Rarity from the Hollow

Rarity from the Hollow
by Robert Eggleton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a strange experience for sure. At first the story appears to be some sort of dark parable on child abuse in which Lacy Dawn, the main character, escapes from her raw existence by fantasizing she has magical powers and friends. Because I was told I was going to read an SF story, I wasn’t that surprised when “DotCom” appeared, yes that is the name of a character in the book, and all kinds of bizarre stuff started happening. I can imagine however that not everyone will like the ‘twist’ the story takes early on . These twists and turn kept turning (sorry about the pun) up and I had to reread certain parts from time to time to ascertain myself of what was happening and make sure I didn’t skip a paragraph.
Even though all characters are rather flat, each of them is fun to follow and after a few chapters, once the somewhat ‘dark’ vibe subsides, they fit perfectly in the crazy story that follows.
Funny short conversations really made it worth the read, such as: “I’ll announce the exclusive date on the main page and modify our hit description and eBay account.” “I’ll tell Mommy and Daddy.”
And little nuggets of wisdom such as “It’s just a show to impress. Actual greatness is much less dramatic” were also consistently available which made the whole read more enjoyable than the plot might predict.
So tip for those who plan to read this book: don’t read the synopsis and just remember how fond you were of “An exaltation of Larks” or of the 2001 movie “Evolution” with David Duchovny. Fun read!


3 thoughts on “Rarity from the Hollow

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  2. Hi Tim,

    I thought that your readers might be interested in this take on the novel.

    Excerpt of 11-6-15 Book Review that Awarded a Gold Medal:

    “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy. I give it four and a half stars.”

    Rarity from the Hollow: “…profound…funny …sci-fi….”


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  3. Thanks again for the great review of Rarity from the Hollow, an adult literary science fiction novel. A lot has happened since your review and I decided to update you and your readers.

    The novel is currently in the process of being republished by Dog Horn Publishing, a traditional small press in Leeds. The 2016 Amazon link is: http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-H

    Following are some of the highlights about the novel since we last communicated:

    As you know, the novel was found by the editor of Atomjack Science Fiction Magazine to be laugh-out-loud funny in some scenes. Long-time science fiction book critic, Barry Hunter, closed his review, “…good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” http://thebaryonreview.blogspo……

    A former Editor of Reader’s Digest found that, “Rarity from the Hollow is the most enjoyable science fiction that I’ve read in several years.” http://warriorpatient.com/blog

    Rarity from the Hollow was referred to as a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and awarded a Gold Medal by Awesome Indies: “…Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most fans of sci-fi will thoroughly enjoy.” http://awesomeindies.net/ai-ap……

    With respect to the story’s treatment of tough social issues, this reviewer said: “If I could, I would give it all the stars in the universe…I was hesitant to accept. I usually do not read or review books that discuss child abuse or domestic violence; however, I was intrigued by the excerpt and decided to give it a shot. I am glad that I took a risk; otherwise, I would have missed out on a fantastic story with a bright, resourceful, and strong protagonist that grabbed my heart and did not let go.” http://www.onmykindle.net/2015

    A prominent book reviewer from Bulgaria named Rarity from the Hollow as one of the best five books that he had read in 2015. http://codices.info/2015/12/to

    On January 20, 2016, Rarity from the Hollow was awarded a second Gold Medal by another popular book review site: https://readersfavorite.com/bo….

    An Affiliate of Fantasy Fan Federation, an international organization that has been around since the 1940s, posted on Amazon: “The author has created a new narrative format, something Ive never seen before, with a standard third-person narration, interspersed, lightly, with first-person asides. This makes me think of Eugene ONeills play Strange Interlude where internal and external dialogue are blended. Rarity from the Hollow begins with some rough stuff, hard to read, involving child neglect and child abuse. But it soon turns the corner to satire, parody, and farce, partaking a little of the whimsical and nonsensical humor of Roger Zelazny or even Ron Goulart….”

    “…There is much here worthy of high praise. The relationship between Lacy Dawn and DotCom is brilliant. The sense of each learning from the other and them growing up and together is a delight to read. The descriptions of DotCom’s technology and the process of elevating the humans around him again is nicely done. Eggleton reminds me very much of Robert Heinlein at his peak….” http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk/rari……

    Rarity from the Hollow has now appeared on over one-hundred blogs or magazines worldwide, in twenty-one different countries including all over the U.S. and the U.K., Finland, Mexico, Bulgaria, Belgium, South Africa, Croatia, Uruguay, India, Taiwan, Australia, Nigeria, Egypt, Malaysia, Canada, Vietnam, Portugal, The Netherlands, and Sweden. The project has grown into a world-wide movement to sensitize people about child maltreatment through a satiric and comical science fiction adventure.

    Thanks again for your great review!

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