Book: Rarity from the Hollow
Author: Robert Eggleton
Plot: Lacy Dawn is a little girl who lives in a magical forest where all the trees love her and she has a space alien friend who adores her and wants to make her queen of the universe. What’s more, all the boys admire her for her beauty and brains. Mommy is very beautiful and Daddy is very smart, and Daddy’s boss loves them all.
Sadly it is hollow
Huge thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of the book
Before i begin the review i want to mention that this book was completely out of the usual sphere of books that i generally read. In fact it was a different experience altogether and somehow my inexperience with this genre and this kind of work does kind of shadows my review and i wanted to mention that to be fair to the author and his work
I am really in a dilemma over this book because at one end I can see the relevance, the thoughts and the intensity of the theme of the book. The book is a peep into the lives of those who are shattered and destroyed under inhumane behaviors and treatments and lack of proper support and care but at the same time I hate to say and mention that the book and the story fails miserably to echo the same
There are lots of things that is working against the book. I am going to pick one by one all of those
Story: This is basis of every book so naturally the base has to be cemented well which unfortunately isn’t because all the parts of the story is overlapping and each section fails to find its designated place in the story. There is the voice of abuse, then there is the paranormal track and then there is involvement of sci-fi and then there is the resonance of struggles of life and add to the chaos , a bit of satire on society or individuals and all you get is a confused and crumpled ball of bit and parts of a story. To me nothing made sense because nothing stayed long enough to register its purpose.
For instance the book opens to two girls talking and showing us a very disturbed family background and immediately it turns into something completely different, more like a completely different genre because suddenly you realize one of the girl is talking to ghosts and then there is a sci fi element and all this within the variation of two to three paragraphs
Narration: I think this the major flaw in the book. Each paragraph is a different world, different idea and a different genre of fiction for that matter. You read one paragraph of a chapter and just as you start making sense of it you come to the next paragraph and you lose what you have been holding together so far in the chapter because none of the paragraphs make sense to the previous one or show even the slightest trace of link to it
Language: I believe the language used is very colloquial or native in structure and not meant for a massive audience because there were certain phrases or sentences that at times failed to convey the message I thought a more general form of language would have been more helpful
Characters: At times certain characters seems to paint a clear picture for you but then jump to the next chapter and you realize you don’t know these characters anymore as they are not behaving or saying things that they are supposed to do
I believe the book suffered because there was not a proper timeline and chronology to the events and narration. I felt that the author had not helped us with enough background information as well making it further difficult to understand.
I am still confused over a lot of things in the book. For instance I still don’t know what the character of Dot Com is. All those parts with this character and the so called, Mall settings all are still a blurred picture in the book.
The book fails to paint a clear picture of what the author wants to say exactly. The story, narration and even the characters all seemed fatally ill treated because everything is overlapping and running and sprinting onto next chapters without clearing the setting and picture for its readers
BUT apart from just being a work of fiction, one also needs to look at it like a means to change the lives of thousands of innocent children so as one of the reviewers said for the book
“It’s like buying ice cream for charity — everybody wins.”
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.