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The narration was good. I liked the smooth cultured tones that depicts the stories era. Unfortunately that's the only good thing I can say about this story. The female lead was kind of foolish and ineffective, there was no chemistry between the main characters and the story was overly predictable.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I loved the story, however the characters needed more development and the love triangle was not very believable. Despite the story having some steampunk elements, I would not classify this as true steampunk. Also the whole empowered feminist subplot came out of nowhere and really had no place in the story.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
It did not have enough steampunk elements, inventions, character development, and the love triangle needed little more prominence. And as for the empowered feminist subplot, although interesting, had no place in the story and despite Minerva's attempts to be stalwart in the face of adversity, she really is weak and unbelievable as a 'strong female' character. Even though the author did an exceptional job in drawing out the sexual tension, it was never consummated. If she went on to do a sequel detailing their relationship and more of their adventures I think it would be fine. However, this was more of a one shot short story versus a full-length novel that could become a series, I was disappointed.
Could you see Asher's Invention being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
It might make a good mini series but due to the lack of character development, chemistry and weak subplots it would not be able to stand as a film or a tv series.