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A Dead Djinn in Cairo

July 19, 2016

Fatma el-Sha’arawi, special investigator with the Egyptian Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities, stood gazing through a pair of spectral goggles at the body slumped atop the mammoth divan.

A djinn.

A Dead Djinn in Cairo is a short story set in an alternate early 20th Century Egypt by P.Djeli Clark and well worth your time. (Kevin Hong’s beautiful illustration alone makes it worth a click at least.)

If you like djinn, ghul and dervish by way of swashbuckling fantasy I highly recommend The Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed, or if you prefer your genies as part of a real-life Cold War thriller then I would point you towards Declare by Tim Powers. Both great books.

Book Club

October 8, 2014

So… haven’t blogged much recently, but I have finally, thankfully, fallen back in love with reading. In the last couple of weeks I’ve read Declare by Tim Powers, The Magicians by Lev Grossman, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, You by Austin Grossman, and I’m about two-thirds of the way through Last Call, also by Tim Powers.

Next on my list I’ve got Pat Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind and The Magician King (sequel to The Magicians).

(Btw, I recommend them all)