Boy of Fire and Earth
Born of a smokeless fire, and raised in Karachi, Wahid’s life comes apart when he loses the girl he loves to vengeful djinns. Setting out on a journey to recover her soul and find out the truth of his own origins, he is accompanied by Iblis, the Devil himself. Together, they traverse a city infested with corrupt cops and hustling beggars, and discover deathly creatures lur...more
Could you ever imagine a full-blown fantasy novel set in the murky underbelly of modern-day Karachi? A fantasy novel rooted in Islamic concept of heaven and hell? A fantasy novel where the archetype of evil itself, Iblis (The Devil of The Bible) makes an appearance as a lovable rogue?
Perhaps not, especially in the context of today’s polarising attitude to the religion itself. This is one of the reasons what makes Sami Shah’s incredible Boy of Fire and Earth such a joy t ...more
So the description at the back of the book or on Goodreads is better than anything I could have written. But i will add to it by saying - its a fantasy book that is based out of contemporary Karachi seeped in local folklore and Islamic religion. The book is divided into 2 parts - Fire Boy and Earth Boy. That is how its published in Australia. When published in India - its been put together as 1 book.
I absolutely LOVED this book. An an avid reader in Pakistan, there is absolutely nothin ...more
An entertaining read but not as compelling as I expected. The intention of the story is unclear so far. Reviews for the novel commended the story’s blend of humour and fantasy, but a hundred pages in and I yet have to come across an instance that is slightly amusing, let alone humorous or even darkly funny.
Additionally, some motivations for characters are amiss as well. Why would a mother allow her son to go on a drive (or even let him leave her side) right after a tragic car accident ...more
His autobiography, "I, MIGRANT" has been nominated for the NSW Premier's Literary Award WA Premier's Literary Award, and the Russell Prize for Humour Writing.
His first novel "FIRE BOY" was released in June 2016, with the sequel due in early 2017.
Sami writes columns for, Fairfax Media, the ...more