This Is How You Lose the Time War

This Is How You Lose the Time War

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

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Title:This Is How You Lose the Time War
Author:Amal El-Mohtar
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:This Is How You Lose the Time War
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

This Is How You Lose the Time War Reviews

  • Racheal
    Jun 16, 2019
    This book is everything. THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING. This is the best thing I've read since Circe ripped my fucking heart out last year. It's one of those precious, rare books that somehow managed to leave me in great, gasping sobs, but also feeling full to bursting. The kind tha...
  • Skip
    Aug 08, 2019
    Abominable. No plot, amorphous and underdeveloped characters, skipping around in time. Impossible to follow. Told through a series of vignettes about and letters between Red and Blue. Choppy sentences. Run away. Quickly. ...
  • Victoria Schwab
    Aug 19, 2019
    Holy shit this was good. ...
  • Emily
    Aug 20, 2019
    Almost all my Goodread friends are raving about this. I just didn't like it. I never really understood why the characters fell in love, there's no explanation about what is really going on with the two sides and the writing style was just too... "extra" for me. It's very literary and p...
  • unknown
    Jan 10, 2019
    A time travel romance with teeth sharp enough to tear out your still-beating heart. ...
  • Billie
    Apr 29, 2019
    Okay. So. Hmm. I loved the love story aspect of it and generally got the gist of what was going on, but there was some big-picture world building that either went completely over my head (likely) or was missing (possible). Being dumped into the middle of a story that has been going on,...
  • Megan
    Jun 10, 2019
    A woman approaches you. She's wearing a dark coat. She reaches into an inside pocket and holds something out. "Hey you," she says, "look at this." You're not entirely sure what you're looking at; but it's beautiful. Multi-faceted like a diamond. Intricate like one of those sculptures w...
  • Bradley
    Jun 17, 2019
    Damn excellent SF novella. I won't have any problems nominating this for next year's Hugo. It's poetical, yo. Not only poetical, but delighfully unforced in its romance... even as the time war rages between heavy tech and heavy biopunk up and down multiple timelines in a game of Go! th...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Aug 07, 2019
    2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/08/17/... Well, for such a short book, this one?s going to be a doozy to review. To be sure, This is How You Lose the Time War is a very imaginative novella, but the style and tone of it is so highly unusual, I dou...
  • Scarllet ✦ Underrated Lit Warrior
    Sep 02, 2019
    But if you hunger, I swell. You have me watching birds, and though I don't know their names like you know them, I have seen small bright singers puff before they trill. That's how I feel. I sing myself out to you, and my talons clutch the branch, and I am wrung out until your next lett...
  • Gerhard
    Sep 04, 2019
    Wow. This book proves it again (and again, depending what timeline you?re in): SF is not about genre tropes, all of which have been done to death and back again, but what unique spin or take that the author(s) adopt. This short novel has such a deceptively simple premise: Two time...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Jul 11, 2019
    ALL THE STARS!! I'm not sure if I'm reeling from that ending or how the entire book wove and threaded and braided its way into my heart and soul, and how I fell hard for Red and Blue and their long games. It all begins with ruthless agent of the Agency Red finds a letter that rea...
  • c,
    May 23, 2019
    But hunger is a many-splendoured thing: it needn?t be conceived in limbic terms, in biology. Hunger, Red ? to sate a hunger or to stoke it, to feel hunger as a furnace, to trace its edges like teeth ? is this a thing you, singly, know? Have you ever had a hunger that whetted its...
  • Rose
    May 10, 2019
    I?ll tell you right upfront, this book is not for everyone. Hard sci-fi readers may be disappointed because even though this book is dependant on time travel, it is more about love and told very poetically. The story begins at the end of a battle. Our two main characters are the ...
  • Emma
    Aug 05, 2019
    ?Some things are more important than winning? This was a very beautiful love story. It was also difficult to make sense of, but very original. ...
  • Lindsay
    Sep 01, 2019
    Beautifully lyrical writing with mind-bending science fictional concepts that makes for a unique love story between two agents of rival time-traveling powers. Red and Blue send each other letters encoded in increasingly bizarre means, first to taunt each other, and then with growing ca...
  • wanderer (Para)
    Jun 15, 2019
    ARC received from the publisher (Saga Press) on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Whoa. Just...whoa. Another candidate for "best of 2019" for me. It's like someone distilled almost everything I like into one book - exquisite prose, a high dose of weirdness, a queer relatio...
  • ☙ percy ❧
    Jun 29, 2019
    "This feels like teetering on the brink of something that will unmake me." utterly impossibly, this book managed to exceed my expectations. do not take me lightly when i say i expected this book to be a masterpiece. and it was more. literary genre fiction is something so rare i...
  • rin 눈_눈 WATCH GOOD OMENS
    May 24, 2019
    i wish i liked it more but it's a little too poetic for me i guess? im not into this type of prose much ...
  • MeaganCM
    Aug 03, 2019
    Fucking brilliant! I loved every second! I admit there were some things I struggled with, but nothing a reread can't fix ?. ...
  • mahana (moved accounts)
    Jul 28, 2019
    i honestly have no idea what it is about this book but I CAN'T GET THROUGH IT. i want to love it so bad but even the audiobook couldn't help me. i still want to try, but like... why is this so hard for me to read ...
  • Hiu Gregg
    Aug 13, 2019
    Well, shit. ...
  • Katie (never.ending.reading.list)
    Jul 13, 2019
    Okay, this one was just meh for me. I could not get into it at all! The love story between Red and Blue was nice and surprising but it just fell flat for me. I had very little invested into this world and their building romance was not enough to draw me into it. I liked the tim...
  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    Jun 05, 2019
    ?You asked me to tell truths. I have. What do I want? Understanding. Exchange. Victory. A game?hiding and discovery. You?re a swift opponent, Blue. You play long odds. You run the table. If we?re to be at war, we might as well entertain one another.? This Is How You Lose...
  • Acqua
    Dec 04, 2018
    4.5 stars This Is How You Lose the Time War is a novella about a love that transcends time, space and humanity. It's beautiful and lyrical and heartbreaking; it's all of these things and I loved its ending so much that I don't feel like I can do this story justice with a review. Jus...
  • Boston
    Aug 30, 2019
    Despite struggling for the first 50 pages, I eventually got into the flow of this book and I absolutely fell in love. Every single sentence of every letter made me want to burst into tears. The writing of this was the most poetic, lyrical writing I have EVER read. Despite barely kn...
  • Tracey
    Jul 29, 2019
    This book made me feel really dumb. I don't think it was the book's fault. The combination of high science fiction with poetic literary fiction just didn't click together in my brain. There was never a point in this book where I knew what was going on. I just finished it and have no id...
  • Rebecca Roanhorse
    Aug 29, 2019
    I actually finished this short book (200p) in one sitting on July 15th, but am just now getting to the review. This is a novella told in letters between two time-traveling operatives in the future, and it's more poetry than prose. It's a love story, too, so it's fitting that this book ...
  • caitlin ✶
    Jul 19, 2019
    3.5 stars. ya?ll better not sleep on this adult sci-fi SAPPHIC romance, or else despite this book?s length, the world building, character development and relationship development never felt rushed or crammed in. Though the writing and world building was hard to get into at first, c...
  • VexenReplica
    Jul 18, 2019
    Dearest bookphiles, A clever way to send you a letter, don't you think? Abusing 21st century internet here in this strand, that is. How easy and simple it is, sending you a direct impact, yet it diffuses itself among the bytes. I must commend your subduction of me through the wr...