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Library JournalIn a sort-of sequel to Asher’s Invention, Asher and his love, Minerva, return for a bit of steampunk-tinted time travel. Asher has finally completed his time machine but now has a weird feeling in his gut and head that something is missing from his life. An accidental trip eight months in the past suddenly brings an ominous plot to the fore: it was Minerva who was missing, as if she no longer existed, from Asher’s future. Asher and Minerva race against the clock to solve the problem before Minerva is entirely wiped from existence.
Verdict In this fun romp that explores and exploits the constraints and capabilities of time travel, Kwan manages to make it all seem possible. The novella does move quickly through scenes and emotions, but the fast pace of the plot and time travel twists make up for it. Never reaching too much more than heavy petting, Asher’s Dilemma creates an entertaining hour or two with a complicated romance in steampunked 19th-century England.—Kellie Tilton, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks Lib.
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