This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

book cover of This is How You Lose the Time War

This is the kind of book that’ll be to some people’s taste but not others, and sadly it wasn’t to mine. Neither the characters nor the setting were very well-developed, and it was hard to feel invested in anything when it was all depicted in such a shallow way. The people who love this book seem to love it because of the flowery, poetic language, but for me that just made it even harder to get into because it’s so over-the-top. If it does actually get made into a TV show, that might be a lot better for it because I assume they’ll be forced to come up with an actual plot and an internally coherent vision of what the characters look like.


a cartoony avatar of Jessica Smith is a socialist and a feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.