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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 2019-08-11 22:35
Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty -- Question for 08/09 (Day 9): Book Suggestions for the New Squares? Part 1: "Paint It Black"
Complete Tales and Poems - Edgar Allan Poe
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett,Celia Imrie
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Gryffindor Edition - ROWLING J.K.
Black Roses - Jane Thynne
The Bride Wore Black - William Irish,Cornell Woolrich
The Raven Tower - Ann Leckie
The Signalman: A Ghost Story - Charles Dickens,Simon Bradley
The Poet - Michael Connelly
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Original Movie Script - Jim Sharman,Richard O'Brien
The Godfather - Mario Puzo

Today's prompt is for favorite horror reads; that not being much of my thing (outside, perhaps, the gothic classics and anything more edifying or funny rather than scary), I think I'm going to leave that prompt to Char, Bark's Books (aka Bark at the Ghouls), and the site's other horror fans.  Instead, I'm going to catch up on the prompt from the day before yesterday -- I'm really, really excited about the new squares.


This is going to be another multiple-post reply ... because come on, these covers are just too beautiful not to give them a space of their own!




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review 2019-08-11 15:02
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe - Jane Wagner
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Going into this I had no idea what to expect. This book was crazy, weird, and everything I needed. Such a fantastic read that sends you on a roller coaster of emotions and experiences. Silly, funny, heartbreaking, eyeopening, relatable, anger-inducing, frustrating, tear jerking, humorous. This book encompasses a range of human life and it is amazing. 

The cast of characters is perfectly collaborated, acting as foils and compliments to each other in their strange interconnected way, linking humans and their experiences together in a surprisingly simply yet complicated way. Honestly, there is just so much going on in this work and I am amazed by it. 

The book also includes some pretty great photos of Tomlin during her performances as well as some strange collage-esque photo art that is rather splendid. 

Great read. I am now on the hunt for a copy of the show, because I can hardly fathom how amazing it is to see Tomlin enact all of the complexities and idiosyncrasies of these fantastic characters. I'm rather disappointed that my library doesn't have a copy, but I will persevere. I think it's worth it.
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text 2019-08-10 14:00
Pre-Party Prompts - Day 10 Most Anticipated Read for 2019 Halloween Bingo
Year One - Nora Roberts
The Anatomist's Wife - Anna Lee Huber
The Darkness Knows (Viv and Charlie Mystery) - Cheryl Honigford
His Majesty's Hope - Susan Elia MacNeal
Hot and Badgered (The Honey Badgers) - Shelly Laurenston
Copycat Killing - Sofie Kelly
Jane Doe: A Novel - Victoria Helen Stone
Clean Sweep - Ilona Andrews
After the Fog - Kathleen Shoop
One Haunted Evening - Ava Stone,Jerrica Knight-Catania,Jane Charles


This post is being pre-written because the family and I are headed to a local comic con, specializing in authors and artists from the greater Wichita area. 



The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber (historical mystery)

The Darkness Knows by Cheryl Honingford (historical mystery)

Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly (magical realism, cozy mystery, cats)

Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston (shifters)

Gone with the Ghost by Erin McCarthy (cozy mystery with ghost)

After the Fog by Kathleen Shoop (historical mystery)

One Haunted Evening by Jane Charles, Jerrica Knight-Catania, and Ava Stone (paranormal romance)

Hungry Like the Wolf by Paige Tyler (werewolves/paranormal romance)

Secrets to Reveal by Tilly Wallace (vampires/paranormal romance)

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone (thriller)

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews (paranormal)

Year One by Nora Roberts (paranormal)

His Majesty's Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal (historical mystery)







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text 2019-08-08 19:07
Halloween Bingo Pre-Party: Favorite Past Halloween Bingo Squares
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Elaine Hedges
It - Stephen King
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
A Murder Is Announced - Agatha Christie

Well I can't really say that I have a favorite square. I never care what square I get for the Halloween bingo.

That said, here are five of the squares that I liked seeing other people play during past Halloween bingos.




I have to say that I love a good Gothic novel. Us playing Halloween bingo got me immersed in the works of Victoria Holt and other writers. You can also read books such as "Rebecca," "Jane Eyre", and "The Haunting of Hill House."



So many authors that fit this square! I have to say finding out about authors like Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Shirley Jackson, Octavia E. Butler, heck even Nora Roberts has tapped into romantic suspense books which would fit this square. 




So many good horror books fit this square! I have to say that for me horror books taking place in a small town seem to throw out their own aura, you remember the town and the rest of the characters if the author does a great job with building up their fictional world. Some books that would fit would be "Carrie", "Salem's Lot", "Harvest Home", "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" and "It." "It" would be good to read for the new "Film at 11" square.



I like witches. That's all I got. Some books for this square would be "A Discovery of Witches", "The Witches Daughter", "A Secret History of Witches", and a book that I may try to read someday soon, "Wicked Salem: Exploring Lingering Lore and Legends." 



I usually just read an Agatha Christie book for this one. I love Miss Marple! You have so many books that fit this one for her, some of my favorites are: "Murder at the Vicarage", 
"The Body in the Library", and "A Murder is Announced."


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