Well one thing I can say for certain is that Rarity From the Hollow is a genuinely unique story. I'm truly a little stumped about my feelings on it as a whole. While it's wildly inventive and interesting, I struggled to finish this story.
It grabbed my attention right off the bat, with this strange little girl, Lacy Dawn and her even stranger companions. I wanted to know more about this girl who talked to a ghost and trees and had her secret robot boyfriend from another world. Unfortunately I never quite felt like I connected to Lacy Dawn, or her plight, and I'm not really sure why. If I am being 100% honest I felt that way with all of the characters. I found Dot Com to be very interesting, especially once his errrr transformation started...but his long winded robot jargon, especially concerning the Shptiludrp shopping scenarios, really gave it a monotonous tone that had me struggling to focus on the story. But, that's just my personal taste, someone with a heavier love of Sci-Fi might rather enjoy it.
I also struggled with the alternating POVs which, again, is a personal issue with me. I have a hard time enjoying multiple POVs if they aren't done in a fashion where it's very apparent who is speaking/thinking right away. It becomes increasingly hard to differentiate between voices, in this book especially, because unless it's Dot Com talking, the rest of the characters have a similar voice, at least at first glance. I know that there was an issue with some of the punctuation concerning when different people are speaking in this book that is being addressed in the future though, and that might make a difference with being able to better tell when one person's thought ends and another begins.
I do appreciate the Author's imagination in creating a tale such as this. Shptiludrp was a very intriguing place, and the plot was strong. I also thought he did a good job with some touchier subject material. And I think it's awesome that the proceeds from this novel have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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.