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Rarity from the Hollow

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  151 reviews
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 sa ...more
Paperback, First, 284 pages
Published March 16th 2012 by Dog Horn Publishing (first published March 11th 2012)
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Mary Thornburg I read this in the same way I read magic realism... actually, if I had to decide on a genre label for the book (something I hate to do for almost any …moreI read this in the same way I read magic realism... actually, if I had to decide on a genre label for the book (something I hate to do for almost any book!), I'd call it magic realism. I wonder if all good fiction isn't that, in a sense. I mean, if it isn't REAL for the reader, then the reader isn't engaged and that's the end of that. But it's FICTION, so all but the most naive of readers step across that border. And in the country across that border, the real and the unreal swirl around each other so closely that for all intents and purposes they're the same. So my answer to your question is yes. It's dissociation or fantasy. Or both. And both.(less)
Keith Blodgett While it contains young it also contains the word adult which mean there are going to be adult themes and scenes in the book. On the other hand the sh…moreWhile it contains young it also contains the word adult which mean there are going to be adult themes and scenes in the book. On the other hand the shear amount of sexual content along with the drug and child abuse I think shoots this book far out of any YA category. It is subtitled 'A Children's Story. For Adults' and as far as I'm concerned it seriously means that.(less)
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I was disturbed and confused while reading the first chapters. But once I settled into reading, I did enjoy the exploration of many mental health issues described throughout the book. This is definitely an adult book, which has explicit sexual acts and mentions children's physical and sexual abuse. I enjoyed the Lacy Dawn's as a protagonist, and the other very flawed characters were well described. However despite a unique story line, this novel is ov
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very well written book where the author has drawn on lots of his life life experiences in his work and connections.

It tackled severe disturbing scenes of child abuse that will make you cringe where at times I had to take a breather from the reading material. We see how this little girl has an alien friend takes us into an entire different dimension.

There is a whole heap of things I could say in this review but to write more than what other reviewers have already said woul
Fidan Lurin
I was recently sent Rarity from the Hollow from the author, Robert Eggleton in exchange for an honest review.

I’m disturbed. I’m perplexed. I’m just confused. Like seriously. What in the great land of big foot’s name did I just read ? This story goes back and forth, up and down, sideways, vertical – in every possible direction you can imagine with little time to catch up or even get a grasp on what’s going on. A book which could have potentially been such a masterpiece, giving a realistic account
What appears at first blush to be a wonderful vehicle to bring attention to child abuse and the horrific lives these children live, as well as the suffering of victims of PTSD and their families, became a convoluted tale of one young girl, whose life has been damaged and skewed, forcing her into her own world of self-protection. Pre-teen, young teen, Lacy Dawn is intelligent, but damaged. She still plays with her best friend, whose own father abused and killed her. Then there is her alien friend ...more
Lonna | FLYLēF
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Gazing out of my window into the vast darkness of the sky, I am struck by the brilliance of tonight's full moon—tonight's blue moon. Which coincidentally is the perfect ambiance to compose my review because once in a figurative blue moon, I enjoy stepping out of my comfort zone to read a genre that I normally wouldn't. Sometimes I greatly regret it and wonder, Why must you be so curious? This time though, I have few regrets, for
Nov 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
+Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

THE WORLD: Technically most of the story is set up in The Hollow, West Virginia (USA) but we are also dealing with a spaceship and aliens so it's a bit intergalactic.

CHARACTERS: The main character is Lacy Dawn. The story starts when she's only 12 years old and we get introduced to her family environment via conversations she has with her best friend Faith. I have to say that they have very dysfunctional families, we're dealing with
Glenn Conley
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This book is fascinating. And then, just when you thought it was going to get even more awesome, it goes full-on derpy derp, and gets stupid as fuck. It pissed me off so much. I don't know why books fail so often at being awesome throughout. It's like they just lose their mojo halfway through, and say 'fuck it'. Or in this author's case, I'm pretty sure he just got high as balls and just started pulling shit out of his ass.

This book is about a twelve-year-old girl named Lacy Dawn, and her androi
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Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
In the interest of full disclosure, I really thought that this was going to be a DNF for me several times throughout the book. At about 30% in, I said "What in the bloody hell am I reading?" and put it down. I was not going to waste any more time, it was completely ridiculous, and where the heck was it going anyways? I sat there, and it was almost as if I was forced to pick it back up again. What was going to happen? How can this jumble come together with any coherency?

Well, it can't. Spoiler a
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Lacy Dawn isn't your typical eleven year old kid. She has a lot of experiences under her belt, most of which aren't great. Imagine her and her toothless mom being beaten to the pulp, everyday by her Gulf War veteran father. A father who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and deals with it by drinking, smoking weed and torturing his family, with a switch. Not a sight that would likely appeal to you, eh?

How about this? Lacy Dawn can also talk to trees, have I mentioned that? Oh and the t
Logan LeDuc
Jun 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Regrettably I couldn't make it through the third chapter. I was very disappointed with the writing, the initial opening chapter and how unfiltered and straightforward it was and the overall direction this book took from the get go. This book was written in a childlike way while being the furthest thing from a children's book - Definitely not something I'd recommend.
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: August 16th 2015
Rating 3

“Right is right and wrong is wrong. It's just like you know in your heart. Good and evil have always been and will always be the balance on which survival of the universe depends.”

*** A copy of this novel was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lacy Dawn resides in the back woods of Appalachia with her poverty-stricken family. Although a bright girl, she suffers abuse at the hands of her father. Her best friend, who also has an abusive family, is killed early in the book. Aside from her intelligence, the only things in Lacy Dawn's favor are her ability to talk to trees and the alien android who took up residence 'Roundabend,' who is enhancing her intelligence for his own purposes.

Although this could be the setup for a rather dark and f
 Reading Reindeer Emigrates To Pluto

Appalachia is a beautiful, scenic region, with a glorious environment (or at least that was so before mining, mountaintop removal, and tourism). But as glorious as is the backdrop, much of life Isn't pretty, nor even tolerable (or even legal). Perhaps if all the inhabitants were emotionless drones or androids, life would be acceptable. But then, among robots or androids, such goings on would never occur, because so much of crime, abuse, and other d
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Living in a world where your mainstay of communication are the trees in the Roundabend, a ghost that was your friend what was killed by her father, other inanimate objects that you hope will give you advice and an Android that becomes the center of your attention. Living in poverty, fearful of your actions and dealing with an abusive father and a negligent mother, what hope does a young child have? There are many issues brought to light in Rarity from the Hollow as we take the journey inside the ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: This is the weirdest book I’ve ever read. I love it.

It took me a few chapters to get used to Eggleton’s writing style, but the weirdness of the language matches the weirdness of the story, and it works. Lacy Dawn is not your average heroine, but then again, she’s engaged to an alien/android named DotCom. And guys. GUYS. Just wait until you see what DotCom meant when he said he needs her to save the world. SO. AWESOMELY. WEIRD. I . . . I kind of want to call Mr. Eggleton to
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was a strange book! Maybe not the strangest book I've ever read, but still, pretty fucking strange.

The first part is where we meet Lacy Dawn and her dysfunctional family and neighbours. They live in the Hollow, a semi-fictional rural community in the region of Appalachia in the US (I'm calling it semi-fictional because there are plenty of 'hollows' out there just like this one). The first chapter opens up with child abuse seeming like the most normal thing in the world to these people. Add
The Reviewer
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lacy Dawn is just a kid. She lives in a poor area, where drugs and domestic violence are common. Lacy Dawn can help the other kids though, with magic taught to her by her secret friend DotCom.

“’It’s a kid’s job to help her parents and any kid who don’t ain’t much of a kid and maybe don’t even deserve to live!’ Faith yelled…”

Lacy Dawn is in the fifth grade when her friend Faith is beaten to death by her dad. Lacy Dawn’s own father beats her and her mother frequently. Sometimes even Lacy Dawn’s do
JD Nelson
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Eggleton is a gifted storyteller of boundless imagination and masterful skill. Rarity from the Hollow is a dark, humorous and suspenseful science-fantasy story that showcases Eggleton's expert characterization, description and dialogue. His frank and honest portrayal of poverty in rural Appalachia is reminiscent of Stephen King's use of "everyday horrors" to create a convincing sense of dread. Eggleton counters the story's dark mood with touches of warmth and humor, à la Ray Bradbury. I l ...more
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book to me was very different in a good way. I love the character of Lacy and I love the idea of her powers to help. This book was unique and I enjoy finding books that to not fit any type of certain mold. Lucy's father is a bad guy and I do not like his character but what is a story without good and evil right? * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Susan Hampson
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is probably one of the most strange, bizarre and utterly compelling books that I have read in a while. I got the feeling that it was set years ago from the descriptions of the back water town where Lacy Dawn lives with her dysfunctional family, but events that were mentioned such as the Golf War put it much later. The Hollow, the place she lives, is a where child abuse of every form is common place, with her best friend Faith, ‘murdered by the meanest daddy’. Lace Dawn is quite a special gi ...more
Rachael Cochlin
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Andrea Hatfield
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and all opinions within this review are my own.*

I was really excited when Robert Eggleton, the author of "Rarity from the Hollow", emailed me asking for a review of Rarity from the Hollow. For one thing I love books that are centered in my home state and another thing is I love helping out fellow Mountaineers. I became even more excited when I continued reading the email and found out that Mr. Eggleton donates his author proceeds t
Nina Ivanova
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This is the story of a little girl, Lacy Dawn, from a family that is about to break. Lacy's father is a war veteran and suffers from the trauma of his past. His suffering echoes throught the whole family, bringing it down with him. Meanwhile, the life of Lacy's friend gets a turn even for a worse. Lacy's life changes dramatically when she meets DotCom - a robot who has a very special mission for her.
Lacy Dawn is a half part growing up story, half part sci-fi adventure,
I first read Rarity from the Hollow two years ago, when the author, Robert Eggleton contacted me and asked me to consider it. It seemed interesting, edgy and different, so I took a chance, and was immediately hooked on his concept and his story. I was supposed to review it then, life got in the way, and it was a year (and a revised edition) later before I wrote a review. Somehow, that review got eaten by WordPress, and after far too much patience on Mr. Eggleton’s part, I’ve rewritten it and am ...more
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a decidedly weird read full of engaging characters and humor.

Ahem (clearing throat)– Whew-Oookay. I have read a few very strange books. This one may be the strangest yet. Strange but engaging in a…. weird way. I think a good word is “bizarre” (definition: very strange or unusual, especially so as to cause interest or amusement).

Lacy Dawn is really a wonderful character! She is a young person with an old soul. Lacy Dawn is a 13-year-old fifth grader, residing in an impoverished community
J.E. Barrett
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rarity From the Hollow

A Wonderfully Fun Story!

“Rarity From the Hollow” was a great read and nothing like I expected! The author takes the reader on a fun filled journey through the fictional world that he has created. Before reading the story, I had made a number of assumptions, based on the author’s background and the description of the book, but I was wrong on all counts. I thought that the story might get preachy and heavy handed in the delivery of its message. I thought that maybe this was j
Beth Hale
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
***I received this book in exchange for an honest review*** Rarity from the Hollow is an unique reading experience. It starts by letting us know Lacy Dawn is an abused\neglected child, and so is her best friend, Faith. The beginning really struck a chord in me because it brought up childhood memories. As the story progresses, we find out more about Lacy Dawn: the life she leads and the secrets she keeps. The first half of this book tugged at my heartstrings and I couldn't put the book down. But ...more
Joannes Rhino
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This reading is something that I didn't expect, but in a good ways of course. I expected to have something light to read before sleep. Instead, I had to work my brain out. For me personally, reading Rarity From The Hollow is like finding someone's journal in an old abandon house. It's so natural and complicated. But then it makes perfect sense of how a person able to create such imaginative world inside his/her head. The author did a wonderful job in creating readers' empathy. I am not gonna say ...more
Faith Jones
Do you know the plate spinning game, kids? It’s really fun. What you do is borrow the drill from Daddy’s shed and make a lot of holes in the floor of your front room, then you need to poke all the bean poles you can find from the garden into the holes but always make sure you can reach the top because that’s important. When it’s ready and you have a forest of sticks, carry out a couple of dinner service-loads of china plates from Mummy’s cupboards and place them one by one on top of the poles, s ...more
Pantomime Python
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
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This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

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Rarity from the Hollow is a science fiction/fantasy book about Lacy Dawn - a twelve year old girl who is very smart and very advanced for her age. She never misses one day of school and is respected by her
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Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known locally for his nonfiction: investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997; nationally distributed models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead o ...more

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