Hollow Kingdom

Hollow Kingdom

One pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author.S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle's wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®.Then Big Jim's eyeball falls out o...

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Title:Hollow Kingdom
Author:Kira Jane Buxton
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Hollow Kingdom Reviews

  • Amy Poeppel

    You are in for such a treat! It is a darkly funny, wonderful book. LOVED it!!!

  • Yodamom

    What a trip, this read was. It had all the drama, intense action, death, love, hope and despair you expect in a zombie apocalypse read but it wasn't from the human viewpoint. This was the world as seen by animals, domestic, wild, captured, and other. They have personalities, and voice their beliefs all while trying to figure out this new world without the old humans. There is so much going on, so many things to consider. Animals trapped in homes, cages, zoos, aquariums, domestic meeting wild, te

    What a trip, this read was. It had all the drama, intense action, death, love, hope and despair you expect in a zombie apocalypse read but it wasn't from the human viewpoint. This was the world as seen by animals, domestic, wild, captured, and other. They have personalities, and voice their beliefs all while trying to figure out this new world without the old humans. There is so much going on, so many things to consider. Animals trapped in homes, cages, zoos, aquariums, domestic meeting wild, territories, and food sources, all asked all answered in unique ways. The personalities, from cute adorable to hideous drool faces, all captured attention, some left me in tears. The twists never stop and nothing happens that is expected, it's a ride. E ticket all the way. Winner !

    This would be one fantastic movie.

  • OutlawPoet

    When I was first offered the opportunity to read Hollow Kingdom, I hesitated. Books from the point of view of an animal just aren’t my thing. But, the book sounded interesting and I kept thinking about it. I finally ended up giving the book a try.

    I am so glad I did.

    I loved this book so much. It has everything! Characters I loved, heroism, heartbreak (such heartbreak!), epic battles, romance, and even hope. From the moment I met our foul-mouthed crow (and he really is foul-mouthed), I was in.

    The

    When I was first offered the opportunity to read Hollow Kingdom, I hesitated. Books from the point of view of an animal just aren’t my thing. But, the book sounded interesting and I kept thinking about it. I finally ended up giving the book a try.

    I am so glad I did.

    I loved this book so much. It has everything! Characters I loved, heroism, heartbreak (such heartbreak!), epic battles, romance, and even hope. From the moment I met our foul-mouthed crow (and he really is foul-mouthed), I was in.

    The book manages to be readable, funny, sad and incredibly epic.

    Happy I read this and now I want a crow!

  • Char

    HOLLOW KINGDOM is simply sublime!

    S.T. is a domesticated crow living with his mofo, Big Jim. (S.T. calls all humans mofos, because that's what Jim calls them.) He spends his days learning tricks, caching objects and avoiding Dennis, Big Jim's bloodhound. Then, Jim's eyeball falls out. What happens next? You'll have to read this to find out!

    I read the reviews of a few of my friends and decided to give this one a go. I'm so glad I did. There is really no way to describe this book, or to even shelve

    HOLLOW KINGDOM is simply sublime!

    S.T. is a domesticated crow living with his mofo, Big Jim. (S.T. calls all humans mofos, because that's what Jim calls them.) He spends his days learning tricks, caching objects and avoiding Dennis, Big Jim's bloodhound. Then, Jim's eyeball falls out. What happens next? You'll have to read this to find out!

    I read the reviews of a few of my friends and decided to give this one a go. I'm so glad I did. There is really no way to describe this book, or to even shelve it at Goodreads because it doesn't fit into any neat category, genre or sub-genre. This is mostly because HOLLOW KINGDOM is from the crow's point of view. And a cat's. And a whale's. It's beautifully written, with prose so carefully crafted-it's both inspiring and heartfelt. For example, (keep in mind this is from the crow's point of view):

    The other reason I liked this book so much is the humor; it's hilarious! I won't tell you what S.T. is short for, or his pet names for certain mofo items. I found myself laughing aloud on the second page and that continued throughout. S.T.'s hopefulness and his love of humanity kept me going through this past week or so, despite the seemingly endless violence we hear about all the time.

    I am very much simplifying for this review, but be aware, this is a bit more than your average zombie apocalypse. The cause of it was sobering when I thought more deeply about it. Also, I don't see how anyone could not take away a love for our environment, our animals, and our very earth. We need to care for her, because she takes care of us.

    HOLLOW KINGDOM is a unique, hilarious, thought-provoking, and beautifully written novel and I'm giving it my highest recommendation.

    ALL THE STARS!

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    *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

    **Also, if you could hook me up with every book by this author in the future, that'd be great.**

  • Hannah Greendale

    💚 Really hoping to see this genre bending debut nominated for all the prizes. 💚

    Buxton catapults readers through the apocolpyse in a horrific yet hilarious tale narrated by an unapologically crass crow. Anyone would be hard-pressed to list a comperable title for this book. An off-the-wall gem.

  • Carolyn

    *4.5* Stars.

    This is a book of towering imagination which displays the author’s deep love of nature. Humans have turned into ravenous, mindless zombies, perhaps by increasingly ignoring our natural world. The cause is rumoured to be due to a virus in their smart devices. This has led to a severance from nature. Even in their altered state, they show an attachment and obsession with the shiny screens of iPhones and tablets.

    The story is narrated by a foul-mouthed crow named S.T. (Shit turd). He w

    *4.5* Stars.

    This is a book of towering imagination which displays the author’s deep love of nature. Humans have turned into ravenous, mindless zombies, perhaps by increasingly ignoring our natural world. The cause is rumoured to be due to a virus in their smart devices. This has led to a severance from nature. Even in their altered state, they show an attachment and obsession with the shiny screens of iPhones and tablets.

    The story is narrated by a foul-mouthed crow named S.T. (Shit turd). He was once the tamed pet of Big Jim and learned his profane language from his owner. S.T also watched a lot of documentaries, especially on the Discovery Channel, and has a wide knowledge of the history and cultures of mankind. He tends to deny belonging to the crow species and identifies with humans. S.T. refers to humanity as MoFos, it in the wider world they are called Hollow, due to their detachment from nature. S.T. has an affection for another household pet, a drooling, lazy bloodhound named Dennis.

    On the day Big Jim’s eyeball falls out, and he becomes a dim-witted slobbering mess. What S.T. has observed is the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse. What will happen in a world devoid of people? What will be the fate of household pets, farm animals, and those in zoos and in the wild? I was captivated by the great laugh-out-loud humour, the vivid descriptions of nature, as well as of the suspense, danger and horror.

    S.T. learns about Aura which works like an Internet in nature, combining the singing of birds, the sounds of insects and the rustling of trees to pass information on to to the animal world. He believes it is his destiny to rescue pets locked in homes. He starts out with the dog, Dennis, and is soon joined by other birds and mammals with the wider goal to save all animals and to find any humans who may have survived.

    The Hollow Kingdom has been optioned by AMC to be made into an animated TV series for adults. I hope this happens, as I found S.T.to be braver, more heroic, much funnier, and with a more compelling personality than the characters on AMC’s Walking Dead series. Recommended for the immersive writing style, and unique, widely imaginative plot.

  • Tucker

    After much deliberation, my final rating is 2.5 stars.

    There was just quite a lot that fell short for me. Emphasis on

    . I’m sure this book will work for a lot of people. It just did not work for me. Here’s why:

    - I was really looking forward to a good apocalypse. Unfortunately, thi

    After much deliberation, my final rating is 2.5 stars.

    There was just quite a lot that fell short for me. Emphasis on

    . I’m sure this book will work for a lot of people. It just did not work for me. Here’s why:

    - I was really looking forward to a good apocalypse. Unfortunately, this book focused more on the animals than the zombies (MoFos) which, I assume, was the idea. That said, I felt cheated and let down. We never get any details on what’s going on or why. Things are hinted at but were never brought into the light. I felt like every time I got closer to a revelation, it was pulled just out of reach. And goddamn that is frustrating. It feels like a sneeze that never comes

    - Now, this one’s my fault. Kind of. I was really invested in the plot in the beginning because I was really, really hoping for a satisfying ah ha! moment! And as I mentioned above, that never came. Aside from that, I felt as though we weren’t getting anywhere. Chapter after chapter and we haven't accomplished anything. It was like running on a treadmill, which, in case you don’t know, is f**king pointless.

    That said,

    . Like, belly laughing, tears spilling from your eyeballs (or eyeball), funny. ST. (or sh*t turd, whose name is funny on it’s own) was one of the funniest characters of 2019. So funny that he made me despise crows a little bit less. And that’s saying something.

    I honestly loved the fact that this book was both horror/science fiction yet humor at the same time. And yes, the sci-fi wasn’t my favorite but the humor was gold. This author has great talent and I think she will definitely write some bestsellers.

    Overall, the sci-fi was a let down but this book will still make you laugh. Even though I overall didn’t enjoy this book that much, I still recommend it.

    Bottom Line:

    2.5 Stars

    Age Rating: [ R ]

    Content Screening (Spoilers) - Educational Value: [Climate Change and overall care for our planet] ~ Possitive Messages: [None] ~ Violence: [Body Horror, Peril, and Violence towards animals] ~ Sex: [Dicussion of male genetals] ~ Langauge: [F*ck, sh*t, d*mn, asshole] ~ Drinking/Drugs: [None]

    TW: Body Horror, Loss of loved ones

    Reps: [None]

    Cover: 4/5 ~ Characters: 3/5 ~ Plot: 3/5 ~ Audio: 3/5

    Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

    Publication Date: August 6th, 2019

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  • Athena Elizabeth

    Thank you to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for the e-arc in exchange for an honest review!

    Kira Jane Buxton presents Hollow Kingdom, where animals are trying to survive and thrive in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. The MC is a snarky and extremely foul mouthed crow named S.T. (Shit Turd), with his sidekick Dennis, a bloodhound. His MoFo best friend and owner's eyeball falls out and the story goes from there.

    Honestly if you like a bizarre twist on post apocalyptic books, give it a s

    Thank you to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for the e-arc in exchange for an honest review!

    Kira Jane Buxton presents Hollow Kingdom, where animals are trying to survive and thrive in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. The MC is a snarky and extremely foul mouthed crow named S.T. (Shit Turd), with his sidekick Dennis, a bloodhound. His MoFo best friend and owner's eyeball falls out and the story goes from there.

    Honestly if you like a bizarre twist on post apocalyptic books, give it a shot. Some parts were down right amazing (like the perspective of a cat) and others had me skimming. I couldn't tell which direction the plot was going to take and started losing interest at about 60%. At the end I think the message was hope and self acceptance (and getting off your cell phone, obviously😂). Now that I am looking back I guess the arc makes sense.

    I would recommend for fans of the above, if language does not offend you. I thought it was over the top at times but still hilarious. I will watch for more books by Ms Buxton!

  • Judith E

    This is cleverly funny with a good message, but I couldn’t wait to be done with it. I loved the first 50 pages but it dragged from that point on. The message and the plot were repetitive with a somewhat simplistic view of nature. I often zone out when reading battle preparations and scenes and there were numerous fights and conflicts going on here.

    The main character is a precocious crow that uses his human training to unite with nature and animals to save the human race. If you have a romantici

    This is cleverly funny with a good message, but I couldn’t wait to be done with it. I loved the first 50 pages but it dragged from that point on. The message and the plot were repetitive with a somewhat simplistic view of nature. I often zone out when reading battle preparations and scenes and there were numerous fights and conflicts going on here.

    The main character is a precocious crow that uses his human training to unite with nature and animals to save the human race. If you have a romanticized notion about nature, especially birds, this book is for you.

    I’m already an outlier regarding stars, and I think many people will enjoy this immensely humorous book.

  • Rebecca

    (I managed the first 36 pages on this attempt.) Do you have a friend who’s intimidatingly sharp, whose every spoken or written line leaps from wordplay to a joke to an allusion to a pun? That’s how I felt about

    . It’s so clever it’s exhausting. There’s hardly a sentence without a metaphor or a quip that will give you a chance to catch your breath. I wanted to read this because I’d heard it was narrated by a crow. S.T. (Shit Turd) is an American Crow who lives with Big Jim, an elect

    (I managed the first 36 pages on this attempt.) Do you have a friend who’s intimidatingly sharp, whose every spoken or written line leaps from wordplay to a joke to an allusion to a pun? That’s how I felt about

    . It’s so clever it’s exhausting. There’s hardly a sentence without a metaphor or a quip that will give you a chance to catch your breath. I wanted to read this because I’d heard it was narrated by a crow. S.T. (Shit Turd) is an American Crow who lives with Big Jim, an electrician, in Seattle along with Dennis the dumb bloodhound. One day Jim’s eyeball pops out and he starts spending all his time in the basement and acting crazy. On his reconnaissance flights through the neighborhood S.T. realizes that all the humans (aka “MoFos” or “Hollows”) are similarly deranged. He runs into a gang of zombies when he goes to the Walgreens pharmacy to loot medications. Some are even starting to eat their pets. (Uh oh.) We get brief introductions to other animal narrators, including Winnie the Poodle and Genghis Cat. An Internet-like “Aura” allows animals of various species to communicate with each other about the crisis. I struggle with dystopian and zombie stuff, but I think I could make an exception for this. Although I do think it’s pretty overwritten (one adverb and four adjectives in one sentence: “We left slowly to the gentle song of lugubrious paw pads and the viscous beat of crestfallen wings”), I’ll try it again someday.

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