Rarity from the Hollow

Rarity from the Hollow

by Robert Eggleton

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Rarity From the Hollow 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is e best satirical science fiction book I have ever read, -- Temple Emmet Williams, a former editor at The Reader's Digest
sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you were tasked with saving the Earth or even the entire universe? If a cyber robot came to you from another planet, what would be your first thought? Would you feel crazy? Would you feel safe? What about fearful or excited? All of that is a bit much to take in, but what if you were only an eleven-year-old and told that you were the only one who could do it? With this novel, it is very difficult to put words down regarding the true emotional turmoil that exists in the main character's life. The author creates an elaborate world, filled with an abundance of fantasy and science fiction. This world contributes to most of the story, an illusion of a world that a little girl can escape to in an attempt to avoid the inevitable and harsh reality of abandonment and abuse. This story begins with Lacy Dawn, an eleven-year-old girl, who lives in a place called the Hollow. She talks to the trees, the rocks, her dog Brownie, a robot named Dot-Com, and her dead best friend. The first sign that something didn't seem right, was the dead best friend. Now, this story is for adults and there is satire, but this is not to be misconstrued as a light or easy read. This is definitely not an easy story to read due to content, but it is brutally honest and very credible for an eleven-year-old who has lost her best friend and in a sense, her family as well. Lacy Dawn has suffered abuse at the hand of her father, and her dead best friend died at the hand of her father, aka the meanest daddy in the world. Once Lacy Dawn finds Dot-Com, things start to change for her. This robot teaches her things through plug-ins and tells her that it is her job to save Earth and make the universe safe...from what, he isn't allowed to tell her until she completes a series of tasks that will validate her capability of such an important task. Can she get the help that she needs to save the entire universe? Eggleton has a certain way of twisting the seriousness of the story with the satire that follows Lacy Dawn and her entourage on their journey. There are a lot of quips and a ton of experiences that these characters go through that symbolize real-life problems that we, as people face on a daily basis. From an eleven-year-old's point of view, can it be deeply misunderstood, definitely! Can it be taken out of proportion, absolutely! But, is it credible and original, yes it sure is. Think about what pre-teens think about at that young age and then readers will be able to rationalize the thought processes that occur within the story. This author does a superb job with character development, but the reader must be open-minded to keep pace with the outlandish scenes and spontaneous adventures that the characters partake in as well as the depth of the issues portrayed. Most of the issues faced are taken lightly by the characters as if this is the typical way of life, but readers must remember that some of these characters do not know any differently and to them, this is the way life is. If you are a reader of science fiction and psychological fiction, you may want to try this book. A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Rarity From the Hollow by Robert Eggleton.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: This is the weirdest book I’ve ever read. I love it. It took me a few chapters to get used to Eggleton’s writing style, but the weirdness of the language matches the weirdness of the story, and it works. Lacy Dawn is not your average heroine, but then again, she’s engaged to an alien/android named DotCom. And guys. GUYS. Just wait until you see what DotCom meant when he said he needs her to save the world. SO. AWESOMELY. WEIRD. I . . . I kind of want to call Mr. Eggleton to ask if he’s done with the next book in the series yet. I’m hooked (and I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars)! Would I recommend it: Absolutely! . . . unless you’re the kind of person who gets embarrassed and/or offended by using anatomically correct language to identify body parts . . . As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Lacy Dawn’s life is full of abuse and death. Her father suffers from PTSD and beats and abuses both Lacy and her mother. Lacy’s best friend is Faith, a girl that was beaten to death by her father, and the trees. Lacy meets DotCom, a robot that offers her a chance to “fix” her parents if she goes shopping at the universes biggest mall. This shopping trip helps prepare her to fight the cockroaches that are taking over. This book is told in a couple parts. The first part about Lacy and her home life is heartbreaking. I know things like this happen all the time but we seem to have blinders on as we go through our own lives. You can tell that Robert Eggleton has had a lot of personal dealings with this aspect of life. The next part is more of a satirical look at adults while Lacy trains in the universes largest mall. And then end battle with the cockroaches seemed to lose me. Although the beginning is heartbreaking, I think the second half of the book could have been a story of its own. You do need some background on Lucy but when she heads to the mall the story gets turned on its head. It didn’t really flow well and left me feeling jolted and had a hard time recovering. I did like the story if it would have been two different stories. But the best part of Rarity from the Hollow is author proceeds are donated to child abuse prevention. I would purchase this book just for that. I received Rarity from the Hollow from the author in exchange free of charge. This has not influenced my opinion of this book.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
A unique story! It starts off simply. Faith and Lacy Dawn are studying for a spelling test. Things progress from there. It's not a YA intended audience, but it's a very good read. It's well written, and this is the second edition. I liked this story because it was unique and different. The background of the author lends to the experience in the story, and I love when an author puts himself deeply into his work. The story delves deep into child abuse, puberty, and poverty. It is so well written, and adequately dark, but also not so depressing. It is the ability to turn the dark into the light and uplifting. Lacy Dawn is a character I won't soon forget. "Recess was the most productive part of the school day because of Lacy Dawn's magic way of helping others." And Lacy Dawn is certainly magical.
Dr-Bob-Rich More than 1 year ago
Although it’s a continuous narrative, Rarity from the Hollow is in effect two books. The first one is terrible and beautiful. The book would be worth reading even if you stopped at the end of this part. It gives an inside view of the effects of PTSD on family, of domestic abuse of the worst kind, but in a manner that’s funny, enjoyable and ennobling. The second, much longer part reminds me of books like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Catch 22, and Spike Milligan’s Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall. If you liked those books, you’ll love this one. As it happens, I read all three of these without managing to crack a grin, while Rarity did give me some chuckles. I judge a book on how good it is for its target audience. I am not the target audience for this kind of humor, so I’ve got to give it five stars, despite my lack of reaction.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite Rarity From the Hollow by Robert Eggleton is a very unusual novel. It is a fantasy novel, but it happens in a place that sounds a lot like small towns all over America. Rarity From the Hollow is a Lacy Dawn Adventure. Lacy is an unusual girl. This particular adventure is so weird that I shudder to think of future ones. Having said that, I kind of like Lacy. Her optimism in depressing circumstances grew on me. And make no mistake about it, the “Hollow” would be a very depressing place to grow up, if you even got a chance to grow up. Just ask Lacy’s best friend Faith about that. Full of cranky characters and crazy situations, Rarity From the Hollow sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved. Imagine a small town where people talk in a homey dialect that for the most part reflects their intellectual capacity, or maybe incapacity might be a better word. Now, imagine a spaceship with a lone robot passenger landing in this town. Let’s call him DotCom. DotCom is on a mission and needs a little human help to accomplish it. He needs to learn more about humans so he befriends a little girl. There are some towns and some little girls where a safe, beautiful story might evolve. The Hollow is not one of those towns. Robert Eggleton is a brilliant writer whose work is better read on several levels. I appreciated this story on all of them.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Wow! In the book description on Amazon it quotes, 'Imagine Wizard of Oz and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy smashed together and taking place in a hollow in the hills of West Virginia.' —Adicus Ryan Garton, Editor, AtomJack What a totally different story, touching on so many issues prevalent in communities today but in a way that makes it more like a science fiction adventure whilst still acknowledging the traumatic impact on the lives of those concerned. The author’s first hand knowledge of people who have suffered in real life is utilised throughout the story, making the unbelievable credible and the strategies used to deny reality for the abused like Lacy Dawn, somehow ‘normal’ behaviour. Lacy Dawn’s life is grim, her abuse by the person who should love and protect her is horrific but she has her own android protector, DotCom . . . sorry, no more spoilers! The characters throughout the story are well developed and complex. The writing style is engaging but can obviously be somewhat dark. There are some humorous episodes but there’s also horror. There’s abuse but there’s also love. There’s humans and there are aliens. There are some beautiful things and some ugly. The whole thing is a story of contrasts and opposites. It definitely isn’t light or bed time reading, not if you take in what I think the messages in it are. The descriptions of events and emotions are vivid and very easy to relate to, even when you’d rather not! Told from the point of view of eleven year old Lacy Dawn this is definitely not a children’s book. I think one quote from the book sums up a lot of the story: “I guess sometimes a person becomes what he pretends to be. I pretended that I had a good reason to be mad and I was. Then, I pretended that I wasn't mad and somehow it went away.” You just have to decide what being mad means and if it applies to you or not! The imagination of this author and his writing style is incredible. The fact that he is also donating all the author proceeds from sales to a local to him charity raising funds to help prevent child abuse is yet another great reason for buying this unique novel. So if you fancy reading a science fiction novel with a young heroine being helped to save the world whilst she needs saving from abuse, a story with humour and darkness and plenty of twists and turns this could be just the book for you! The author provided a copy of this novel for me to read in exchange for this, my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rarity from the Hollow dives into the trenches of the human condition and explores dark societal issues such as sexual abuse and psychological problems. While not for the faint of heart, Rarity from the Hollow is peppered with satire to lighten the tone of the story. This story is intended for adult reading as it has frequent reference to sexual situations. However, the author of this book has written with a tone of sarcasm and wit that will appeal to those who have dealt with the “trenches” in society…those who can relate to the hardships of the human condition and accept them for their true nature. Rarity from the Hollow is well written. The author has truly come to understand and reference many problems found in society. If one reads this book with a semi serious nature, one will come to understand the mindset of those who have suffered greatly from the addressed societal traumas in the storyline. Abuse in the life of those who have suffered almost becomes an accepted, every day way of living. Rarity from the Hollow expounds on this fact. Rarity from the Hollow was written to help children who have been abused. I commend the author and wish him all the best in his endeavors. His book is interesting with its mix of science fiction, fantasy and satire. -Diamante Lavendar, author of Breaking The Silence and The Secrets Of Yashire
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
Lacey Dawn's life isn't all that great. Her parents are self-centered and abusive. The hollow where they live is far enough out in the country to be private. Neighbors work their illegal businesses and Lacey Dawn is stuck all alone. Can she change things with the help of a special friend? Only time will tell. I'm not sure what to say about this book. The base story of Lacey Dawn's life is good. The other stuff doesn't make sense. It seems to ramble on and go nowhere. It's not one I'd recommend. I did find issues. Half of the story is just random things thrown together. It really doesn't tell a story. I gave this one 2 cheers out of 5 because it just doesn't work. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~