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The Vizier's Second Daughter

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They sent him into the past to kidnap and bring back Sheherazade, the famous narrator of the Thousand and One Nights. But when he had grabbed a lovely lady out of the Sultan's harem and scooted away on his "magic carpet" time machine he discovered that he had muffed it -- for she was the Vizier's second daughter -- Sheherazade's kid sister!

He thought he could rectify the m
Mass Market Paperback, DAW No. 616, 203 pages
Published February 1985 by DAW (first published 1965)
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D.M. Dutcher
Odd little tale about a time traveler who is tasked to steal Schezerade from the past, and gets her younger sister by accident. He also accidentally lands in the far future, where he finds out that maybe Dunyzad's stories about Jinns might have some basis in truth.

It's a little too outlandish to be any good, and Young seems to have this motif of older men falling in love with young girls who age themselves and rejoin him later. If you like his work (and Young is a very likable writer,) you might
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I enjoyed this play on the Arabian Nights and tried to find more by author Young, without much luck.
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