Kind words for The Djinn Falls in Love in 2017 round-ups from anthologists Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton and Jonathan Strahan.
One of the most acclaimed [anthologies] was The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories, edited by Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin, which featured strong work by Helene Wecker, K.J. Parker, E.J. Swift, Nnedi Okorafor, Catherine King, JY Yang, Maria Dahvana Headley, and others.
Strahan puts Djinn in fine company, alongside Dozois himself:
The two best anthologies of the year, often the easiest places to find new fiction, were veteran Gardner Dozois’s epic swords and sorcery anthology, The Book of Swords,... and Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin’s The Djinn Falls in Love, a cornucopia of djinn stories from Saad Z. Hossein, Amal El-Mohtar, K.J. Parker, and others.
Rich Horton also mentions Djinn as one of the year's best original anthologies.
We're also delighted by this piece in Dawn by Maniza Naqvi on the state of Pakistani English-language fiction, which begins with great praise:
Irrefutable evidence that possession, and being possessed, is the current state of Pakistani English literature can be found in The Djinn Falls in Love, a captivating collection of short stories edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin. Included in this collection are spellbinding and riveting stories by contemporary writers of Pakistani origin such as Sami Shah and Usman T Malik. Transformative? Yes.
Naqvi goes on to mention folks like Mohsin Hamid and Kamila Shamsie (the latter is also in Djinn, of course!), so we're in very, very fine company indeed.