- File Size: 290 KB
- Print Length: 44 pages
- Publisher: ImagineThat! Studios (February 19, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 19, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007BEGGAQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device Kindle Edition
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I've been a fan of Tee's since listening to Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword, and I was glad to make last year's Pheonix Rising the first steampunk novel I've read. Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device continues Tee's work into steampunk and weird tech of an age that never was. It's a wonderful retelling of the Aladdin story, slipping in steam tech in replacement of much of the magic from the story.
Despite this, the story doesn't lose any sense of wonder or the mystical nature of the hunt for the lamp. This isn't to say there isn't magic. Avoiding spoilers, but there is a certain level of high tech that crosses the border into magic to the Victorian area perspective we've read into. In another story, this would be jarring, perhaps even story breaking, but we're familiar with the ultimate cosmic power of the genie of the lamp. When the construct of the lamp has great transformative and manipulative powers we accept it and keep moving on with the story.
The story does have a sense of the Disney Aladdin feel, and that may be because of the section of the Aladdin story covered. It could easily have continued on through the story, using a modified personal rotocopter for two for a night time flight, the return of the evil magician, etc. Instead it ends at a good point before it gets too long of mimicking the original piece.Read more ›
This is highly recommended for any who like steampunk, any who like strong characters and rich scenes, and any fans of Tee's other works.
Foremost, I have to say I love the writing style of Tee! I was mesmerized by the ability to tell of Aladdin, his actions, and the world Aladdin exists in at the same time in his sentences. I love when authors have this ability, it's one I wish to be able to do as well.
So I wanted to share two sentences I loved while reading. (Although, there were several in this novella I enjoyed.)
"He was merely a shadow now, and soon he would be nothing but a wisp of sand disappearing in the wind."
"Karim recognized Aladdin straightaway (as Aladdin recognized him), but the cafe owner's outward disdain disappeared as water under the noonday sun, surrendering to confusion as his eyes went from Aladdin to the magician."
There is no time wasted in this novella. Tee has worked every word to his advantage, making it seem so easy. I love this style and word usage! Another wondrous feat is we see the town through Aladdin's actions, not just through descriptions of his eyes.
Now, I don't want to give to much away of the story as it is a novella.Read more ›
I read Morris' Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device a second time just to take it in again and hopefully as it's own story to best give this work a review of itself not as a comparison to another. This tale is amazing steampunk and a great story by itself. Giles is a character that I would wish to see again in a truly original setting. I wish Morris had chosen to give this tale more time and push it out of the novella range. In short, this is a tale I was happy to buy and I would definately purchase the next steampunk fairy tale Morris chooses to write.
My reasoning for a 4 star rating is the high number of grammatical and formatting errors.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a fun steampunk variation to a classic Arabian Nights story. I quite enjoyed it, and will search out more from the same author.Published 15 months ago by amla
A great Steam Punk twist on the familiar Aladdin tale.Published 16 months ago by Discerning Customer
Fun, quick romp with a genie automaton. I noted a few typos, and there were instances where I was confused and the establishing details weren't all there (Example: Aladdin's in the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Tee has taken the story of Aladdin to new heights. Adding a Steampunk twist to this classic is a stoke...er, stroke of genius. He just needs to add a bit more fuel to the fire.Published on June 19, 2014 by Alan Smith
Great story. I just wanted more. It was just too short. But very well tolded . So what are you going to steam up next?Published on March 18, 2014 by Robert B. Johnston
A WONDERFUL SPIN ON THE OLD STORY OF ALADDIN. A WONDERFUL TWIST THAT LENDS CREDENCE TO THIS STORY OF OLD! Special thanks to Tee Morris and the vivid story. Thanks!Published on January 10, 2014 by Ron_46725
And a proofreader. Not ready for publication. A disappointment at best. Why was it released prematurely? I'll think twice before I buy another from this author.Published on August 13, 2013 by SteveF
I want to know more! Nice merging of history, fable, and magic. I particularly liked the reference to Robert Houdin.Published on July 5, 2013 by sieler
I'm torn on this one. Normally I'm more than fine with sending steampunk to settings it hasn't been to before, but in this case I don't think it does enough to advance or enhance... Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Scott A. Kinkade
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