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Hollow Kingdom

(Hollow Kingdom #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  9,545 ratings  ·  2,336 reviews
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
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing
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Scott Deaths and injuries are not very graphic; they're all done on a very PG-rating level, especially for a zombie story. Since the main character is an an…moreDeaths and injuries are not very graphic; they're all done on a very PG-rating level, especially for a zombie story. Since the main character is an animal, the other animals are treated more like characters who have their own motivations and goals rather than just set dressing as pets are in most other books. You're more likely to be bothered by the fact that it was *that character* that just died (possibly your favorite,) rather than the fact that they happened to be a cat or a dog.(less)
Stuart Rodriguez Hollow Kingdom would be a fantastic addition to your high school library. It’s an incredibly fun, well-written, and engaging novel about overcoming ad…moreHollow Kingdom would be a fantastic addition to your high school library. It’s an incredibly fun, well-written, and engaging novel about overcoming adversity, courage in the face of overwhelming odds, standing up for those weaker than you, and the power of friendship and found family.

Yes, it is sweary, but please don’t let that deter you; the language and imagery in this book aren’t anything teenagers haven’t already heard or read about online. And hey, think about it this way—the novel’s language might mean a lower barrier of entry for students who are non-readers. This book’s messages are absolutely worth the delivery, so I hope you can trust your students to parse the language and messages in this incredibly fun and vibrant novel.(less)

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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
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

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. Unfortuna
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 delightful experience. I highly recommend it
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.

Hannah Greendale
2019 Best Books of the Year [#04 of 11]

💚 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.
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
(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 Hollow Kingdom. 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 ...more
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 pal. They begin a quest to find and release "domes
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
This book is definitely outside of my normal wheelhouse. Told from the perspective of S. T., a domesticated crow, the world is in the midst of an apocalyptic pandemic. Think Shaun of the Dead zombie pandemic. And with just as much humor. I listened to this and it’s one of those books destined to have you getting strange looks as you laugh out loud in public places. S. T. Is the perfect main character. He’s foul mouthed, opinionated, partial to Cheetos and other junk food and with an overwhelming ...more
Jenny Lawson
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I laughed and I cried.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 taking care of him? S.T. manages to team up with Big Ji
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 given stems from the pure enjoyment I got from re ...more
K.J. Charles
Basically a nature book hiding in a zombie novel. The narrator is a foul mouthed domesticated crow and the action starts when his owner's eyeball falls out, but it's really about the interconnection of nature, the way humans fatally disconnect in favour of screens, and the need for found family and society. Some lovely writing as well as much swearing and gross-out bits. And the chapters narrated by a cat made me snort laugh. ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindleowned, arc
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
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, owned, dystopian
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 ...more
samantha  Bookworm-on-rainydays
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. ...more
Carolyn Walsh
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
*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
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Oct 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
“ 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 plot to speak off. Schoolyard humour and plenty of vulgarity alt
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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 to give Hollow Kingdom a try.

This story is told a
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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, life as ST knew it is over. On the road with Dennis (
"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 named Dennis in Seattle. This shit-talking crow enj
Amy Poeppel
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You are in for such a treat! It is a darkly funny, wonderful book. LOVED it!!!
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 for themselves. When things take a turn for the wo ...more
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 bizarre twist on post apocalyptic books, give it a s
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-club-read
That was fun! The humor was good, clean (ha! just kidding) and never really got old. There isn't too much to say about it, the story was interesting but not really captivating and S.T. was a good MC.
I would recommend to anyone looking for a light, quick read. The first 10-20 pages are a good representation of the rest of the book.
Allison Hurd
Don't read this review if you want to go into the SFFBC group pick without any preconceptions!

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Oleksandr Zholud
This is a humorous fantasy novel, as told by a crow. I read is as a part of monthly reading for May 2020 at SciFi and Fantasy Book Club group.

The story starts with an introduction of the protagonist: Shit Turd or S.T. for short. He is an American crow, who wants to be a mofo. Mofo is the name his owner Big Jim calls all humans. There is also a bloodhound Dennis with the IQ of a dead opossum. Big Jim loses his eyeball and this signals the end of the world. Or more precise, the start of a zombie a
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - downrated because of … see below

This was so much fun!
The hero of this novel is a crow who identifies as human, loves Cheetohs and absolutely detests penguins. He is a sassy, loudmouthed, quite confused little thing with a big, big heart. And he has to keep everything together after the apocalypse.

This story had a lot of laughing-out-loud moments as well as some tender, heart-wrenching ones. It never went overboard with its crazyness but stayed "human" (which is a strange thing to sa
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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 couldn’t get me down.

For one thing, I thought after y
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Kira Jane Buxton's writing has appeared in The New York Times,, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Huffington Post, and more. Her debut novel Hollow Kingdom was an Indie Next pick, a finalist for the Audie Awards and the Washington State Book Awards, and was named a best book of 2019 by Good Housekeeping, NPR, and Book Riot. She calls the tropical utopia of Seattle home and spends her time wit ...more

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