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Book Suggestions – The Tangled Lands, by Paola Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell (2018).

This book has had some nice acclaim. Could be one of this year’s bublications that is worth checking out!

The Tangled Lands by Paola Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell.


Khaim clings to life. Flooded with refugees and slowly starving, the last city of a once-great empire is surrounded by a choking thicket of toxic bramble. This is a world poisoned by magic. Every time a spell is cast, the bramble advances, sprouting in tilled fields and roof beams, thrusting up from between cobblestones and bursting forth from sacks of powdered spice. A bit of magic, and bramble follows. A little at first, and then more – until whole cities are dragged down under tangling vines. Armies hack and burn… but in a world that can’t give up magic’s sweet succour, the bramble can’t be stopped.

Or can it? After ten years of research, an alchemist believes he has found a potent new weapon to wield against the bramble. His invention promises freedom from fear, freedom from hunger, freedom from the rule of Khaim’s tyrant, the Jolly Mayor. But these are twisted times – there are no easy answers, only unforeseen consequences…

Award-winning authors Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell have created a radical and darkly relevant fantasy, conjuring the collapse of a civilization, smothered by its addictions. This is a world of glittering memories and a desperate present, where everyone uses just a little magic… and someone else always pays the price.

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Reading Suggestions – The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French (2018).

This book has been flashing on my twitter feed of late so I decided it necessary to take a look. With top reviews from amazing authors like Mark Lawrence, how was supposed to walk away from adding this to my must read list.

‘Filthy, charismatic, and frankly excellent’ – Mark Lawrence

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French (2018).

On The Back


Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard, member of a sworn brotherhood of half-orcs. Unloved and unwanted in civilized society, the Bastards eke out a hard life in the desolate no-man’s-land called the Lots, protecting frail and noble human civilization from invading bands of vicious full-blooded orcs.

But as Jackal is soon to learn, his pride may be misplaced. Because a dark secret lies at the heart of the Bastards’ existence – one that reveals a horrifying truth behind humanity’s tenuous peace with the orcs, and exposes a grave danger on the horizon.

On the heels of the ultimate betrayal, Jackal must scramble to stop a devastating invasion – even as he wonders where his true loyalties lie.

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