Editorial Reviews of "The Rebellious Earthling: Tale of the Turquoise Mirror"
“Andi Hayes depicts a hellish alternative setting to Earth in her archetypal, crowd-pleasing fantasy novel... a delightfully dark story that carefully maintains an enjoyable fairytale-esque quality that makes the story an enjoyable and effortless read.
She conjures many captivating descriptions and employs elaborate imagery that creates a fantastical picture of the setting. It is evident that each word, sentence, and phrase has been carefully selected, and Hayes undeniably gives as much depth and purpose in the vernacular choices that she makes... a beautiful allegory for the sin and evil that corrupts those of weak moral constitutions..."
- Maddy Christopher, San Francisco Book Review
"A depraved and darkly amusing novel, this whip-smart book may seem outlandish, but the underlying messages are deeply rooted in reality. Author Andi Hayes shows herself to be a creative world-builder on a scale and scope that other sci-fi/fantasy authors can hardly imagine. She is a master storyteller with a penchant for vivid detail and no fear of shocking or appalling her readers.This boldness on the page achieves a forceful and unforgettable novel that is both disturbing and hard to put down."
- John Staughton, Self-Publishing Review
"...Clearly, I think that The Rebellious Earthling is a five-star novel. Not only is it completely unique in its subject matter, storyline, and characters, but it is also incredibly well-written and thoughtful. Hayes excels at managing the differing timelines yet tying them together seamlessly. The 300 pages of The Rebellious Earthling fly by, as Hayes keeps the story action-packed yet never rushed. ...by the end I felt as if I knew these characters in an intimate way...
- Literary Titan
"A wonderfully descriptive fantasy about finding empathy even in the darkest corners of Hell. The characters are unique and layered and although there are familiar sci-fi themes, the story is original and captivating. This is a book recommended for those new to the genre as well as seasoned fantasy buffs."
- IndieReader Discovery Awards 2018/2019
"For those readers who are looking for both a depraved and darkly amusing novel, The Rebellious Earthling: The Tale of the Turquoise Mirror is a story that should not be missed. Coming across as a long-form allegory for the weakness of mankind and the rise of evil in modern society, this whip-smart book may seem outlandish, but the underlying messages are deeply rooted in reality.
When one of the Fallen Angels insidiously ruins an entire village of peace-loving, animal-honoring goblins, a new horrifying species is created, full of cruelty, selfishness, violence and an (almost) complete lack of morality.
In Tartarus, where these vile beasts now live, pain is commonplace, rules do not exist, and abject misery seems to be the neutral emotion.
Yet even when all seems so permanently lost, with no hope of salvation or improvement, a pure and peaceful heart is able to shine a surprising light into this dark and dangerous world.
Ermina is the out-of-place human who descends into this frightening corner of hell, and she clearly doesn't belong in the world of brimstone, trolls and heartless hate. Unable to escape back to the world she knows, she is forced to find a way to survive among monsters who would eat her alive as soon as look at her.
Author Andi Hayes shows herself to be a creative world-builder on a scale and scope that other sci-fi/fantasy authors can hardly imagine. Building such a visceral and comprehensive landscape, or hellscape, without resorting to the classic tropes of purgatory and the "Lake of Fire" is difficult, but there are still layers of meaning in the story.
The transformation of goblins into horrible trolls is the result of an infection, one that spreads vice and laziness, of cruelty and disrespect. These innocent victims fall from serenity to surreal horror through the influence of outside forces, which change their values, beliefs and sources of pride.
Hayes doesn't beat readers over the head with her allegory, but it is ever-present in the atmosphere of the story. This isn't a veiled piece of religious propaganda either - it asks difficult philosophical questions about the nature of morality, as well as the red lines that our global society has eagerly crossed for the satisfaction of the present, at the expense of the future.
Aside from the depth of meaning and significance within the novel, Hayes is a master storyteller with a penchant for vivid detail and no fear of shocking or appalling her readers. This boldness on the page achieves a forceful and unforgettable novel that is both disturbing and hard to put down.
Even the most sinister, seemingly one-dimensional characters in this novel have intriguing personalities, while the completely fantastic setting of the story creates a blank slate on which to study the nature of choice, evil and existence.
A twisted tale of evil and redemption, The Rebellious Earthling may not initially appeal to everyone, but Andi Hayes' masterful pen has given sci-fi and fantasy readers a richly depicted world, in a story that's both relevant and raucous."
- John Staughton, SelfPublishingReview.com
“The Web was one of America’s first Death Rock bands, as described by UK journalist/author Mick Mercer. Based in Los Angeles, they released a 45” single “Walk on Glass” backed by “Sidewalk” in the mid-1980’s, which hit the Top 10 on John Peel’s BBC Radio show. They also released a 7-song EP as a Limited Edition demo. In the late 1980’s/early 1990’s, remaining founding members Andi Hayes, lead vocals, and T.A. Black, lead guitar, renamed the band Kill City, featuring an ever-fluctuating new rhythm section line-up. They released a 45” colored vinyl single on the Dionysus Records label, “Secret Smile” backed by “Cancer of the Mind” and “Begging for More.” At that point, bass player Johann Schumann left briefly for England to tour as temporary fill-in with Christian Death, who shared the band’s practice studio. It was during this period that T.A. and Andi opened the infamous Goth afterhours club known as “The Seance” on Highland Avenue in Hollywood, featuring visits from such diverse luminaries such as Nick Cave and El Duce of the Mentors, even renting the club out to Guns ‘N Roses for a show. The Web/Kill City played their last show together in 1993. Singer Andi Hayes continued on in a solo career, putting together 2 CDs and several videos of original music in a vegan psychedelic/garage/goth vein.” - Mick Mercer
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