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Max Gladstone

Autor(a) de This Is How You Lose the Time War

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Obras por Max Gladstone

This Is How You Lose the Time War (2019) 4,068 exemplares
Three Parts Dead (2012) 1,415 exemplares
Two Serpents Rise (2013) 598 exemplares
Full Fathom Five (2014) 504 exemplares
Empress of Forever: A Novel (2019) — Autor — 444 exemplares
Last First Snow (2015) 420 exemplares
Four Roads Cross (2016) 313 exemplares
The Ruin of Angels (2017) 264 exemplares
Last Exit (2022) 171 exemplares
Dead Country (2023) 106 exemplares
A Kiss with Teeth (2014) 49 exemplares
Wicked Problems (2024) 18 exemplares
Fitting In (2018) 8 exemplares
Complicating Factors (2017) 4 exemplares
Absent Friends (2017) 4 exemplares
Head Case (2016) 4 exemplares
Company Time (2016) 4 exemplares
Embodied 3 exemplares
What's Gone, What's Left Behind (2017) 3 exemplares
Siege (Bookburners, #16) (2015) 3 exemplares
Untitled #3 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (2016) — Contribuidor — 330 exemplares
xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths (2013) — Contribuidor — 276 exemplares
Robots vs Fairies (2018) — Contribuidor — 229 exemplares
The New Voices of Fantasy (2017) — Contribuidor — 175 exemplares
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014 Edition (2015) — Contribuidor — 153 exemplares
Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction (2018) — Contribuidor — 125 exemplares
Texas Hold'em (2018) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Twelve (2018) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 1: November/December 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017 Edition (2017) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
2014 Campbellian Anthology (2014) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
The Grimm Future (2016) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 108 (May 2019) (2019) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 8: January/February 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 9: March/April 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Sleeper Straddle (2024) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Shared Nightmares (2014) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy, Volume Two (2023) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
BSFA Awards 2019 (2020) — Autor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



In an unspecified future time, two warring factions are each using time travel to manipulate the past in order to give their side the edge. Red and Blue, two enemy agents, each continuously attempting to outmaneuver the other by undoing their actions each time they journey back in time, begin to exchange letters. Though the letters start out bloodthirsty and antagonistic, their spirit shifts subtly over time as each agent learns more about the other.

I appreciated the bold, experimental nature of this non-traditional novel, though I'm not sure I grasped all the nuance and abstract language, and suspect I would have had to reread once or twice to fully appreciate it. I'm sorry to say that I'm unwilling to invest that kind of time right now. Could be rewarding for someone who is willing to spend that extra mental energy! I'm satisfied with having read through and sought out a comprehensive synopsis.… (mais)
ryner | 210 outras críticas | Apr 5, 2024 |
Dueling intimate protagonists test limits of fluid alternative timelines.
scott.r | 210 outras críticas | Mar 12, 2024 |
Tell me if this sounds interesting: there's a character named Red and a character named Blue. Red works for a technologically advanced organization and uses technology and makes technology-related metaphors. Blue works for an plant-focused organization and uses plants and makes plant-related metaphors. When they fall in love, Red gives Blue nicknames related to the color blue. In re Blue gives Red nicknames related to the color red.

I hope that does sound interesting, because that's most of what the book is. Besides those surface-level traits, there's not much else to grab onto. The organizations the characters belong to are almost entirely the same, except that one of them decants its agents and the other one grows them. The main characters themselves have little to differentiate them from one another, other than the fact that one is red and the other is blue. Their actions as soldiers in the time war are largely page-filler between receiving letters from one another, heavy on set-dressing but quite forgettable. The letters aren't anything noteworthy either. The main characters' narrative voices are indistinguishable, making it difficult to tell which one is even writing at any given moment (until they start calling their beloved pomegranate or something like that). Though the letters themselves are written on unique materials--a jar of water, a seed--they all have fairly similar contents, using flowery language to say that Red is red and Blue is blue.

This Is How You Lose the Time War is almost delightful in its simplicity. It's so simple that if you cut the whole book down to a paragraph, it probably wouldn't lose anything, because its premise contains everything notable about it. It says that love is passionate and war is hell like those are shocking new ideas, when I'm not sure I've ever read a book so dedicated to not doing anything to surprise the reader. Its literary-sounding language can't hide the fact that it lacks the complexity and sense of curiosity that make literature interesting. In conclusion, this book offers some banal love poetry and quotable lines--but if you want well-realized characters or an interesting story, look elsewhere.
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Sammelsurium | 210 outras críticas | Mar 2, 2024 |
My heart hurts all over because of this book. It's seriously so intricate and creative, a definite sci-fi standout that is unlike any other story I've read. I actually tried to read it at the end of 2019 and ended up putting it down after like 8 pages, mostly because it DOES require a decent amount of attention that I just didn't have at the time. But a friend encouraged me to try it again, and I'm SO FREAKIN GLAD I did (thank you a million times, Chris!). There is a brief period of getting into the format of the book and finding the pacing, but after that the book becomes a surprisingly immersive, intimate, and beguiling story that refuses to succumb to stereotype or predictability. And holy cow, the WRITING! It's borderline pretentious, but honestly I love that in a book, and it is just so so SO beautiful and full of emotion.

If you don't like flowery, complicated writing or settings that bounce around from world to world, then this probably isn't the book for you. I can see why certain readers wouldn't click with the writing style or plot (think Dickens writing crafty, flirty sci-fi) but for me personally it ended up hitting every mark. I can't wait to reread it!
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deborahee | 210 outras críticas | Feb 23, 2024 |



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