Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device, Tee Morris‘ Steampunk take on the classic Arabian Night’s Tale of Aladdin and his magic lamp is a nice short read, so this review will also be short.
If you know the original story (I actually had it on a vinyl record when I was a kid, now do the math), you know how it ends, so there is no surprise there.
The surprising part is how well Tee Morris integrated various Steampunk elements into the story. They neither seem out-of-place, nor superficial, nor forced. All the devices and little details fit perfectly into Tee’s Steampunk vision of Arabian Night’s Bagdad.
These elements add flavour, suspense and humour to the story. Especially the genie… delightful!
Of course, Aladdin and his Wonderfully Infernal Device has a happy end. It is implied Aladdin will eventually marry the Sultan’s daughter but before, there have to be some …(uuups, data loss due to spoiler detector).
Alladin and his Wonderfully Infernal Device is a beautiful Steampunk Fairy Tale for Steampunks young and old. It is the perfect bedtime story to introduce your children to Steampunk and the first one I will read to my son. I also highly recommend reading it if you feel down. It will make your day brighter, promise!
The little jewel gets the full reinforced squadron 10/10 Zeppelins and the badge of honour:
Get for the Kindle, go ahead, do it. You know you want to!