This is How You Lose the Time War

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

It has been months since I read this book and I'm not any closer to being able to put my reaction into words. Look, here's the thing, you will either love this book or you will hate it. I loved it. It is surreal, abstract, and bizarre in a way I've never quite experienced before. The language is the main event here, and it is well worth sitting down and taking your time with this one. Savor it. It is a linguistic feast. It's also a love story. Romantic, tragic, and comedic in turns. Red and Blue passing notes through time in the rings of trees or curls of smoke isn't just poetic, it's interesting and affecting. This is one best experienced rather than explained. It's a gem of a novella, and one I can see myself rereading as a treat when I need to saturate myself in beautiful language and the enormity of the heart.