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This Is How You Lose the Time War
This Is How You Lose the Time War | Amal El-Mohtar
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eshchory
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In a rare occurrence I interrupted my reading of Gnomon to read this novella for a book club.
It seemed so promising but it may just be too lyrical for me, and where the heck are they hiding the plot?

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TracyReadsBooks
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Billed as a romance, this book is a well-plotted, beautifully written story about 2 agents on opposing sides traveling through time, planting seeds, & pulling threads in order to set their side up for winning because in war, it‘s all about winning...until the 2 agents fall in love & have to find a way to escape the war & be together. Love the premise & while I liked the story, the romance/falling in love wasn‘t really believable. Still, a pick.

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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Eh heh heh. Whoops?

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TracyReadsBooks
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Up next, one of the books I picked up at a Parnassus Books. Technically a novella, this one has blurbs from Madeline Miller, Kelly Link, Martha Wells, John Scalzi and Ann Leckie. On top of all that, it‘s a finalist for a 2019 Goodreads Choice Award for Science Fiction. If this isn‘t a good read, I‘m going to be sorely disappointed!

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Mehso-so

"Books are letters in bottles, cast into the waves of time, from one person trying to save the world to another."

Intriguing and wonderfully weird science fiction time war forbidden romance. This novella was not what I expected but was very well written. The story unfolds as a series of letters between 2 rivals of a war. It includes a diversity you don't see often in this genre. For that reason, it's an important piece of modern literature.

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annamatopoetry
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A weak pick - maybe a 3 if I assigned numbers (which I don't). The language is wonderful and poetic, and fortunately it's not an entirely epistolary novel, there's narration in between the letters. However, I have Demands on my time travel stories, and this is a little too soft - not much of the hows or whys. It makes sense as the main characters don't know. Still. Fast read, only 200 short pages.

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S.Web
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Romeo and Juliet meets Doctor Who. What‘s not to like? I think the novella length was perfect for this story. It left you wanting more without feeling like you missed out on anything.

rachelsbrittain Completely agree. I really enjoyed this one 1mo
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annamatopoetry
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"trees fall in forests and make sounds." "The schooner's name is Queen of Ferryland". "Atlantis sinks. Serves it right. Red hates the place." Overall very quotable.

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Moray_Reads
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THIS BOOK

Eggs Omg love that 1mo
vivastory I've heard nothing but praise for this one 1mo
Moray_Reads @vivastory @eggs I've never read anything quite like it but the prose is so lush and beautiful. There's a real flair for metaphor. I absolutely loved it
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KimmyM
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A little Friday night book club reading. TGIF! 🎉

rachelsbrittain I really enjoyed this one! 1mo
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annamatopoetry
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Lunch and time travel shenanigans! Now how the fuck do I add the bookstore? I know it's possible but I'm banging my head against the wall here.

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annamatopoetry
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Heard about this book this evening and it seems someone wrote it specifically for me. Elliot Bay has it so that's my lunch tomorrow.

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Moray_Reads
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readordierachel Love that 🧡 1mo
ValkyrieAndHerBooks That‘s a fantastic quote 💕 1mo
Simona Beautiful❣️ 1mo
TrishB Lovely ♥️ 1mo
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effani

I normally don't vote in the #GoodreadsChoiceAwards, because I usually haven't read more than one or two of the nominees. This year the only one I've read is This Is How You Lose the Time War, but I loved it so much that I'll probably make an exception and vote for it.

And while I'm at it, maybe throw in some write-in votes for things I loved in other categories.

Clwojick I agree wholeheartedly! I read A LOT, and have only read one of the books on this years list. I won‘t be voting either... 1mo
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Moray_Reads
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El-Mohtar's sensuous prose is stunning, there's a real, keen longing to this story that I wasn't expecting. It's gorgeous

Nute You have made me want to read this! 1mo
Moray_Reads @Nute I'm really enjoying it, she writes beautifully 1mo
Moray_Reads @Nute I'm really enjoying it, she writes beautifully 1mo
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effani
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Finished three books in October. One spanned 200 years, one spanned untold eons, and one spanned a single semester.

This Is How You Lose the Time War was far and away my favorite, and I want to shout it from the rooftops for everyone to read, or at least everyone who has any tolerance for time travel stories. #OctoberWrapUp #MonthlyWrapUp

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ness
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This book is going to be the end of me. It‘s so. good.

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FoxySocks
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Pickpick

Less sci-fi more poetic timey wimey stuff. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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effani
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Pickpick

This book delighted me and then ripped my heart in half. Easily one of my favorite reads of the year. Highly recommended. #queerBooks

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Expandingbookshelf
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“I sought loneliness when I was young. You‘ve seen me there: on my promontory, patient and unaware. But when I think of you I want to be alone together. I want to strive against and for. I want to live in contact. I want to be a context for you, and you for me. I love you and I love you, and I want to find out what that means together.”

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Mentallofilth
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Pickpick

Come on, ANOTHER time travel romantic epistolary sci-fi novel? Kidding, obviously - you won‘t read a lot of books like this one. Inventive and oddly sweet, with some of Max Gladstone‘s signature workdbuolding, this was a much more engaging read than the Empress of Forever, with Amal El-Mohtar tempering Gladstone into something more humanistic. A quick, intriguing read, with more playfulness than I‘m used to from Gladstone‘s work.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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First of all, the characters are named Red and Blue and it's a sci-fi
*stares at The Matrix*
I felt thrown into the middle of things and a little bit lost but I mean that in a good way. The language of the love letters between our F/F characters--despite how short this book was--made it impossible to read and not feel the chemistry and passion between them. That's literally all I can think of to comment on. It's such a weird book to review.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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All I know is we got time jumping and queer romance which is MORE than enough of a reason for me to pick it up.

Branwen My hold for this came in at the library! I'm so excited for it! 3mo
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balletbookworm
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Pickpick

Time travel across multiverse and millennia is the feature but the real point of this book is the relationship between Red and Blue, rival, skilled operatives on opposite sides of a war. Blue opens a daring, mocking correspondence in the aftermath of a bloody battle, Red counters, grudging admiration and challenge. Soon, they are confiding secrets in an ever-more dangerous exchange until they cannot extricate themselves.

balletbookworm Without giving away the ending, I have to say that I kept thinking of the Liebestod from Wagner‘s Tristan und Isolde as well as the letters of Abelard and Heloise.

The audio production is indeed superb. The two narrators are perfectly chosen for their respective parts and the reading speed was just right.
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balletbookworm Also, this not a hard SF novel, so if you‘re looking for a nuts-and-bolts time travel novel, this won‘t be it. 3mo
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VioletBramble
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Eating‘s gross, isn‘t it? In the abstract, I mean. When you‘re used to hyperspace recharging stations, to sunlight and cosmic rays, when most of the beauty you‘ve known lies in a great machine‘s heart, it‘s hard to see the appeal of using bones that poke from spit- coated gums to mash things that grew in dirt into a paste that will fit down the wet tube connecting your mouth to the sack of acid under your heart.

Lindy When you look at it that way … 😆 3mo
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danimgill
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Pickpick

This was lyrical and strange and wonderful and I don‘t know how to sum it up but I loved it so much!

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Friends! Littens! How are you? Do people still read books now? Is that still a thing?

I know it's only been 2 weeks but it feels like forever since I've had the time to post. Dealing with a new position in a new school with a new curriculum has consumed a diabolical amount of time.

Even though the move was not by choice, I am teaching kids & I get to talk about reading all day, so I am doing okay.

Hope all is well with you folks too.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I will say that the slow, creeping realization that making a journal assignment meant that I now had NINETY journal entries to read was akin to realizing that the call is coming from inside the house. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole Sounds like a big adjustment! Good luck 🍀 4mo
Megabooks I‘m sure you‘re doing great!! 4mo
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LibrarianRyan You can do it! 4mo
saresmoore Been thinking of you in the new position. It‘s a brutal career path in so many ways, but I‘m hopeful you‘ll be able to keep on keepin‘ on! 4mo
Reggie Hopefully the journal assignments only once a week....lol. You got this Tobey! 4mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @saresmoore I really appreciate it. I will say that the number of kids who walked in on the first day radiating “Eff this” was much much smaller than I thought it was going to be, and every once in awhile I catch myself having fun. 4mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @LibrarianRyan @reggie Thanks for the support, friends! 4mo
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Carolyn11215
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Time travel “wars” are simply the narrative (and I use that term loosely) device used to move forward a love affair between two opposing faction‘s agents which is conducted through the exchange of letters. The language is poetic and the love affair envisioned is both brutal and tender. A book unlike any I‘ve ever read. Edit: the photo isn‘t actually referencing the book but the quote seemed appropriate!

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mdemanatee
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Stopped by my indie to grab a pic for the Libro.fm summer reading challenge extra credit toward a free audiobook. Left with a book 🤷‍♀️

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rachelsbrittain
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Pickpick

A wild ride of a book. Time travel agents working for competing factions interfere with each others missions while exchanging a secret correspondence throughout the ages. Certainly did not go into this one expecting one of the bizarrest enemies to lovers(ish) stories I've ever read, but I'm not complaining. Lyrical prose verging on poetry &a vague distance reminiscent of Jeff Vandermeer which might be offputting for some, but I thoroughly enjoyed.

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abbielistenstobooks
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Pickpick

Novella, so small time commitment.

This is unlike anything I've ever read before. Yes, there's actual time travel, but that's just a framework on which to hang a story. A really wild weird wonderful story of two post-human (!!) women (!!) on opposing sides of a war who maybe sort of fall for each other, as they fight the war. BUT! The time war is nothing like historical military wars you've heard of before.

It is SO GOOD.

KimM great review! 4mo
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ablachly
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Pickpick

Prose so deliciously lyrical that I just want to eat it.

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abbielistenstobooks
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This book is unlike anything I've read before. It's weird, but not whimsical. Beautiful, intriguing.

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TheBookAddict
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This past week I wasn‘t as active as I had hoped, but it was ok. 🙂👍🏽

I read more than 6 books, because I couldn‘t stop reading the Wings of Fire series. I walked more than I set out to at the beginning of this challenge. I even had to change my step goal on FitBit.

This week I did quite a bit of crocheting, we went to the park a couple of days, we saved 2 young possums, I‘m reading the tagged book, and I signed up for round 3 of #BFC.

mhillis Sounds like a great week 🥳 4mo
sudi A great week 👏👏👏 4mo
TheBookAddict @mhillis @sudi thank you! 😊 4mo
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Emilymdxn What an incredible week!! 4mo
4thhouseontheleft Sounds like a good week! 4mo
Meaw_catlady Great goals ! Keep up the great momentum 👏 4mo
wanderinglynn Sounds like a fantastic week! 🙌🏻🎉 4mo
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VioletBramble
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Yesterday‘s book haul. The tagged book will definitely be the first book from this batch that I‘ll be reading.

Chelsea.Poole Love your quilt!! 4mo
rachelsbrittain I just finished that one and thoroughly enjoyed it 4mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Lunch and reading break between espresso jitters and trying to finish this short story

KirstieE Oh yum 😍🤤🤤 4mo
rachelsbrittain @KirstieE they were delicious 4mo
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rachelsbrittain
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My (temporary) reading buddy

Hooked_on_books Beautiful pup! 4mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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“I sing myself out to you, and my talons clutch the branch, and I am wrung out until your next letter gives me breath, fills me to bursting.”

This short novel is composed of the passionately poetic letters sent between cybernetic Red & biotech Blue, 2 operatives on opposing sides of a Time War. At first they taunt, then slowly fall in love all while trying to ensure that the other‘s future never comes to pass.

For fans of elaborate lyrical prose

TobeyTheScavengerMonk and timey-wimeyness #SummerOfShort2 book 8 4mo
Soubhiville That sounds pretty cool! Count me in! 4mo
SW-T Sounds very interesting! 4mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Literally just finished this and oh man what an afterglow.

Those last lines of the Acknowledgments up there might just be my new mantra.

Gonna review it tomorrow and just ride the book hangover for now.

#SummerOfShort2

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akaGingerK
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Beautiful prose and a well-wound story. I will probably re-read with my eyes, since I know my ears missed things.
(Adjusting to new formats is hard!)

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akaGingerK

... poor timing on my drive: I‘ve got ~5 minutes of the audiobook left. 😭

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deargeekplace
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"All good stories travel from the outside in."

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rachelsbrittain
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New day, new book

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Lostinagoodbook
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This book. I want to eat it with a spoon it's so delicious. Time travel done right!

Full review: https://lostnagoodbook.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/this-is-how-you-lose-the-time-wa...

#bookreview #lgbtqinclusinve #timetravel #scifi

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sakeriver
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‪What a gorgeous, romantic, joyous book. As I was reading it I found myself thinking first “I wish I could write like this,” then “I wish someone would write me letters like this,” back and forth. Definitely one of my favorite books of this year.‬

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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“Words can wound - but they‘re bridges, too. (Like the bridges that are all that Genghis left behind.) Though maybe a bridge can also be a wound? To paraphrase a prophet: Letters are structures, not events. Yours give me a place to live inside.” - Red

#SummerOfShort2

Schlinkles I really enjoyed this one! 5mo
KimM Such a unique read. I liked it ❤️ 5mo
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sakeriver
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Was not expecting a Calvin & Hobbes reference, which makes it all the more delightful.

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