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The Folly of the World Paperback – 13 Dec 2012
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Praise for Jesse Bullington novels:
"Beautifully balancing putridity, profanity, and poignancy, Bullington renders "The Enterprise Of Death" resonant and achingly human-even as it brims with the unhuman."-- The Onion A.V. Club
"Darkly funny, profane, erudite, bawdy, and wickedly original...the debut of an amazing new talent."--Jeff VanderMeer on The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart
"Striking and often funny..."-- Publishers Weekly on The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart
"Smart, funny, and full of wild exuberance."--Lauren Beukes
"Delightfully grim"--Interzone (UK)
"Smart, funny, and full of wild exuberance." "Lauren Beukes""
"Every page is saturated with wickedness and mischief. Bullington's fans will be happy to see him bring his trademark dark humor, gritty detail, and loopy characters into a new gruesome landscape." ""Publishers Weekly"""
"Delightfully grim" "Interzone (UK)""
"This is both a cleverly entertaining story and a fascinating exploration of the human psyche." "britishfantasysociety.co.uk"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A compelling tale with a surreal twist giving us a taste of rebellion, violence and political machinations in the darkest corners of the fifteenth centurySee all Product description
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In this novel we are transported to 15th Century Holland for a profanity fuelled story of violence, execution, impostering and giant catfish and yes for Jesse Bullington this is conventional!
Our protagonists are a fiesty teenage shell fish gatherer, a psychotic and masochistic henchman and his ruthless gay lover, all seeking to make their way in a freshly flooded Holland in the grip of civil strife. Bullington blends his incredible historical knowledge with large helpings of stomach churning violence, graphic sex, the supernatural and of course the blackest of humour.
A few grumbles for me this time, as I do like a neat and tidy ending and I didn't get one. It felt like the book closed off two chapters early and there were a few unexplained threads but I found much to enjoy too, particularly the the first half of the book and the building of the unlikely friendship between the girl Jo and Psycho Sander.
Well done Mr Bullington. Never dull though you may well have put me off jellied eels for life for all sorts of reasons!
Jesse is definitely one of those authors who really never sticks within a box, preferring to twist the dark macabre tales to not only bring the reader in deeper to his power but also uses the ability to shock to bring it altogether through his wonderfully rounded characters.
Add to the mix a wonderful set of prose as well as great pace and all round I was more than happy with this author latest book. Definitely a macabre master of the future.
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