This Is How You Lose the Time War

This Is How You Lose the Time War

Book - 2019
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Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. 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. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future. Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them.
Publisher: New York : Saga Press, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781534431003
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC EL-MOHTAR 2019
Characteristics: 198 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Gladstone, Max


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An epistolary trip through dimensions, in which two entities known to one another only as Red and Blue leave beautiful and cryptic notes for each other in the aftermath of epic battles.

Best Novella

Nominee for 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novella.

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Aug 27, 2020

Romance disguised as Sci-Fi, really disappointed

Aug 20, 2020

Jul 19, 2020

Welcome back to another episode of "I, your oblivious queer reviewer, don't realize stories are sapphic until I start them."

This Is How You Lose the Time War was recommended to my long before it came out from a friend I made via the library website (if you even stumble upon this because I'm guessing very few Alexes have been recommended this book through the hidden chat feature on library sites, sorry I stopped writing you back. In hindsight, we probably should have exchanged non-biblio social medias) when we got into a conversation about queer lit and I just always assumed her calling this 'gay' meant Red and Blue were both guys. I forgot all about it until hearing someone mention the title recently so imagine my sheer joy when a sentence in I found out Red is a she.

Not only are these poetic time travelling queers, they're POETIC TIME TRAVELLING LESBIANS! (Not that I would have been disappointed if they were guys, but the heart wants what the heart wants and mine wants more pining ladies.)

This is such a hard book to describe because there's no way to do it justice (not even necessarily because it's complicated. It's more like the authors are both far too intelligent for me to even begin to understand) but it's kind of enemies to lovers from two time travel agents leaving each other secret letters throughout space and time. Except I suppose it's not really them specifically who are enemies so maybe it's more "vague taunts to confessions of undying love"? I don't know. I just loved it.

JCLChrisK Jul 15, 2020

I am heartless and cold, so I am afraid the romance at the heart of this story never touched me. I didn't feel what the characters were meant to be feeling, and did not understand where the feelings came from. And while part of me could appreciate the exquisiteness of writing, another part felt there was far too much purple prose. This is a good book, just not my thing.

jclTeriS Jul 01, 2020

Great epistolary time travel! Red, from a hypertechnological society, and Blue, from a magical nature culture, manipulate timeline events to influence battles from opposing sides. Their relationship develops as they leave notes throughout time in this Nebula-winning novella.

Apr 07, 2020

This novella was a welcome surprise. Telling the story through (love?) letters, let the story unfold with surprise after surprise. I was hooked until the very satisfying ending

Apr 01, 2020

My favorite read of the year. There are so many layers packed into this short novel that I couldn't believe it. Looking forward to rereading it again and again. This is one that just sticks with you!

Jan 22, 2020

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Dec 10, 2019

Wow...just wow.
I grabbed this off of the shelf because of the title...
Do yourself a favor and read this book!

Dec 02, 2019

This book is so great!

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