A Master of Djinn — P. Djèlí Clark

Carrying straight on from where The Haunting of Tram Car 015 left off, with all our favourite characters involved, this really is some great writing.

This trilogy has been my first taste of Djèlí’s writing and i’m very impressed.   His imagination is excellent and his ability to put that imagination into words for all us avid readers is simply marvellous.   I’m certainly going to be reading more of his work in the future: i’m hooked.

All in all, a wonderful blend of steampunk, fantasy and folklore all thrown into an alternative history in Cairo with lots of shenanigans mixed will in.   And it’s great to have main protagonists who are strong women, from different religions, who also happen to be in a same sex relationship.

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The Haunting of Tram Car 015 — P. Djèlí Clark

Very similar to A Dead Djinn in Cairo, although with mostly different characters and a lot more pages to enjoy.

Once again, wonderfully written, keeps on a moving, interesting characters, great descriptions.

The only thing left to do is to read A Master of Djinn, which is a rather good length novel that i’m so looking forward to devouring.

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The Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly: Vol 1 — Anthology

Over the Hills and Far Away. . .and Hiding Right Next to You — John O’Neill
Man of Moldania — Richard Marsden
Leo Passimus Remembers His First Voyage — Danny Adams
The Black Flowers of Sevan — James Lecky
Monster in the Mountains — William Gerke
The Lay of Cuthred King — Joshua Hampton
Shadows From Firelight — R. Michael Burns
The Footman — W. E. Couvillier
Hero of Old — John Keller
A Bit of Backstory — the editors
No Two Stones — Christopher Wood
What Sieglinde Serpentslayer Said to the King — Megan Arkenberg
The Sea Wasp — Robert Rhodes
Lord of the Brass Host — Dariel R.A. Quiogue
The Last Free Bear — J.S. Bangs
Lament for the Fathers — Joshua Hampton
Shattering the SpearP. Djeli Clark
The Baroness Drefelin — David Pilling
Gilgamesh (What the Sumerians Seem to Have Missed) — David Sklar

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Vol 13 — Anthology

Introduction — Jonathan Strahan
Mother Tongues — S. Qiouyi Lu
Olivia’s Table — Alyssa Wong
The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George WashingtonP. Djèlí Clark
Yard Dog — Tade Thompson
The Woman Who Destroyed Us — S. L. Huang
The Blue Fairy’s Manifesto — Annalee Newitz
The Starship and the Temple Cat — Yoon Ha Lee
A Brief and Fearful Star — Carmen Maria Machado
Field Biology of the Wee Fairies — Naomi Kritzer
Intervention — Kelly Robson
The Bookcase Expedition — Jeffrey Ford
A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies — Alix E. Harrow
The Staff in the Stone — Garth Nix
Okay, Glory — Elizabeth Bear
Widdam — Vandana Singh
Dreadful Young Ladies — Kelly Barnhill
The Only Harmless Great Thing — Brooke Bolander
The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society — T. Kingfisher
When We Were Starless — Simone Heller
If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again — Zen Cho
Blessings — Naomi Novik
Meat and Salt and Sparks — Rich Larson
Nine Last Days on Planet Earth — Daryl Gregory
Golgotha — Dave Hutchinson
Flint and Mirror — John Crowley
An Agent of Utopia — Andy Duncan
You Pretend Like You Never Met Me, and I’ll Pretend Like I Never Met You — Maria Dahvana Headley
Quality Time — Ken Liu
The Storyteller’s Replacement — N. K. Jemisin
Firelight — Ursula K. Le Guin

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A Dead Djinn in Cairo — P. Djèlí Clark

The first book in the Dead Djinn Universe, and what a good start it was.   While it’s only a short story, 36 pages, it’s a very good short story and is packed with great hints as to what the rest of the series is going to be like in this alternative fantasy/steampunk Cairo.

The title gives the beginning away in that a Dead Djinn is found in Cairo by its lover.   A special investigator from the “Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities” is brought in with a police inspector to investigate and then it’s just non stop until the end.

Then once you’re at the end of this i can’t imagine that any reader wouldn’t want to dive straight into The Haunting of Tram Car 015, which is the next book in the series.

Great writing, great characters and just plain good stuff for those who like their fantasy mixed up with steampunk elements.

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