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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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Tangled Lands Reviews

  • Tim Hicks
    May 29, 2018
    Authors can do what they want, but I think this might have worked better as a novel. A pair of stories from 2010, then a pair from 2018? Feels a bit like a publisher going back to the well. Speaking of publishers, could you not have hired a copy editor? Someone who knows about [i...
  • Sarah
    Jan 26, 2018
    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...
  • Mitchell
    Mar 21, 2018
    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...
  • Elizabeth
    Jul 19, 2018
    DNF @ 29% Meh. ...
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    Mar 22, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Telthor
    Jul 21, 2018
    Mehhh. I must read more short stories. I must get used to the small format conveying the same emotion and build and creativity as the long form novel. But these four stories feel disconnected and cold and unwelcoming, cutting the reader off in a very dispassionate way. Which may be...
  • Denise
    Aug 12, 2018
    4 stars for incredible world building and writing. I?d read a review saying the story was ?dark? and indeed it is. It could also be dismissed as pessimistic or even a ?simple? story about people?s inability to stop polluting the earth-a common theme of this author. But it i...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Mar 02, 2018
    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...
  • Frith
    Mar 18, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Andrea McDowell
    May 26, 2018
    Paolo Bacigalupi has made a career of climate science fiction, and in this novel turns (together with Tobias Buckell) to climate fantasy. Overall, the analogy they've chosen--a strangling and toxic vine that is powered by the use of magic, anywhere, and has overtaken and threatened ...
  • Geoff
    Aug 19, 2018
    These stories were good but nothing spectacular. Very little connection between the stories but they all follow a similar formula of a 'normal' person dealing with the oppression caused by the control of magic in the world. ...
  • Alex Can Read
    Feb 22, 2018
    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
    (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
    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 ...
  • Zaz
    Dec 12, 2018
    The fact the 4 stories were set in the same world/city was really interesting. The fantasy world building was creative (not a surprise for me with Bacigalupi) and had a nice Sleeping Beauty vibe, completed with magic, alchemy and an environnemental disaster. The tales were dark and vio...
  • Stephanie
    Apr 03, 2018
    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. ...
  • Antonio Diaz
    Jul 09, 2018
    Desigual colección de cuatro novelas cortas ambientadas en el mismo mundo. La idea central alrededor de la cual se construye el mundo es muy ingeniosa: la magia existe y está casi al alcance de todo el mundo, pero cada vez que se usa crece la 'zarza', una planta inmune a la magia, mu...
  • Phee
    Mar 08, 2018
    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
    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
    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...
  • Alex
    Sep 27, 2018
    This book is perhaps more a 2.5 for me. It?s a really interesting world and concept but I was disappointed by the lack of any real conclusion/accomplishment of the book. Before reading it I didn?t realise that the 4 parts of the book were written as 4 separate novellas set in the s...
  • Paul Ataua
    Mar 11, 2018
    '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
    I received a copy of this book for review from Wunderkind PR. All opinions are my own. 3ish stars overall. I'm not sure why it took so long for me to get back to this for review... Probably because I felt fairly neutral about it. Here's the star break-down for each novella: T...
  • 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
    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
    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...
  • The Captain
    May 03, 2018
    Ahoy there me mateys! I have loved Paolo Bacigalupi ever since I read the windup girl. So when I heard that he had co-written a book, I knew I had to pick it up. Just be aware that this is not one complete story but rather four interrelated short stories set in the same world. I am gla...
  • Linda
    Mar 18, 2018
    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...