Welcome to Deadly Destinations! Want to journey to a whole new world? Well today you can! Tour Agrabah with the Genie from Aladdin. For more on this world, check out A Whole New World by Liz Braswell for a strange twist on the Aladdin tale.
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This thing on? Hello?
Can’t you just…the little flashing red light? Darn you and your chronologically appropriate technical knowledge, Aladdin! Just hold it still!
Hello, and welcome to amazing Agrabah! City of legend! Capital of capitals!
I am the famous Genie, here to take you on a fabulous tour!
Oh, I come from a land in a faraway place where the caravan camels roam…
Honestly, camels don’t really roam the streets much; they’re too valuable and block traffic. Goats, on the other hand—there’s whole crowds of them wandering around. Those of you looking for a little country with your city getaway are sure to enjoy the smell of fresh goat…cheese….everywhere…
First stop is the capital of Agrabah itself, the Palace of the Sultan! Famed for its onion domes!—and now, unfortunately, also for rotting heads on spikes on top of the battlements. Best behold its glittering awesomeness from a distance; the current sultan, Jafar, doesn’t particularly enjoy visitors. Only his most respected guests get to personally tour the secret dungeons beneath the Sun Tower; and those who do generally have to stay, if you catch my drift.
Let’s move on to Agrabah’s internationally renowned, world-famous Market! Here you can spend your precious vacation cash on the freshest figs, the finest silks, the costliest gems!
All right, I can see you’re a little perplexed by the general emptiness of the tents. We still have at least a half hour before curfew but some like to get a head start, just in case, you know?
Just in case what, you ask? Well, is there any other place else in the world your personal security is provided by cohorts of undead royal guards? Snap a picture with them—try to make ‘em laugh. Everyone does!
Hey…relax; if you’re not doing anything wrong, you don’t need to worry about them. And staying out after curfew is wrong, so let’s just hurry it along, shall we?
Um…let’s see…the historic quarter…the oldest mosque in Agrabah…the most expensive tea house…
…all the usual boring tourist stuff everyone sees…
Aha! Let’s swing by my buddy Aladdin’s digs! Live like a real Agrabahian—airbnb this beauty for less than a single golden daric a night! He’s not using it while he’s planning the revolution with the princess! …ooops, did I say that? My bad. And sorry, the totally secret headquarters of the Street Rats is also not on our tour tonight.
Look at the sunset beyond the Western Mountains! Have you ever seen the like? The sky is like a river of sapphires! The sand dunes look like hills of gold! Just don’t…go wandering out among them….
So… there it is. Agrabah, City of A Thousand and One Sights!
Ok, so it’s not exactly as advertised in film and song. The city is a little more…um…dystopian these days. But kids love that, don’t they? I hear it’s all the rage! Come for the camels, stay for the groovy emo darkness!
All right …sigh… stop recording, Al.
Let’s just hope Jasmine gets stuff under control before the real tourist season begins…
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After the sort of introverted childhood you would expect from a writer, Liz earned a degree in Egyptology at Brown University and then promptly spent the next ten years producing video games. Finally she caved into fate and wrote Snow and Rx under the name Tracy Lynn, followed by The Nine Lives of Chloe King series under her real name, because by then the assassins hunting her were all dead. She lives in Brooklyn with a husband, two children, a cat, a part-time dog, three fish and five coffee trees she insists will start producing beans any day. You can email her at moc.llewsarbzilnull@em or tweet @LizBraswell.
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Available September 8, 2015 from Disney-Hyperion
About this Book:
What if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney’s Aladdin.
When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.
What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.
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