Lacy Dawn is a true daughter of Appalachia, and then some. She lives in a hollow with her mom, Jenny, her war-damaged dad, Dwayne, and her mutt Brownie, a dog who's remarkably skilled at laying fiber-optic cable. Lacy Dawn's android boyfriend, DotCom, has come to the hollow with a mission: not to mend Dwayne, though he does, nor tutor Lacy Dawn, though he does that too. No - armed with advertising videos of proto-humanoids from millennia ago, he has been sent to Earth by the Manager of the Mall. He must recruit Lacy Dawn to save the planet, and help her with a boatload of shopping at the mall along the way.
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Praise for the Book...
“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”
—Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former Reader’s Digest Editor, 5-18-2015
“In the spirit of Vonnegut, Eggleton (a psychotherapist focused on the adolescent patient) takes the genre and gives it another quarter turn....”
— Bryan Zepp Jamieson, A Universe on the Edge, The Electric Review
“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... This book is laugh-out-loud funny at times, satiric of almost everything it touches upon...The characters from the hollow and from the planet Shptiludrp (the Mall of the Universe) are funny almost to the point of tears...It's absolutely fantastic...."
— Adicus Ryan Garton, Editor, Atomjack Science Fiction Magazine
“Quirky, profane, disturbing... In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”
— Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review
“Look in on a dysfunctional family, poverty, child abuse, and the thought processes of a young girl turning the corner from childhood to adolescence, then put them all together in a surreal setting that looks at our society from a distinctly different viewpoint. You’ll enjoy the ride with Lacy Dawn and friends and family, but don’t expect the ride to be without bumps and enough food for thought to last you a long time.”
—Darrell Bain, 2005 Fictionwise eBook Author of the Year, Double Eppie Award winner 2007
“Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.”
—Barry Hunter, Baryon, 103
“Author Robert Eggleton uses a casual style to create a sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing picture of a young woman who believes she is responsible for fixing her parents–and who manages to do so. The gradual humanization of Buddy serves as a microcosm for the entire story, which involves the gradual humanization of everyone Lacy Dawn comes into contact with (including her dog, a piece of firewood, and multiple cockroaches).”
—Books for a Buck
“...the people had a way of touching a part of you that I was not expecting at all. A good read for any lover of satire and science fiction. A well written book.”
—Mia, Coffee Time Romance
“...is one of those strange and exciting bits of literature that captures you with its uniqueness and then lingers on your mind, reasserting itself from time to time to remind you that your reality may not be everyone else's....”
—William F. DeVault, Poet of the Year, 2001, Preditors & Editors
“...a dark, humorous and suspenseful science-fantasy story that showcases Eggleton's expert characterization, description and dialogue to create a convincing sense of dread. Eggleton counters the story's dark mood with touches of warmth and humor, à la Ray Bradbury....”
— J. D. Nelson,Poet, MadVerse
"The book reached straight for my heart-strings and played them masterfully. The book is well-written, so much so that its emotions beat stronger than in most any other book I've read.”
—Brent P. Newhall, RPG Game Designer and Author
“...the subject matter is dark and strong, unflinching in its portrayal of human darkness, and not for the faint-hearted or easily offended. Robert Eggleton is not afraid of employing complex style and structure to fit the needs of his story. The mixture of sci-fi, gritty reality, humour, and the mode of thriller reminds me a great deal of Dean Koontz's writing....”
— Kevin Patrick Mahoney, Publisher, Authortrek
"Rarity from the Hollow is an original, interesting, naughty story of a backwoods girl, who saves the Universe, in her fashion. Not for the prudish."
—Piers Anthony, New York Times Best Selling Author
Despite humankind's ignorance, the Universe bristles with intelligent life that has coexisted in harmony for millennia. But, alas, that harmony is in danger. A search for a supreme being with powers capable of stopping the ultimate threat was begun and has included the genetic manipulation of many species on many planets.
The search culminated with a most unlikely candidate to save the Universe. An eleven year old human is the best hope. This version of Lacy Dawn had better be ready. The evil is much more prolific than ever before faced, and restoration of order will involve much more than simply blowing up a few inconsequential planets. The evil is the spawn of civilization itself and has crept into every crevice of Universal Governance.
To prepare Lacy for her coming task, a training android was surreptitiously inserted into her life. His equipment included infomercial videos of Earth's earliest proto-humans. She is being schooled daily on every known subject via direct downloads into her brain. Some of these courses tell her how to apply magic to resolve everyday problems, including those of others at home and at school.
However, even though she is now highly evolved and merely occupies the body of an eleven year old girl, life is still tough. Lacy lives in an impoverished hollow with her worn-out mom and her abusive dad. Mental illness, substance abuse, and ignorance have invaded her environments. Her best friend’s daddy is the meanest man on Earth. Sure, Lacy doesn’t mind saving the universe, but fixing her own family and friends just has to come first.
Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, her own family?
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 isn't great. But Lacy has one advantage -- she's been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It's up to her to save the Universe.
Will Lacy Dawn'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.
Editorial Reviews (Draft)
1. “…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
2. “…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
3. "…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)
4. “…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…a brilliant writer.” --Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)
5. “The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in several years….” -- Temple Emmet Williams, Author, Retired Reader’s Digest Editor
6. “…There is much here worthy of high praise…Eggleton reminds me very much of Robert Heinlein at his peak….” -- SF Crowsnest
7. “…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” -- The Baryon Review
8. "...psychologically disturbing at a different level to what I have seen before...."
-- The Reading Rose
9. “…laugh-out-loud funny at times, satiric of almost everything it touches upon…” -- Atomjack Science Fiction Magazine
10. “…This piece of speculative fiction is nothing like anything I’ve read before. It faces reality head-on while also pursuing themes that are outlandish… amazed by how the author has aptly mingled tragedy with humor….” -- Page Hungry Bookworm
11. “…a story with humour and darkness and plenty of twists and turns….” -- Splash into Books
12. “…It is one of those books that if it does not make you think, you are not really reading it…." -- On My Kindle
Happy Holidays! I hope that you're doing okay. After Christmas, the publisher is going to make the next deposit of author proceeds from the Rarity from the Hollow project into the nonprofit agency's account for the prevention of child maltreatment. Millions of American children will spend this holiday in temporary shelters. A lot more world-wide are likely to spend their respective "holidays" in worse conditions. Having once been the director of emergency children's shelters in West Virginia, it is still heartbreaking to think about children not having a "real" family during Christmas. I remember the faces, the smiles and thank yous for the presents from staff, but….
I also wanted you to know that the novel received a very cool review by Amazing Stories Magazine. This is my tweet: “Amusing at times, shocking at others, a touching and somehow wonderful SFF read.” Full review by Amazing Stories Magazine:
On Sale for Christmas:
Proceeds help maltreated children:
Thanks again for your support of my project and for creating this topic. This is the first holiday that I've been in a position to promote the novel since the final edition was released on December 5, 2016. The price has been reduced and the Editorial Reviews were updated on Amazon. Actually, the publisher's blurb still needs fixed on the Kindle edition to match the correct one on the print edition. So, if you decide to check it out, please go to the print listing. lol There's so much to learn!
The 2018 Edition of Rarity from the Hollow Paperback is now on Amazon:
. It is also available for Any eReader:
Proceeds help abused children. If you want to raise money to help abused children (50% donated), more revenue is generated from the paperback if you buy it from Lulu: