Review | This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Strange and beautiful. 5 stars.

This is how you lose the time war by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone book cover

I got a copy from my local library. Please use your library as much as you can!

The blurb:

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading.

And thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more.

Except discovery of their bond would be death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war. That’s how war works. Right?

My take:

This book contains so many elements which appeal to me: it’s essentially an epistolary novel while also a sci-fi tale of time travel multidimensional malarkey and an improbable romance struggling to survive against the odds.

The result of this genre mash-up is beautiful, poetic, epic… I run out of adjectives! And this short but perfectly formed book is a particularly staggering achievement given that it’s a collaboration between two authors, one that is completely seemless.

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Review | A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

If this story fails to move you, you have no heart. As close to perfect as a tale can be. 5/5 stars and then some.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness book coverWhat it’s about: Since his father left them six years ago, Conor has lived alone with his mum. But recently she has been struggling with illness and Conor is plagued by recurring nightmares when he is awake as well as asleep. Then the monster comes to visit. He will tell three stories and, in return, Conor must tell him the thing which frightens him most of all: the truth.

My take:

The synopsis above tells you a little about what happens in A Monster Calls, not what the book is about. This is a story about fear and friendship, strength and weakness, love and loss.

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