Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn’t great. But Lacy has one advantage — she’s been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe.
To prepare Lacy for her coming task, she is being schooled daily via direct downloads into her brain. Some of these courses tell her how to apply magic to resolve everyday problems much more pressing to her than a universe in big trouble, like those at home and at school. She doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her own family and friends come first.
Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?
Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children’s story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.
Robert Eggleton’s humorous science fantasy follows in the steps of Douglas Adams, Tom Holt and Terry Pratchett.
“…In the space of a few lines we go from gritty realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.” — The Missouri Review
“…utterly compelling…a chilling, engaging verisimilitude that deftly feeds on both the utter absurdity of the characters’ motivations and on the progression of the plot…. In the spirit of Vonnegut, Eggleton takes the genre and gives it another quarter turn.” — Electric Review / Midwest Book Review
“…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” — Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is probably one of the most strange, bizarre and utterly compelling books that I have read in a while. I got the feeling that it was set years ago from the descriptions of the back water town where Lacy Dawn lives with her dysfunctional family, but events that were mentioned such as the Golf War put it much later. The Hollow, the place she lives, is a where child abuse of every form is common place, with her best friend Faith, ‘murdered by the meanest daddy’. Lace Dawn is quite a special girl and deals with what life throws at her in her own way. She tries to keep out of the way of her family and spends time talking to trees and her dead friend…………. and they talk back.
Lacy Dawn is befriended by a semi organic, part robot alien, called Dotcom who educates her with technology far more advanced than anyone one else has access to. This gives her the knowledge to ‘cure her family and help others’. Nothing is for free and Lacy is expected to pay a price.
This book is at times very hard to read because of the child abuse, so if this is the type of thing that will deeply upset you then it isn’t a book that you should consider reading at all. Don’t get me wrong the book is well written and although a sci fi book it is easy to draw parallels with real life situations too.
I went from reading a book about child abuse at its worst, to a sci fi element and saving the world which I really liked to be honest, but I wasn’t sure about the wrap up in the last third. I sort of thought ‘really?’ I did though enjoy the book on the whole.
The author gives 50% of all royalties from this book to a charity for Child Abuse Prevention.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known locally for his nonfiction: investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997; nationally distributed models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions; research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next — never finding a permanent loving family; and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency in West Virginia. Dozens of his works have been archived by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
Today, he is a recently retired children’s psychotherapist from a mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Two of Eggleton’s poems were published in the 1970s and another won first place in 2015 international poetry competition managed by the WSC Science Fiction & Fantasy Club/WillyCon. His debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow, was named one of five best reads in 2015 by a Codices, has been awarded Gold Medals by Awesome Indies and Readers’ Favorite, and has been so well received by prominent book critics and reviewers that it is scheduled for republication by Dog Horn Publishing, a traditional small press, in 2016. Three of Eggleton’s short stories have appeared in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction.
Author proceeds from Eggleton’s Lacy Dawn Adventures project have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/ Robert continues to write adult literary science fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment. A listing of services that are supported can be found here: http://mountainrhinestones.blogspot.com/2015/06/review-giveaway-rarity-from-hollow-by.html.
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