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✪ This Is How You Lose the Time War Books ✬ Author Amal El-Mohtar – Webpolitics.us

This Is How You Lose the Time WarAmong 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.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

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  1. says:

    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 the Time War is the kind of novel that dips in and out of minds, catches the sharp sun of memory and gleams, leaves its scent on its readers, like perfume transferred between lovers As soon as you start to put words in, however, you stagger and come to bewilderment like reaching for something and misjudging the distance, feeling your fingers close over nothing but air My head is still heavy with some fierce thing no matter how many times I sought to identify, name, I couldn t I had to read this novel in small doses, swallowing its blows a little at a time and I reckon I ll need several rereads to figure out all that I can t say in words right now.Even now, I find it hard to describe the action of the novel, but without spoiling anything I can tell you that the first strand running through this loosely braided narrative came in the form of a letter The first of its kind was only pretend, an instant of self indulgence, something like laying laughter over the dark, but it begun a circling of time for Red, the past cutting into the present like a whetted blade The second letter was an abyss daring her to fall inside, and Red had a sense that she and Blue were all digging themselves deeper than ever before By the third letter, Red felt that they were cutting their own throats by this Two time traveling spies from rival factions divided between attack and diplomacy who, finding their way making their way through world after time war ravaged world, made contact and found love and something that frightened them, too across a void too profound to bridge with anything other than words.The two women were real to each other than reflections in a mirror and their scarred and hacked edges had borne witness to too many battles waged against time and each other They were like fish eyeing the hook, with too many forces ready to make siege weapons of their letters In the sheer, shimmering improbability of the moment, however, they could almost pretend this love affair wasn t a fool s errand And we ll run again, the two of us, upthread and down, firefighter and fire starter, two predators only sated by each other s words This Is How You Lose the Time War is not a light read by any stretch It s a book of sustained beauty and lyricism that also works as a fractured mosaic of a novel told in swift, brutal strokes, all wound into vertiginous loops of prose.It is difficult, at first, to get a firm grip on the slippery setting of This Is How You Lose the Time War I felt like a girl hurled unwary into a tale she didn t understand, with folk all around waiting for her to take up a part she didn t know The dim shapes of words remained just beyond understanding, and I had a strong sense of vertigo, like I was free falling through a huge, dark chasm There was a dream like quality to the experience, as if those moments were divorced from the waking world by the strangeness of it all But even with confusion painted on my face, the story made sense to me in a wordless way that could only be described as magic Every word was worth savoring, and my own breath seemed to pipe in harmony.Which is why I think the novel would be irreducible by any easy categorization This Is How You Lose the Time War is a time travel adventure, a sci fi romp, poetry masquerading as prose, and a love story It s an intricate dance, and one that the authors render with agility, grace and ease That they could pull it off at all let alone so winningly is something of a marvel itself, and I was left genuinely impressed.While This Is How You Lose the Time War is not written in verse, poetry lives in its pages The authors are in thrilling command of their narrative gifts, and their language soars as they write of beauty, longing, survival, and freedom.That said, those gifts can double as obstacles As dizzying and immersive as the setting and premise are, This Is How You Lose the Time War is novel that is both exhilarating and exhausting sometimes simultaneously Even as I snatched hungrily at the next page, there were moments when the lyricism felt labored the sentences so bedecked with metaphors and analogies that reading becomes akin to treading water in sodden clothes, barely keeping your nose and mouth above the surface and I found myself craving a little restraint Inside the long economy of a novel, too much prose no matter how exquisite can occasionally hamper the otherwise compelling flow, and, I think readers who can t muster tame patience for tackling a few extra pages of mellifluous language might not find as much resonance.I m confident, however, that those able to relax into the chaos will be richly rewarded as the strands eventually beautifully entwine together Dearest, deepest Blue At the end as at the start, and through all the in betweens, I love you Red BLOG TWITTER INSTAGRAM TUMBLR


  2. says:

    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 that stretches to near infinity.Wait Did I say romance Yep Hard SF romance, so light and deft in its hardcore science it becomes a whirlwind of ambiance designed only to paint glorious pictures and denude us in playful taste, hunger, and excitement.The novella is mostly written in epistolary format, which I love, and it evokes so much crazy longing between these two enemies that it is pretty obvious that they have completely fallen for each other by the third exchange Even if they re plotting their opposite s death by strange and subtle threads and means up and down the timelines Gloriously so, the tastes of history are obscure and rich The format of the letters, even so Written in plants, seeds, only readable through taste or stings Scorched space battlements and desolate beaches, dinosaurs and playful birds Did I say this was poetry Poetry as prose The hunger is palpable, the romance, desperate Sure, they re post human women, but the shape doesn t matter when they take whatever shapes they like The feeling is everything So how does it turn out Is it a tragedy I will not say But I feel lighter than air after reading this It deserves a careful read An engrossing read A consuming read.


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    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 Just know that, while this is an epistolary f f enemies to lovers story set during a time travel war, calling it that feels almost reductive.It follows two entities, Red and Blue , both presenting as women but who don t strictly adhere to our definition of what a human is, and there s a time war If you re the kind of person who needs to know the reasons and the workings of everything, this won t work for you it s often vague, but as I didn t feel like much context was needed, I didn t have a problem with that.The writing in here will be polarizing At times, I hated it it was pretentious, and it made me feel like the authors were trying to show off how many pretty sentences they were able to string together without saying that much at all But in other places it was beautiful and powerful, and the foreshadowing was woven into this story effortlessly which only makes sense in something about braiding time.And you know what else makes sense That a story about Red and Blue writing to each other would be 90% Purple prose.In one of my updates, I said that I wondered whether this started out as a short story If you ve ever read some short fiction on online magazines, you probably recognize the metaphor heavy style and the vagueness of the worldbuilding, and I mean, if I m going to read something that short, I want something really pretty that will make me feel and won t need that much background to do so I wouldn t have minded if the authors had toned all of this here a bit down, however.


  4. says:

    i wish i liked it but it s a little too poetic for me i guess im not into this type of prose much


  5. says:

    A time travel romance with teeth sharp enough to tear out your still beating heart.


  6. says:

    first attracted to this because my dr who ass saw the words Time War and fucking gravitated to it like a moth to a flameand i thought it was some sort of literary metaphor but NOPE there s ACTUAL TIME TRAVEL and also SAPPHIC WOMEN in it, and i think an enemies to lovers trope literally yeet this straight into my letter box pleez


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    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 about love and told very poetically The story begins at the end of a battle Our two main characters are the top agents for each side Red from the technology enhanced future versus Blue from the environmental future these descriptions are subject to my own interpretation as the truth was slightly vague in the story.A message is left by one for the other It seems to start as a taunt but the messages continue and as they do, things change between Red and Blue From a sci fi standpoint, I was fascinated by the strange futures Red and Blue were from although both were described very sparingly From a romance standpoint, I thought it was very well done I don t usually like romance as they are rushed, sloppy and all about the sex None of those things apply here.From a time travel standpoint, it reminded me of The End of Eternity with the ability to go to specific points in time to tweak things in a certain direction but the war gave this a duelling banjo feel one side would tweak to their advantage then the other side would tweak to their advantage When people were from and how they time travelled was never discussed.I can t say that I m not a little disappointed with learning so little about the very strange futures Red and Blue come from and also how the war started Truth be told, now that I m thinking about it, I really wasn t told all that much about anything Wow The author did a great job sucking me into a story while giving me precious little of what I love SF and time travel details and lots of what I don t love poetic romance That s good writing


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    ARC received from the publisher Saga Press on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Whoa Justwhoa 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 relationship, a literary feel, experimental structure and the end result is breathtaking Brilliant in a way I m not sure a review can illustrate It has to be read to be believed I feel almost invincible in our battles wake a kind of Achilles, fleet footed and light of touch Only in this nonexistent place our letters weave do I feel weak How I love to have no armor here Footnote for fans of the romance genre for the sake of proper expectations, this is a love story but is not romance genre wise if anyone rec d it as such The plot is so simple it s almost not worth describing two rival agents from the opposite sides of the time war start exchanging letters in secret A tale as old as time heh You can probably guess the broad strokes of where it goes from there and you d probably be correct, too But I don t think reducing it like this does it justice Not even close It s two lives circling around each other but never quite touching It s loneliness and longing and finding solace in each other, the war be damned Technology and nature It s heady and strange, a book to be savoured rather than devoured.The prose is ridiculously good Absolutely on the stained glass side poetic, reminiscent of Samatar s The Winged Histories and practically begging to be read out loud I could drown in it I don t know how to give it higher praise than that Another thing that reminds me of The Winged Histories is that the war itself, which would be front and centre in most books, is merely a background detail, context for the characters and their interactions the true main focus but largely glossed over The alternation between letters and chapters describing where they find them adds to the disconnect To be clear, it s nowhere near a bad thing just different Unconventional.And it s weird in terms of setting, too Profoundly, gloriously weird It s a world where poetry is the answer to math riddles, where letters are written in seeds and water and poison and hidden behind eyes, where everything including time is fluid and seemingly anything goes After all, all is fair in love and war And that s the beauty of it Relax, enjoy the wild ride.I wouldn t recommend it to anyone, as it s highly experimental fare, but those of us who fall for the stuff will fall hard It s absolutely my catnip and I can already see it winning all the awards.Enjoyment 5 5Execution 5 5Recommended to literary fantasy fans, prose fans, those looking for f f representation, anyone who enjoyed The Gray House The Winged Histories The Only Harmless Great Thing City of Saints and Madmen Not recommended to those who like their stories straightforward and need to understand what s going on immediately More reviews on my blog, To Other Worlds.


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    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 reads, Burn before reading In it, she finds a taunt, a challenge her greatest foe has revealed herself And off she goes in a cat and cat game of win lose win, sneaky subterfuge and long and short games of chance and espionage with her enemy, Blue, agent of the Garden.But slowly, throughout the years and strands of time and different worlds, their relationship turns into something else Is it love Or are they both playing each other to get their side to win But their time together is running out Something is following them.Fuck I loved this It kept twisting and turning so deliciously, with little seeds planted and grown throughout until the grand reveal at the end.And their letters They started with so much humor and taunting and that competition blossomed into something or is it and even their relationship was filled with so many twisty turny ahas that you never really quite know if their feelings are sincere or just another play to get their side to win.The letters were definitely my favorite part, and this is my absolute favorite quote of the entire book because it captures their initial feelings so well Ha a Blueser Your mission objective s in another castle.Hugs and kisses,RedPS The keyboard s coated in slow acting contact poison You ll be dead in an hour So think of this as Spy Vs Spy meets Romeo and Juliet, with two time crossed spies meeting on a battlefield and engaging in a secret correspondence romance despite being diametrically opposed foes Also, maybe it s just me but I felt heavy allusions to Red vs Blue, which is hilarious and should be watched by everyone who played video games in the early 2000s specifically old Halo Or maybe it s the plot of The Lake House, but with science fiction, Advanced Robotics vs Advanced Gardening, and spies, and without the bad haircuts and Keanu Reeves.Anywho, if you enjoy time travel, sapphic romance, spy shit, lyrical writing, slow burn romance and madcap capers throughout time, this is a must read.Also, I must get a copy of the comedy version of Romeo and Juliet Anyone wanna hook me up I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.Hey, I have a blog, and this review has pictures The Suspected Bibliophile


  10. says:

    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, countless sentences and phrases in this are works of art The only real complaint I have is that I didn t really connect with Red s character Either way, I recommend

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