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Scence Fiction Novel Helps Abused Kids

A tragic, comedic, and satiric science fiction novel raises funds to help abused children.
( | Press Release | 2018-01-04 15:32:29 )
Millions of American children spent this past holiday in temporary shelters. A lot more world-wide likely spent their respective "holidays" in worse conditions. Having once been the director of emergency children's shelters in West Virginia, an impoverished state with the poorest economic forecast and the highest heroin overdose death rate in the nation, both correlates of child maltreatment, it is still heartbreaking to think about children not having a "real" family during Christmas. I remember the faces, the smiles and thank yous for the presents from staff, but….

Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton is an adult literary novel with a social science fiction backdrop that was published by Dog Horn Publishing in Leeds, U.K., a traditional small press. The final edition paperback was released to Amazon on November 3, 2016: The eBook was released on December 5, 2016. Sensitizing readers to victimization, early tragedy in this story feeds and amplifies subsequent comedy and satire. Half of author proceeds are donated to Children's Home Society of West Virginia, a nonprofit agency that serves over thirteen thousand children and families annually. In support of the project, over five hundred independent book blogs from twenty-nine countries have presented this novel to the world.

Publisher's Blurb:

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 saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Editorial Reviews

"The abuse in the book is graphic, but the story arc is hopeful: a family recovering and becoming better together." Publishers Weekly

"A fun, sometimes cleverly-gonzo, and even inspiring tale about an undaunted girl's close encounter of the weird kind." - David Brin, Award Winning SciFi Author

"Amusing at times, shocking at others, a touching and somehow wonderful SFF read." Amazing Stories Magazine

"...In the space of a few lines we go from gritty realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It's quite a trip." -- The Missouri Review

"Brilliant satires such as this are genius works of literature in the same class as Orwell's Animal Farm. I can picture American Lit professors sometime in the distant future placing this masterpiece on their reading list." --Marcha Fox, Retired NASA Engineer and SciFi Author

"...utterly compelling...a chilling, engaging verisimilitude that deftly feeds on both the utter absurdity of the characters' motivations and on the progression of the plot.... In the spirit of Vonnegut, Eggleton takes the genre and gives it another quarter turn." - Electric Review / Midwest Book Review

"...a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty,ignorance, abuse...tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them...profound...a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy."-- Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

"...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...a brilliant writer." --Readers' Favorite (Gold Medal)

"The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in several years...." --Temple Emmet Williams, Author, Retired Reader's Digest Editor

"...There is much here worthy of high praise...Eggleton reminds me very much of Robert Heinlein at his peak...." -- SF Crowsnest

"...Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find." -- The Baryon Review

"...psychologically disturbing at a different level to what I have seen before...."
-- The Reading Rose

"...laugh-out-loud funny at times, satiric of almost everything it touches upon..." -- Atomjack Science Fiction Magazine

"...This piece of speculative fiction is nothing like anything I've read before. It faces reality head-on while also pursuing themes that are outlandish... amazed by how the author has aptly mingled tragedy with humor...." -- Page Hungry Bookworm

"...a story with humour and darkness and plenty of twists and turns...." -- Splash into Books

"...It is one of those books that if it does not make you think, you are not really reading it...." -- On My Kindle

"...the writing feels timeless, classic and mature...could be read in a college setting both for the craft itself and its unique brand of storytelling.The premise was brilliant - Tabby A. Fae, My Trending Stories

"...reminds me of books like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,Catch 22, and Spike Milligan's Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall.If you liked those books, you'll love this one." - Dr. Bob Rich, Psychologist, Author

"...difficult, funny, terribly sad, absolutely true, and extremely well told. It should be the winner of literary prizes...." Mary Thornburg, Award Winning SciFi Author

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