When Robert Eggleton sent me a copy of his book Rarity from the Hollow, I quickly started reading (or rather, slowly, since I’m so busy with my own books and other projects), and soon I found myself immersed in the bizarre world he had created. Soon I was running through the woods with little Lacy Dawn, talking to trees and ghosts. Soon I was weeping for the victim and standing up to the oppressor. Soon I was finding solace and healing in the power of love, laughing at the often comical thoughts and interactions between characters, and marveling at ancient alien encounters and present day journeys to other worlds.
As a rape survivor and country girl (lately at least) who loves (and writes) Science Fiction, I found myself relating easily to Lacy Dawn and her story. The insight Eggleton gives into not just the main character’s thoughts but those of every single character, while a bit confusing and redundant at times, adds to this feeling of immersion. It is unique, as is the combination of such different themes, as well as his style of writing which I would describe as beautifully honest.
Rarity from the Hollow is different from anything I have ever read, and in today’s world of cookie-cutter cloned books, that’s pretty refreshing. While there are a few small grammatical and pacing issues, the “rarity” of this book overshadows all of that as it pulls you into Lacy Dawn’s whimsical and endearing world of Appalachian Science Fiction, taking you on a wild ride you won’t soon forget.
I leave you with one of my favorite pages from the book:
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.
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Website – http://www.lacydawnadventures.com
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