Book Review

This is How You Lose the Time War – El-Mohtar & Gladstone

Book Title: This is How You Lose the Time War


Author: Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

Goodreads Link: Click here

Release Date:  7/16/19

Star Rating:  –  Fantastic!

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

You know how you can read a book, and then you read it again, and then you realize it doesn’t matter how many times you read it you can’t just write a decent review because nothing you say can even touch how wonderful it is?

Yeah, this is one of those books.

It’s short. Too short. It’s the perfect length. I want it to go on forever. No one should touch it, leave it as it is.

Red and Blue are two time traveling agents/spies who travel through time. They are pulling at threads here and there in the past in order to manipulate the future. Teach one woman how to weave thread in a new way, and in 100 years that leads to a new type of sail that allows for ocean travel. That kind of thing. One agent comes from a more tech driven society, and the other from an ecological society and they are at war with each other. But all this flashing around from century to century can get a bit old after a while right? Why not have a bit of fun messing with the other side when you get a chance. The two start a correspondence, that turns to a love affair.

What emerges from this story line is not just a fun time-travel novella. It is astonishingly clever, romantic, poetic and thought provoking and LGBTQ inclusive. It’s also so stinking funny …

“How many boards would the Mongols hoard if the Mongol horde got bored?”

or Blue’s many riffs on Red’s name when writing letters.

“Dear Sailor’s Delight” “Dear Sugar Maple” “My dear Miskozi”

Like I said, I’m not doing it justice. Ugh, I want to eat this little book up it’s so delicious.

You really must read it.

Song for this book: It’s Only Time – The Magnetic Fields


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