Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton #newcover

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

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.

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Science Fiction
Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 284 pages
Release date: 2015-11-08



“Okay. See you tomorrow.” Faith took a step up the road.

“Wait. I want to tell you something. I’ve got another best friend. That’s how I got so smart. He teaches me stuff.”

My Opinion

The book introduces you to Lacy Dawn, a girl in her pre-teens and her parents – poor and with mental issues.

With Rarity from the Hollow, Robert Eggleton has created a bizarre and often hilarious story about a young girl, her parents, Brownie the dog, and her friend DotCom. Rarity from the Hollow is a quite entertaining, strange, and also astonishing read. It took me a few chapters to comprehend Lacy Dawn’s way of thinking and talking; unsure at first if DotCom is an imaginary or real friend. The relevant characters are quite complex, they do not change their crude language, develop nicely in other aspects, though. The more I read, the more I liked Lacy Dawn; she is weird and – pretty smart. The book is mainly written in third person, past tense; the characters’ thoughts are shown in first person, present tense – I got used to it.

I really like the new cover! (I rated the previous one 3 stars)

The Rarity from the Hollow is a good read for fans of bizarre stories – e.g. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, for readers who like surprises and do not mind crude language.


In brief:

Cover  > NEW <
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful
Pace Steady, slow
POV 3rd person – past tense;
thoughts: 1st person (alternating) – present tense
Language 😳 – 😡
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content 😳


About the author

Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state 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, and which also included publication of 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.

Today, he is a recently retired children’s psychotherapist from the 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. Rarity from the Hollow is his début 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. http://www.childhswv.org/ Robert continues to write 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.


Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Rarity from the Hollow?  Or – if you did not yet read Rarity from the Hollow – are you now interested in reading it yourself? What is your take on the new cover?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

10 Statements – Robert Eggleton