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In the land of mountains and cardamum-filled coffee, magic lurks behind even the most urban door. Unoriginal Tales is a group of ten fantasy stories set either in urban Oman or in a far-off remnant of the beautiful, palm-tree-studded GCC country. A girl must duel for her life in Sultan Qaboos University, a youth escapes the walking dead in the middle of Muscat Grand Mall, In the land of mountains and cardamum-filled coffee, magic lurks behind even the most urban door. Unoriginal Tales is a group of ten fantasy stories set either in urban Oman or in a far-off remnant of the beautiful, palm-tree-studded GCC country. A girl must duel for her life in Sultan Qaboos University, a youth escapes the walking dead in the middle of Muscat Grand Mall, and a dragon, cursed with the gift of humanity, roars among the dust-devils. There is a modern question about our Omani society behind each of these stories, and you may gasp at what you find. Enter my door at your own peril.


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In the land of mountains and cardamum-filled coffee, magic lurks behind even the most urban door. Unoriginal Tales is a group of ten fantasy stories set either in urban Oman or in a far-off remnant of the beautiful, palm-tree-studded GCC country. A girl must duel for her life in Sultan Qaboos University, a youth escapes the walking dead in the middle of Muscat Grand Mall, In the land of mountains and cardamum-filled coffee, magic lurks behind even the most urban door. Unoriginal Tales is a group of ten fantasy stories set either in urban Oman or in a far-off remnant of the beautiful, palm-tree-studded GCC country. A girl must duel for her life in Sultan Qaboos University, a youth escapes the walking dead in the middle of Muscat Grand Mall, and a dragon, cursed with the gift of humanity, roars among the dust-devils. There is a modern question about our Omani society behind each of these stories, and you may gasp at what you find. Enter my door at your own peril.

36 review for Unoriginal Tales: Ten Fantastical Stories from Oman

  1. 4 out of 5

    SincerelyTahiry

    3.75/5 Stars ✨ Thank you Ammar for sending me Unoriginal Tales. It was such a fun read! I was reading this as I was also reading pretty big fantasy books and I’m so glad that I did! Unoriginal Tales is light hearted and witty. The fantastical elements weren’t overwhelming to the point where you lost the essence of the story. Whenever I wanted a quick laugh or needed a break from reading my other fantasy/ sci-fi books, I picked this up. I loved how every story told a lesson. It reminded me of lik 3.75/5 Stars ✨ Thank you Ammar for sending me Unoriginal Tales. It was such a fun read! I was reading this as I was also reading pretty big fantasy books and I’m so glad that I did! Unoriginal Tales is light hearted and witty. The fantastical elements weren’t overwhelming to the point where you lost the essence of the story. Whenever I wanted a quick laugh or needed a break from reading my other fantasy/ sci-fi books, I picked this up. I loved how every story told a lesson. It reminded me of like folklore books that people read to children that help teach them things like morality and kindness. I also loved getting a first look at Oman as I don’t know much about the country. Overall, if you’re looking for a fast, fun read that leaves an impact I would definitely recommend picking this up!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rawya

    Unoriginal Tales is a collection of short stories derived from the Omani society with a dash of magic and fantasy that we all wish for. It contains ten stories that dive into social problems such as unemployment, postpartum depression, and my favorite topic, getting lost in the mall parking space. I'm trying not to be too biased about reviewing this book because I'm somehow mentioned in the acknowledgment page which I'm very grateful for, I enjoyed reading those short tales as it put an overlay o Unoriginal Tales is a collection of short stories derived from the Omani society with a dash of magic and fantasy that we all wish for. It contains ten stories that dive into social problems such as unemployment, postpartum depression, and my favorite topic, getting lost in the mall parking space. I'm trying not to be too biased about reviewing this book because I'm somehow mentioned in the acknowledgment page which I'm very grateful for, I enjoyed reading those short tales as it put an overlay of fantasy and magic over reality. It makes you believe that there are dragons and demons that live among us and more importantly, it assures me that I wasn't wrong when I said that parking space does have an underworld portal which explains why it's constructed in such a way that it looks like a dungeon and makes my gamer senses heightened for an incoming boss battle. My favorite tale would be "I love you still" I relate to that raw motherhood experience with the first child, it's a rollercoaster of feelings that makes us mothers confused while we keep asking ourselves "am I a good mom". I think it was beautifully written and expressed those emotions and feelings accurately. Overall, I enjoyed every moment of these tales and I already started recommending this book to friends and family. I wish the author a successful debut into the writing world and hope to see more from him.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Budoor

    This was a pretty nice collection of short stories. Ammar has this gripping way of telling a story and most of them read out smoothly, i liked how you can relate to each one of them, altho one story wasn’t “fantastical”. I felt that some of the ideas were a bith rushed, they needed more elaboration than to be jammed in a short story, so that you move on from one event to another in a way that gives the story enough space to unravel. Overall, I enjoyed my time with this book, hoping to read more of This was a pretty nice collection of short stories. Ammar has this gripping way of telling a story and most of them read out smoothly, i liked how you can relate to each one of them, altho one story wasn’t “fantastical”. I felt that some of the ideas were a bith rushed, they needed more elaboration than to be jammed in a short story, so that you move on from one event to another in a way that gives the story enough space to unravel. Overall, I enjoyed my time with this book, hoping to read more of Ammar’s work in the future!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hind H.

    This was pretty fun to read. Ammar Al Naaimi has his way of making you immersed in the story. The Parking Lot was the most enjoyable, while I Love You Still and Please Don't Do This To Me resonated with me the most. I liked how some of the stories were related to some modern Omani issues, with sort of a hopeful tone and a silver lining for the characters. I really hope there will be a Volume 2! This was pretty fun to read. Ammar Al Naaimi has his way of making you immersed in the story. The Parking Lot was the most enjoyable, while I Love You Still and Please Don't Do This To Me resonated with me the most. I liked how some of the stories were related to some modern Omani issues, with sort of a hopeful tone and a silver lining for the characters. I really hope there will be a Volume 2!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kholoud

    ما أعرف كيف أقيم مجموعة قصص قصيرة لأنه تقريبًا دائمًا ما بيكونوا كلهم بنفس المستوى، كمحبة للفنتازيا واجد منعش اشوف أمثلة عليه لكن فبيئة أو مجتمع أعرفه أكثر. القصص اللي تتكلم عن قضايا أو مشاكل معينة العنصر الخيالي حسيته فأكثر من وحدة كان محشور شوية فالقصة بدون ما يكون مهم بالضرورة لكن ما أفسد من متعة القصص نفسها وبالنسبة لي حبيت القصص من هذه النوعية أكثر من اللي سيطر عنصر الخيال على الواقع فيها.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Raima Its4eyedgal

    ‘The Parking Lot’ and ‘I Love You Still’ are my most favourite stories out of all 10 short stories! The former one made me chuckle, and reminded me how extreme and devoted my love for burgers is. Lol The latter one reminded me how sometimes it’s difficult for a new mother to feel one with her child. You do become a mother the moment you deliver your baby, but it takes time to cope with the initial feeling of motherhood because it’s a huge responsibility. Not every mother feels the same way, some t ‘The Parking Lot’ and ‘I Love You Still’ are my most favourite stories out of all 10 short stories! The former one made me chuckle, and reminded me how extreme and devoted my love for burgers is. Lol The latter one reminded me how sometimes it’s difficult for a new mother to feel one with her child. You do become a mother the moment you deliver your baby, but it takes time to cope with the initial feeling of motherhood because it’s a huge responsibility. Not every mother feels the same way, some take time to accept themselves in their new, daunting role. The story also reminded me how mothers are a blessing. Thank you, Ammar Al Naaimi. However, I did have a few issues with some of the stories, a few mistakes here and there that can be corrected by giving the book one final look. Also, I couldn’t connect with some of the stories and felt unbothered by the characters, but overall, I had a fun time reading the book, Unoriginal Tales Fantastical Stories from Oman by Ammar Al Naaimi. 🇴🇲

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emad Al Lawati

    First of all congratulations on the release of your first book! :D I really enjoyed reading the book, I liked the writing, the characters and all the references whether Oman related or not. I think you managed to add a fantastical nature to the stories quite well One thing I wanted to comment on is the story structure, majority of the stories did not have an impact on me as much as I would have liked, I felt that the story was overshadowed by the focus on the writing and the characters that it had First of all congratulations on the release of your first book! :D I really enjoyed reading the book, I liked the writing, the characters and all the references whether Oman related or not. I think you managed to add a fantastical nature to the stories quite well One thing I wanted to comment on is the story structure, majority of the stories did not have an impact on me as much as I would have liked, I felt that the story was overshadowed by the focus on the writing and the characters that it had less effect. Expectations are the dragon and the grandmall stories where I felt the story impact greater, and I enjoyed it. All in all, I really enjoyed it and I hope to read more of your future works, all the best!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Miller

    I absolutely loved this book. All of the stories conveys amazing messages that everyone should know. It is written so well and brings magic into everyday life, like finding a parking space or listening to music. They also shine light on stuff such as post-partum depression and and rights in the most magical way possible. It was a wonderful read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alaa Kadhem

    Awesomene, I totally recommend this book for a quick, magical read! It also introduces you to the culture and the daily life of people in Oman.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mohammad Al Maktoumi

    A new prospective to a rather a diverse unique life experience the Omani people go through. Well put and done!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zahra

    I love how the book has a mix of hidden reality, fiction and some comedy ♥️💜 very interesting to read really . proud of Our Omani writer 🇴🇲 👏

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yara Abbo

    **3.5 stars** Thank you to Ammar for sending me this to read! This was a very enjoyable collection to read! Each story used fantasy elements to shed light on modern issues in Oman, and there was a good mixture of fun, lighthearted stories and more serious, emotionally driven tales. The level of fantasy also varied between the stories, some staying grounded in contemporary society while others taking place in an entirely fictional setting. I enjoyed the diversity of perspective this structure lend **3.5 stars** Thank you to Ammar for sending me this to read! This was a very enjoyable collection to read! Each story used fantasy elements to shed light on modern issues in Oman, and there was a good mixture of fun, lighthearted stories and more serious, emotionally driven tales. The level of fantasy also varied between the stories, some staying grounded in contemporary society while others taking place in an entirely fictional setting. I enjoyed the diversity of perspective this structure lended, but I admit it was a bit jarring at times switching between the two. A common issue I see with short stories is that their limited length results in somewhat limited depth to the topics explored, and I did find this to be the case with some of the stories in this collection. It makes sense, then, that my favorite stories were of the longer variety, such as “Please Don’t Do This to Me” and “Embezzle”. “Please Don’t Do This To Me” explores a boy trying his best to maneuver an engagement with the girl he loves, and I loved getting able to see his emotional development and thought processes as issues arise. “Embezzle,” on the other hand, told the story of two victims of governmental corruption and how they work parallel to each other to advance the situation for those disenfranchised. The combination of its themes and the effective writing style (as well as the almost heist vibe I got) made for a great reading experience (I also want to shout out “Leveling Up,” which manifested that concept in reality when someone achieves a skill or does something noteworthy. I found it super entertaining and I felt so seen because that’s how I think in my mind in school, as if I’m a character in a game haha). This is definitely something to pick up if you want a little dose of fantasy, especially one uniquely set in Oman and that explores some of its culture along the way. I’m definitely excited to read more works from this author!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Saul Balushi

    This was great. For a new author out in the streets, this was well written and very enjoyable. The only problem I have with it is the book felt short. Besides that, I'd encourage anyone who's into urban-style fantasy to check it out. My favourite story is definitely The Parking Lot, reason being it draws many parallels with me in real life. The main character is 25, I'm 25, too. He drives a Mitsubishi Lancer, I drive that, too. The parking lot is in Muscat Grand Mall. The first place I went to a This was great. For a new author out in the streets, this was well written and very enjoyable. The only problem I have with it is the book felt short. Besides that, I'd encourage anyone who's into urban-style fantasy to check it out. My favourite story is definitely The Parking Lot, reason being it draws many parallels with me in real life. The main character is 25, I'm 25, too. He drives a Mitsubishi Lancer, I drive that, too. The parking lot is in Muscat Grand Mall. The first place I went to after I got my driver's license was MGM, and I had problems finding a parking spot, just like the protagonist, Laith. Fun read. Looking forward to more from Mr Ammar.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Yousra

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sumayyah

  16. 5 out of 5

    عهود العامرية

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marielle Risse

  18. 4 out of 5

    Noora Albuali

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aviral Goel

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alaa

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shaikha Al-Riyami

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suad

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amr

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Al Mousawi

  25. 5 out of 5

    Noora

  26. 5 out of 5

    ToomaChan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Manal Omar

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aneesha Valsarajan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maitha

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed

  31. 5 out of 5

    Salima Alrasbi

  32. 4 out of 5

    Farah Al Raisi

  33. 5 out of 5

    Lamia Saud

  34. 4 out of 5

    Zizi

  35. 4 out of 5

    Angelic

  36. 5 out of 5

    Deema

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