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review 2019-08-16 20:15
HOLLOW KINGDOM by Kira Jane Buxton
Hollow Kingdom - Kira Jane Buxton


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 of 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.




*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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text 2019-08-16 13:30
FridayReads 8.16.19


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text 2019-08-15 18:45
Halloween Bingo 2019-Card/Markers/Picks



I think I'll use the Pumpkin Owl for: Called and Read: 


I'll use the Black Cat for: Called but not Read


I'll use Spidey for: Read but not Called




I have some preliminary picks sorted out. I'm still working on the others. Most of these books I'm due to read anyway, due to ARC requests. Some have questions marks because I'm not sure what category I will end up using for them. 

(Usually I fly by the seat of my pants, but this year I'm actually trying to plan. We'll see how it pans out in the end.)


VIOLET by Scott Thomas

TERMINAL by Michaelbrent Collings?


TERMINAL by Michaelbrent Collings
Shadowland by Peter Straub?

SLASH by Hunter Shea

SHADOWLAND by Peter Straub, (originally published in 1980) Group Read at GR. 

WORSHIP ME by Craig Stewart?

VIOLET by Scott Thomas 
A BOOK OF BONES by John Connolly?

WORSHIP ME by Craig Stewart

CORALINE by Neil Gaiman?



Cardinal Black by Robert McCammon



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text 2019-08-14 18:45
Halloween Bingo Preparty-New Releases- A Little Late!
Full Throttle: Stories - Joe Hill
Violet - Scott Thomas
Slash (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Hunter Shea
A Book of Bones: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 17. From the No. 1 Bestselling Author of THE WOMAN IN THE WOODS - John Connolly
A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror - John Hornor Jacobs,Chuck Wendig
Twilight Man - Koren Shadmi


I have a little bit of time today, so I thought I'd post about some new horror releases. 


As most of you know, I get a lot of ARCs and above are a few of them I'm really excited about. 


FULL THROTTLE by Joe Hill, (Stephen King's son)

I've met the man a number of times and he's sweet and very funny. 

I've loved everything from him so far, but I've seen some so-so reviews on this one. 

Available October 10th.


VIOLET by Scott Thomas

His debut novel KILL CREEK blew me away, so I'm very much looking forward to seeing if that was a fluke or not. I'm betting NOT. 

Available September 24th.


SLASH by Hunter Shea

Shea is my go-to guy for creature features, but sometimes he writes out of that subgenre. His book CREATURE, despite the name, was a heart-rending book about chronic illness and the toll it takes on a marriage. (Among other things.)

This one looks like a straight up slasher story. Should be fun!

Available October 10th.


A BOOK OF BONES by John Connolly

This is the 17th installment of the Charlie Parker series. It was made available in April to those of you in the UK, but here in the US we don't get to see it until October 15th. 


A LUSH AND SEETHING HELL by John Horner Jacobs

Last year I wrote a review of this spectacular cosmic horror novella:


This new release contains that novella and a short novel.

I pre-ordered that shit as soon as I saw it. I am also trying to make it a priority to read some of his older works that I already own. 

Available October 8th



I haven't been approved for this yet, but I am hoping I will be.

It's an illustrated memoir about Rod Serling. 

'Nuff said!

Available October 8th


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review 2019-08-13 12:30
On the Corner of Love and Hate - Nina Bocci

Emmanuelle AKA "Emma" is just offended when her father tells her he wants her to help her co-worker campaign for his job as mayor.  Not only is he a playboy, lazy, and childish but she has no extra time in her life already.  Where does she fit this extra work in?


Cooper already has a plan.  He is loved by most everyone in town already, and he has a good work ethic when motivated.  Why can't Emma see he is still the same man?


This story reminded me that when men and women fight - and they do - it can be war.  The characters were interesting, and actually have a lot of depth.  The pacing in the story could have been a little faster, but we may have lost some of the charm.  Overall I think a good stepping stone for this new series and I cannot wait to read the next installment!  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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