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Crap Kingdom Hardcover – March 7, 2013
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From School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Tom Parking figured his life was too normal for him ever to be whisked off to an alternate world like a character in a book or movie, much as that would please him. Then his estranged father shows up in the guise of Gark and takes him, via the used-clothes donation box, to an unnamed kingdom of salvaged junk to be their Chosen One. When the teen's reception by the king is less than enthusiastic and he winds up being assigned to the Royal Rat-Snottery to prove his worth, Tom decides to return home to consider his options. He focuses on trying to win the attention of beautiful Lindsy Kopec instead of trying to be the salvation of a "crap kingdom." But when his friend Kyle takes his place as the Chosen One, wins over the king, and acquires magical powers, Tom can't help but be jealous. To add insult to injury, the soul that inhabits Tom's body whenever he visits Kyle is the brave and confident type of guy he always wished he could be. Everything comes to a head when Tom is captured by an enemy king and forced into the army that is bent on destroying the unnamed kingdom. When his friend's life is in jeopardy, Tom discovers that there is much more to him than he has ever given himself credit for. Put this one on your list of good reads for guys.-Cary Frostick, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Praise for CRAP KINGDOM by DC Pierson:
“A hilarious and surreally honest book. Crap Kingdom is anything but the first half of its title.”—Donald Glover
“Pierson’s funny, giddy anti-epic is the summer blockbuster your burnout friend never got around to writing.”—Patton Oswalt, comedian
“It’s not just an incredible fantasy book. It’s also so evocative of high school angst and joy. It really makes me wish I were a fifteen year old boy again.”—Megan Amram, staff writer, “Parks & Recreation”
“Like the hero of a fantasy novel, DC Pierson was merely an insanely gifted comic like everyone else, until he wakened to his secret destiny: to write brilliant and hilarious novels (oh, and also to lead the were-centaurs in final battle against the Ageless Narwhaldactyl, but you read about that in the news).”—John Hodgman, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” correspondent and author of That Is All
“DC Pierson’s fantastic, fantastical, and most of all funny Crap Kingdom fits perfectly between Douglas Adams and the Harry Potter novels. And not just because of the alphabet.”—Matt Fraction, writer, Marvel’s The Mighty Thor and Invincible Iron Man comics
“To balance a world as fantastical as that of Crap Kingdom with profoundly relatable moments of pure honesty is no easy task, and DC Pierson has made it appear effortless.” —Chris Gethard, author, A Bad Idea I’m About To Do
"Put this one on your list of good reads for guys." —School Library Journal
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is fun and refreshing, and embodies the attitude of my generation. I appreciated the pop culture references smattered throughout. The protagonist is definitely in the antihero/slacker vein that is gaining popularity with my generation. I have never been a slacker, but DC made me understand how someone can be, and made them empathetic to me.
The story starts out slow (in a good way) and ramps up to a very fantastical and exciting conclusion.
There is no cussing, because DC didn't think there could be, so that's a plus for anyone concerned about their child reading this book. It is, truly, a must read for both genders in their early teens to late twenties (that's where I am). However, I think younger readers will get more out of the book than I did, because I learned some of the lessons it teaches the hard way.
Thank you, DC, for an awesome book. I will buy anything else you publish, for as long as I am alive.
And the title sums up the rest. Tom's "kingdom" is not the usual fairy tale kind with sunny skies, glittering castles, and frolicking white unicorns. Rather, it's almost literally a junk heap, with a king who distrusts him, an indifferent populace, and a surprising lack of magic all around. Or so it seems.
D.C. Pierson's book is an unpredictable one. The plot bounces and twists in unexpected directions, constantly pushing its befuddled protagonist into circumstances both bewildering and bizarre. Indeed, the most predictable element is Tom himself, who regularly makes poor decisions despite being an overall decent guy.
It's all in good fun, however—Tom's reaction to his less than idyllic surroundings are probably no different than what anyone else's would be, and much of the story's humor is derived by the reader sympathizing with the character as he goes from one predicament to the next. In truth, Tom's "Crap Kingdom" is so crappy, it sometimes seems like Pierson is trying too hard to make his point just for the sake of a few more laughs. The narration of the story itself is also slightly obtrusive, sometimes over-explaining Tom's feelings and thoughts when less would have been more.
But the book succeeds for one reason—it's hard to put down. Readers will constantly wonder what will ultimately become of Tom, hopeful he might finally attain some measure of happiness or vindication. The author’s depictions of other lands and worlds, however fleeting, are also richly imaginative and inventive. It's just a pity the supporting cast never rises beyond their one-dimensional boundaries.
Crap Kingdom is a clever, worthy read bolstered by its believable protagonist. It lacks the sheer laughs of the funniest books out there and the epic qualities of the best fantasies, but for what it is, well, there's nothing else quite like it.
I especially liked how Pierson described the different use of technologies between the good and bad kingdoms. I didn't love the ending, but I've been told that I always dislike the endings of stories, and accept that - the journey is the destination. Highly recommended!
I only wish that the book were longer, as I would have loved to see some of the characters fleshed out more. Also, there are some ideas (soul-swapping) that are so awesome, they could easily be the basis for another book entirely. But what's in there is all golden. I recommend not reading the inside flap or any plot summaries, as it's more fun to read everything fresh as it unfurls.
Definitely pick this up and DC Pierson's other book "The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To" as well.