Hollow Kingdom

Hollow Kingdom

by Kira Jane Buxton


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538745823
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 21,260
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kira Jane Buxton's writing has appeared in the New York Times, NewYorker.com, McSweeney's, The Rumpus, Huffington Post, and more. She calls the tropical utopia of Seattle, Washington, home and spends her time with three cats, a dog, two crows, a charm of hummingbirds, and a husband.

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Hollow Kingdom 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Im not an apocolypse fan, but I couldnt put this book down. Laughed, cried, and held my breath.
Caroles_Random_Life 5 months ago
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 to give Hollow Kingdom a try. This story is told almost entirely from S.T.'s point of view. There are a few other characters that get a quick point of view, but this is really S.T.'s story. S.T. is a bird. A pet crow to be precise. He has been dependant on his human, Big Jim, and likes his life. He knows that it is time to venture out on his own when Big Jim loses an eye and goes a little crazy. S.T. and Dennis, Big Jim's hound, leave the house and begin an adventure more intense than they could have ever imagined. I loved S.T. from the start of this story. I thought that the author did a fabulous job of bringing this bird to life. I felt his uncertainty, his loyalty, and his desire to make things as right in the world as he could. S.T. is a smart little bird with a very large heart. He takes his quest seriously and puts himself at risk in order to save the lives of others. S.T. isn't the only great character in this book. We get to know Dennis through S.T.'s eyes and I couldn't help but fall in love with that dog. There really is a nice cast of characters that help to bring this story together. I loved the way that this story was told. I was surprised by the level of humor throughout the story. S.T. knew how humans operated based solely on his experiences with Big Jim so his knowledge was a bit skewed. This story was also an emotional one. There were times that I got choked up but the turn the story took. I also appreciated the underlying message of the story. The reason behind the demise of humans is something that I would have to say has had a negative impact on our world in a lot of ways. I also liked the fact that we got to see how the animals fared without our interference and it was quite clear how much better the world can work when we work together. I would definitely recommend this book to others. This funny, touching, and insightful story was unlike anything that I have read before. I will definitely be reading more from this talented author in the future. I received a review copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. A great mix of humor and deep observations about life and connection. Very timely as we are clearly seeing the results of human action on the world and make decisions about our behavior and the future.
Anonymous 7 months ago
COULD NOT put this book down....amazing read.
Anonymous 8 months ago
It made me laugh, cry, and think. And I love S.T. and Dennis.
Anonymous 9 months ago
honeychile 10 months ago
Buxton is a skilled writer and it shows in this wild ride of a novel. There is plenty of snort-out-loud humor and outright insanity in the tale. Initially, I experienced some generational culture shock at the casual profanity by the main character —a crow— whose very name is profane. But, upon reflection, I decided that ST the crow is just being true to himself. However, this might be a warning for potential readers to consider.. Other parts of the book include lyrical passages that are hauntingly beautiful. The juxtaposition of ST's crude observations with poetic songs from other creatures makes a delectable sweet'n'sour combo. Four stars from this reviewer.
Anonymous 10 months ago
2.5 but rounding up because I think many people may appreciate this book far more than I did. Perhaps the word apocalypse should have been a signal; I usually do not like. Clever and often laugh out loud but ultimately not for me. Dark humor. Original. Admirable, but. Told in the voice of S.T. [Shit Turd}, a domesticated crow, who travels with his friend Dennis, a bloodhound, who both belong to BIg Jim. At the onset of the novel, Big JIm loses an eyeball. And we're off as they navigate the world of MoFos [yep!] seeking solutions. Many other animals come across the pages---cat, armadillo, snow leopard, flamingo, and more [there is a zoo]. And Hollows--crows--hence Hollow Kingdom. I laughed heartily and often at the images Buxton conjured, but it was just not enough. e.g.: "...hindsight spectacles that Big Jim yearns for after every Tinder date." " I could hear the near-silent screams of bustling termites devouring the bones of the place." "MoFo expressions meant to confuse, like when I wasted an entire afternoon searching the yeard for an ax and a body because Big Jim said he'd buried the hatched with his friend Mike." and so on and on and on... In fact, sometimes I thought too much. In the end--just too much and seemingly repetitive; it wore me down. I wanted more substance. I'd recommend as long as one knows what awaits. I'm in the minority.
CuppaWords 11 months ago
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton was one of those books I was both excited to begin reading and scared. The blurb presented me with an apocalyptic tale told from the point of view of animals, with one of the main narrators being S.T., a domesticated crow. This story could go either way—really, really good or really, really bad. I’m happy to state that Hollow Kingdom was an absolute treat. What a fun, imaginative way to explore the apocalypse. There were countless times, I found myself suppressing the urge to laugh out loud. I absolutely fell in love with S.T., and will likely now be found running after crows in parks attempting to friend them. Thank you oh so very much to the author for more than likely making me appear more ridiculous than I already am around animals. My second favorite narrator was Genghis the cat. He was an absolute riot and very much represented everything I believe my cat truly thinks about me and humanity in general. One of the most shocking things about Hollow Kingdom was the tenderness. This silly little story is more than a fun romp with animal friends through a world filled with zombies. It is ultimately a story about grief, about the poignant connections between man and nature, and even more importantly, about hope. Odd as it may seem, I turned the last page with tear-filled eyes and my heart feeling as though it might explode. Even as I write this review, I miss my quirky little friends. My only extremely small nit is that sometimes the prose contradicted itself, vacillating between a simple narration and a more eloquent tone. For me, it was the simple tone that really made this book shine because it not only matched the characters, but also the message. Animals are often seen as these simple creatures just beyond our scope of true comprehension, when in reality their simplicity is what makes them one of the most important aspects of our existence. With this small nit aside, Buxton should be overjoyed with this truly tremendous debut novel. She is certainly an author I will be watching with a very close eye, while eagerly awaiting her subsequent tales. Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review.
diane92345 11 months ago
You know that something is wrong when your mo-fo’s (aka human’s) eye falls out of his head and he isn’t concerned. So begins the totally original post-apocalyptic tale of the Hollow Kingdom. S.T. is a pet crow. His mo-fo, Big Jim, is sick and won’t stop poking his finger at the wall. Eventually, Big Jim gets hungry for a live dinner forcing S.T. to leave home with Dennis, his none-to-smart bloodhound brother. As S.T. and Dennis search for a cure for Big Jim’s illness, they encounter both domestic animals and zoo escapees. Filled with both humor and pathos, Hollow Kingdom is a unique post-apocalyptic tale. This must be the only book written from the point of view of a domesticated crow. It is strongly recommended for anyone looking for something different to read. 4 stars! Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
AdventuresofaBibliophile 11 months ago
Oh my goodness! What a book! The best speculative fiction I have possible read…ever. It’s the apocalypse, told from the POV of a domesticated crow named ST. You read that right, our protagonist is a crow who gets his knowledge and understanding of the world from cable TV. You can imagine how colorful ST is! I have read someone describe this book as The Secret Life of Pets meets The Walking Dead, and I couldn’t agree more. After deciding that his human is completely un-savable he heads out with the bloodhound Dennis to try and figurer out what the heck happened. On there adventures, they meet up with all kinds of different animals, communicating through the Aura, think the animal kingdom equivalent of texting. As they make their way around Seattle. This books was so unique and absolutely unforgettable. There is a period of adjusting as you begin to suspend your disbelief. ST is so human like that in the beginning I was thrown out of the story any time it mentions that he is a crow. Once I got used to it, it was definitely easy to follow along, and I was once again immersed. I highly recommend this book. A stellar and unique foray into the apocalypse from a perspective we have never had before. 5 Stars! **Thank you to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.**
KarenfromDothan 11 months ago
A virus has infected the human race with devastating consequences. S.T. is a talking crow and Dennis is a basset hound. They’ve been living happily with Big Jim. When Big Jim starts acting like a zombie, the two set off in search of a cure. Wow! This is a fantastic work of speculative fiction. S.T. is hilarious. He and Dennis are the two main characters and they’re wonderful. So loyal and brave with hearts of gold. All the talking animals of the story are extraordinary. Part humorous, part horror, full of danger and suspense, it’s a story about mankind’s relationship to the planet and its growing addiction to technology. I absolutely loved it and unreservedly recommend it to all lovers of the speculative genre.