Evil Genies, automatons, and magical rings abound when we revisit the stories from 1001 Nights!
We have to go deeper. Well, for Shaharazade to survive, she always has to have another level of story to go to - she always has to have another layer of protection, to keep the king interested or her story might end with the rising of the sun. Luckily the king is very [...]
The story of Abu Muhammed the idle (also known as, apparently, Abu Muhammed the Lazybones), a young man who was so lazy that he refused to even chew his food, and instead made his mom feed him baby-bird-style. Also, he get's a pet ape and too much money. The creature will serve you pancakes if you [...]
In the conclusion of the original Aladdin story, there's the meteoric rise of Aladdin, who is definitely not using magic to do any of this. Really. Will people just stop asking him that, already? I mean, so what if he made the most magnificent palace in the world overnight, and that it randomly disappeared. Nothing at all [...]
The story of a poor man who finds a being of unlimited power, and not only uses it to put food on the table, but goes a little farther to take over the kingdom and become the richest man alive. It's the original story of Aladdin, but it's very different from the story you know. The jinni [...]