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This Is How You Lose the Time War
This Is How You Lose the Time War | Amal El-Mohtar
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danimgill
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This was lyrical and strange and wonderful and I don‘t know how to sum it up but I loved it so much!

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Friends! Littens! How are you? Do people still read books now? Is that still a thing?

I know it's only been 2 weeks but it feels like forever since I've had the time to post. Dealing with a new position in a new school with a new curriculum has consumed a diabolical amount of time.

Even though the move was not by choice, I am teaching kids & I get to talk about reading all day, so I am doing okay.

Hope all is well with you folks too.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I will say that the slow, creeping realization that making a journal assignment meant that I now had NINETY journal entries to read was akin to realizing that the call is coming from inside the house. 7d
Chelsea.Poole Sounds like a big adjustment! Good luck 🍀 7d
Megabooks I‘m sure you‘re doing great!! 7d
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LibrarianRyan You can do it! 7d
saresmoore Been thinking of you in the new position. It‘s a brutal career path in so many ways, but I‘m hopeful you‘ll be able to keep on keepin‘ on! 6d
Reggie Hopefully the journal assignments only once a week....lol. You got this Tobey! 6d
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @saresmoore I really appreciate it. I will say that the number of kids who walked in on the first day radiating “Eff this” was much much smaller than I thought it was going to be, and every once in awhile I catch myself having fun. 6d
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @LibrarianRyan @reggie Thanks for the support, friends! 6d
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Carolyn11215
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Time travel “wars” are simply the narrative (and I use that term loosely) device used to move forward a love affair between two opposing faction‘s agents which is conducted through the exchange of letters. The language is poetic and the love affair envisioned is both brutal and tender. A book unlike any I‘ve ever read. Edit: the photo isn‘t actually referencing the book but the quote seemed appropriate!

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mdemanatee
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Stopped by my indie to grab a pic for the Libro.fm summer reading challenge extra credit toward a free audiobook. Left with a book 🤷‍♀️

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rachelsbrittain
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A wild ride of a book. Time travel agents working for competing factions interfere with each others missions while exchanging a secret correspondence throughout the ages. Certainly did not go into this one expecting one of the bizarrest enemies to lovers(ish) stories I've ever read, but I'm not complaining. Lyrical prose verging on poetry &a vague distance reminiscent of Jeff Vandermeer which might be offputting for some, but I thoroughly enjoyed.

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abbielistenstobooks
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Novella, so small time commitment.

This is unlike anything I've ever read before. Yes, there's actual time travel, but that's just a framework on which to hang a story. A really wild weird wonderful story of two post-human (!!) women (!!) on opposing sides of a war who maybe sort of fall for each other, as they fight the war. BUT! The time war is nothing like historical military wars you've heard of before.

It is SO GOOD.

KimM great review! 3w
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ablachly
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Prose so deliciously lyrical that I just want to eat it.

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abbielistenstobooks
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This book is unlike anything I've read before. It's weird, but not whimsical. Beautiful, intriguing.

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TheBookAddict
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This past week I wasn‘t as active as I had hoped, but it was ok. 🙂👍🏽

I read more than 6 books, because I couldn‘t stop reading the Wings of Fire series. I walked more than I set out to at the beginning of this challenge. I even had to change my step goal on FitBit.

This week I did quite a bit of crocheting, we went to the park a couple of days, we saved 2 young possums, I‘m reading the tagged book, and I signed up for round 3 of #BFC.

mhillis Sounds like a great week 🥳 3w
sudi A great week 👏👏👏 3w
TheBookAddict @mhillis @sudi thank you! 😊 3w
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Emilymdxn What an incredible week!! 3w
4thhouseontheleft Sounds like a good week! 3w
Meaw_catlady Great goals ! Keep up the great momentum 👏 3w
wanderinglynn Sounds like a fantastic week! 🙌🏻🎉 3w
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VioletBramble
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Yesterday‘s book haul. The tagged book will definitely be the first book from this batch that I‘ll be reading.

Chelsea.Poole Love your quilt!! 3w
rachelsbrittain I just finished that one and thoroughly enjoyed it 3w
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rachelsbrittain
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Lunch and reading break between espresso jitters and trying to finish this short story

KirstieE Oh yum 😍🤤🤤 3w
rachelsbrittain @KirstieE they were delicious 3w
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rachelsbrittain
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My (temporary) reading buddy

Hooked_on_books Beautiful pup! 3w
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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“I sing myself out to you, and my talons clutch the branch, and I am wrung out until your next letter gives me breath, fills me to bursting.”

This short novel is composed of the passionately poetic letters sent between cybernetic Red & biotech Blue, 2 operatives on opposing sides of a Time War. At first they taunt, then slowly fall in love all while trying to ensure that the other‘s future never comes to pass.

For fans of elaborate lyrical prose

TobeyTheScavengerMonk and timey-wimeyness #SummerOfShort2 book 8 4w
Soubhiville That sounds pretty cool! Count me in! 4w
SW-T Sounds very interesting! 4w
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Literally just finished this and oh man what an afterglow.

Those last lines of the Acknowledgments up there might just be my new mantra.

Gonna review it tomorrow and just ride the book hangover for now.

#SummerOfShort2

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akaGingerK
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Beautiful prose and a well-wound story. I will probably re-read with my eyes, since I know my ears missed things.
(Adjusting to new formats is hard!)

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akaGingerK

... poor timing on my drive: I‘ve got ~5 minutes of the audiobook left. 😭

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deargeekplace
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"All good stories travel from the outside in."

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rachelsbrittain
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New day, new book

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Lostinagoodbook
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This book. I want to eat it with a spoon it's so delicious. Time travel done right!

Full review: https://lostnagoodbook.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/this-is-how-you-lose-the-time-wa...

#bookreview #lgbtqinclusinve #timetravel #scifi

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sakeriver
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‪What a gorgeous, romantic, joyous book. As I was reading it I found myself thinking first “I wish I could write like this,” then “I wish someone would write me letters like this,” back and forth. Definitely one of my favorite books of this year.‬

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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“Words can wound - but they‘re bridges, too. (Like the bridges that are all that Genghis left behind.) Though maybe a bridge can also be a wound? To paraphrase a prophet: Letters are structures, not events. Yours give me a place to live inside.” - Red

#SummerOfShort2

Schlinkles I really enjoyed this one! 1mo
KimM Such a unique read. I liked it ❤️ 1mo
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sakeriver
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Was not expecting a Calvin & Hobbes reference, which makes it all the more delightful.

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sakeriver
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Next

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deargeekplace
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Two books down this week, starting on a third! I've been waiting for this for SO LONG.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Just hit the halfway point and I am loving it sooooo much. 1mo
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akaGingerK
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Trying another audiobook, this time via Libro.fm! Engaging readers for this one, though the question is how often I‘m going to get distracted anyway and have to backtrack.

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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“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?

Sometimes I think that‘s what I have instead of friends.” - Blue

#SummerOfShort2

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Limonotte
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I love vignettes. I love writers who can pack the aesthetic and feeling of a suspended world into a series of single scenes. This is delivering beautifully so far.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Well said! I agree. 1mo
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BeckyLeJ
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Readathoning as best I can today. It‘s audiobooks all the way so far. Finished Bunny at hour 9 and moving onto this one for book 2.

#24in48

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Fleur363 Finally! What is your time war? 1mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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So excited to be #starting this beauty!

#SummerOfShort2

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Some beautiful #bookmail came to make my day. I‘m so excited about this one that I‘m going to do something super rare for me and actually start this as soon as I finish my current read.

tournevis YÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ!!!!!!!!!!! 1mo
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BeckyMerilatt
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Brilliant. Totally brilliant. The second half is such a ride. I won‘t attempt to summarize. I‘d butcher it. But the book lives up to its title. Such a good title.

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shanaqui
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I'm not sure whether I liked this? I appreciated it, but I'm still pondering whether I liked it.

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thewellreadpug
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Mehso-so

A very descriptive, unique and beautifully written story about two rival time travelers—Red and Blue—who end up falling in love through the letters they exchange (oftentimes in very discrete and creative ways). The characters were well developed through their narrative and the storyline was interesting but I felt that the novel was lacking in some ways. The ending was good and left me a bit more satisfied with the story. Overall: 3.5/5 stars.

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shanaqui
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I'm trying to read, but there's movement in the corner of my eye...

Oh, hello, Biscuit. #BunniesofLitsy

britt_brooke Cute!! 1mo
shanaqui @britt_brooke She is, and she knows it! 1mo
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shanaqui
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Got a new book in, but Hulk's suspicious... #BunniesofLitsy

ladym30 What a sweet face!❤️ 1mo
rabbitprincess *boops the little pink nose* Also, the book looks great! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly I think Hulk is concerned that you may read the book instead of petting her! ❤️🐰 1mo
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shanaqui @ladym30 Careful, her ego might not fit in her bedroom anymore if she gets praised too much. :D 1mo
shanaqui @rabbitprincess If it were Biscuit, she'd boop you back (her latest trick), but Hulk is faaaar too dignified. 😉 1mo
shanaqui @Clare-Dragonfly ...and I did. 1mo
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underground_bks
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Blue and Red are elite agents on opposite sides of the time war. When Blue leaves Red a cheeky letter on a battlefield, an unlikely correspondence begins that could get them both killed. With Garden closing in on one side and Commandant on the other, Blue and Red must put all their training to the test to save each other. This fun, fast, and poetic novella traces humanity to its possible extremes and finds the common thread that holds us together.

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MCYmermaid
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Warning: may cause sensations of timeline slipperiness. Fabulous on #libro.fm Also, what‘s up with the 1100% wrong cover art for this in Litsy?

Redwritinghood I‘ve been seeing a lot of books with the wrong covers lately. Not sure what‘s up. 1mo
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imyril
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This is a lovely little book, all teeth and sharp edges to its portrayal of love at war. Poetic, bursting with imagination, more hand waving and dreams than world building and science. A fantasy of time travel, rivalry and desire. Is it too neat? Predictable? A little. But it‘s very satisfying.

rabbitprincess This looks so good! 2mo
imyril @rabbitprincess I happily recommend it. It‘s seamless too - not one of those collaborations where you can tell who wrote what, it just flows. 2mo
shanaqui I am awaiting my preorder a liiiiiittle impatiently. 😁 2mo
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imyril

‘Even an immortal can only ride the Circle line so long.‘

Truth.

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BookFreakOut
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This is poetry disguised as science fiction, a lyrical masterclass in using two POVs as the nexus for small snippets of stories/letters than span all of time & space: historical, fantastical, lovely, brutal. Alternating bwn Blue & Red gives a look at both sides. Many references packed in - bonus if you catch them, still enjoyable if not. One of the most unique concepts I've ever read. The linked snippets style is comparable to Reincarnation Blues.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I preordered this and I am stooooooooked. 2mo
BookFreakOut @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Sweet, hope you enjoy it! 👍 2mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Pick, with reservations.

Red and Blue are the best agents on two different sides in a dystopian warring future. They travel through strands of time to manipulate the past to affect the future to support their side in the war. And they fall in love through forbidden correspondence.

Very original story, but smothered in obfuscation and flowery prose. I‘m still not sure I understood the ending.

MCYmermaid LMk if you want to discuss the ending & my interpretation thereof... 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @MCYmermaid Sure! All I figured out is that I think Red and Blue ran off together to hide in a time strand where they could never be found 1mo
MCYmermaid I felt like the end was kind of the beginning— like Red was also the Seeker, & had woven in things that made Blue receptive to the initial overtures. 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @MCYmermaid Ohhh - cool. That makes sense. 1mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Hex yells, “Hey, your book‘s here!”

I can‘t wait to start this! Dropping all current reads to read this now. Sorry, other books I‘m in the middle of, I‘m an unfaithful slut-reader.

JoScho Great picture ❤️ 2mo
Erofan 😻 2mo
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TheBookAddict
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UPS just dropped this #ARC off. 😁 👏🏽

Don‘t mind #TwinkyToles , he‘s just taking a nap...he‘s snoring as I read. 🤦🏽‍♀️ #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #mybrat #TolesBrats

#BookishFirst #SagaPress

wanderinglynn What a cutie ginger! 🧡🐱 2mo
TheBookAddict @wanderinglynn 😆 thanks! He‘s a spoiled one too. 😽 2mo
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KimM
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Poetic, so poetic, yet sci-fi. A little reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. It makes you want to take a class to study the symbolism and meaning. It won't be for everyone, but I highly recommend it. One of the most unique books I've ever read. Thanks to NetGalley and Saga for the ARC.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Can‘t wait to start this! My ARC is on the way. Glad to hear you liked it. (edited) 2mo
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Schlinkles
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This was not at all what I expected and completely unlike anything I‘ve read before.

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Schlinkles
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Been looking forward to this one!

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Just won a copy of this and I‘m SO excited!
Time travel, prose poem romance story, war, LGBTQ.
This looks original. Can‘t wait!

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