What do you guys think about birds?
Me? TERRIFIED. The only bird that doesn’t scare me is a hummingbird and that’s because they’re tiny little fluttery sky fairies and give kisses dusted in gold.
I grew up on a farm and we had HUNDREDS of chickens. My chore was to feed said chickens. I would go out with my bucket full of grain, open the door and they would CHARGE. Feeling like Tippi Hedron in The Birds I’d dump and run! Chickens can be vicious!
Fast forward to going to my husband’s house for the first time… he thought it was so funny to command his HUGE parrot to fly right at my face with a beak thirsting to snip off my appendages one by one… so, yep – pretty scared of birds!
“What a surprising, funny, terrifying, marvelous, wholly original novel! Buxton combines a vivid horror show (think zombies and the gruesome, bloody extinction of man) with a touching love story between the unlikeliest of BFFs: a crow, a hound, and a man who’s had a tough go of things on Tinder, and that was before his eyeball fell out. With humor and a style that brings to mind Tom Robbins and Karen Russell, Buxton’s debut is heartwarming and heart stopping, hilarious and tragic.”
―Amy Poeppel, author of Limelight and Small Admissions
( Side note: Amy Poeppel was a HUGE reason I picked up this book!)
BUT. This book.
One of my most favorite reads EVER! Hollow Kingdom is SO unique. Such an unlikely hero and so insanely refreshing. I want 4 sequels and I now would like a crow as a pet, and Kira Jane Buxton to be my BFF.
In a nutshell, S.T. is going to save the world. S.T. is short for “Shit Turd” and he is a domesticated crow who loves Cheetos. Along with his dumb-as-rocks sidekick, a Bloodhound named Dennis, the pair sets off to save the world when all of humankind becomes zombies. It’s The Walking Dead, meets The Incredible Journey – and it is WILD!
That’s all I’m giving you. Go read it!
Animal lovers will relish in this incredible story. I really hope you’ll read this because it is the MOST FUN thing I’ve ever read. I adore this book, and because of Kira Jane Buxton – I now adore crows too!
Also – you must stalk Kira’s Instafeed because she has hummingbirds and crows that just hang out with her because she is literally the COOLEST.
And I do hope you will grab ASAP!
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 6, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1538745828
- ISBN-13: 978-1538745823
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*No birds were harmed in the making of this photo!
About the Book:
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 (i.e. “those idiots”), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®.
But when Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head, S.T. starts to think something’s not quite right. His 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 suddenly discovers that the neighbors are devouring one other. Local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of Seattle’s dangerous new predators.
Humanity’s extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a cowardly crow whose only knowledge of the world comes from TV.
What could possibly go wrong?
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 home and spends her time with three cats, a dog, two crows, a charm of hummingbirds, and a husband.