The Folly of the World and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $15.99
  • Save: $1.68 (11%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Usually ships within 2 to 4 weeks.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Folly of the World has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Like New | Details
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: This copy appears to be in nearly new condition. Free State Books. Never settle for less.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Folly of the World Paperback – December 18, 2012


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$14.31
$3.27 $0.01
Best%20Books%20of%202014
$14.31 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Usually ships within 2 to 4 weeks. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Frequently Bought Together

The Folly of the World + The Enterprise of Death + Johannes Cabal the Necromancer
Price for all three: $37.53

Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Holiday Deals in Books
Holiday Deals in Books
Find deals for every reader in the Holiday Deals in Books store, featuring savings of up to 50% on cookbooks, children's books, literature & fiction, and more.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316190357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316190350
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"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

About the Author

Jesse Bullington spent the bulk of his formative years in rural Pennsylvania, the Netherlands, and Tallahassee, Florida. He is a folklore and outdoor enthusiast who holds a bachelor's degree in History and English Literature from Florida State University. He currently resides in Colorado, and his blog, as well as fan art, news and exclusive content can be found at www.jessebullington.com.

More About the Author

Jesse Bullington spent the bulk of his formative years in rural Pennsylvania, the Netherlands, and Tallahassee, Florida. He is a folklore and outdoor enthusiast who holds a bachelor's degree in History and English Literature from Florida State University. He currently resides in Colorado, and his blog, as well as fan art, news, and exclusive content, can be found at www.jessebullington.com.

Customer Reviews

It's not for everyone but, if you are so inclined, this is something you will read with much gusto!
Simone Oltolina
His characters were immoral, his language was foul, his violence was graphic, and his subject matter was often nauseating.
Justin Blazier
And I was surprised with the ending, I thought I was at the end of a chapter (not the end of the story).
SirFatty

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justin Blazier on December 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
In a flooded 15th century Holland there are very few opportunities available. Jan may have an amazing opportunity at a life full of riches, but it's hidden somewhere at the bottom of a flooded town. To reach his greedy goal in the dark moldy depths, Jan enlists the help of a wild young girl with a knack for swimming. Add Jan's slightly psychotic but ever-faithful partner Sander to the mix and you have yourself a watery adventure with a cast to remember.

In both of his previous books, The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart and The Enterprise of Death, Jesse Bullington went to great lengths to defy our expectations in every way. His characters were immoral, his language was foul, his violence was graphic, and his subject matter was often nauseating.

His fans will be pleased to know that The Folly of the World is full of the same decadence, degeneration, and gut-wrenching twists and turns we've come to know and love. The Folly of the World proudly carries the Bullington torch of depravity, but it's applied in a more focused, less liberal manner -- like using guided missiles instead of napalm.

The characters in The Folly of the World are as you would expect from Jesse Bullington -- flawed, violent, and disturbed -- but this time he has taken extra care to build a backstory that lets us understand why they turned out that way. Empathy can be a cruel tool for an author to wield. This was done so well that I was horrified to find myself actually feeling sorry for these despicable people. Readers who didn't like The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart because of the characters may feel differently about this novel.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Molly Tanzer on January 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
In "The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart" Jesse Bullington turned the tropes of the high fantasy novel on their ear; in "The Enterprise of Death" he gave us a sword and sorcery epic through the eyes of an African lesbian and an obscure early Renaissance painter. "The Folly of the World" is somehow even less classifiable, being neither historical fiction nor fantastical tale--but it is just as rewarding as his earlier works, if not more so. Fans of Bullingon's trademark foulness, difficult-to-like characters, decadent prose, and brutal literary depictions of violence will find much to like; new readers will figure out PDQ that Bullington is a weirdo of the first water but one with the chops to pull off what he so cheekily attempts.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Fellabaum on April 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up from the Ali Al Salem airbase MWR swap rack on the strength of opening it to a random page and liking the style. I'm a fan of picaresque period pieces, the modern archetype of which is probably Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, and this reminded me of it. From me, that's a strong compliment. It's very grim and dark, with incredibly imaginative profanity in essentially every line spoken by the characters. (I think I'm going to adopt "plaguebitch" as my own.) Two of the three protagonists are about as bad as they could be and still be anti-heroes rather than villains, and one of them probably actually crosses that line. The third- the woman- is a bit more sympathetic, but still maims and cripples innocent people when needs be. All of this I rather liked. After all the setting- the low countries in the early 15th century- isn't exactly a love fest.

I'll leave plot description to the other reviews, but since I'm the lowest-rating reviewer thus far I need to expound upon two points, though both are immense spoilers:

The first has nothing to do with my rating, but I think that prospective readers of more delicate dispositions might need to be warned: this book very nearly qualifies as a work of LGBT erotic fiction, with a BSDM angle to boot. I admit that I was caught off-guard by this. On the first page it's clear that one protagonist has some erotic asphyxiation issues to work out- being aroused at the prospect of his own hanging- but I hadn't expected the graphic and brutal gay sex scenes that pop up later. (Including having a 15-year-old girl pressured into watching.) Since reading this book I've read some other reviews that laud this work as one of very few with gay central characters, which is true enough.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Talbot on September 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I can't tell you much about the book without spoiling it. All I can say is that it is a) extremely weird, b) unsettling, and c) that how much I liked it totally baffled me. It subverted my expectations over and over again, didn't do things that I thought I required a book to do, and ultimately SHOULD have been extremely unsatisfying. But it wasn't unsatisfying and somehow I absolutely loved it, and felt a great emotional attachment to the characters. I talked about this book for days afterwards. I'm really glad I read this, but I have no idea if you would be.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Tyler on January 6, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
His third book is great! Jesse Bullington has written three fantastic novels, all different but very compelling. If this is your first purchase of Mr. Bullington, check out his other two books, The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart and The Emterrpise of Death - I highly recommend them. Back to The Folly of the World his attention to imagery helps to make the reader feel that they are a part of the world of 15th Century Holland. Characters, as in his other two books are rich and do not fit the typical model for protagonists.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?