Book Review #16: Aladdin and his Wonderfully Infernal Device by Tee Morris

Title: Aladdin and his Wonderfully Infernal Device
Author: Tee Morris
Publisher: Imagine That Studios
Release Date: 2011
Available Formats: ebook only

There are certain inevitabilities in this world. Summer follows summer (I live in Texas, there is only one season) and babies will always make me smile. And Tee Morris will always be reviewed here. There are only a handful of authors I will read just because they wrote it. Fewer, it seems, as the years go by. Mr. Morris remains one of these. At least until Alladin and his Wondefully Infernal Device. Did it change my perception?

On to the review.

Synopsis: From the imagination behind the award-winning Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series comes a steampunk novella to a legend from A Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

Aladdin is a street-wise thief that finds himself under the tutelage of a world-renown illusionist. He is escorted deep into the deserts in search of a treasure beyond his wildest dreams, and discovers instead something far more valuable—a destiny. (Stolen from Amazon.com)

Setting: It should be no surprise that a story about Alladin takes place in Bagdad. However, this is a bit different than the Bagdad represented in you history texts. It seems like the western sciences have entered into the arena a bit earlier than in world we know. Mr. Morris uses his steampunk brush to paint a landscape worthy of a master, adding neither too much or too little, in re-imaging this story that so many are familiar with.

Characters: The primary characters in this novella are the titular Aladdin and an illusionist known as the All Powerful Jaha. For a story that ends way to quickly, both of these characters are quite fully developed. Make no mistake, Aladdin might be a thief, but he’s good. Jaha.. well.. I’ll let you read about Jaha for yourself. Suffice it to say, this story has its foundations as a fairy tale, and it still feels like a fairy tale. The characters motivations are straight forward and allows the readers to easily slip inside their skins.

Odin’s recommendation: This delightful book is well worth the meager 199 pennies it’s listed for.. and I see Amazon Prime members can get it for free! (I believe this story is still available only in “kindle” format which can easily be read on your computer, android or idevice as well.) This is a short story. A novella. It is a fairy tale. It is priced reasonably as such. I had two nice 1/2 hour reading sessions to call it complete, and enjoyed each of those 60 minutes (caveat: I’m a slow, thorough, reader). This is a story you can share with the kids, but adults with a bit of imagination will enjoy it too. I truly enjoyed the steampunk elements that Mr. Morris added. His deft touch on where to employ the magic of technology and where to leave it out was marvelous. Truly, I’ll never look at this story the same again.

 

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