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Offline Bridgeburner_Ash

Djinn / Genie recommendations
« on: April 10, 2015, 07:56:57 AM »
Hi everybody (can't type that without imaging everyone replying with "hi Dr. Nick"),

Anywho, I was watching Wil Weatons web series Tabletop last night and this episode had Djinns in then. The game itself didn't really interest me but the Genie part did. I think everyone at so point has wished they could have a Genie to grant them wishes but I was wondering if anyone had read any good books, whether standalone/trilogy/series that was set in a world with Djinns/Genies.

I'm really looking for something a bit more deeper (and maybe darker/grittier) than your Disney Aladdin type of book but any recommendations would be greatly appreciated, and maybe if your lucky I might grant you some wishes for your help*
I will do a  search online tonight to see if I can find any well reviewed ones but thought I would bring this query here and draw from the source of awesome knowledge that is this forum and its members

*WARNING: I am not an actual Genie and so any wishes granted may not actually come true
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Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2015, 08:11:41 AM »
Specific djinnis I can only think of Helen Wecker's The golem and the djinni, about said characters as recent immigrants to New York in the early 20th century.
It was ok, nothing special, I wouldn't really consider it fantasy if not for the main characters, but you might want to take a look and see if this is what you're looking for.

Much much better are Judith Tarr's books Alamut and The dagger and the cross. They're set in Jerusalem and surroundings during the crusades, and include special magical creatures (that look like humans) but I suppose could be considered genies, or djinn. They're up there in my favourite books :D
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Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2015, 08:22:04 AM »
Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill would be exactly what you're looking for. One of the main characters is a Djinn and it's very, very dark. I found it to be a compulsive read and really enjoyed it. It was kinda reminiscent of Neil Gaiman.
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Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2015, 09:25:57 AM »
Thanks, I'll give these a look over more closely tonight. Hopefully I will be able to get the free samples off the Kindle store and give them a read before getting the full books.
Going of the description on Amazon, Dreams and Shadows does look like it is just what I'm after, although Judith Tarr's books do look interesting, mixing the Crusades with a bit a magic could be right up my alley.
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Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2015, 10:17:15 AM »
Specific djinnis I can only think of Helen Wecker's The golem and the djinni, about said characters as recent immigrants to New York in the early 20th century.
It was ok, nothing special, I wouldn't really consider it fantasy if not for the main characters, but you might want to take a look and see if this is what you're looking for.

Sorry Scarlet Bea, we differ on The Golem and the Djinni - I loved this book and how it introduced fantasy into an urban setting in an unusual and refreshingly different way, but  also brought in some middle eastern magic for a change.

It is basically about coming to terms with and surviving in an alien environment. So an obvious reference to the New York immigrants of the time, and different ethnic groups that grew up around Washington Square. That was entertaining and interesting in itself, but also seeing how magical/mythical creatures react when thrown in the deep end and having to blend in there for their own preservation.

The Golem and the Djinni themselves were each particular and complex characters, one  fiery, impatient, impulsive and angry, the other diffident, unsure, cautious  but also strong and determined when the need arose. Their interaction with the humans and each other was intriguing and there was plenty of humour around. 

Other sub-plots and well drawn characters were a bonus and the writing was excellent.  I was carried right into their world and it is one of few books that had me so emotionally involved I was afraid to read to the end.

So, Bridgeburner_Ash ,  although it may not be exactly what you are looking for, guess you could say I recommend it. ;)
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Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2015, 10:22:13 AM »
Buried deep in the unread books on my kindle is Throne of the Crescent Moon, which is recent and, I believe, is well-regarded.mmay not have Djinn, but it's thatkind of world. The chapter I read was good. I just got on to other things. But I will go back one day!
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Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2015, 05:35:58 PM »
On my TBR Pile are this two books you might be interested in, I don't know if there's any Djinn in them but there seem to have a feel of ancient Arabia to them  :)

The Desert of Souls (The Chronicles of Sword and Sand #1) by Howard Andrew Jones

The Chronicles tell of necromancers and the walking dead, of djinn and demi-gods, of vengeful spirits and ancient magi and the unbreakable bond of friendship between the two men who faced them all.

The glittering tradition of sword-and-sorcery sweeps into the sands of ancient Arabia with the heart-stopping speed of a whirling dervish in this thrilling debut novel from new talent Howard Andrew Jones

In 8th century Baghdad, a stranger pleads with the vizier to safeguard the bejeweled tablet he carries, but he is murdered before he can explain. Charged with solving the puzzle, the scholar Dabir soon realizes that the tablet may unlock secrets hidden within the lost city of Ubar, the Atlantis of the sands. When the tablet is stolen from his care, Dabir and Captain Asim are sent after it, and into a life and death chase through the ancient Middle East.

Stopping the thieves a cunning Greek spy and a fire wizard of the Magic requires a desperate journey into the desert, but first Dabir and Asim must find the lost ruins of Ubar and contend with a mythic, sorcerous being that has traded wisdom for the souls of men since the dawn of time. But against all these hazards there is one more that may be too great even for Dabir to overcome...

Secrets of the Sands (Children of the Desert #1) by Leona Wisoker

Cafad Scratha, a powerful desert lord with a persecution complex, believes everyone is lying to him. When his obsession collides with the king's efforts to rebuild the shattered realm, the orphaned street-thief Idisio and the king's emissary Alyea become pawns in their multilayered game. The secret world into which Idisio and Alyea are drawn will not only change their lives: it will change them.
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Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2015, 11:27:04 PM »
There's a Weis/Hickman trilogy that I can't recall the name of right now. I think something about a rose?

Probably in the same vein as Dragonlance, so maybe not what you're after. . .

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Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2015, 11:33:35 PM »
I m with Lady Ty on The Gollem and the Djinni. Really wonderful novel.
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Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2015, 12:24:36 AM »
There's a Weis/Hickman trilogy that I can't recall the name of right now. I think something about a rose?

Probably in the same vein as Dragonlance, so maybe not what you're after. . .
Fairly different from Dragonlance. Very Arabian Nights in feel. The name of the trilogy is Rose of the Prophet. Stephen Goldin's Parsina Saga (4 books, 1st book is Shrine of the Desert Mage) is also in that vein. Rachel Caine's Weather Warden UF series has djinn in it, but they're used differently to how most Arabian Nights type books do it.
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Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2015, 08:05:29 PM »
I seem to recall a Djinn in Gaimans American Gods but it was very secondary to the plot.

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Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2015, 04:21:35 PM »
I clicked on the thread to recommend The Golem and the Jinni, but it looks like it has already been recommended. I agree that the book was excellent.

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Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2015, 11:48:56 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestions, I've downloaded the 'sample' for some of these and as I'm close (98%) to finishing the Alien Invasion book in currently reading I should be able to get started on these very soon and will keep you all updated any I decide to download the full book for  :D
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Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2015, 04:45:08 PM »
Anne Rice's "Servant of the Bones" has kinda of a genie-like protagonist from Jewish mythology. I remember liking the book, though it's been a while since I read it. You might try that out as well, for something a little different.