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Rarity from the Hollow by @roberteggleton1 #Review #Award #

I’m reposting my review of this book as it has been nominated for the upcoming Author Academy Awards . . . . Here is more information taken from the author’s blog (Hope he won’t mind!)

Please consider voting for it on page 11, Science Fiction Books. Scroll down from the top of the main page to a big rectangle that has Nonfiction Books on top. There’s an arrow on the right. Click it ten times to get to SF Books and click on the book cover or title.  It’s free and easy, a minute at most. Proceeds help abused children (50% donated). https://authoracademyawards.com/?inf_contact_key=573177714033b3d03e6bc364140c12038e6d8927b51747948b52b10d94df88f3

The 2018 Edition of the novel was just released. Anything that you can do to continue to promote this project would be appreciated. The Amazon link for the eBook is: https://amzn.to/2wFg1F7 . The paperback is still in the works. I’ll let you know. As you are aware, 50% of proceeds are donated to help abused children.


Here’s my review of the book – hope more of you get to read it and vote for it, too!

Title: Rarity from the Hollow

Author: Robert Eggleton

Publisher: Dog Horn Publishing

Published: March 11th, 2012

Rating: 4/5

Wow! In the book description on Amazon it quotes, ‘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.‘ —Adicus Ryan Garton, Editor, AtomJack 

What a totally different story, touching on so many issues prevalent in communities today but in a way that makes it more like a science fiction adventure whilst still acknowledging the traumatic impact on the lives of those concerned. The author’s first hand knowledge of people who have suffered in real life is utilised throughout the story, making the unbelievable credible and the strategies used to deny reality for the abused like Lacy Dawn, somehow ‘normal’ behaviour. Lacy Dawn’s life is grim, her abuse by the person who should love and protect her is horrific but she has her own android protector, DotCom . . . sorry, no more spoilers! The characters throughout the story are well developed and complex.

The writing style is engaging but can obviously be somewhat dark. There are some humorous episodes but there’s also horror. There’s abuse but there’s also love. There’s humans and there are aliens. There are some beautiful things and some ugly. The whole thing is a story of contrasts and opposites. It definitely isn’t light or bed time reading, not if you take in what I think the messages in it are. The descriptions of events and emotions are vivid and very easy to relate to, even when you’d rather not! Told from the point of view of eleven year old Lacy Dawn this is definitely not a children’s book.

I think one quote from the book sums up a lot of the story: “I guess sometimes a person becomes what he pretends to be. I pretended that I had a good reason to be mad and I was. Then, I pretended that I wasn’t mad and somehow it went away.” You just have to decide what being mad means and if it applies to you or not!

The imagination of this author and his writing style is incredible. The fact that he is also donating all the author proceeds from sales to a local to him charity raising funds to help prevent child abuse is yet another great reason for buying this unique novel. So if you fancy reading a science fiction novel with a young heroine being helped to save the world whilst she needs saving from abuse, a story with humour and darkness and plenty of twists and turns this could be just the book for you!

The author provided a copy of this novel for me to read in exchange for this, my honest review.

This book is available from a variety of sources including



June 2016: Robert Eggleton has kindly answered my questions and provided more information about the charity which he supports to help prevent child abuse in a special post on this blog which you can read here.

October 2017: Book cover and buy links updated.

May 2018: Reposted as nominated for an Author Academy Award.

2 comments on “Rarity from the Hollow by @roberteggleton1 #Review #Award #

  1. roberteggleton
    September 7, 2018

    The 2018 Edition of Rarity from the Hollow Paperback is now on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LfzP84. It is also available for Any eReader: https://bit.ly/2KNJkI2 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: https://bit.ly/2K2j3cd

    Rarity from the Hollow is now a Finalist in the 2018 Author Academy Awards If you want to vote for it, go to Science Fiction Books, page 2, and click on the title or cover: https://bit.ly/2MxA8wq Proceeds help abused children (50% donated to CHS of WV).



  2. roberteggleton
    March 31, 2020

    Rarity from the Hollow has a new website: https://www.hostingauthors.com/books/RarityfromtheHollow


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