Robert Eggleton’s Rarity of the Hollow has had a huge amount of success across the globe. It is a children’s story for adults: a piece of science fiction filled with tragedy, humour and satire. Not one for the faint-hearted or those with easily ruffled feathers, Eggleton’s novel takes the reader on an emotional journey. Reviews and interviews with Eggleton have cropped up all across the internet. Here’s a whistle stop tour of all things Rarity of the Hollow.
Book blurb: 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 robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe. To prepare Lacy for her coming task, she is being schooled daily via direct downloads into her brain. Some of these courses tell her how to apply magic to resolve everyday problems much more pressing to her than a universe in big trouble, like those at home and at school. She doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her own family and friends come first. 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.
Book Reviews and Excerpts
Reviews, guest posts and excerpts have been featured by a number of bloggers including British Book Worm, Lindsey Winsemius, Bibliophile Support Group, Deal Sharing Aunt, Reading Lark and many more. The book has also been listed as a top 2015 read on Codices.
A number of authors, editors and publications have also had positive words to share about the novel:
“…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)
“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in several years….” — Temple Emmet Williams, Author, Retired Reader’s Digest Editor
“…There is much here worthy of high praise…Eggleton reminds me very much of Robert Heinlein at his peak….” — SF Crowsnest
“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” — The Baryon Review
“…laugh-out-loud funny at times, satiric of almost everything it touches upon…” — Atomjack Science Fiction Magazine
Eggleton has been interviewed by a number of writers and bloggers across the world, in these interviews he’s talked about everything from the inspiration for his novel, tips for budding writers and ways he’d like to change the world. He has talked about the content of the novel and it’s writing process and provided encouragement for writers on how to approach reading reviews and how to fully engage with the writing process.
In a number of personal interviews, he has also shared stories of children that inspired him to create the book and encourage him to keep pushing for an end to the maltreatment of children. Highlights from some of his interviews include:
“I write in the living room…I can write anywhere. Actually, since I was a kid I do write everywhere, all the time, even in my dreams. Writing is not the issue. It’s the recording of the writing.”
- On where he writes, to Susan at Dab of Darkness
In today’s reality the systems in place to help maltreated children are woefully inadequate. I felt that the literary, biographical, nonfiction genres wouldn’t work because the story would have been so depressing that only the most determined would have finished it.”
- In response to Mercedes Fox question about what drew him to the science fiction genre
“Yes, I know how I should react to book reviews of Rarity from the Hollow — don’t react.”
- On how to react to reviews, in conversation with BookGarage
Overall, Eggleton’s debut novel is proving to be a great success and attracting the attention of book lovers everywhere. You can purchase Rarity of the Hollow here.
About Robert Eggleton
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. 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.