- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Severest Inks; 1st edition (3 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0957325509
- ISBN-13: 978-0957325500
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,130,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hollow Shotguns Paperback – 3 Jul 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Hollow Shotguns is the story of an apocalypse, the end of the world, and on a deeper level, of humanity. The setting is Riverstones City (Stones for short), which is not new to fans of Khalid Patel. Characters from other stories like Red are met here. It's the capital of poverty, crime and moral degradation, the grotesqueness given to the dangerous streets a metaphor in itself. It's hopeless, and depressing.
Inside the monstrosity that is this city are layers of dark, South Grove being one of the most decayed of the suburbs. "The Grove comprised a squared stretch of slight dwellings. All decrepit... Crumbling corners embraced spent needles, smoked-out blunts. The same sidewalks which in day hosted candy swapping, playful tussles, teenage flirting, come night quartered drug dealing, brutal violence, prostitution." This is home to The Set, a gang of four teenage boys. At heart, they are only boys, who do what boys do. For example, the question at the centre of Slash's universe is "Can Tyler Durden thrash Frank The Bunny?" Their actions are geared at proving their worth.Read more ›
Set in the blistering heat of summer, this is the story of a gang of preadolescents endeavouring to survive the homicidal consequences of a raging virus. As Hollow Shotguns unfolds, it becomes evident that the traditional materials of horror are being pushed far wider than ever before, merging popular and literary fiction. Whilst the foundations may lie in the horror genre, rather than sinking to the usual slasher/zombie plotlines and letting the reader idly suspend disbelief, Hollow Shotguns forces them to confront and question where the real threat to the physical and spiritual self lies. As the measures taken to ensure survival escalate, the narrative unnervingly exposes how the capacity for harm which dwells within the human psyche is far more terrifying than any external demons. This is a work brave enough to challenge its readers not just appease.
The humour weaving through the passages offers some respite from the intensity of the main subject matter, with constantly well-placed reminders of our protagonists' youth and innocence, juxtaposing the bleaker backdrop of the apocalypse and the violence. The naive ponderings of the young prodigies, often focusing on minute and irrelevant details irrespective of the approaching apocalypse, serves to develop the characters and give the book heart. From corrupt governments to antiquated education systems, all come in for hilarious ridicule... especially poignant when expressed from the mouths of the young boys.Read more ›
And when the s*** hits the fan, Hollow Shotguns does become balls-to-the-wall EPIC. Full on cinematic set-pieces sneak up on you! Yet the action scenes are ingeniously designed to make you think. Unlike most depictions of violence in entertainment, this isn’t dry, by-the-numbers action. The author keeps you on your toes during battles, often not fully spelling-out what is occurring, encouraging you to read between the lines. This is very cleverly done as it reflects actual combat, where the situation is ever-dynamic and you never know what’ll happen next. And your thrashing adrenaline gives you a sort of super-sensed high, just like you’ll get from the inventive, intensive fight scenes here. There are echoes of American Psycho in the violence, particularly in how it is sometimes sustained, almost in an endurance test of our sensibilities. As other reviewers note, The War chapter is particularly gruelling.
These heart-racing, pounding moments are flanked by scenes that are moving, humorous, or blends of both.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
On the copyright page of this novel, The Severest Inks publishing company labels its books as Not A F****** Beach Read. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tim E
4 teenagers - Mills, Cade, Slash and Zeth form 'The Set' who live in a not-so-desirable part of town. Each have their own problems with parents and siblings. Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2014 by The Pegster
The book starts off at a riotous pace and does not relent till the very end. The authors vision of a apocalyptic zombie holocaust is fresh and unique and does not resort to the... Read morePublished on 8 July 2014 by darren carney
A deconstruction of violence
Hollow Shotguns is really all about violence, but not in an easy 'glorifies it' way (though you'd be forgiven for thinking so at first). Read more
I don't read as much as I should nowadays, though you could blame the state of the book industry for that (Twilight & 50 Shades the bestsellers of our generation? Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2014 by Anon
Yes... I liken Hollow Shotguns to that triumph of television. It's a just comparison methinks. The Wire handled real themes in real, grounded ways. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2013 by Nita B
From The Walking Dead to 28 Days Later, it does not suck to be a zombie right now. In fact, over heaven, reincarnation or nirvana, it's my preferred possible afterlife. Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2013 by reverenderyk
When I was a kid, my friends and I would dream up this apocalypse and think of all the things we would do; in this novel, it comes to life. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2013 by G. S. Longfellow
This book follows five boys trying to survive the apocalypse. A disease is mangling humans into insane, fire-fixated, black-boned 'demons'. Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2013 by Blistered Eyeballs