

    Indeed We created man from dried clay of black smooth mud And We created the Jinn before that from the smokeless flame of fire Quran 15 26 27 As a Muslim, lore for me has been rather different than the lore you might have grown up with Of course there are no such things as vampires, werewolves, tooth fairies, or poltergeists, but Jinn Jinn are real Some in Pakistan say they dwell at the tops of trees, some use them as a means to caution children to not play outside past sunset Don t pick up rand [...]


    Thanks to Netgalley and Rebellion Publishing for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review When Allah created man out of clay, Allah also created the djinn out of fire Mahvesh Murad, from the Introduction.This is a really wonderful collection I had no idea there were so many variations of djinn good or evil, mischievous or kind, religious or deviant, and everywhere in between The sheer variation of interpretation is what makes this a superior collection, as well, of course, [...]


    I ll admit I was a bit wary when I picked up Djinn Falls In Love tempted by authors such as K.J Parker and Claire North, I worried that the collection itself might suffer from repetition I needn t have worried The collection demonstrates a truly staggering variety of perspectives on the concept of djinn, as well as mixing prose and poetry, vignettes and plot twists As is mentioned in the foreword, the unifying theme of the collection is the humanization of the Other The collection begins with th [...]

    Anum Shaharyar

    Review Part 1 Congregation by Kamila ShamsieKamila Shamsie is undeniably one of Pakistan s biggest names when it comes to author popularity Along with her counterpart Mohammad Hanif, she is the author I knew about before I knew much about Pakistani fiction So it made sense to me that in an anthology about djinn which included stories by three Pakistani authors, her story would be the one near the beginning.That being said, this isn t one of Shamsie s better projects Maybe she works better with l [...]

    K.J. Charles

    I think the best way I can review this to collection is to say that when I finished it, I clicked straight back to the table of contents, went down the list of authors, and added a stack of books to my TBR It really is excellent It ranges from Arabian Nights pastiche to modern day djinn from Pakistan to America, to future dystopias, to pure sci fi There s huge diversity women, POC, queer MCs and a massive range of type of story, from lyrical mystical to violent to romantic to horror Absolute cra [...]


    An excellent collection There s a huge variety of stories in so many ways a wide variety of genres, a wide variety of authors, a wide variety of ways in which the djinn are portrayed That diversity makes for a really interesting collection that doesn t get repetitive even after twenty stories staring the same magical being.A couple of the standouts Congregation by Kamila Shamsie was the first story, just after the opening poem It was a great start to the collection since it uses the Qur anic con [...]

    Justin Kelly

    The Djinn Falls in Love by Hermes A dJinn I am.My fetters may be broke butstill they wrap round wrist and ankle every djinn s possessed.The comet they speak of andknow not where it falls,the Love that glows like a lanterndown a road whichmeans nothing to the fearful Those passing see it as a mount,which keeps you clear of sword and spikebut holds you up to arrows I pass, my shade lashed to myfoot, Love eating my soul like an acid The dunes change places in thenight without my leave The walls aro [...]


    I finally finished this book, after 10 days of reading one or two or stories almost everyday I have some closing thoughts that I ll share at the end of this review, after the individual reviews of the various short stories.The Djinn Falls in Love by Hermes, Read April 7, 2017.3.5 stars goodThis was a one page poem, on page 10 page 11 gave us the poem in its original language Arabic If I understood it, it s the perspective of a djinn who is chained by love instead of by the usual things that ch [...]


    In brief Some very good stories 3.5 5 probably.In fullThis book has 21 stories on the subject of Djinns With one or two exceptions these appear to be new stories The djinns are mainly an Islamic concept and the spelling varies almost as much as the characteristics They can be quite devilish , they can grant wishes, they live for exceptionally long periods, they are magical and these terms really only scratch the surface of these beings that are created by godly fire It s a subject that has alway [...]

    Althea Ann

    Hermes trans Robin Moger The Djinn Falls in LoveA poem Kamila Shamsie The CongregationA young man wakes up early to go to mosque one morning and ends up in a bizarre alternate dimension where the djinn worship He meets a supernatural being that he feels an odd affinity for and it changes the course of his life Kuzhali Manickavel How We Remember YouThis might ve been aiming for a Joyce Carol Oates kind of vibe As an adult, a woman reminisces about a boy her circle of friends knew, when they were [...]


    I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a collection of stories about djinn jinn genie etc , a concept that can be found in a variety of cultures The stories run the gamut in terms of genre and culture, with each author being allowed to write and spell djinn as they prefer thank you editors for not homogenizing the spelling, it was appreciated While Neil Gaiman is probably the most popular author in the collection, I actually skipped that story it s an excerpt fro [...]

    Amy Nicole

    This is such an interesting collection of stories all centered around the topic of djinn aka genie folklore Some of these are retellings of ancient myths, others have multicultural influences, some are high fantasy and others are literary Some stories are set in Africa, some in Arab counties, some in America, and even one on Mars This is a great eclectic set that was very entertaining and thought provoking I was provided a free Ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I ve rated and [...]


    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review I have not read anything with Genies, nothing NADA So when I saw this I jumped on the chance to read it I love reading short story collections, you get to read from authors that you have never read from before and to see if you like their writing style This collection of short stories is from authors all over the world and it is their take on the djinn and some of the myths,tales that they have heard [...]


    Full review here, on my blog.It s not often that I find an anthology in which I truly enjoy every story presented I mean, it s hard to please someone 100% of the time, amirite That said, I didn t dislike any of these stories, and that s quite an achievement I had only heard of 4 of the authors before, and only read 3 of them, so this was a lovely dive into a new an exciting world I especially liked that this group of authors was really diverse, and I loved seeing the djinn from all these differe [...]


    Overall, I really enjoyed this book I think it was a great idea to gather all those short stories, all those different visions and perspectives on the djinn in one place Obviously, as it s always the case with anthologies, I liked some of the stories than the others One I did not like at all to put it nicely Some I felt very indifferent about Most of them was good, though None really blew me away, but that s just my personal issue I prefer longer forms As I can t really rate this book as a whol [...]

    Shari Kay

    Sounds like it d be over my head review show


    With contributors from all around the world, this collection of short stories is as remarkable for its variety as it is for its quality Murad Shurin have given their contributors an open brief, and the results are dazzling.My favourite tale was Reap by Sami Shah one of the delights as so often with anthologies was the opportunity to dip into tales by authors I was unfamiliar with but there are no bad stories here Sheer delight.Full reviewI received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for [...]


    Come, sit closer to the fire That s better See how the flames dance in your storyteller s eyes Perhaps those flecks of orange, red and gold are merely reflections but you must know that the eyes of djinn are also said to flicker in just this way It makes no difference whether we were created from quick fire or humble clay, all of us love stories So come closer, and listenFor a themed anthology, The Djinn Falls in Love is extraordinarily, and satisfyingly, diverse While remaining true to its them [...]

    Steve Cran

    The djinn are coming into their own it seems, now a days we are seeing an explosion of literature and movies about the Djinn This is a book of short stories about or including the Djinn These beings called fhe Djinn are being created by Allah of smokeless fire Angels are being of light and we humans are made of clay.This compilation is filled with a slew of Djinn stories by way too many authors that I could even begin to name Some have never been published while others are small,time Quite a few [...]


    Indeed We created man from dried clay of black smooth mud And We created the Jinn before that from the smokeless flame of fire Quran 15 26 27 Up until quite recently, I was only familiar with the word genie as a descriptor for supernatural beings that have a reputation for living in old lamps and granting wishes The stories in this collection use either djinn , jinn or genie to represent these entities that are very different from the Robin Williams voiced, cute, animated character seen in Disne [...]

    Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)

    So many authors are the reason I picked this one up Helene Wecker, Maria Dahvana Headley, Amal El Mohtar, Usman T Malik and Nnedi Okorafor just to name a few I love a good djinn tale, and this anthology somehow surpassed my already high expectations An anthology often contains a number of shorts that I m just not in the mood for, or feel overwhelmed by but this collection was close to perfect.It sets the tone well by starting with a poem, The Djinn Falls in Love by Hermes, and translated by Robi [...]

    Jill Elizabeth

    ight off the bat let me admit that I m not a huge fan of short stories Typically, I prefer my characters and plot lines complex than shorts allow That said, a number of my favorite authors seem to publish shorts in collections like this one frequently, so I occasionally pick the books up to get my interim fix between novels That s what happened with this one I saw that there were stories by Neil Gaiman, Claire North AND Nnedi Okorafor in this one That, coupled with the topic which I haven t see [...]

    Mubeen Irfan

    There are some books you get because of their title Stories about Djinn Why would I not want to read them Since it is a collection of stories so there is bound to be a mix of good average stories with an occasional masterpiece For me the story by Sami Shah was plain brilliant being set in Pakistan under setting of drone warfare in Pakistan s northern region A few other good ones were about Suleiman the magnificent s beloved wife Hurram Sultan whom I know about through a soap opera from a couple [...]

    Vishaka Rajan

    There were quite a few stories that captured my interest I liked that the stories were unique you had stories that were set in olden times and ones that were modern The djinn in these stories were from different nationalities and settings, and it allowed them to be transformed in a way I had never imagined However, not all of the stories were interesting to me While there were some that left a lasting impression, quite a few just made me go meh Maybe my expectations were too high, but this anth [...]


    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewI absolutely loved this Usually with an anthology I find myself kind of wading through it by the halfway point there are a few good stories, a few okay ones, and then a lot that are either boring or just the same thing over and over But with this one I think there was maybe one story I didn t really like, and in an anthology of this size that s pretty amazing Also I don t think there were two stories that were ali [...]

    Sara Norja

    This is one of the best themed anthologies I ve read Sure, there were some stories I enjoyed less, but that will pretty much always be the case in an anthology But I thought this was just so well put together I loved how diverse the stories were in terms of setting and genre despite the common subject matter of djinn My favourite stories were in order of appearance How We Remember You by Kuzhali Manickavel, Hurrem and the Djinn by Claire North, A Tale of Ash in Seven Birds by Amal El Mohtar, Rea [...]


    This collection of short stories is one of the strongest I ve seen in a while definitely the strongest I ve yet read in 2017.This collection takes stories by twenty two authors from all over the world, all dealing in some form with the djinn the fantastical beings of smoke and fire I picked up this collection due to some authors who s work I was already familiar with Neil Gaiman, Claire North, Amal El Mohtar, Helene Wecker, and Nnedi Okorafor Turns out, most of my favorite stories were by author [...]


    A pretty imaginative and entertaining collection of short stories about djinn jinn jinnies however you wish to refer to them reading this in the land of Arabia whilst on a road trip really does get the adrenalin pumping lol

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