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The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin. Book Review

March 23, 2017

The Djinn Falls in Love

The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories is a very worthwhile read, because the eclectic collection of writers from around the world provides such a diverse range of voices. This means there is plenty of opportunity for some interesting interpretations of Djinn from the traditional, associated with the hot sands of the desert, to dislocations to cold and foreign climes, and even into the realms of sci-fi and horror. We contemplate a range of emotions from stories, which can feel delicate and uplifting to something very dark and sinister.

A short story anthology is usually a good vehicle for discovering authors you may not have heard of before, and The Djinn Falls in Love is an excellent example of this, particularly because there is such a wide range of approaches to what a Djinn might be and how a story might be woven around these nebulous beings.

The range of storytelling provides more than just an entertaining read because it is a useful reference book for a writer’s collection. One they can examine and take inspiration from due to the different styles and lengths, which you don’t normally find in anthologies, because so often the writers are some the same continent.

For whatever reason, The Djinn Falls in Love is certainly a short story anthology worth dipping back into from time to time.

The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories was courtesy of Solaris via NetGalley

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