This Is How You Lose the Time War

This Is How You Lose the Time War

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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
1534431004
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC EL-MOHTAR 2019
Characteristics: 198 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Gladstone, Max

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booknrrd
Aug 20, 2019

Finally! So a few years ago when I read All the Birds in the Sky I struggled to figure out what it was, and I still don't know, but now I feel like I know what to recommend to people who loved it.

Anyway, This Is How You Lose the Time War is about a surprising relationship that develops between 2 deadly operatives in a possibly neverending war between the forces of nature and the forces of technology. It's a war that rages through time--literally they time travel all over the place--across universes, and into and out of history. It's amazing and lyrical and really strange.

I hesitate to recommend it to sci fi readers because it's kind of a love story, and that's not something I normally associate with sci fi. I think if you like to feel unbalanced when you are reading, but totally sucked in to amazing prose, you will love it. If you like to know what's going on, probably not so much. If you want to master the art of letter writing, maybe.

The audiobook is very capably performed by Cynthia Farrell and Emily Woo Zeller.

noramw Aug 15, 2019

What a strange journey this book is, but also a beautiful one. Elite agents on opposite sides of a time war engage in ongoing battle to turn the strands of time and reality in their favor, but things start to become personal. Here, the realities are a braid, and the book feels that way too, as pieces become layered in together. Light on hard science and deliberate in its language (revealing everything and nothing), “This is How You Lose the Time War” is sci-fi by way of Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities."

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ker0wyn
Jun 17, 2019

This gets all the stars! It's wonderfully original, gorgeously poetic, achingly romantic. It effected me on a deep emotional level, wrecking me and filling me back up to the brim all at once. It's probably the best thing I've read since Circe last year, and that's really saying something. Just beautiful!

JCLGreggW Apr 22, 2019

An absolutely stunning story about a correspondence between two beings, adversaries in millenia-long war against each other. The relationship turns from taunts, to friendship, and then to something much, much more. Goldstone and El-Mohtar spin fractured, emotional, dark poetry. Not to be missed.

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