Good morning, dear hearts!
As you know, I have an active interest in seeking out new stories within the realms of ‘Magical Realism’ and specifically the stories of the ‘Jinn’. I sometimes wonder what inspires the writers who seek out this train of thought to explore through their stories – how do they establish the world-building and stretch our imaginations to endeavour to take the journey with them as they build this ‘experience’ outside our regular wanderings and insight into what is plausible just beyond our conceptional understanding of the perimeters of our world?
The Jinn themselves are shrouded in Mythology and Lore – where the memories of who they are and were past and present are fragmented to where this absence of recollection has strengthened their ‘mysterious’ allure by keeping them a bit ‘out of reach’ of the audiences of recent generations – thereby, it’s writers who seek to bring them ‘forward’ into our time-line of curiosity. We start to see new stories emerge out of this new awakening of both insight and thought-provoking thesis’s on who the ‘Jinn are’ and how we can explore their lives from a close perspective wherein we gain more insight into their lives.
My appreciation of the Jinn began when I first read Helene Wecker’s “The Golem and the Jinni” – a novel which ended on an auspiciously curious ‘cliffhanger‘ – a sequel, I long to see published (it’s nearly time!) but it’s the conceptional glimpse of how the Jinn behave, feel and emote themselves into our human dimension – of how muddling things can turn quite mad when a Jinn is present and how complicated a life can become when love intercedes on everything else… the stories themselves offer a further glimpse into our own motivations and of the winding path of how humans and Jinn are continuously placed on each others’ paths.
Today, I am featuring an author who dares to ask another ‘question’ of the Jinn – of how can they purport a life near humans or with humans whilst establishing his ‘world’ through a lens not every reader might be familiar.
by Matt Dallmann
Dahlia, a centuries old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.
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Genres: Magical Realism
on 31st July, 2017
Self Published Author
Formats Available: Paperback and Ebook
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