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 of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn't quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies--from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim's loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis--fail to cure Big Jim's debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity's extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education.Hollow Kingdom is a humorous, big-hearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse and the world that comes after, where even a cowardly crow can become a hero.

Hollow Kingdom Details

TitleHollow Kingdom
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
ISBN-139781538745823
Rating
GenreFiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Humor

Hollow Kingdom Review

  • Hannah Greendale
    January 1, 1970
    💚 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.
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  • Char
    January 1, 1970
    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):“I cannot recommend this to you enough: find something that you believe in, right down deep in the depths of your silvery plumage, and then throw your heart at it, blood and valves and veins and all. Because I did this, the world, though brambled and frothing at the mouth, looked more vibrant; blues were bluer, and even the fetid puddles that collected under rusting cars tasted as sweet as summer wine.” 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.“Watching the sunrise.....what an act of beauty, of unwavering faith, something to look forward to each and every day.” 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!Get your copy here: https://amzn.to/2Z6B7Fv*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.**
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review Everything talks. You just have to be willing to listen After much deliberation, my final rating is 2.5 stars. This book wasn’t bad. Not at all. There was just quite a lot that fell short for me. Emphasis on me. I’m sure this book will work for a lot of people. It just did not work for me. Here’s why:➵ The science fiction flunked - I was really looking forward to a good apocalypse. Unfortunately, thi Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review Everything talks. You just have to be willing to listen After much deliberation, my final rating is 2.5 stars. This book wasn’t bad. Not at all. There was just quite a lot that fell short for me. Emphasis on me. I’m sure this book will work for a lot of people. It just did not work for me. Here’s why:➵ The science fiction flunked - 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➵ I kind of lost track of the plot - 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, this book was absolutely hilarious. 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 StarsAge 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 onesReps: [None]Cover: 4/5 ~ Characters: 3/5 ~ Plot: 3/5 ~ Audio: 3/5 Publisher: Grand Central PublishingPublication Date: August 6th, 2019| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    *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.
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  • Yodamom
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Amy Poeppel
    January 1, 1970
    You are in for such a treat! It is a darkly funny, wonderful book. LOVED it!!!
  • Judith E
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Narrated by a crow? Yes, I think I am going to have to read this.
  • Athena Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Trin
    January 1, 1970
    Narrated by a domesticated crow named Shit Turd, a.k.a. S.T., Hollow Kingdom is a zombie apocalypse novel from the perspective of all the animals left behind in this changed world after humanity succumbs to the zombie plague. S.T. and his loyal puppy pal Dennis end up on a quest to rescue the Domestics – the other pets who are starving or helpless and often trapped inside their deceased owners’ homes. But they have to face off against predators and horrific mutated-human monsters on the way.I lo Narrated by a domesticated crow named Shit Turd, a.k.a. S.T., Hollow Kingdom is a zombie apocalypse novel from the perspective of all the animals left behind in this changed world after humanity succumbs to the zombie plague. S.T. and his loyal puppy pal Dennis end up on a quest to rescue the Domestics – the other pets who are starving or helpless and often trapped inside their deceased owners’ homes. But they have to face off against predators and horrific mutated-human monsters on the way.I loved Shit Turd. (There’s a sentence I never thought I’d type.) His POV is hilarious, observant in an enjoyably off-kilter way, and unique. The other perspectives Buxton visits – an abandoned poodle, a polar bear, a cat (oh my god, the cat!) – are also distinct, moving, and funny. S.T.'s human “owner,” Big Jim -- though deceased from the very first chapter -- remains a vital character in S.T.’s mind, and he’s a confusing, contradictory mess of humanity who I didn’t mind representing us as a species, honestly. You can see how he raised S.T. to be the bird he is and it’s actually very sweet.There are some great early sequences with S.T. and Dennis trying to figure out how to survive – and simply what to do – in this suddenly topsy-turvy world. Sadly, I’m not sure Buxton entirely knew what to do with her promising premise: for me, the novel continues to lose steam the longer it goes on. There are too many action sequences of animals fighting other animals that are hard to conceptualize; I couldn’t help thinking that the fight scenes in Animorphs were better realized. (‘90s realtalk: Animorphs books were actually pretty darn good.) Furthermore, the actual cause of the zombie plague is…trite. (view spoiler)[It’s cell phones. Cell phones? Not only do I find this annoyingly reductive, Stephen King already wrote that book: 2006’s Cell. (hide spoiler)]It’s disappointing, because I really did fall in love with this novel’s voice. Although honestly, it's probably still worth reading, just for that.
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    In Hollow Kingdom, a tale of chaos and optimism, you know that things are bleak when our narrator/historian Shit Turd (S.T.), a humorous, graceful and insightful domesticated crow confides in the first sentence, “I should have known something was dangerously wrong long before I did.” And, thus S.T. begins to recount what happened starting with the day that Big Jim lost his eyeball. With the help of his animal colleagues, S.T. travels the city on a mission to save the world he loves. Kira Jane Bu In Hollow Kingdom, a tale of chaos and optimism, you know that things are bleak when our narrator/historian Shit Turd (S.T.), a humorous, graceful and insightful domesticated crow confides in the first sentence, “I should have known something was dangerously wrong long before I did.” And, thus S.T. begins to recount what happened starting with the day that Big Jim lost his eyeball. With the help of his animal colleagues, S.T. travels the city on a mission to save the world he loves. Kira Jane Buxton is a one-of-a-kind writer whose gorgeous prose issues a wake-up call, ultimately a story of hope and survival, written for this day.
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  • Alice
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this book!! Milo and Otis meets Station Eleven in a post-apocalyptic journey with a mouthy crow named Shit Turd (S.T. for short) and a devoted hound named Dennis. As hilarious as this book often is, there is an underlying thread reflecting on humans and the destruction we leave in our wake as seen by the animals that survive us.Clever, funny, profane and strangely inspiring, this book is for everyone. I can't remember loving a book this much in a long time.
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  • Tracett
    January 1, 1970
    Charming, delightful, creepy and altogether involving post apocalyptic new mythology of Seattle environs. I loved the thoughtfully written characteristics of these animals. ST’s lifetime collection of facts as his crow’s cache of glitter and glass is especially a treat. Murky science kept this from a 5 star read, but It was still a treat to watch this story unfold. Movie please!
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  • Mark CC
    January 1, 1970
    This book made me laugh a whole bunch, which is always a plus, and also almost made me cry (view spoiler)[DAMMIT DENNIS (hide spoiler)]. But it was a lot more than that. The most impressive thing was the way it handled all the tone transitions between jokes about animals, horrifying accounts of apocalyptic violence, jokes about humans, descriptions of the majesty and awe of nature, metaphorical warnings about the shortcomings of technology, and extollings of the best parts of humanity.I usually This book made me laugh a whole bunch, which is always a plus, and also almost made me cry (view spoiler)[DAMMIT DENNIS (hide spoiler)]. But it was a lot more than that. The most impressive thing was the way it handled all the tone transitions between jokes about animals, horrifying accounts of apocalyptic violence, jokes about humans, descriptions of the majesty and awe of nature, metaphorical warnings about the shortcomings of technology, and extollings of the best parts of humanity.I usually don't include plot summaries (because that's written right next to my review on this website) but this one is worth going into because I did not think I'd ever see a rock-solid Hero's Journey about a domesticated crow trying to keep a bloodhound alive during a worldwide (view spoiler)[magic nature iPhone (hide spoiler)] zombie apocalypse in a Seattle full of three different animal internets. It's a fun ride.Basically, this book works on every level you'd care to read it on unless you really can't handle scenes of zombie-on-animal or animal-on-animal violence.DISCLOSURE: An advance copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for being married to a librarian.
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  • Jules
    January 1, 1970
    While not perfect, it was an utter delight. Look forward to recommending it to others when it comes out!
  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Where do I even begin.. I loved this book!So funny and slightly morbid. Such a creative book and well written!Recommending to all my friends!!
  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Hollow Kingdom is an amazing novel on many levels. It’s a compelling story with a smart, sassy crow as the protagonist, humor that kept me smiling and often giggling, fascinating facts about the natural world, and subtle warnings about the earth’s environment. On top of that it’s so well written. I especially enjoyed the author’s sense of rhythm, use of sound, and overall mastery of craft.
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    Hollow Kingdom is a joyful dessert that bears the flavors of an exciting and touching adventure, with sprinkles of horror and comedy, sitting on an apocalypse plate. I love this book!
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    This book was absolutely nothing that I expected, which made it just about perfect. If you think there is nothing new under the post-apocalyptic sun, definitely give this one a try.
  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    The zombie apocalypse as narrated by a wise-ass pet crow and other animals? Yes please!I read this on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't believe it's an accident that some of my favorite books this year had beautifully developed non-human characters.* It might be that I'm fed up with humans. The main narrator of this book is S.T., which stands for Shit Turd, the name given to him by his human- before his human, and apparently all the other humans, started drooling, attacking, and sporting The zombie apocalypse as narrated by a wise-ass pet crow and other animals? Yes please!I read this on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't believe it's an accident that some of my favorite books this year had beautifully developed non-human characters.* It might be that I'm fed up with humans. The main narrator of this book is S.T., which stands for Shit Turd, the name given to him by his human- before his human, and apparently all the other humans, started drooling, attacking, and sporting bright red eyes. S.T. loved being a pet, he loved Cheetos, watching nature and history shows on TV, and he liked being close to his human, but when he starts to be worried about this beloved human eating him and his fellow pet, a very lovable bloodhound, he takes off into the greater world.S.T. is a magnificent character. He reminds me a bit of the djinni Bartimeaus from the Amulet of Samarkand series. Like so many of us, he's both insecure and self-aggrandizing, and he's quite poetic both about the pleasures of the human world and the magnificence of the natural world. In the vivid, specific writing about the natural world, I was reminded of one of my favorite books, Marilynne Robinson's Gilead. Our crow narrates most of the book, but there are other animals who pop up from time to time, as well. I loved the poetry of the whale and the sadness of the polar bear, but my favorite was the smarmy, selfish, utterly cat-like cat. I read the cat's first chapter aloud to my cat-loving son just for the pleasure it offered both of us, which was considerable.Spoilers after the drop...I feel like this book got a little too plotty at the end, weird developments that strained credulity and too much action for my taste. I loved S.T.'s journey to accepting himself as a crow, though, and his new, powerful connections to other animals. And how I loved the bloodhound!*The other books with non-human characters, you ask? Theory of Bastards and Still Life with Monkey, both of them good.
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  • Daniel Cuthbert
    January 1, 1970
    Secret Life Of Pets meets The Road meets a touch of the Howard Stern Show in this insanely good book. I have to say just reading the back cover of this book got me excited to read it, and I was not disappointed in the slightest afterwards! You are immediately introduced to S.T., a domesticated crow whose owners goes from sipping brewskies and having terrible tinder dates, to an unfortunate loss of certain bodyparts before meeting his end. While this might seem like a spoiler, this is actually ju Secret Life Of Pets meets The Road meets a touch of the Howard Stern Show in this insanely good book. I have to say just reading the back cover of this book got me excited to read it, and I was not disappointed in the slightest afterwards! You are immediately introduced to S.T., a domesticated crow whose owners goes from sipping brewskies and having terrible tinder dates, to an unfortunate loss of certain bodyparts before meeting his end. While this might seem like a spoiler, this is actually just a kickoff to an apocalyptic novel that has at its center a bird whose actual name is not utterable for any young ones who happen to come across this review! As the novel continues, you get to meet a host of fellow furred and otherwise friends who all have their own personalities often befitting the type of animal they are as they attempt to save us from destruction. This is a seriously funny story. Definitely for the adult crowd, you will be laughing more than once while reading this. You need to pick this up if you want a story that you will enjoy re-reading. I very much look forward to what this author has in store for the future, because she has definitely become one of my new favorites!
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  • Mark Michaels
    January 1, 1970
    This is an incredible tale from the most unlikely heroes. I absolutely would not put this book down once I was able to get my hands on it! The flair describing both the incredible and the mundane that the author paints for us is inspiring. It's a wonderful adventure on the surface with quite a lot to say about the situation we find ourselves in right now. I'm not an avid reader and this tale and author were downright irresistible. With this novel the author definitely has a lot to crow about!
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  • Corry
    January 1, 1970
    I feel privileged to have been in a close orbit as this book was conceived, gestated and born, laughing out loud as Shit Turd and Dennis started on their outrageous adventure. I love the perspective this book gives: seeing humans in all their fallibility but through loving and compassionate eyes. I especially love the vignettes that reveal the other creatures on this fantastical journey, the whale, the cat, the hairy coo (just read it, ok!) It's hysterical and heart-breaking and hopeful and I ca I feel privileged to have been in a close orbit as this book was conceived, gestated and born, laughing out loud as Shit Turd and Dennis started on their outrageous adventure. I love the perspective this book gives: seeing humans in all their fallibility but through loving and compassionate eyes. I especially love the vignettes that reveal the other creatures on this fantastical journey, the whale, the cat, the hairy coo (just read it, ok!) It's hysterical and heart-breaking and hopeful and I can't wait to see where this adventure takes us all.
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  • Vicki Olafson
    January 1, 1970
    Hollow Kingdom will take you on an emotional journey, attaching you so strongly to each character that you'll resist putting the book down until it's done. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll forget to eat dinner or go to bed because you have to get to the next page. Amazing and incredible novel Kira Jane Buxton!! Love this book!!!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    So much apocalyptic fun! Narrated by S.T. a keen-eyed domestic crow and humanity’s biggest cheerleader, Hollow Kingdom is a terrifyingly funny, sometimes heart wrenching tour of the impact of societal collapse from the point of view of those closest to us.A necessary examination of what it means to be human. A joyful expansion of the human heart.
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  • Racheal
    January 1, 1970
    Totally a me-not-you DNF. The tone just didn't work for me at the moment (too..flippant I guess?), but I think it's quite well written and that a lot of other people will no doubt enjoy it.
  • Deedi (DeediReads) Brown
    January 1, 1970
    All my reviews live at https://deedireads.com/.Rating: 4.5/5When I heard that this was an apocalyptic comedy narrated by a sweary-mouthed crow, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Still, this wasn’t it. Sometimes the summary blurb on a book does the perfect job of summing it up — in the case of Hollow Kingdom, those words are “a humorous, big-hearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp.”This book was HILARIOUS. It was also so, so beautiful. I found myself chortling one second and then immediately clutchin All my reviews live at https://deedireads.com/.Rating: 4.5/5When I heard that this was an apocalyptic comedy narrated by a sweary-mouthed crow, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Still, this wasn’t it. Sometimes the summary blurb on a book does the perfect job of summing it up — in the case of Hollow Kingdom, those words are “a humorous, big-hearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp.”This book was HILARIOUS. It was also so, so beautiful. I found myself chortling one second and then immediately clutching my heart the next. (It will be published August 6!)Our narrator’s name is S.T., which stands for Shit Turd. He grew up in a small craftsman house with Big Jim and a dog named Dennis. S.T. thinks that humans are called MoFos, and he also identifies as such. Then, one day, Big Jim’s eyeball falls out. “Like, fell the fuck out of his head.” Thus begins the apocalypse, and S.T. and Dennis set off to join up with their fellow animals to save the world as they know it. Along the way, they dodge predators, make friends, learn about the magic of the Animal Kingdom, and find themselves and their callings.I cannot express to you how hilariously witty Kira Jane Buxton is. This book is snort-out-your-coffee funny. It’s laugh-out-loud-in-public funny. It’s also got vulgar language and some crude jokes (so if that’s not your thing, you’ve been warned) — which isn’t usually my cup of tea, but this was so well done that it never bothered me for even one second.But also, I never expected to fall so much in love with our foul-mouthed feathered friend. He has a heart that’s ten times the size of his body, and he loves us MoFos and the world we’ve built. He has an uncanny ability to see beauty everywhere and a bright flame of optimism that makes it impossible not to root for him. He’s one of my new favorite characters ever, probably.By the end, I had gone from cackling to crying — in the best way. This may end up being one of my favorite books of the year.
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  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    After mankind goes completely haywire due to worldwide virus, animals are left to help Mother Nature tip the scales to restore order all with a touch of humor. Hollow Kingdom has it all; lovable characters similar to those in The Incredible Journey, heart pounding intensity found in The Walking Dead, facing the unknown like in Bird Box, parallels to Stephen King's Cell to Jeff VanderMeer's take on nature vs man. This debut novel is not to be missed.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton.Unfortunately I did not like this book. Had it not been an ARC, I would've DNF'd it.The premise is a zombie apocalypse has wiped out humanity and we see the events through the eyes of several animals, most living in Seattle. Our main protagonist is a crow named Shit Turd. While I do not mind some vulgarity, this book reads as if an immature boy wrote it. There were many fart and poop jokes, lots of profanity, and a general a juvenile sense I received an ARC of Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton.Unfortunately I did not like this book. Had it not been an ARC, I would've DNF'd it.The premise is a zombie apocalypse has wiped out humanity and we see the events through the eyes of several animals, most living in Seattle. Our main protagonist is a crow named Shit Turd. While I do not mind some vulgarity, this book reads as if an immature boy wrote it. There were many fart and poop jokes, lots of profanity, and a general a juvenile sense of humor. I'll give you some examples:"as awkward as an elevator fart.""Thanks, dick-wad"calling humans "Mofos""douche canoe""yarfed""F*** off, you douche flute!""You could have heard a dust mite queef in there."The crow would often describe other birds in extremely negative and immature ways. Some things he said included:"turd waffle""...a bunch of poop terrorists""a giant troupe of swamp donkeys...elitist toot cabbages""...their faces, those dildo-nosed potatoes.""And I definitely wouldn't tell those a** trumpets.""F***ing newspaper-colored, ice-balled dick goblins, yeah, that's who you want as your brand ambassador.""I hated these inky fools, these lentil-brained a** noodles."I felt like maybe the author was trying to go for a South Park type humor; but unfortunately it was just vulgar with very little humor. I will admit a few entries did make me laugh.Sometimes the tone of the book changed and the author used several big words, some I had to look up the definition. But with two, she repetitively used the same phrases "glaucous-winged gulls" and "nictitating membranes." The inconsistency between vulgar language and more sophisticated wording was distracting.While my largest problem with the book was the writing, I also had problems with the lack of an overarching plot. Most of the time, I didn't know what the characters were supposed to be doing. It seemed more a series of random adventures. The concept was inventive, but the author had too many ideas and was not able to pull them together. Overall, I found the book to be disorganized, crude, and ultimately, a big waste of time.
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