Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton (Book Review #50)

 

Rarity from the Hollow is a book written about a little girl named Lacy Dawn. She has it really rough. Her father suffers from mental illness and physically abuses her and his wife. He is also a murderer and has killed Lacy’s friend, Faith. Although Lacy is young, she does seem to understand and behave older than her age. Her maturity is admirable.

 

Lacy wishes to save her parents and herself from this awful situation by “curing” them. She has a friend Android, which she assumes is a boy even though it’s a robot and has no genitalia. The android named Dot Com makes a deal with her. He will cure Lacy’s parents if she in return assists him in saving the world. Lacy is also able to talk to her dead friend Faith and sees her as a ghost.

You are either going to love this book or absolutely hate it. The diversity of genres in this tale is tremendous. You are grabbed instantly into this world and feel so sorry for Lacy and her situation. It touches core sensitive topics on psychological and mental issues and then moves you on to fantasy and science fiction before returning back to reality where subjects affect your emotions.

 

Although the story is about a young child, however, the content is not suitable for them. I liked the pace of the story and the character building. The way the author describes things and illustrates his work is apparent to his background as a mental health psychotherapist. There is a hint of love between Lacy and the Android.

The intertwining between the characters and the entire plot is not something you would expect, and because of that, the story may receive mixed reactions. I think credit should be given in this case for the originality or work and also references on matters that are not typically raised in fictional books.

I recommend this book to anyone that likes to read more on serious matters and yet has an open mind and heart in fantasy and science fiction.

Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997. Today, he is a recently retired psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel, and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

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Written by Jeyran Main

This review was kindly requested by the Author, Robert Eggleton.

 

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  1. I agree with the marmite approach to this book: you’re either going to love it or hate it. I eventually decided to DNF the review copy I was given purely because I don’t think I was appreciating it like many others were able to. I was confused and disorientated by the lack of clear world building – but I’m used to either reading fantasy or contemporary. This was very much a contemporary read, but with fantasy elements thrown in that (as far as I read up to) didn’t make any sense. I’m glad you enjoyed it, though!

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  2. Thanks again Jeyran. The final edition of Rarity from the Hollow was released to Amazon on December 5, 2016. The ARC was awarded two Gold Medals and was named one of the best five books of 2015. It received 26 five star reviews and 43 four star reviews on Amazon. However, until Donald Trump became a household name, almost all reviewers of the ARC missed its political allegory. On 1-6-17, the first review of the final editon was published, five stars. The closing lines were: “…Brilliant satires such as this are genius works of literature in the same class as Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm.’ I can picture American Lit professors sometime in the distant future placing this masterpiece on their reading list.” https://marcha2014.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/5-stars-for-rarity-from-the-hollowby-robert-eggleton/ Since your review is missing the purchase links, author proceeds support the prevention of child maltreatment, please consider approving this comment and adding the Amazon link to your review.

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    Thanks again for your great review!

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  3. “…It feels timeless, classic and mature in way that would ensure its longevity if more people knew about it… a distinctive approach to the adult-fairytale/modern-retelling sub-genre…I would even say it could be read in a college setting both for the craft itself and its unique brand of storytelling. The premise is brilliant.” https://taylaroi.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/rarity-from-the-hollow-by-robert-eggleton-a-revised-book-review/

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