Long standing and highly respected book reviewer facing medical concerns

Some of you may know or know of Barry Hunter.  He has been around for a long time and was on the front page of Author's Den a couple of week ago.  Mr. Hunter mostly reviewed SF/F novels, but not exclusively.  He served and contributed to Literature from the old school: no artificial paid reviews, honest (if your work sucked for air he would say so), and he was very prolific.  I'm not sure if he reviewed any self-published titles, but he did review some ebooks when that industry took off.  Reader reviews and their star ratings have been irrelevant to his work.  In my opinion, Mr. Hunter knows the difference between good and bad literature within a cultural rather than economic perspective. To the best of my knowledge, he never gave pointers to a bad writer on how to improve, which, again in my opinion, would be in conflict with the concept of an independent review (as well as a common scam and a waste of a true book reviewer's time)..

 

If you would like to thank Mr. Hunter for his contribution to literature and wish him well:

http://thebaryonreview.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2012-01-01T0...

 

 

 

 

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Comment by Robert Eggleton on May 31, 2015 at 1:08am

Thank you Barry and get well! Here's what he said about Rarity from the Hollow:

Baryon 103:

RARITY FROM THE HOLLOW, A Lacy Dawn Adventure, Robert Eggleton, www.fatcatpress.com, $6.95, 411 pages, ISBN: 0977644839, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

"Lacy Dawn is the last person you would pick to be the savior of the universe. She's in the fifth grade in the backwoods of West Virginia. Her best friend – Faith, is the ghost of a school mate that was beaten to death and lives in a tree. During recess she gives advice to her schoolmates about their future. Her boyfriend – DotCom, is an android that has lived in a cave for thousands of years keeping watch over her lineage from the first days of humankind.

Her dad - Dewayne is a disabled vet and her family is on welfare. Tom, the next door neighbor, grows "buds". Jenny, her mom does the best she can. Lacy and DotCom do some "reprogramming" on the parents to make them smarter and stronger and Lacy is up to college level in her studies with DotCom.

It turns out that in order for Lacy to save the universe; she must raise the prestige of Earth by becoming the greatest shopper of all time and negotiate the best deals for her services and those of her family on the planet Shptiludrp.

Eggleton has crafted a novel that deals with social commentary mixed with some eerie science fiction and a strange problem that Lacy has to solve to save the universe with the help of her family and her dog, Brownie. I can almost hear a blue grass version of Metallica while reading this. I expect to see more from Eggleton and Lacy Dawn. Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find."

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