This Is How You Lose the Time War
In the ashes of a dying world, Red finds a letter marked “Burn before reading. Signed, Blue.”
So begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agen ...more
“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 more words in, h ...more
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 pl ...more
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' ...more
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 ...more
and 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
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!
Whoa. Just...whoa. 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 more 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 battl...more
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 espio ...more
The love story between Red and Blue was nice and surprising but it just fell flat for me. I had very little invested into this world and their building romance was not enough to draw me into it.
I liked the time travel aspect with the jumping from such two extremes. It was fun and unique but I wish the authors would have done so much more with it. It had some promise but did not deliver.
The writing was beautiful and the premise ...more
But hunger is a many-splendoured thing: it needn’t be conceived in limbic terms, in biology. Hunger, Red – to sate a hunger or to stoke it, to feel hunger as a furnace, to trace its edges like teeth – is this a thing you, singly, know? Have you ever had a hunger that whetted itself on what you fed it, sharpened so keen and bright that it might split you open, break a new thing out?
On Reads Rainbow.
Rep: wlw mcs
Galley provided by publisher
This book is an epistolary f/f time travel enemies-to-l ...more
Well, for such a short book, this one’s going to be a doozy to review. To be sure, This is How You Lose the Time War is a very imaginative novella, but the style and tone of it is so highly unusual, I doubt it would be for everyone. Honestly, when I picked this one up, I had expected to either love it or hate it—no in between. But in the end, I supposed it surprised me, both in the good way and the bad, and I’ll go into ...more
A clever way to send you a letter, don't you think? Abusing 21st century internet here in this strand, that is. How easy and simple it is, sending you a direct impact, yet it diffuses itself among the bytes.
I must commend your subduction of me through the written word. Intriguing that, throughout the various strands, this is the only one where this was created in multiplex formats, including dead tree, downloadable, auditory, and braille. Personally, I'd prefer it over in Str ...more
What a very interesting, gorgeous book.
Let me tell you, I was confused first of how this book was written. What is Red and what is Blue? Were they people once? Are they still people? Are they half machine half human? Or a completely different form of being?
Or maybe I am thinking too much into this book.
This book reminds me of the way that The 7.5 Deaths of Evelyn Hardscastle was done - out of order, jumping through d ...more
It’s a treasure. The only reason it wasn’t 5 stars straight out of the gate is that it’s a little predictable for all its beauty. And it didn’t, in the end, make me cry on the bus ...more
from the point of view of someone whose friends read the book & raved about it, i can tell you that this is a story of spies from the opposing sides of a time war who fall in love through the most unreal letters & circumstances; who doesn't love sapphic enemies to lovers, right?
from my point of view, i can only tell you that i don't think ...more
This book is absolutely beautifully written, for starters. It’s also often indescribably weird… but not in a bad way. Not at all.
This book basically follows two agents from rival sides in a war across time as they communicate with each other, becoming closer with each letter.
Most of the letters are very uniquely presented, whether in tea leaves, or lava from an erupting volcano about to engulf Atlantis, and so on and so forth. They are in different periods of tim ...more
This is the best thing I've read since Circe ripped my fucking heart out last year.
It's one of those precious, rare books that somehow managed to leave me in great, gasping sobs, but also feeling full to bursting. The kind that feels like it's carved itself into the squishy meat of my heart.
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This Is How You Lose the Time War is a 200-page prose poem, an epistolary masterpiece, a masterclass in allusion, a deep dive into character, a perfect manipulation of form and syntax and tone, a bending of the genre to create something that is intrinsically SFF and yet absol ...more