The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi

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 heights and begins to destroy the environment, the people stage an uprising to ...

Details The Tangled Lands

TitleThe Tangled Lands
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherSaga Press
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Short Stories, Magic, Adult

Reviews The Tangled Lands

  • Carrie
    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 feel like reading a collection of novellas that all feature different characters but take place within the same fantasy world.The four stories take place in Khaim, Th...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum 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 Paolo Bacigalupi and The Executioness by Tobias S. Buckell. Two, this book actually turned out to be an anthology of sorts, containing four short stories which include...
  • Mitchell
    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 well.
  • The Captain
    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 glad that me matey, Millie @ milliebotreads, warned me of this so I was prepared.That said, I absolutely loved this book. The world and its magic is so very fascinatin...
  • Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)
    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:The Alchemist: 3 stars. This was my introduction to this world and the city of Khaim. I found the concept of the magic to be interesting, as well as the political machinations t...
  • Alex Can Read
    This review first appeared on my blog.textThe 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 are loosely tied together by place and problem, but not character. Each story has distinct characters, and while each story was very good, the overall novel doesn't seem...
  • Antonio Diaz
    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, muy difícil de erradicar y cuyas espinas sumen a la gente en un sueño eterno.La ejecución es ya otra cosa muy distinta y bastante más deficiente.
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    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, setting, and antagonist throughout each novella. In Khaim, magic is deadly but corruption isn’t just found in tangled roots. It’s in the men the who wield power and ...
  • Phee
    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 in this world. I feel like it would be so much better this way. The Brambles were really interesting though and a little bit creepy. And I liked the overall message...
  • Ines
    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 know, only higher-ups get to use it without fear of consequences).If this was a novel, it might have been interesting with some more work put into it. But as it is, the ...
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    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 A FANTASY STAND ALONE!
  • Tracett
    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 two authors stories blended easily together and the strong feminism represented was a welcome viewpoint.
  • Paul ataua
    '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 stories to breathe. The people and their predicaments are also interestingly presented. It’s a good read, but never goes beyond a good read. I enjoyed all four stories...
  • Frith
    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 first one was by far the most interesting and the only one which actually seemed to *affect* the world. I was then waiting for the characters/threads from this to w...
  • LAPL Reads
    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, somewhere will fall into a deathlike sleep and never awaken. If you knew this, and had lived with the consequences of others’ spells, or had loved ones that had, would yo...
  • Jo Ladzinski
    Read as an eARC from NetgalleyThis 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 overuse of magic and leaves people who get too close in a comatose state.The Alchemist tells the story of the man who invented a device that could destroy bramble, but his ...
  • Tim Hicks
    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 [it's vs. its] and [lead vs.led] and [censer vs. censor]? First story was interesting enough, but what happened to the balanthast afterward? I suspect the authors realized ...
  • Linda Maria ~
    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 Tobias, I'm not familiar with his work, better? his stories were able to captivate me, while Paolo's work stayed flat. and almost bored me. the tangled lands is a four...
  • Andrea McDowell
    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 an entire civilization--is effective. They use it to explore a number of issues around climate change and its primary driver, the use of fossil fuels, including that it...
  • Stephanie
    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.
  • USOM
    (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 stories end, but as a whole the overall story continues. This is a book about the setting, the lands of Khaim, and the people who inhabit this setting. The world buildi...
  • Telthor
    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 due to the bleak content: all four stories are relentlessly dark and nauseating. It's a relatively quick read, but that might have been me skimming frantically over an...
  • Lindsey
    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 ending. ... but the bigger story being told through these stories never really got a resolution, and that made me a little sad. I feel like it needed one last story, pe...
  • Amanda Reynolds
    Genre: Fantasy, Environmental fictionOverall 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 case magic) so much that it destroyed civilizations. I really enjoyed the world and the characters. The stories are quite depressing, but most get a relatively happy en...
  • Jena
    “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 Lands took me a bit by surprise. I was expecting a novel full of magical intrigue and fierce women warriors fighting against a tyrannical power. Which it is. Just not in t...
  • Joan of Park
    Two authors, four tales, one setting. It was an interesting concept, one that worked decently, as the stories proceeded somewhat chronologically, with details from one tale appearing in a later tale. The setting was conceptualized well, though by the end of the fourth tale, I would be better off never having to read "brambles" again. In fact, since that word is used so often in the book, it will be my attempt to try not to reference it again in m...
  • Tonya
    Magic has been banned in Khaim because it causes the bramble to grow, choking out the cities and life. If the bramble touches you, you fall into a deep sleep, never to wake. Only the Majister Scacz is allowed to use magic and yet, so many others do, causing the bramble to continue to grow. Stories of magic, yes, but these are really tales of the lesser people fighting back, while losing people along the way.At first I was disappointed to find out...
  • Suncerae
    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 bramble to grow relentlessly, overtake what's left of the city, and induce coma for anyone who touches it. Together, they outlaw magic for everyone except themselves....