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This Is How You Lose the Time War

By: Amal El-Mohtar,Max Gladstone
Narrated by: Cynthia Farrell,Emily Woo Zeller
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Winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novella, the Reddit Stabby Award for Best Novella AND The British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novella

Two time-travelling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters - and fall in love in this thrilling and romantic book from award-winning authors Amal-El Mohtar and Max Gladstone.

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. There's still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war. That's how war works. Right?

©2019 Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Cool concept, annoyingly executed

I hated this. Had so much potential but the story was told in a far too floral way. Would love to see this executed by a great sci fi writer rather than a college poet. I stuck with it until the end in the hope the author would tap into the potential of the concept, but instead it just kept on creeping up its own ass with pretentious prose. I feel annoyed for having finished this and even more annoyed for a squandered concept.

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Incredible story read by incredible actors

The narrators bring new life to the characters, I've listened to this audiobook more times than I've ever read the book, because it's amazing

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First Audible book I chose not to finish

Oh God! This is an awful book. I wanted it to be good, I willed it to be good, but all I got from what I heard was two weird arse time travel chicks leaving notes for each other.

Disappointing in every way.

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Shut up and tell me the story

If you want narrative, get another book. If you want prose, get this book.

The performance is great.

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poggers

epic gay space spy time travel fantasy romance poetry told through hidden letters planted in obtusely hidden forms.

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Too much of a good thing?

I prefer poetry as a garnish to good prose, rather than as the main course. This novella feels like a labour of love on the authors' part (excuse the pun), but the constant torrent of concocted images and literary devices becomes mind numbing.
The last quarter of the book, where the sci-fi theme becomes more than a romantic back-drop, pushes this book from a miss to an almost thumbs-up.

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The perfect romance through time

Silky smooth prose and a beautiful inevitable love story. I love this book with all my heart.

great performances. I think the performance for Blue was better than Red, but overall, pretty great.

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Beautifully structured

Like an elegant equation or carefully designed program, this narrative loops forward and back towards a fascinating end. I want to re-listen as soon as it ends.

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Mind bending romance

This is a lovely little book, but it requires some brain work to understand and keep up. This isn't a casual read, despite its short length. You need practice at reading between the lines and interpreting indirect meaning. The women reading it have the best voices, and I want 100 more books read by them.

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Didn't live up to the hype

Writing well done with beautiful prose but honestly I just felt lost and confused. Didn't understand what was going on beyond what the blurb supplied.

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