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  • Intriguing snippets form sweeping story

    This is How You Lose the Time War is poetry disguised as science fiction, a lyrical masterclass in how a story can successfully take a sweeping span of times, places and elements that only briefly appear once and link them into the larger braid that orbits around the nexus of two people. The alternating points of view work very well, and offer a balanced look into the psyche of both Blue and Red. We open with Red discovering a letter from Blue, then we see the letter, then we see Blue discovering the response, we read the response, and so on. The characters are all that link the many settings and time frames these exchanges take place in. Some historical, some fantastical, some lovely and some brutal, it really captures the feeling of the agents' roaming. Likewise, the letters are delivered in every fashion imaginable - in the embers of a dying planet, the rings of a tree, the movements of a bee, the taste of a berry. If you enjoy the diverse array of settings, the brief glimpses into a life, I'd also recommend Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore, and fans of Doctor Who will appreciate the time travel/cause-and-effect concepts. There are a lot of smart references packed into This is How You Lose the Time War, probably tons that I missed, but they're like a cherry on top - if you notice and understand them, it adds to it, but if not, it won't detract from what is one of the most unique concepts I've ever read.

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  • More Romance than Sci-Fi

    Great imagery and great concept. I would have liked for more fleshing out of each braid before the letters, but I understand it is more of a love story than a sci-fi book and that is fine. I think I am just not the target audience - I found it a bit of a slog in the beginning (I fell asleep twice) and then the last half steamrolled quickly. It could have used a full-novel treatment instead of a novella treatment to deal with the world they were living in.

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  • This is how you lose your heart to a book

    This book shoved a fist inside my chest, caressed my beating heart, whispered sweet nothings to it. Then ripped it out, and crushed it into a million pieces. And just when I thought all was lost, it put all of those pieces back together and back where they belong, with a breath of hope. A must read, to be re-read and savoured.

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  • Lovely

    This story is not like my usual reads, it is unlike anything I have read before. A whole new way of world than the one I know that made for quite an enjoyable read. The story flowed well and had me guessing at times what could happen next. A slow building romance that is mainly communicated through messages at various points of time. These messages are hidden that only either red or blue can find that have been left for each other even though they are on the opposites sides of the war. One is on the side of technology while the other is on the side of environment. This is a science fiction time travel masterpiece. I would recommend this book to others to read and while this is the first book I have read from this author I hope it will not be the last.

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  • 2 cultures vie for dominance through time wars

    Loved the idea--very original. Organic and mechanic far futures are fighting each other throughout time in order to bring their desired (own) futures about. The story follows an agent from each, who fall in love over the course of their numerous battles as they initially taunt each other through messages left behind.

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