The Things My Mother Left Me — P. Djèlí Clark

The Things My Mother Left Me, written by P. Djèlí Clark.More great fantasy story telling from Djèlí.   And i’m definitely looking to return to this issue of Fantasy magazine once i’ve got done reading the rest of Djèlí’s books.

This is available in the periodical, Fantasy Magazine — Issue 60.

Next up in my P. Djèlí Clark reading festival will be The Angel of Khan el-Khalili, which i seem to remember reading is just an excerpt from A Dead Djinn in Cairo.   Which i’ll be perfectly happy reading again anyway, so who cares anyway?

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With a Golden Risha — P. Djèlí Clark

With a Golden Risha, written by P Djèlí Clark.Available in the periodical, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly — Issue 23.

To begin, a risha is to an Arabian oud as a plectrum is to a guitar.   If you want to know more you can read all about ouds and rishas by clicking here.

So, with that out of the way, let’s get to a review.

Great book.   This is early Djèlí introducing steampunk elements into his fantasy.   Our story begins with our oud player, Saleh, getting rescued by a philosopher pirate (captain who’s not a captain), Usman, and the rest of the crew of the airship The Beggar.   Then we’re off on a 537-kindle-loc-point adventure to find treasure, amongst which is a magical golden risha with which Saleh gets to play his oud.

I really enjoyed this book and hopefully, one fine day in the future, Djèlí might even sit down and write some more stories with Saleh and Usman.   There’s got to be some great stories to be told about a philosopher pirate captain and his side-kick minstrel oud player.

And so, next up in my Djèlí reading list will be The Things My Mother Left Me

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What the Sea Wants — P. Djèlí Clark

What the Sea Wants, written by P Djèlí Clark.Available in Daily Science Fiction – Oct 2012.

This one fits in my Mermaids, Selkies, Sirens and Other Mythical Sea Folk collection.

Although it’s a very short short-story, it’s still a good modern fairy tale about one of those “Other Mythical Sea Folk”.

Beware the sea!

Next up in my Djèlí reading list is With a Golden Risha.

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Fantasy Pick — P. Djèlí Clark

Fantasy Pick, written by P Djèlí Clark.Available in Every Day Fiction – Aug 2012.

A good, little, short story which wasn’t the kind of “fantasy pick” i was expecting from Djèlí.

The “fantasy pick” of the title is about sport stars, the GOATs, those greats that we love to stand upon pedestals to cheer and worship, what we expect of them and at what cost.   It also raises some questions as to modern medicine and at what point that will be considered performance enhancing and how far the fans are willing to put up with this.   Will the fans even care about the player’s overall welfare and what it ultimately costs them as long as they are getting entertained?

At least that’s what i got out of it.   Good stuff.

Next in my P. Djèlí Clark reading adventure will be What the Sea Wants.

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Wings for Icarus — P. Djèlí Clark

Wings for Icarus, written by P. Djèlí Clark.Available in Daily Science Fiction – Apr 2011.

Extremely short, and definitely not the most imaginative piece of writing from Djèlí: he has most certainly come a very long way since writing this.

Not sure why it’s in Daily Science Fiction.

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The Machine — P. Djèlí Clark

The Machine, written by P Djèlí Clark.Available to read for free, right now, in the online magazine, Every Day Fiction – Dec 2010.

A wonderful little short that gives one a pause for thought.

Next up on my Djèlí reading list will be Wings for Icarus.

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The Black God’s Drums — P. Djèlí Clark

Take some super good fantasy with a good African/Caribbean flavour, season with a nice hint of steampunk, and bake slowly for a few of hours in an althist New Orleans: what more can you ever want from a book?

This good length novella is from around the same time as Djèlí was writing the Dead Djinn series, and with all of these stories you really pick up on the time in Djèlí’s writing that he begins to introduce steampunk elements into his unique and wonderful style of fantasy.

A really well written, really enjoyable read.

For my next P. Djèlí Clark story, i’m going back in time.   I managed to track down some earlier stories of his that i missed: gotta read them all.   First up of those will be The Things My Mother Left Me.

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Clockwork Cairo — Anthology

The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn’t, the Mummy That Was and the Cat in the Jar — Gail Carriger – 2014
The Angel of Khan el-KhaliliP. Djeli Clark – 2017
Mock The Midnight Bell — Sarah Caulfield – 2017
Worthless Remains — Jonathan Green – 2006-2017
The Lights of Dendera — Tiffany Trent – 2017
Ushabti — Zan Lee – 2017
Thermodynamics; and/or The Remittance Men — Chaz Brenchley – 2017
Lucky At Cards — David Barnett – 2017
Sun River — Nisi Shawl – 2017
The Sun Shall Lie Across Us Like Gold — Benjanun Sriduangkaew – 2017
The Word of Menamhotep — George Mann – 2017
Silver LiningsTee Morris & Pip Ballantine – 2014
Antonia and Cleopatra — Matthew Bright – 2017
The Museum of Unlikely Survivors — Rod Duncan – 2017
Jabari and the Giant — Christopher Parvin – 2017
To Kill A God — M.J. Lyons – 2017
The Infernal — Anne Jensen – 2017
Imhotep’s Dog — John Moralee – 2017
But For The Pieces He Left Behind — E. Catherine Tobler – 2017
The Copper Scarab — K. Tempest Bradford – 2017

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Fantasy Magazine — Issue 60

I bought this for “The Things My Mother Left Me” written by P. Djèlí Clark.   However, if the rest of it is anything like Djèlí’s writing i will definitely be reading through all of it.

Original Short Stories

Black, Their Regalia — Darcie Little Badger
The Rock in the Water — Thoraiya Dyer
The Things My Mother Left MeP. Djèlí Clark
Red Dirt Witch — N.K. Jemisin


Reprint Fiction

Eyes of Carven Emerald — Shweta Narayan
gezhizhwazh — Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Walkdog — Sofia Samatar
Name Calling — Celeste Rita Baker



Learning to Dream in Color — Justina Ireland
Give Us Back Our Fucking Gods — Ibi Zoboi
Saving Fantasy — Karen Lord
We Are More Than Our Skin — John Chu
Crying Wolf — Chinelo Onwualu
You Forgot to Invite the Soucouyant — Brandon O’Brien
Still We Write — Erin Roberts


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