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A Master of Djinn

– tekijä: P. Djèlí Clark

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 20) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Clark, P. Djèlí. A Master of Djinn. Dead Djinn Universe No. 1. Tor, 2021.
I am not sure I approve of using decimals to indicate shorter pieces in a series of novels. If they are published separately, shouldn’t they get a whole number? A Master of Djinn is billed as the first novel in the Dead Djinn Universe series, but it is not the first story I have read that was set there. In 2019, I was much impressed with The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (now billed as Dead Djinn Universe No. 0.3) that introduced me to the alternate 1912 Cairo, Egypt, and its problems with spirits leaking through the walls. I thought that it displayed the dramatic punch and originality of Charles Stross’s Laundry Files stories at their best. By contrast, A Master of Djinn was a well-told police procedural with an engaging female lead, but it lacked the tight structure of the novella and did not provide anything from this Cairo that the earlier work had not led me to expect. I think I might have enjoyed it more if I had not read the novella, but then, I really liked the novella and would not want to have missed it. Clark is an excellent world-builder, and as much fun as this series is, I hope he doesn’t get stuck in it. His earlier novella, Ring Shout, showed that he has more than one good world in him. More novellas, please, Mr. Clark. 4 stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Sep 13, 2021 |
The first full novel after two (2) preceding short stories/novellas, the book stands on it's own very well, starting strong with the introduction of the murder mystery and the principle protagonist in the first few chapters. I was immediately intrigued by the world building, which had just enough of the exotic (mix of magic, tech and religion) to keep my interest in exploring further. We get genies, angels, [Egyptian] gods, clockwork machines and robots in which we get the traditional "who done it" mystery. Add to that an amazing ability to "set the scene" with just enough description to make it interesting with being an info-dump, and I could totally see myself in that world. The main character was a likable investigator with a sardonic sense of humor that I enjoyed. The writing was concise and easy to read ... until we get to a typical (and completely ridiculous) "there must be some mistake 'cause I drink alone" trope after getting a new partner that spun me up to speed fairly quickly and dropped the book out of consideration as a favorite. Sloppy story craft and totally specious when compared to the straightforward common sense I found as the rest of the story unfolded. I know that's not fair, but now the little things frequently found in advance [uncorrected galley] copies that I could have ignored really started to irritate me (e.g. ... "like lovers in in the late of night" ... "who'd nearly bought New Orleans to its knees"). Although the writing got back on track fairly quickly, it combined with a chaotic jumble for the final resolution that was particularly disappointing ... although not quite top shelf, it is definitely worth a read.

I was given this free advance reader copy (ARC) ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
#AMasterOfDjinn #NetGalley ( )
  Kris.Larson | Sep 13, 2021 |
This is not your grandfather's Cairo BUT is it mine?? I don't think so. I listened to the previous novella via Audible and loved it! I tried listening to this book as well and even though the narrator is the same, I just couldn't get into the story. I found it difficult to care about what was happening or for the characters... an unforgivable travesty that is difficult to overlook and power through in my opinion.

This one is a DNF for me at ~ 50%. I tried over and over to psych myself up to go back to it but, ultimately, I failed.

~ Sorry ( )
  BethYacoub | Sep 3, 2021 |

75. [A Master of Djinn] by P. Djèlí Clark, library hardback, fantasy/steampunk/1912 Cairo - 4 stars

This is the third story I have read that is set in this universe, and they are all very good and very fun. The other two, [The Haunting of Tram Car 015] and [A Dead Djinn in Cairo] are short stories; this one is the first full length novel. Here is the Amazon blurb:

"Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer.

So when someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world forty years ago when he opened up the veil between the magical and mundane realms, before vanishing into the unknown. This murderer claims to be al-Jahiz, returned to condemn the modern age for its social oppressions. His dangerous magical abilities instigate unrest in the streets of Cairo that threaten to spill over onto the global stage.

Alongside her Ministry colleagues and a familiar person from her past, Agent Fatma must unravel the mystery behind this imposter to restore peace to the city—or face the possibility he could be exactly who he seems…"

Clark is excellent with the world building and his descriptions of everything from clothing to architecture make me wish they would make these into graphic novels. They would be stunning. And the characters are full of fabulous. There is adventure and intrigue but it's also about the truths that we learn as we make our way through life:

"'Usually the secret we keep deep down ain't meant to hurt other people,' he said. 'Not saying they won't, but not through intentions. Those deep secrets, we hide away because we're afraid what other people might think. How they might judge us, if they knew. And nobody's judgement we scared more of than the one we give our hearts to. Besides, everybody got secrets. Even you, I'm betting.'"

There is also some excellent advice:

"If you steal, steal a camel, she heard her mother whisper. And if you love, love the moon." ( )
1 ääni Crazymamie | Aug 24, 2021 |
Being my most anticipated book of this year, I never expected to get this advance copy. But I overjoyed when it happened and couldn’t wait to get to it. And as expected, this was such fun.

After having read one short and a novella set in this world, I was looking forward to seeing how much more expansive this would get. And I really enjoyed how the author gave us more background about how the Djinn came to inhabit this world and coexist with mortals, the differences in the workings of supernatural creatures in various countries, as well as the disintegration of the British empire. The author also throws a light on the racism and prejudices that form the undercurrent of this world, both from the white people towards the native Egyptians, as well as between the Egyptians who believe in different faiths. All of this information makes us feel like this world is real and vibrant, and immerse ourselves in its sights and sounds. I’ve always admired the author’s writing for his distinctive world building and this one was no less impressive.

The writing is also engaging right away, pulling us into the mystery and sending us on a quest to find the truth along with Agent Fatma. She is delightful as ever, standing out not only due to her signature suits and bowler hats, but also her bravery and drive to do her best. I didn’t expect a partner would work well with her, but the author manages to create a wonderful character in Hadia - she is a perfect foil to Fatma, with her conservative dressing and strong belief in religion, but she is also extremely sharp and fearless, throwing herself in harmful circumstances despite not having a lot of experience. The author weaves an interesting murder mystery plot, mixed with the villain’s desire to control the world, and a volatile time in history when countries are teetering on the cusp of war. This makes the stakes very high, with us worried every step of the way for our favorite agents. In the midst of it, we also get an unexpected sapphic relationship which is full of angst and twists, but deep yearning. However, the author never lets the narrative be all serious - we also get lots of humorous dialogue, either through the Djinn or cameos from the previous stories - making this story very enjoyable.

In conclusion, this was a delight. If you’ve read the previous stories set in this works, you can’t give it a miss. If you are new to the author’s works, do start with A Dead Djinn in Cairo which you can read for free on Tor.com. If you wanna experience a steampunk historical Cairo full of supernatural creatures, fascinating mysteries being solved by very memorable agents, and a what if scenario of colonial powers having lost their hold on their empires much earlier than our real world - then this is a perfect series for you. Just be prepared to be wowed. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
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