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One Word Kill

(Impossible Times #1)

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In January 1986, fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week.

Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and reality becomes weirder than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of the
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Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2019 by 47North
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    Tomaz Fedczuk Not a cliffhanger ending. Leaves it open for another story, but wraps this one up nicely. It could easily be a stand-alone.
    Mitch Not at all. It is more to do with time travel and strong character development. The primary focus is on Nick and Mia. They have the most growth with…moreNot at all. It is more to do with time travel and strong character development. The primary focus is on Nick and Mia. They have the most growth with the others getting smaller amounts. (less)

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    Mark Lawrence
    Jun 11, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
    OUT TODAY in paperback and ebook!

    For hardcover and audio the release date is still 1st of May.

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    Robin Hobb
    Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I've giving One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence six stars.

    Oh. You think I can't do that?
    Well, yes, I can. Even if you don't see them up there.

    Because while a five start book is a good solid read, one that I truly enjoy, there are some books and stories that are more than that. They are the stories that stay with you for a lifetime.

    My six star stories are likely different from yours. A story gets six stars when it doesn't waste a word. It opens the door, I enter the tale, and for that time, I'm in
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    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I snagged this book so fast when it was on the Kindle First list! I mean the wonderful Mark Lawrence was kind enough to offer me a chance to read it awhile back but I don’t do pdf or mobi downloads. 😫

    Anyhoo! I loved this book and it’s set in the freaking 80’s! I mean, I was born in the 70’s but the 80’s and 90’s rocked! Well, mostly......





    I don’t usually like time travel books but there are a few that I love and this is one of them.

    Demus explained that when you come back through time you come b
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    James Lafayette Tivendale
    Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: sci-fi, freecopy
    I received an uncorrected proof copy of One Word Kill in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Mark Lawrence and 47North for approaching me to read this early.

    Starting on the 8th January 1986, Nick a gangly 15-year-old who is extremely intelligent is diagnosed with leukaemia. The doctors advise that he may only have up to 5 years to live. In the local hospital, he goes through Chemotherapy and shares a children's ward with many other suffering youths as they weaken and essentiall
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    شيماء ✨
    Mar 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Me, after pre-ordering books I'm excited about and trying not to feel guilty about it: *through gritted teeth* s-self care
    Mary S. R.
    99999 STARS! I count it a shortcoming of Goodreads that there aren't enough stars available.
    “We might live in a multiverse of infinite wonder, but we are what we are, and can only care about what falls into our own orbit.”
    If I'm being honest, I spent a great deal of time just staring at a blank page thinking, where to start from? Admittedly, this overall analysis is the last part of the review I'm writing—because there were so many platinum points in One Word Kill that I was left trapped in a
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    John Gwynne
    Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely loved this book. A fantastic sci-fi reminding me of Stranger Things and the time-bending concepts of the Terminator. I was a teenager through the 1980’s and I loved the sense of nostalgia Mark’s story evoked. It’s a rollercoaster of adventure, wrapped up in nuanced characters and a tight, twisty plot. This is a book that gripped me and didn’t let go until the last page. It’s everything that I look for in a book, and like the best of reads one that has stayed with long after I finish ...more
    Adam
    Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    My one line review:

    "I clapped after reading the last line. Don’t know if that’s ever happened before."

    I'm content to leave this review as simple as that, but I owe it to NetGalley and other potential readers to provide a bit more information. I do think it's best that you go into this story completely blind -- Mark Lawrence has earned enough trust where I don't have to read an advance blurb to know that his stories are'worth reading. That being said, I'll provide a few minor plot spoilers below,
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    Petros Triantafyllou
    Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Nick Hayes takes the news of his imminent death pretty well, or at least as well as any fifteen-year-old boy would. With an aggressive form of leukemia, the same disease he lost his father to a few years back, he knows that he has to live in full the last few months of his life. And what would that entail? Playing D&D with his friends, of course. But when the seemingly random events of his D&D campaign start mirroring real-life situations, or vice versa, he realizes that leukemia may not ...more
    Melanie
    Nov 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: arc, sci-fi, adult, fantasy
    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

    Mark Lawrence + new series + D&D? Lord, help me.

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    Olivia
    Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This made me want to play Dungeons and Dragons, and after not playing Dungeons and Dragons for thirty-five years, I finally did. Partly because a friend kept nudging me, and partly because damn, now I had to.

    Mark Lawrence has an amazing voice, and by the end of the first page it's clear One Word Kill can only turn into a great book, and there's nothing that can stop it.
    "But as it turned out, I would die even before February got into its stride."
    What a sentence. On the first page.

    The story is t
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    T.O. Munro
    Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    In Mark Lawrence’s gradual migration away from the kind of world and characters of his debut novel Prince of Thorns, One Word Kill represents the greatest step so far. We find ourselves neither in the fantastic ice threatened world of Abeth, nor the magically enhanced post-apocalyptic future Earth of the Broken Empire and the Red Queen’s War. We are instead on more nearly contemporary ground - South London in the 1980s – though Lawrence’s gift for sowing peril and dilemma has bled through into t ...more
     Charlie - A Reading Machine
    Firstly I want to start by saying what a huge pleasure it is hearing Mark speak in such a different voice. I’ve read and loved all his books but this series opener was like a gifted musician revealing that he knows yet another instrument and pulling out one of those guitars that is actually two guitars and it is fluorescent purple and electric.

    With the book described as Ready Player One meets Stranger Things (and I’d also chuck some Terminator and Butterfly Effect in there too) readers have some
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    The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
    As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

    There are some books that when you have finished reading them you need to take a step back and reflect upon the story that you’ve just finished, One Word Kill is one such book, I loved it all and it is exceptional in every way.

    One Word Kill is set in January 1986. Nick Hayes is a fifteen-year-old mathematical genius who finds out that he is dying. Then, he has a mystery to solve, an
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    Jane Kelsey
    Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 5-stars
    In the winter of 1986, Nick Hayes is 15 years old and find out he has cancer, but things don’t end here because stranger things are happening. Not only having to cope with the reality of his diagnosis, but Nick and his D&D friends have to find a way to solve an impossible mystery and save the girl.

    I honestly don’t even know where to start from because this book is so wholesome and sweet and funny. I had a fabulous time reading this and have felt sadness, anger, happiness, laughter all whilst
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    Anton
    Update. Just re-read the ending. Bumping my rating one star up. Excellent plotting and great riff off D&D themes.

    My favourite book from Mark Lawrence. Can’t wait for Limited Wish!


    ***

    Great story! Stranger Things meets Dark Matter. Would definitely appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman as well.

    Warning: if you are aged 15 —> 20 it may blow your mind 😂 It would have blown mine for sure!


    It would make an awesome movie or TV series too. Give it a go ;)
    Lukasz
    Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: sci-fi, time-travel
    4.5/5

    With One Word Kill Lawrence steps into sci-fi territories. Protagonists don’t wield laser guns or fly in spaceships. Instead, they play D&D and slowly approach adulthood. Story narrator’s, a fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. Cancer killed his father, now it tries to claim him.

    Between sessions of chemotherapy and D&D, Nick discovers his dear friend may need his help in far future. Together with his nerdy friends, he must unravel an impossible mystery, save
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    Dee Arr
    Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I realized on the second page just how good a book this was going to be. The last sentence at the end of the second paragraph was meant to hook the reader with an impossible statement, which it did to me. The last few sentences in the next paragraph introduced statements that were questions, serving to only drag me deeper into a story I had just begun to read. That quickly, I knew I was in for an adventurous read.

    This is a story of time travel, though author Mark Lawrence skirts the science of i
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    Adam
    Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    My one line review:

    "I clapped after reading the last line. Don’t know if that’s ever happened before."

    I'm content to leave this review as simple as that, but I owe it to NetGalley and other potential readers to provide a bit more information. I do think it's best that you go into this story completely blind -- Mark Lawrence has earned enough trust where I don't have to read an advance blurb to know that his stories are'worth reading. That being said, I'll provide a few minor plot spoilers below,
    ...more
    Mitriel
    Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites




    I posted some information about the book here:

    https://thatthornguy.com/2018/06/10/o...
    Calvin Park
    Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: scifi
    I’ve meant to read Mark Lawrence’s novels for quite some time. Other things have always crowded out his titles on my TBR, for whatever reason, however. But One Word Kill sounded like exactly the sort of story I love. A sci-fi tale involving quantum mechanics, healthy doses of D&D, and an amazing group of characters? Count me in any day of the week.

    I don’t want to spoil anything from this amazing novel, so I’ll basically just restate the blurb from the back of the book. Nick Hayes, our prota
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    preoccupiedbybooks
    Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019
    Loved it! RTC
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    Why am I only just hearing about this?!
    *Trips over own feet trying to add it*
    Josh
    Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
    If you're into Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), time travel, and have a thing for 80's nostalgia, One Word Kill is for you.

    Mark Lawrence, better know for his epic fantasy novels, steps into the wild realm of sci-fi to deliver an interesting time travel novel centered around a group of teenagers with some semblance to Stranger Things.

    The D&D weekend meets, this oddball group of teens so earnestly participate, methodologically morphs into reality when a stranger from the future arrives with on
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    kartik narayanan
    Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
    One Word Kill is a disappointingly average science fiction book whose saving grace is that it is authored by Mark Lawrence. So it will sell.

    The blurb gives away most of the story (the little that there is) except for a couple of twists that is foreshadowed a long way off. I suppose that if your exposure to classic science fiction is limited (i.e. one has not read 'By His Bootstraps', 'The Weapon Shops' or any other seminal time travel story.) then you might not expect these twists but for season
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    José
    Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Another brilliant book by Mark Lawrence! Loved every single page of this one; it's a wonderful story about friendship, D&D, and time travel.

    I totally recommend it!
    sofia (sam willows)
    Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
    i liked it! it’s a good book, but it didn’t really click with me. i wasn’t really invested in this, emotionally or plot-wise, but i had fun anyway
    john m
    Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Wonderful story

    One Word Kill is a fun tale that will keep you up past your bedtime trying to read just one more chapter.
    Peter
    Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is fantastic! I feel so lucky to have been given an ARC copy of this, you will not be dissaponted by this story. Mark has produced another amazing book, a full review will be on my blog but not for a while.
    Goth Gone Grey
    Be still my geeky heart!

    Written with a heartfelt love - or deep understanding, at the very least - of D&D gaming, of the outcasts who somehow fit together, and the magic to be had around a game table, this book entranced me from the start. An example, one of many quotable moments within:

    "That’s the common thread running through all the diverse hordes of nerds and geeks who turned up to the conventions and gatherings, who queued outside Games Workshop for the latest rulebook. We were all of
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    Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    This was such a fun read! I mean, I honestly don't have much to say about it. I loved the group of kids that we were following through it. And, I really enjoyed the story. Some of it went over my head and I wish that this was longer/one book instead of two, but it was just a great ride. I'd expect nothing else from this author!
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