The Tangled Lands

The Tangled Lands

Khaim, The Blue City, is the last remaining city in a crumbled empire that overly relied upon magic until it became toxic. It is run by a tyrant known as The Jolly Mayor and his devious right hand, the last archmage in the world. Together they try to collect all the magic for themselves so they can control the citizens of the city. But when their decadence reaches new heig Khaim, The Blue City, is the last remaining city in a crumbled empire that overly relied upon magic until it became toxic...

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Title:The Tangled Lands
Author:Paolo Bacigalupi
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Tangled Lands
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Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Tangled Lands Reviews

  • Sarah
    Jan 26, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

  • Beth
    Mar 20, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

    I am not impressed. This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all k...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I was so impressed by this book. Bacigalupi and Buckell's team synergy is only more apparent as the book continues. There's a distinct sense of when these short ...

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the set up, with short stories all set in the same world during the same time period. I loved the characters and the world building. My one disappointment is that there wasn't really a resolution. It was vignettes, and each had their own sort of endi...

    Genre: Fantasy, Environmental fiction Overall Feeling: This book wasn?t what I was expecting. It was a series of 4 short stories set in the same world. I enjoyed all 4 of the stories independently and appreciated the messages they were sending about over using a resource (in this ...

    ?Magic makes bramble, and bramble makes kisses, and kisses make sleep that lasts until Kpala?s children tear us to pieces. It was always thus. And yet you put yourself above the rest of us, and now all that magic blows in the breeze and brings bramble calling.? The Tangled Lan...

    In the last great city of Khaim, four unrelated individuals survive in a rotting empire of tyrants and corruption. The Jolly Mayor and the last archmage need magic to build their castle in the sky, but the over-use of magic has corrupted its use, causing a poisonous plant called the br...

    I received an egalley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 Stars The Tangled Lands is a collection of short stories, from four different perspectives. A long time ago, magic was discovered. It was carelessly and incessantly...

    The land of Khaim, where magic use causes brambles to grow. Not just *any* brambles, but those that FEED on the magic, and follow it to it's source. Almost sentient - and absolutely deadly. The people know this...and yet. It's all to easy to do "just a little" to help heal a child. Or ...

  • Mitchell
    Mar 21, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    Mar 22, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

  • Lindsey
    Nov 26, 2017

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

    I am not impressed. This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all k...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I was so impressed by this book. Bacigalupi and Buckell's team synergy is only more apparent as the book continues. There's a distinct sense of when these short ...

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the set up, with short stories all set in the same world during the same time period. I loved the characters and the world building. My one disappointment is that there wasn't really a resolution. It was vignettes, and each had their own sort of endi...

  • Tyler
    Apr 05, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

    I am not impressed. This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all k...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I was so impressed by this book. Bacigalupi and Buckell's team synergy is only more apparent as the book continues. There's a distinct sense of when these short ...

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the set up, with short stories all set in the same world during the same time period. I loved the characters and the world building. My one disappointment is that there wasn't really a resolution. It was vignettes, and each had their own sort of endi...

    Genre: Fantasy, Environmental fiction Overall Feeling: This book wasn?t what I was expecting. It was a series of 4 short stories set in the same world. I enjoyed all 4 of the stories independently and appreciated the messages they were sending about over using a resource (in this ...

    ?Magic makes bramble, and bramble makes kisses, and kisses make sleep that lasts until Kpala?s children tear us to pieces. It was always thus. And yet you put yourself above the rest of us, and now all that magic blows in the breeze and brings bramble calling.? The Tangled Lan...

    In the last great city of Khaim, four unrelated individuals survive in a rotting empire of tyrants and corruption. The Jolly Mayor and the last archmage need magic to build their castle in the sky, but the over-use of magic has corrupted its use, causing a poisonous plant called the br...

    I received an egalley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 Stars The Tangled Lands is a collection of short stories, from four different perspectives. A long time ago, magic was discovered. It was carelessly and incessantly...

    The land of Khaim, where magic use causes brambles to grow. Not just *any* brambles, but those that FEED on the magic, and follow it to it's source. Almost sentient - and absolutely deadly. The people know this...and yet. It's all to easy to do "just a little" to help heal a child. Or ...

    Paolo Bacigalupi has been on my radar since his very good debut The Wind-Up Girl back in 2009, and I've enjoyed each of his (adult) books since then. His latest, The Tangled Lands, is co-written with Tobias S. Buckell and centres around the city of Khaim, the only one left in the provi...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Mar 02, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

  • Jena
    Apr 06, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

    I am not impressed. This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all k...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I was so impressed by this book. Bacigalupi and Buckell's team synergy is only more apparent as the book continues. There's a distinct sense of when these short ...

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the set up, with short stories all set in the same world during the same time period. I loved the characters and the world building. My one disappointment is that there wasn't really a resolution. It was vignettes, and each had their own sort of endi...

    Genre: Fantasy, Environmental fiction Overall Feeling: This book wasn?t what I was expecting. It was a series of 4 short stories set in the same world. I enjoyed all 4 of the stories independently and appreciated the messages they were sending about over using a resource (in this ...

    ?Magic makes bramble, and bramble makes kisses, and kisses make sleep that lasts until Kpala?s children tear us to pieces. It was always thus. And yet you put yourself above the rest of us, and now all that magic blows in the breeze and brings bramble calling.? The Tangled Lan...

  • Frith
    Mar 18, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

  • Tracett
    Dec 29, 2017

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

  • Victoria Law
    Mar 14, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

    I am not impressed. This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all k...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I was so impressed by this book. Bacigalupi and Buckell's team synergy is only more apparent as the book continues. There's a distinct sense of when these short ...

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the set up, with short stories all set in the same world during the same time period. I loved the characters and the world building. My one disappointment is that there wasn't really a resolution. It was vignettes, and each had their own sort of endi...

    Genre: Fantasy, Environmental fiction Overall Feeling: This book wasn?t what I was expecting. It was a series of 4 short stories set in the same world. I enjoyed all 4 of the stories independently and appreciated the messages they were sending about over using a resource (in this ...

    ?Magic makes bramble, and bramble makes kisses, and kisses make sleep that lasts until Kpala?s children tear us to pieces. It was always thus. And yet you put yourself above the rest of us, and now all that magic blows in the breeze and brings bramble calling.? The Tangled Lan...

    In the last great city of Khaim, four unrelated individuals survive in a rotting empire of tyrants and corruption. The Jolly Mayor and the last archmage need magic to build their castle in the sky, but the over-use of magic has corrupted its use, causing a poisonous plant called the br...

    I received an egalley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 Stars The Tangled Lands is a collection of short stories, from four different perspectives. A long time ago, magic was discovered. It was carelessly and incessantly...

    The land of Khaim, where magic use causes brambles to grow. Not just *any* brambles, but those that FEED on the magic, and follow it to it's source. Almost sentient - and absolutely deadly. The people know this...and yet. It's all to easy to do "just a little" to help heal a child. Or ...

    Paolo Bacigalupi has been on my radar since his very good debut The Wind-Up Girl back in 2009, and I've enjoyed each of his (adult) books since then. His latest, The Tangled Lands, is co-written with Tobias S. Buckell and centres around the city of Khaim, the only one left in the provi...

    DNF around 60%. As interesting as the premise is it didn't take long for the story to be come tangled up and weighed down by the body count. The more people died the less interest I had in continuing to read. People are killed off or disposed of in and out of view in such numbers t...

    Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias Buckell are two of the finest living writers of science fiction and fantasy. Bacigalupi has written several novels and stories exploring futures where environmental catastrophe and response to it create unique, almost overwhelming challenges for his characte...

    There are so many parts of the premise that I like. It is a shared world where two authors write stories about the world. The world has very powerful magic that comes at a very high cost, and includes many different reactions to the destruction that magic causes. The book is closer to ...

    I have to admit that I started reading this hoping that it would be a lighter counterweight to Phoolan Devi's autobiography The Bandit Queen of India: An Indian Woman's Amazing Journey from Peasant to International Legend, in which the first 22 chapters (at least!) reminding readers of...

  • Alex Can Read
    Feb 22, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

  • USOM
    Feb 11, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

    I am not impressed. This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all k...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I was so impressed by this book. Bacigalupi and Buckell's team synergy is only more apparent as the book continues. There's a distinct sense of when these short ...

  • Amanda Reynolds
    Mar 17, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

    I am not impressed. This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all k...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I was so impressed by this book. Bacigalupi and Buckell's team synergy is only more apparent as the book continues. There's a distinct sense of when these short ...

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the set up, with short stories all set in the same world during the same time period. I loved the characters and the world building. My one disappointment is that there wasn't really a resolution. It was vignettes, and each had their own sort of endi...

    Genre: Fantasy, Environmental fiction Overall Feeling: This book wasn?t what I was expecting. It was a series of 4 short stories set in the same world. I enjoyed all 4 of the stories independently and appreciated the messages they were sending about over using a resource (in this ...

  • Amber
    Apr 11, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

    I am not impressed. This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all k...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I was so impressed by this book. Bacigalupi and Buckell's team synergy is only more apparent as the book continues. There's a distinct sense of when these short ...

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the set up, with short stories all set in the same world during the same time period. I loved the characters and the world building. My one disappointment is that there wasn't really a resolution. It was vignettes, and each had their own sort of endi...

    Genre: Fantasy, Environmental fiction Overall Feeling: This book wasn?t what I was expecting. It was a series of 4 short stories set in the same world. I enjoyed all 4 of the stories independently and appreciated the messages they were sending about over using a resource (in this ...

    ?Magic makes bramble, and bramble makes kisses, and kisses make sleep that lasts until Kpala?s children tear us to pieces. It was always thus. And yet you put yourself above the rest of us, and now all that magic blows in the breeze and brings bramble calling.? The Tangled Lan...

    In the last great city of Khaim, four unrelated individuals survive in a rotting empire of tyrants and corruption. The Jolly Mayor and the last archmage need magic to build their castle in the sky, but the over-use of magic has corrupted its use, causing a poisonous plant called the br...

    I received an egalley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 Stars The Tangled Lands is a collection of short stories, from four different perspectives. A long time ago, magic was discovered. It was carelessly and incessantly...

    The land of Khaim, where magic use causes brambles to grow. Not just *any* brambles, but those that FEED on the magic, and follow it to it's source. Almost sentient - and absolutely deadly. The people know this...and yet. It's all to easy to do "just a little" to help heal a child. Or ...

    Paolo Bacigalupi has been on my radar since his very good debut The Wind-Up Girl back in 2009, and I've enjoyed each of his (adult) books since then. His latest, The Tangled Lands, is co-written with Tobias S. Buckell and centres around the city of Khaim, the only one left in the provi...

    DNF around 60%. As interesting as the premise is it didn't take long for the story to be come tangled up and weighed down by the body count. The more people died the less interest I had in continuing to read. People are killed off or disposed of in and out of view in such numbers t...

  • Josh Drost
    Apr 16, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

    I am not impressed. This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all k...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I was so impressed by this book. Bacigalupi and Buckell's team synergy is only more apparent as the book continues. There's a distinct sense of when these short ...

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the set up, with short stories all set in the same world during the same time period. I loved the characters and the world building. My one disappointment is that there wasn't really a resolution. It was vignettes, and each had their own sort of endi...

    Genre: Fantasy, Environmental fiction Overall Feeling: This book wasn?t what I was expecting. It was a series of 4 short stories set in the same world. I enjoyed all 4 of the stories independently and appreciated the messages they were sending about over using a resource (in this ...

    ?Magic makes bramble, and bramble makes kisses, and kisses make sleep that lasts until Kpala?s children tear us to pieces. It was always thus. And yet you put yourself above the rest of us, and now all that magic blows in the breeze and brings bramble calling.? The Tangled Lan...

    In the last great city of Khaim, four unrelated individuals survive in a rotting empire of tyrants and corruption. The Jolly Mayor and the last archmage need magic to build their castle in the sky, but the over-use of magic has corrupted its use, causing a poisonous plant called the br...

    I received an egalley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 Stars The Tangled Lands is a collection of short stories, from four different perspectives. A long time ago, magic was discovered. It was carelessly and incessantly...

    The land of Khaim, where magic use causes brambles to grow. Not just *any* brambles, but those that FEED on the magic, and follow it to it's source. Almost sentient - and absolutely deadly. The people know this...and yet. It's all to easy to do "just a little" to help heal a child. Or ...

    Paolo Bacigalupi has been on my radar since his very good debut The Wind-Up Girl back in 2009, and I've enjoyed each of his (adult) books since then. His latest, The Tangled Lands, is co-written with Tobias S. Buckell and centres around the city of Khaim, the only one left in the provi...

    DNF around 60%. As interesting as the premise is it didn't take long for the story to be come tangled up and weighed down by the body count. The more people died the less interest I had in continuing to read. People are killed off or disposed of in and out of view in such numbers t...

    Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias Buckell are two of the finest living writers of science fiction and fantasy. Bacigalupi has written several novels and stories exploring futures where environmental catastrophe and response to it create unique, almost overwhelming challenges for his characte...

    There are so many parts of the premise that I like. It is a shared world where two authors write stories about the world. The world has very powerful magic that comes at a very high cost, and includes many different reactions to the destruction that magic causes. The book is closer to ...

  • Suncerae
    Jan 31, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

    I am not impressed. This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all k...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I was so impressed by this book. Bacigalupi and Buckell's team synergy is only more apparent as the book continues. There's a distinct sense of when these short ...

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the set up, with short stories all set in the same world during the same time period. I loved the characters and the world building. My one disappointment is that there wasn't really a resolution. It was vignettes, and each had their own sort of endi...

    Genre: Fantasy, Environmental fiction Overall Feeling: This book wasn?t what I was expecting. It was a series of 4 short stories set in the same world. I enjoyed all 4 of the stories independently and appreciated the messages they were sending about over using a resource (in this ...

    ?Magic makes bramble, and bramble makes kisses, and kisses make sleep that lasts until Kpala?s children tear us to pieces. It was always thus. And yet you put yourself above the rest of us, and now all that magic blows in the breeze and brings bramble calling.? The Tangled Lan...

    In the last great city of Khaim, four unrelated individuals survive in a rotting empire of tyrants and corruption. The Jolly Mayor and the last archmage need magic to build their castle in the sky, but the over-use of magic has corrupted its use, causing a poisonous plant called the br...

  • Stephanie
    Apr 03, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

  • Phee
    Mar 08, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

  • LAPL Reads
    Apr 09, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

  • Jo Ladzinski
    Feb 27, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

  • Paul ataua
    Mar 11, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

  • Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)
    Mar 21, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

  • Carrie
    Feb 19, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    Mar 10, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

  • Ines
    Mar 01, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

    I am not impressed. This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all k...

  • Scott Waldie
    Apr 16, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

    I am not impressed. This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all k...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I was so impressed by this book. Bacigalupi and Buckell's team synergy is only more apparent as the book continues. There's a distinct sense of when these short ...

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the set up, with short stories all set in the same world during the same time period. I loved the characters and the world building. My one disappointment is that there wasn't really a resolution. It was vignettes, and each had their own sort of endi...

    Genre: Fantasy, Environmental fiction Overall Feeling: This book wasn?t what I was expecting. It was a series of 4 short stories set in the same world. I enjoyed all 4 of the stories independently and appreciated the messages they were sending about over using a resource (in this ...

    ?Magic makes bramble, and bramble makes kisses, and kisses make sleep that lasts until Kpala?s children tear us to pieces. It was always thus. And yet you put yourself above the rest of us, and now all that magic blows in the breeze and brings bramble calling.? The Tangled Lan...

    In the last great city of Khaim, four unrelated individuals survive in a rotting empire of tyrants and corruption. The Jolly Mayor and the last archmage need magic to build their castle in the sky, but the over-use of magic has corrupted its use, causing a poisonous plant called the br...

    I received an egalley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 Stars The Tangled Lands is a collection of short stories, from four different perspectives. A long time ago, magic was discovered. It was carelessly and incessantly...

    The land of Khaim, where magic use causes brambles to grow. Not just *any* brambles, but those that FEED on the magic, and follow it to it's source. Almost sentient - and absolutely deadly. The people know this...and yet. It's all to easy to do "just a little" to help heal a child. Or ...

    Paolo Bacigalupi has been on my radar since his very good debut The Wind-Up Girl back in 2009, and I've enjoyed each of his (adult) books since then. His latest, The Tangled Lands, is co-written with Tobias S. Buckell and centres around the city of Khaim, the only one left in the provi...

    DNF around 60%. As interesting as the premise is it didn't take long for the story to be come tangled up and weighed down by the body count. The more people died the less interest I had in continuing to read. People are killed off or disposed of in and out of view in such numbers t...

    Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias Buckell are two of the finest living writers of science fiction and fantasy. Bacigalupi has written several novels and stories exploring futures where environmental catastrophe and response to it create unique, almost overwhelming challenges for his characte...

    There are so many parts of the premise that I like. It is a shared world where two authors write stories about the world. The world has very powerful magic that comes at a very high cost, and includes many different reactions to the destruction that magic causes. The book is closer to ...

    I have to admit that I started reading this hoping that it would be a lighter counterweight to Phoolan Devi's autobiography The Bandit Queen of India: An Indian Woman's Amazing Journey from Peasant to International Legend, in which the first 22 chapters (at least!) reminding readers of...

    This is a really intriguing world crafted by two quality authors I've experienced before. Paolo in particular is someone I read frequently, 'The Windup Girl' being a favorite. The bramble here is an interesting, credible threat, along with the power play by the Magister and other megal...

  • Linda Maria ~
    Mar 18, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

  • Iryna Khymych
    Jan 09, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

    I am not impressed. This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all k...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I was so impressed by this book. Bacigalupi and Buckell's team synergy is only more apparent as the book continues. There's a distinct sense of when these short ...

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the set up, with short stories all set in the same world during the same time period. I loved the characters and the world building. My one disappointment is that there wasn't really a resolution. It was vignettes, and each had their own sort of endi...

    Genre: Fantasy, Environmental fiction Overall Feeling: This book wasn?t what I was expecting. It was a series of 4 short stories set in the same world. I enjoyed all 4 of the stories independently and appreciated the messages they were sending about over using a resource (in this ...

    ?Magic makes bramble, and bramble makes kisses, and kisses make sleep that lasts until Kpala?s children tear us to pieces. It was always thus. And yet you put yourself above the rest of us, and now all that magic blows in the breeze and brings bramble calling.? The Tangled Lan...

    In the last great city of Khaim, four unrelated individuals survive in a rotting empire of tyrants and corruption. The Jolly Mayor and the last archmage need magic to build their castle in the sky, but the over-use of magic has corrupted its use, causing a poisonous plant called the br...

    I received an egalley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 Stars The Tangled Lands is a collection of short stories, from four different perspectives. A long time ago, magic was discovered. It was carelessly and incessantly...

  • Gary
    Mar 06, 2018

    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn?t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book fe...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/08/... A couple things I didn?t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by...

    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as we...

    This review first appeared on my blog.text The Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories a...

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, s...

    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story?s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can?t help but wish it was one narrative set ...

    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and...

    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon. Here's the star break-down for each novella: The Alchemist: 3 stars The Executioness: 3.5 stars The Children of Khaim: 2 stars The Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars ...

    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The t...

    The Tangled Lands comprises of four parts which I guess you could call short stories/novellas which are interconnected to form the story. It is a tale of magic and the environmental consequences that result from the use of it and the lengths people go to stop said use as well as the...

    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stori...

    Imagine a world where magic is not only real, but it is available to anyone, allowing them to do almost anything. However, when that magic is used, there is a cost. When a spell is cast, regardless of the reason behind it or whether it is for a great or a small thing, someone, somewher...

    Read as an eARC from Netgalley This collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from over...

    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the ...

    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing ? so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by...

    Damn. I loved this book. Half read it, Half listened to it on Audible. Such a great world and love the unique story lines in each. ...

    I am not impressed. This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all k...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I was so impressed by this book. Bacigalupi and Buckell's team synergy is only more apparent as the book continues. There's a distinct sense of when these short ...

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the set up, with short stories all set in the same world during the same time period. I loved the characters and the world building. My one disappointment is that there wasn't really a resolution. It was vignettes, and each had their own sort of endi...

    Genre: Fantasy, Environmental fiction Overall Feeling: This book wasn?t what I was expecting. It was a series of 4 short stories set in the same world. I enjoyed all 4 of the stories independently and appreciated the messages they were sending about over using a resource (in this ...

    ?Magic makes bramble, and bramble makes kisses, and kisses make sleep that lasts until Kpala?s children tear us to pieces. It was always thus. And yet you put yourself above the rest of us, and now all that magic blows in the breeze and brings bramble calling.? The Tangled Lan...

    In the last great city of Khaim, four unrelated individuals survive in a rotting empire of tyrants and corruption. The Jolly Mayor and the last archmage need magic to build their castle in the sky, but the over-use of magic has corrupted its use, causing a poisonous plant called the br...

    I received an egalley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 Stars The Tangled Lands is a collection of short stories, from four different perspectives. A long time ago, magic was discovered. It was carelessly and incessantly...

    The land of Khaim, where magic use causes brambles to grow. Not just *any* brambles, but those that FEED on the magic, and follow it to it's source. Almost sentient - and absolutely deadly. The people know this...and yet. It's all to easy to do "just a little" to help heal a child. Or ...

    Paolo Bacigalupi has been on my radar since his very good debut The Wind-Up Girl back in 2009, and I've enjoyed each of his (adult) books since then. His latest, The Tangled Lands, is co-written with Tobias S. Buckell and centres around the city of Khaim, the only one left in the provi...

    DNF around 60%. As interesting as the premise is it didn't take long for the story to be come tangled up and weighed down by the body count. The more people died the less interest I had in continuing to read. People are killed off or disposed of in and out of view in such numbers t...

    Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias Buckell are two of the finest living writers of science fiction and fantasy. Bacigalupi has written several novels and stories exploring futures where environmental catastrophe and response to it create unique, almost overwhelming challenges for his characte...