Apr. 16th, 2019

  • 4:50 PM

Hollow Kingdom, by Kira Jane Buxton. Grand Central Publishing, 2019


This is an end of the world as we know it, zombie apocalypse, quest novel… narrated mainly by a human-raised crow named S.T. – Shit Turd. There are occasional short passages by whales, polar bears, and others- including Genghis Cat, a true ninja. S.T.’s human has gone zombie, his eyes have fallen out of his head (and neatly saved for later by S.T., just in case Big Jim wants it back), and he’s lunging around dangerously and S.T. is afraid he’ll eat him if Big Jim catches him. So S.T. and Dennis, Big Jim’s bloodhound, take off into the great new landscape of Seattle, post zombies.


Big Jim may not have been very good with naming pets, but he taught S.T. to speak human, turn on cell phones, and a lot of other things that the average crow doesn’t know. And, when S.T. concentrates, he can also hear the Aura, Web, and Echo- the extra-sensory strands of animal communicate via.


S.T.’s quest is at first one for food, as he travels around the Seattle area standing on Dennis’s back, he starts to realize he has to do more. All around, pets – the Domestics- are trapped in houses, some with zombies inside. How can he and Dennis free them from death by starvation?


This story is several things- an epic fantasy quest tale, an ecological statement, humor, a statement on human’s over dependence on technology, a story of learning to trust, and a coming of age for S.T. as he learns who he really is. It’s sort of like if Watership Down was written by a team consisting of Tolkien, Hunter S. Thompson, an ecologist, and a zoologist. I loved it and couldn’t put it down, but it is uneven in places and is heavy handed on the ecology and technology issues. The book could have used a good edit. But S.T. is such a great narrator that (almost) all can be forgiven.

kidlit & YA wanted in NYC

  • Apr. 12th, 2019 at 1:06 AM

found via [personal profile] conuly
I overheard that my job's pediatric clinic is running out of books and there's very little room in the budget (we are a community health center and are publically funded!) to buy more books. So, without the knowledge of the pediatric clinic, as I want to give their incredibly stressed supervisory staff and the patients a really great surprise, I'm organizing a little book drive.

If you have any books in your home that are:

appropriate for English or Spanish speaking kids

who are the ages of 3 - 17 years old

in as new, fine or very good condition (good condition possible, but we will need to discuss exactly what isn't in very good condition about it)

that you don't want in your home anymore

Could you consider giving them to our pediatric clinic? I am broke as all get out, and not able to pay for anything, so I'm asking for people to donate the shipping costs (to NYC) as well out of the goodness of your hearts. All of our patients have some kind of mental health issue and many have chronic illnesses as well. Our books are used in the waiting room and in therapy sometimes, but the most important thing about the books is that kids who love a book can take it home.

more about what they're looking for at the original post.

In Plain Sight

  • Apr. 11th, 2019 at 11:01 PM
In Plain Sight by Dan Willis

Arcane Casebook book 1, but stand alone. A private investigator and rune-wright in a magical New York 1930s.

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The Wrath of Cons

  • Apr. 10th, 2019 at 7:00 PM
The Wrath of Cons by Robert Kroese

Rex Nihilo book 3. Spoilers ahead for the earlier ones.

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A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

  • Apr. 5th, 2019 at 1:21 AM
I might as well cross-post the review around...

In short? I really like this book, which has Politics, Ultratech, Poetry, and a beautiful (and snobby) Empire. It is a book that is *especially* "in conversation with," as the fancy term goes...
• C.J. Cherryh's Foreigner series.
• Ancillary Justice and sequels.
• The Goblin Emperor.
• Aliette de Bodard's Universe of Xuya stories.

It was not quite the book I was expecting, but the book I was expecting was a lot lighter on the witty quips and outright funny bits that I read to my spouse and offspring from time to time, so this one is very good for those bits. (And also there were two places where I cried. *sniffle*)

Anyway, if you like any of the above books -- and especially if your tastes include all of them -- then you'll probably like this one as well.

Perhaps that is a little too cryptic. Minor spoilers ahead. )