Rarity from the Hollow

By Robert Eggleton

Sci-Fi, Comedy & satire | Paperback, eBook


Lacy Dawn is a true daughter of Appalachia, and then some. She lives in a hollow with her worn-out mom, her Iraq War disabled dad, and her mutt Brownie, a dog who's very skilled at laying fiber optic cable. Lacy Dawn's android boyfriend has come to the hollow with a mission. His equipment includes infomercial videos of Earth's earliest proto-humans from millennia ago. He was sent by the Manager of the Mall on planet Shptiludrp (Shop 'till You Drop): he must recruit Lacy Dawn to save the Universe in exchange for the designation of Earth as a planet which is eligible for continued existence within a universal economic structure that exploits underdeveloped planets for their mineral content. Lacy Dawn’s magic enables her to save the universe, Earth, and, most importantly, her own family.



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. 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 followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn adventures. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children's Home Society of West Virginia.


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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. 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 followed publication of three sho...


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Piers Anthony, best selling fantasy author during the '80s and '90s, found that my novel was “…not for the prudish.” Kevin Patrick Mahoney, editor of the once noteworthy site, Authortrek, found that my story was, “…not for the faint hearted or easily offended….” An early voice in the first chapter speaks about things that no child should know. It is that of a traumatized child – a voice most of us never listen to, or want to hear, but in real life is screaming. This passage is mild in comparison to some of the stuff that kids have said during actual group therapy sessions that I have facilitated over the years. By child developmental stage, it is similar to the infamous early adolescent insult in E.T.: “penis breath.” It is tame in comparison to the content of the popular television series, South Park, which was devoured by millions of teens. My story does include marijuana smoking, but that subject has been frequently broadcast in the news when legislation is introduced or debates emerge. Except for a scene involving domestic violence in the third chapter, there is no violence or horror -- no blood, guts, gore, vampires, werewolves, but there is one comical and annoying ghost. There are no graphic sex scenes in the novel. The renewed romance between the protagonist’s parents does include off-scene sexual reference, but nothing that is beyond real-life typical teen exposure. The android coming of age during his pursuit of humanity is reality based. Any boy above thirteen years old would attest. However, Lacy Dawn never lets the android get farther than to kiss her on the cheek, once. The android expresses no interest in sex. He falls in love, all consuming love by the middle of the story. The “F word” is used once, but there is no other profanity. There are two mild sex scenes past the middle of the story that could disturb some folks with conservative values on the subject, but one of the scenes is comedic and the other involves the inhabitation of a maple tree by the ghost mentioned in this paragraph, so Rarity from the Hollow is not erotic. It has a HEA ending like a romance novel. As prominent on the front cover, Rarity from the Hollow is "A Children’s Story for Adults."


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Piers Anthony, best selling fantasy author during the '80s and '90s, found that my novel was “…not for the prudish.” Kevin Patrick Mahoney, editor of the once noteworthy site, Authortrek, found that my story was, “…not for the faint hearted or easily offended….” An early voice in the first chapter speaks about things that no child should know. It is that of a traumatized child – a voice most of us never listen to, or want to hear, but in real life is screaming. This passage is mild in comparison to some of the stuff that kids have said during actual group therapy sessions that I have facilitated over the years. By child developmental stage, it is similar to the infamous early adolescent insult in E.T.: “penis breath.” It is tame in comparison to the content of the popular television seri...


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Robert Eggleton

Robert Eggleton

1 September at 13:16

Saving the universe
By Helpful Advice TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 28, 2015
Format: Paperback
‘Rarity from the Hollow’ written by Robert Eggleton, to be fully honest, was much more than expected and a great read – semi-autobiographical literary work full of beautiful and ugly things, adventure, romance, pain and humor.

Lacy Dawn, a young girl from West Virginia, is a very intelligent 11 years old girl who is living a nightmare of life. Surrounded with poverty and parents that are abusing and neglecting her, Lacy can be happy that she is still alive. Lacy’s father, a Gulf War veteran suffering from PTSD, is beating Lacy and her mother, an under-educated woman unable to protect her child.

Lacy Dawn is going to meet an unusual creature – an android called DotCom, who will inform her that it is up to Lacy to save the entire universe. Lacy Dawn, together with her friends and family will embark on the journey trying to discover what is endangering the universe and is there a way how to deal with it…

The author, in the beginning of his book, introduces reader to the hyper realistic world – what comes next is the story combined of several genres’ motives, with lot of humor, science fiction elements, with few twists and turns making ‘Rarity From the Hollow’ a very appealing read for various readers.

On the other hand, it should be clearly said, this is not a book that everyone will love, mainly because of its beginning that will be too painful for some to read. My recommendation for parents is not to encourage children reading of this book, because of some disturbing scenes and events that could be difficult to bear even for adult reader.

Eggleton offers very good pace, keeping the reader occupied through whole of its duration succeeding from the start to deliver an exciting story, well-crafted characters put into well-conceived world. Therefore, his book can be recommended to the fans of SF, drama and suspense genre that are searching for something to read from the skillful author, still unknown.

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