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Review: The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories edited by Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin

The Djinn Falls in Love is absolutely stunning. The stories are captivating and I absolutely loved the title. What a fantastic way to reflect the ways we fall in love with the djinn and visa versa.

Summary

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.

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.

Review

book review(Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

This collection is touching. I found out about this through an author and it allowed me to find so many other great authors. That is the best thing about anthologies. Above all, I am still so in love with this idea of the djinn embracing us. The book enfolds us in an embrace, taking us into the story itself. We are allowed to see into the world of the djinn. These stories are lyrical and they question this line we have between the authentic and the illusion. How do we manipulate this boundary ourselves?

Some of the absolute stand outs for me were Claire North, JY Yang, Amal El-Mohtar, EJ Swift, Nnedi Okorafor, and Neil Gaiman. As I might have been able to predict…

In this anthology, we see so many sides of the djinn and even humanity itself. Numerous stories are unhurried and spectacular. They are vivid and each establishes a sense of time and place that transports you. We see the djinn at their mysterious and at their most ordinary. I recommend this book for those who love these authors and even those who have never heard of them.

Check The Djinn Falls in Love out on Goodreads.

Discussion

Is there something you’d want to see an anthology of that hasn’t been done before?

2 thoughts on “Review: The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories edited by Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin

  1. Neil Gaiman’s writing definitely blurs boundaries between reality & illusion. I haven’t read any of the other authors so thanks Lili!

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