I loved it because it’s funny and subversive. For example, there’s a story where a genie gets woken from a magic lamp, but instead of granting three wishes, he ties up the person who freed him and throws him into the desert! Why? The genie explains: “For a thousand years I waited to be released from that lamp, and I promised that I would give three wishes to whoever freed me. But today, I got fed up and decided, ‘Whoever frees me, I’m going to tie him up and leave him in the desert!’ And you freed me! So who am I to tempt the gods?”
I used that story in The Other Normals; it’s one of the things that bonds Perry to his best friend Sam.
I love Arabian Nights! Highly recommended reading for everyone, by the way. (I’m looking at you, YABCers!) Are there any The Other Normals contests or giveaways our readers should know about and enter?
Which books or authors have inspired your craft?
Jacques wrote 22 Redwall books and his animal accents got more elaborate as he went on. I’m lucky to have had a chance to review The Sable Quean, the last Redwall book published before he passed away.