book cover of This Is How You Lose the Time War
Added by 16 of our members

This Is How You Lose the Time War

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
WINNER OF The Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novella, the Reddit Stabby Award for Best Novella AND The British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novella

SHORTLISTED FOR

2020 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award
The Ray Bradbury Prize
Kitschies Red Tentacle Award
Kitschies Inky Tentacle
Brave New Words Award

'A fireworks display from two very talented storytellers' Madeline Miller, author of Circe

Co-written by two award-winning writers, This Is How You Lose the Time War is an epic love story spanning time and space.


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?

'An intimate and lyrical tour of time, myth and history' John Scalzi, bestselling author of Old Man's War

'Lyrical and vivid and bittersweet' Ann Leckie, Hugo Award-winning author of Ancillary Justice

'Rich and strange, a romantic tour through all of time and the multiverse' Martha Wells, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Murderbot Diaries

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Lyrical and vivid and bittersweet. An absolutely lovely read from two talented writers." - Ann Leckie

"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

"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

"Fast-paced and intricately plotted." - Temi Oh

"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

"An intimate and lyrical tour of time, myth and history, with a captivating conversation between characters - and authors. Read it." - John Scalzi

"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


Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Amal El-Mohtar's This Is How You Lose the Time War

Hardback Editions

July 2019 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: This Is How You Lose the Time War
Author(s): Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
ISBN: 1-5344-3100-4 / 978-1-5344-3100-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

March 2020 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: This Is How You Lose the Time War
Author(s): Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
ISBN: 1-5344-3099-7 / 978-1-5344-3099-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


January 2019 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: This is How You Lose the Time War: An epic time-travelling love story, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novella
Author(s): Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
ISBN: 1-5294-0523-8 / 978-1-5294-0523-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

July 2019 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: This Is How You Lose The Time War
Author(s): Max Gladstone, Amal El-Mohtar
ISBN: 1-5082-8707-4 / 978-1-5082-8707-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


July 2019 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: This Is How You Lose the Time War
Author(s): Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   


July 2019 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: This Is How You Lose the Time War
Author(s): Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Availability: Amazon   


July 2019 : Australia Audio edition
thumb

Title: This Is How You Lose the Time War
Author(s): Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Availability: Amazon AU   


July 2019 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: This Is How You Lose the Time War
Author(s): Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2019 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: This Is How You Lose the Time War
Author(s): Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: This Is How You Lose the Time War
Author(s): Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


July 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: This is How You Lose the Time War: An epic time-travelling love story, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novella
Author(s): Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU