Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

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 ...

Details Hollow Kingdom

TitleHollow Kingdom
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Humor, Dystopia, Animals, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic

Reviews Hollow Kingdom

  • 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 real...
  • Tucker
    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 lo...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Looking for something out of the ordinary? I am pretty certain I’ve not read another book remotely like this one. A personality-filled crow who is attempting to save the world from the apocalypse, along with his trusty steed, Dennis, the dog. I LOVED these memorable characters. I adored the Seattle setting. The creativity and originality are absolutely astounding, not to mention, it’s a smooth read from start to finish. Reading it was a ...
  • 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...
  • 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. 💚 Really hoping to see this genre bending debut nominated for all the prizes. 💚Buxton catapults readers through the apocolpyse in a horrific yet hilari...
  • Melki
    Everything talks, you just have to be willing to listen.This one was a real roller coaster ride through a tunnel of love & hate. I LOVED the beginning. We meet a domesticated crow named Shit Turd (S.T. for short), who loves hanging out with his owner, Big Jim, and Dennis, a dumb, but lovable bloodhound. When Jim becomes a mindless zombie, the two critters decide to strike out on their own rather than risk being consumed by their formerly human pa...
  • 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 ani...
  • Carrie
    Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton is a science fiction, post apocalyptic fantasy that has a new twist with the surviving characters. Instead of the story being told from the point of view of the last remaining humans in the world we get a narrative from S.T., a domesticated crow.S.T.’s owner, Big Jim, had gotten really sick until the point one day Big Jim’s eyeball falls right out. Well, what is one domesticated crow to do without an owner t...
  • Justine
    Such a different and creative book! Funny, irreverent, and filled with emotional highs and lows, this one took me by surprise in the best possible way. I didn't know what to expect from a crow's eye view of the fall of humanity (referred to affectionately as "MoFos" by the protagonist, S.T.) and the great change experienced by beings of the natural world left behind, but whatever it was, Hollow Kingdom fulfilled it. Part of the 5 star rating I've...
  • 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,...
  • samantha (books-are-my-life20)
    What a wonderful, imaginative tale. Kira Jane Burton 's Hollow Kingdom is acerbic, humorous and thought provoking read about the decimation of the human species and what caused it. The writing is beautiful. Even this is a dystopian novel it is deeply moving. I couldn’t put this down. It was so hilarious and slightly terrifying at the same time. The main character goes through quite a few trials with his plucky dog sidekick and it was perfect.
  • 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...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.I really liked this book. I am always on the lookout for something different, something original, something I haven't read one hundred times before. I have also been reading a lot of zombie books lately so I kind of think that this book was written for me. This was a different kind of zombie story and one that I won't forget any time soon. I am so glad that I took a chance and decided...
  • Trin
    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 predato...
  • Fiona
    I don't read a lot of zombie books any more, but Hollow Kingdom made me want to change that. A debut novel with so many more strengths than weaknesses, this was a fun, sweary, and very original look at the end of the world.We follow ST (Shit Turd), a crow raised by Big Jim, taught by him all the various great aspects of MoFo (human) life - Cheetos, and TV, and hot dog eating contests. But then one day Big Jim changes, and not long after that, lif...
  • Tiffany
    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, ...
  • Taylor
    "Change is inevitable, dear crow. We must adapt. You cannot stop the tide, S.T. You must be more like the log that bobs along the surface."...I picked up Hollow Kingdom completely on a whim. I've been on a mission to broaden my reading horizons this year, and Kira Jane Buxton's strange debut endeared me with its out-there premise. S.T. (which stands for Shit Turd) is a domesticated crow, who lives with his owner, Big Jim, and a goofy bloodhound n...
  • Athena (OneReadingNurse)
    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 bi...
  • Amy Poeppel
    You are in for such a treat! It is a darkly funny, wonderful book. LOVED it!!!
  • Cathy
    “ My name is Shit Turd and I am an American crow. Are you still with me? Crows aren’t well liked, you see.““I owe my life to you. As an honorary MoFo, I’m here to be utterly honest and tell you what happened to your kind. The thing none of us saw coming.“Finished chapter 9, returned it to Amazon. The beginning was funny enough, but the rest was just pretty pointless rambling for me. I was missing a red thread. There seemed to be no pl...
  • Lata
    Kira Jane Buxton gives us a very different perspective on the zombie apocalypse. Our hero, rather than some square-jawed human, is a crow called S.T. A crow who identifies as human, or "MoFo" as he calls them, and looks up to his human, Big Jim, as the knower of all things. When Big Jim loses one of his eyeballs and moves into the basement, S.T. knows something's up and it isn't good. S.T. and Dennis, the other, canine resident, are left to fend ...
  • Mark
    “So, the truth- my name is Shit Turd (S.T. for short) and I'm a domesticated crow, raised by Big Jim who taught me the ways of your kind whom he called “MoFos”. He gave me my floral vocabulary and my indubitably unique name. As an honorary MoFo, I am here to be utterly honest and tell you what happened to your kind. The thing none of us saw coming...”“Listen; life is worth a fight. Expectation must be shed like winter leaves. Even in de...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    The writing in this one was often quite good, but it was sometimes hard to take it seriously. My big issues, though, were the sophomoric humor and that it went on for about 100 pages too long.
  • Lindsay
    S.T. is the pet crow of Big Jim. They live together in Seattle with Big Jim's other pet, Dennis, a huge bloodhound. One day Jim and every other MoFo starts acting strangely, drooling blood, having parts of them drop off and aggressively attacking things that come within reach. S.T. does his best to help Jim, but ends up having to look after Dennis himself and seek help from outside. Fairly soon S.T. and Dennis are struggling to help themselves an...
  • Juli
    What an incredibly creative and bizarre take on the zombie apocalypse! I'm not going to beat around the bush -- I love this book! S.T. (short for shit turd) is a happy domesticated crow. The world has his human, Big Jim, all the cheetos he can eat, and a great dog named Dennis for him to annoy. His life is perfect. Until.....Big Jim's eyeball falls out. And he starts acting strange. Then ALL the people start acting strange. Even a quick fly to CV...
  • Stacy
    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...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/02/...I confess, I almost passed this book over at first because I was afraid its particular style of quirk and humor would be a little too over-the-top for me. Thank goodness a couple of reviews from bloggers I follow ended up changing my mind and made me decide to give Hollow Kingdom a try after all. This was hilarious and oh so much fun. Even some of its extreme whackiness cou...
  • britt_brooke
    An apocalyptic tale of poetic trees, amorous squirrels, zombies, and zoo animals narrated by a foul-mouthed, funny-ass domesticated crow. Something is happening to the Mofos (humans) so S.T. and his canine pal set out to see wtf is going on. Together with other domesticated creatures, they navigate their new existence. It’s a sharp, but oddly tender story laced with golden pop culture references. So entertaining! Great debut.
  • Alice
    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 m...