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 is hard. She has one advantage — an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But he wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.
Will Lacy’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.
Robert Eggleton’s humorous science fantasy follows in the steps of Douglas Adams, Tom Holt and Terry Pratchett.
“…In the space of a few lines we go from gritty realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.” — The Missouri Review
“…utterly compelling…a chilling, engaging verisimilitude that deftly feeds on both the utter absurdity of the characters’ motivations and on the progression of the plot…. In the spirit of Vonnegut, Eggleton takes the genre and gives it another quarter turn.” — Electric Review / Midwest Book Review
“…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” — Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)
By Hepechic on October 20, 2017 (Amazon)
When I first started reading this book, I thought that it would be an inspiring story about a girl who overcame child abuse. And, it is. But, this story has a lot more to it. I’ve never read anything like it. The tragedy takes place in a hollow, so far way out in the country that it could be a third-world country, but it felt so real that you live there as you read. The first part made me cry. Something else was happening too because even in the first part of the story there were punch lines that made me smile, occasionally laugh out loud, and it made me think a lot about life in general. It felt weird to have such mixed emotions all at the same time – sadness, concern, relief, amused, and thoughtful. Then the story got very wild. There’s an android. It also has a sarcastic ghost. And, a couple of guys who smoke pot and talk exactly like you think they would, with a little bit of cursing but not too much. To save the world, part of the deal in order for Lacy to get help from the android to fix her totally messed up parents, she takes them all to another planet. I try to keep up with politics in real life, but it still took a minute to sink in that a lot of things happening on this planet were parody about issues that everybody is arguing about on Facebook: immigration, sexual harassment, complicated tax codes and what taxes should be spent on. It wasn’t preachy at all, not like you might think a book that includes these topics would be — less preachy than Saturday Night Live. The story didn’t try to give you solutions or pick sides on the issues. It was so hilarious that I almost forgot about Lacy being a victim of child abuse, but then the story pulls it all together in the end, leaving me with a lot to think about in the future, especially about how politics affect kids facing horrible situations. Everybody should read this book, not just science fiction fans because it’s more than that. I only bought it because I saw on Facebook how some of the money would go to help kids in trouble. Now, I’m very glad that I read it because it’s a great book that I’ll not soon forget.
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 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. 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.