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Book Review: Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device

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Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device by Tee Morris
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I've been reading and listening to Tee Morris since he podcasted Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana. I've really enjoyed Phoenix Rising, The Janus Affair, and all of the MoPo podcasts, so much so that I automatically buy the printed collections on Nook and Kindle to support the authors (the podcasts are better though).

I avoided reading all of the other reviews of this story so I could approach it with an open mind. I am a huge fan of fairy tales--Grimm, Anderson, Arabian Nights, etc. I am also a huge Disney fan. I think this treatment of the story needs more fleshing out and a little more originality to separate it from its predecessors.

If I wasn't aware of (or maybe because I was aware of them) the slight pop-culture references, mixed with steampunk and a retelling of Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp was a very disconcerting experience. It didn't flow. I wasn't transported to…