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This is How You Lose the Time War: An epic time-travelling love story, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novella Paperback – 1 January 2019

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jo Fletcher Books; 1st edition (1 January 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529405238
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529405231
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.4 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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This book has it all: treachery and love, lyricism and gritty action, existential crisis and space-opera scope, not to mention time travelling superagents. Gladstone's and El-Mohtar's debut collaboration is a fireworks display from two very talented storytellersMadeline Miller, internationally bestselling author of Circe and Song of Achilles

An intimate and lyrical tour of time, myth and history, with a captivating conversation between characters - and authors. Read itJohn Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author of The Collapsing Empire

Lyrical and vivid and bittersweet. An absolutely lovely read from two talented writers ― Ann Leckie, Hugo Award-winning author of Ancillary Justice

This is How You Lose the Time War is rich and strange, a romantic tour through all of time and the multiverse, and you shouldn't miss a momentMartha Wells, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Murderbot Diaries

An intense, poetic work ― The Times Literary Supplement

Exquisitely crafted . . . Part epistolary romance, part mind-blowing science fiction adventure, this dazzling story unfolds bit by bit . . . Full of fanciful ideas and poignant moments, weaving a tapestry stretching across the millennia and through multiple realities that's anchored with raw emotion and a genuine sense of wonder. This short novel warrants multiple readings to fully unlock its complexities ― Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Spectacular . . . Poetry, disguised as genre fiction. I read several sections out loud - this is prose that wants to be more than read. It wants to be heard and tasted ― Kelly Sue DeConnick, creator of Captain Marvel

If Iain M. Banks and Gerard Manley Hopkins had ever been able to collaborate on a science fiction project, well, it wouldn't be half as much fun as this novella by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. There is all the pleasure of a long series, and all the details of an much larger world, presented in miniature here ― Kelly Link, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist for Get in Trouble

Fast-paced and intricately plottedTemi Oh, author Do You Dream of Terra-Two?

A time travel adventure that has as much humanity, grace, and love as it has temporal shenanigans, rewriting history, and temporal agents fighting to the death. Two days from now, you've already devoured itRyan North, New York Times Bestselling and Eisner Award winning author of How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler

Sweet, hopeful, and unashamedly beautifulSciFiNow

A gorgeous love story playfully yet powerfully spanning time and space in a weave of imagery and delightClaire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

This is the time-travelling queer epistolary romance I didn't know I needed . . . With precise, cut-glass prose - poetic and pragmatic at once - deeply compelling characters, and a tensely rewarding conclusion, This Is How You Lose the Time War is one of the most striking works of fiction I've read this decade. I'm going to be thinking about it - returning to it - for months, at least. Read it, because I can't recommend it highly enoughLocus

A wonderful tapestry of detail ― Starburst

I'm very rarely a reader of romances - but I think now that's only because there is so rarely a romance like How To Lose the Time War. I've lost the day to it, and my only regret is that it's over . . . It's a smart, inventive, lyrical story that dances a pas de deux down the edge of a razor, and I'm very glad to have read it ― Stephanie Saulter, author of Gemsigns

Intimately operates within an immersive space opera ― Entertainment Weekly

The intergalactic and historic sweep . . . services rather than overwhelms what is in essence a story about falling in love under a repressive dictatorship ― The Big Issue

Soars and succeeds in its vivid detail, and in its vast imaginative sweep . . . Vivid, savage, tender, cruel, it is worthy of many readingsStephen Cox, author of Our Child of the Stars

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 science-fiction and yet absolutely, gorgeously unique . . . This book stunned me ― Old Firehouse Books

Lush, glorious, passionate . . . I don't know how I'm going to move on past this book - but do I need to? I feel profoundly changed, cracked open and weeping, my heart in my hand, a songbird in my chest ― For Every Helen of Troy

A message that the world needs to hearCheryl's Mewsings

If you took that sappy story of unrequited love, Keanu Reeves and a time-traveling mailbox, strapped it up in body armor, covered it with razors, dipped it in poison and set it loose to murder and burn its way across worlds and centuries, what you'd end up with is This Is How You Lose The Time War, the experimental, collaborative, time-travelling love-and-genocide novel by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone ― NPR

Compulsively readable . . . this book was one of my most anticipated reads this year since I found out about it, and it really did not disappoint one bit ― Reads Rainbow

Strange and lovely . . . uniqueI Should Read That

A story told through lyrical writing you very rarely see in fantasy these days . . . A genuine tour de force from a pair of writers at the top of their gamesStreetlamp Halo

Well deserves every second you dedicate to itCalles de Tinta

The worldbuilding is superb . . . This Is How You Lose the Time War wonderfully delivers on its premise ― Den of Geek

Beautifully conceived and written in shifting tones with clockwork precision underpinning its Möbius convolutions, one of the most fascinating books of the year so farGeek Chocolate

A short, but punchy book that was highly emotional. I loved it a lot. The whole idea behind it is brilliantly ironic. I loved the writing, and I wished it was longerUmut Reviews

Breathtaking. Brilliant in a way I'm not sure a review can illustrate. It has to be read to be believedTo Other Worlds

Exquisitely pitched . . . I don't remember the last time I cried rereading a book, but this one manages it ― Strange Horizons

It's more than good. It's astonishing. You should read it. ― Espresso Coco

Two hundred and one pages of can't-put-down goodnessEmily Holyoak

We might call it an "epistolary time-travel spy love story", but that doesn't really convey the book's poetic quality - it's one of a kind ― The Guardian, 'Best of the Year’

An intellectually rewarding read with prose of a high standard. And it's a must-read for time travel tragics like moi

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Poetic and lovely

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A brilliant reading experience. For something different and beautiful this is exactly the kind of story you've been waiting forA Run Along the Shelves

An epistolary novel about two time travellers battling one another for control of the future who fall in love -- Adrian McKinty ― Daily Express

Review

This book has it all: treachery and love, lyricism and gritty action, existential crisis and space-opera scope, not to mention time travelling superagents. Gladstone's and El-Mohtar's debut collaboration is a fireworks display from two very talented storytellers - Madeline Miller, bestselling author of Circe and Song of Achilles

An intimate and lyrical tour of time, myth and history, with a captivating conversation between characters - and authors. Read it - John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author of The Collapsing Empire

Lyrical and vivid and bittersweet. An absolutely lovely read from two talented writers - Ann Leckie, Hugo Award-winning author of Ancillary Justice

This is How You Lose the Time War is rich and strange, a romantic tour through all of time and the multiverse, and you shouldn't miss a moment - Martha Wells, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Murderbot Diaries

Exquisitely crafted . . . Part epistolary romance, part mind-blowing science fiction adventure, this dazzling story unfolds bit by bit . . . Full of fanciful ideas and poignant moments, weaving a tapestry stretching across the millennia and through multiple realities that's anchored with raw emotion and a genuine sense of wonder. This short novel warrants multiple readings to fully unlock its complexities - Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Spectacular . . . Poetry, disguised as genre fiction. I read several sections out loud - this is prose that wants to be more than read. It wants to be heard and tasted - Kelly Sue DeConnick, creator of Captain Marvel

If Iain M. Banks and Gerard Manley Hopkins had ever been able to collaborate on a science fiction project, well, it wouldn't be half as much fun as this novella by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. There is all the pleasure of a long series, and all the details of an much larger world, presented in miniature here - Kelly Link, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist for Get in Trouble

A time travel adventure that has as much humanity, grace, and love as it has temporal shenanigans, rewriting history, and temporal agents fighting to the death. Two days from now, you've already devoured it - Ryan North, New York Times Bestselling and Eisner Award winning author of How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler

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