Robert Eggleton’s Rarity From the Hollow is the adult science-fiction novel full to the brim with satire and humor. Originally, this story intrigued me because I want to read more from the Adult Sci-Fi genre. After having read it, I do recommend this story to science-fiction lovers.
Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton
Title: Rarity From the Hollow
Author: Robert Eggleton
Genre: Adult: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Published: November 3rd, 2016 by Dog Horn Publishing
Goodreads description for Rarity from the Hollow:
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.
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.
About: Robert Eggleton
Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Best known locally for his nonfiction: investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which the West Virginia Supreme Court published, 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. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History archived dozens of his work.
As a recently retired children’s psychotherapist from a mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, Eggleton 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.
My Review for Rarity from the Hollow:
The plot becomes obviously apparent a decent way through the book. A lot happens in the story before we actually learn what the plot is going to really be about. Having said that, it was very interesting. It’s your typical one-hero-to-save-the-world story, but what makes it so unique is the setting and the characters within the tale. There were times when the plot wasn’t vividly apparent. I think Robert Eggleton meant to help readers understand Lacy Dawn’s point of view and how she herself wasn’t exactly sure about the sequence of events. But I felt personally, that unlike Lacy Dawn I felt like I really needed to know what the plot was in order to stay interested and focused on the story.
To me, the characters in Rarity From the Hollow are definitely the most charming part of the book. Lacy Dawn is an incredibly intelligent young girl (from about 7-14 in the story), and the people in her life each have their charms and vices. It was amazing to watch the character growth in her family. From a scarred, abusive father who eventually gets his mental health under way and becomes a stable family character, to her negligent mother who means well. It was also really interesting to watch as Lacy Dawn’s boyfriend – the android named DotCom – adapts to become more like a “carbon-based life form” the longer he spends educating Lacy Dawn and loving her.
Because of several reasons, the pacing felt slow. To me, Eggleton draws out the story a bit, and packs it to the brim with the goings-on of the characters involved. Because of the intelligent and subtle writing style, I also found that I had to slow down my reading pace in order to not miss anything.
Definitely more unconventional to me, and not a writing style I’ve had a lot of exposure to. Robert Eggleton wrote in third person omniscient narrator, which definitely threw me off. This was true especially early in the story when I was still trying to get my bearings and footing. The writing would switch from one character to the next, and often when there were multiple characters in a scene, it was unclear exactly whose thoughts you were reading in italics. It was a little bit distracting and definitely disorienting for me, which led to a relatively unenjoyable reading experience.
In the end, I did really enjoy this story. Robert Eggleton managed to make an entertaining story of a family living in poverty, characters experiencing abuse regularly, child murder, and cockroaches. The characters were all unique, and I could definitely imagine them individually in my mind. There was a surprising sense of acceptance and welcome amongst the characters, even unconventionally so. All in all, this story was surprisingly charming and I would recommend this to any science-fiction lover.
I give Rarity From the Hollow 3.5/5 stars.
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