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The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,026 ratings  ·  190 reviews
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.

Paperback, 284 pages
Published March 9th 2017 by Solaris
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Jared Shurin There was a problem with the Arabic in the first printing, but it was fixed for the second (and hopefully further!) printings.
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Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 s
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 pic
***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 more 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 (
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. Absolu
Anum S.
Review Part 1 – Congregation by Kamila Shamsie

Kamila 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 w
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 w ...more
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 c
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology
It's been a while since I read an anthology. I had high hopes for this one as I'm more than keen on supernatural folklore. This collection contains twenty-one stories and poems on the theme of djinn - the spirit of fire.

The anthology may shock readers raised on Disney cartoons. If the first thing you imagine when you hear about Djinn is a supernatural being living in an old lamp and granting wishes, you're lucky. A lot of discoveries and reveals wait for you on the pages of this anthology.

The D
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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'an
Althea Ann
Hermes (trans. Robin Moger) — The Djinn Falls in Love
A poem.

*** Kamila Shamsie — The Congregation
A 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 You
This might've been aiming for a Joyce Carol Oates kind of vibe. As an adult, a woman reminisces about a boy her circle of friend
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley, arc
In brief - Some very good stories - 3.5/5 probably.

In full
This 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
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ex
I finally finished this book, after 10 days of reading one or two (or more) 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 - good

This 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
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 ra
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Considering I don't really read short stories I was so surprised by how much I ended up loving this anthology all about the djinn.

Almost all of the stories are extremely original and well written and most of them managed to include some moral of the story despite the limited length. There were only a few where I didn't understand what they were trying to get at and one that in my view didn't even include the djinn at all.. but aside from that, I was honestly really into most of them. In the case
Kai Crawford
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Anthologies are so much fun. This one was creative and varied, as you would expect when the topic is djinn. The stories I liked most:

E.J. Swift — The Jinn Hunter’s Apprentice
Fabulous futuristic atmosphere with just the right amount of plot and mystery.

James Smythe — The Sand in the Glass is Right
You know it's well-written when nothing in the story makes sense but you're still utterly entranced.

J.Y. Yang — Glass Lights
Poignant and bittersweet and so real.

Saad Hossain — Bring Your Own Spoon
A cleve
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
“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 s
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 dif
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
*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 h
Leah Rachel von Essen
The Djinn Falls in Love edited by Mahvesh Murad is a glorious collection of stories centering around jinn, djinn, genies, written by some great fantasy authors of our time. There wasn’t one disappointing tale in the book, and they swing from experimental to horror to oral folklore–like tales. It’s a very well-curated collection, short but packed with excellence, every tale better than the next.

I had a couple favorites, although again, every piece in this collection is worth the read. “Glass Ligh
Oct 29, 2017 added it
Shelves: magic-realism
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 more 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 thi
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
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 review

I received a free copy from the publisher in exc
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant collection of short stories which introduced me to cultures and mythologies I haven't read much or anything about before. Some amazing writers I want to check out in the future. ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Restless spirits
Recommended to Alan by: Theme and playlist
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 listen...

For a themed anthology, The Djinn Falls in Love is extraordinarily, and satisfyingly, diverse. While remaining
Steve Cran
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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 translat
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Jill Elizabeth
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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 more 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 ...more
Daniella Armstrong
Anthologies are tricky things. You may miraculously jive with all of the authors contained within, and find that their myriad of voices washes over you like a cool breeze. You may pick and choose your favourites, skimming some tales and immersing yourself deeply in others. Even still, you may find that none of the voices are ones you’d care to hear, and regret the whole experience entirely.

When I saw this title on NetGalley, I admit that I requested it solely for the story by Nnedi Okorafor. I t
It’s a jumble of short stories: some are good, most are boring. I thought I would enjoy different perspectives on the “other,” but ... nah.
Overall, it’s not worth reading the full book for the few good stories.

Here’s a breakdown, with the stories I liked bolded:
“The Jinn Falls in Love,” the title poem — mediocre. “A Tale of Ash in Seven Birds” also tried to be poetic, but it was also merely prosaic.
”The Congregation” was interesting with a richly detailed setting.
“How We Remember You” was ju
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