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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Rarity From the Hollow by Robert Eggleton is a very unusual novel. It is a fantasy novel, but it happens in a place that sounds a lot like small towns all over America. Rarity From the Hollow is a Lacy Dawn Adventure. Lacy is an unusual girl. This particular adventure is so weird that I shudder to think of future ones. Having said that, I kind of like Lacy. Her optimism in depressing circumstances grew on me. And make no mistake about it, the “Hollow” would be a very depressing place to grow up, if you even got a chance to grow up. Just ask Lacy’s best friend Faith about that. Full of cranky characters and crazy situations, Rarity From the Hollow sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved.
Imagine a small town where people talk in a homey dialect that for the most part reflects their intellectual capacity, or maybe incapacity might be a better word. Now, imagine a spaceship with a lone robot passenger landing in this town. Let’s call him DotCom. DotCom is on a mission and needs a little human help to accomplish it. He needs to learn more about humans so he befriends a little girl. There are some towns and some little girls where a safe, beautiful story might evolve. The Hollow is not one of those towns. Robert Eggleton is a brilliant writer whose work is better read on several levels. I appreciated this story on all of them.