Rock Gods & Messy Monsters
by Diane Hatz
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Pub Date 20 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 16 Nov 2023
Aliens have hatched a rockstar. Brain extractions, falling body parts, and blood-vessel explosions have become the norm.
Alex’s dream job has turned into a nightmare. What should she do?
It's the 1990s. Alex arrives to work at Acht Records, her improbable blonde hair streaked stress magenta and anger black. Her first duty is to wipe blood off her boss's walls. It goes downhill from there.
Rock Gods & Messy Monsters is a humorous story about life inside a record company. Yet underneath and between the lines of satire and absurdism, the book is a cautionary tale.
Join Alex as she weaves throughout a comedic cast of characters, and her boss attempts to thwart her at every turn.
"Everything Everywhere All At Once" meets "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
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- Finalist, 2022 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award (Adult Fiction Humor)
- Recommended Review – The US Review of Books
- Finalist, The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
- IndieBRAG Medallion 2023 Honoree
- Top 30 Impressive Indie Books of 2022 from Independent Book Review
- Most frequently wish listed book on BookBub (Dec 2022)
- #1 Hot New Release Amazon Kindle in Absurdist Fiction, Pop Culture and Pop Culture Music (Sept 2022)
- Starred Review, Independent Book Review (Oct 2022)
(Originally published as Rock Gods of Acht)
"The novel is so perverse it causes one to laugh out loud at the deranged storyline and detailed descriptions, offering an easy-to-read yarn for those looking for something different. This is truly satire at its best.” - US Review of Books
""A fast paced, entertaining comic treat."" - Kirkus Discoveries
""A gory experimental piece and a powerful illustration of dreams that move into the arena of nightmares."" - Midwest Book Review
""It is a story that far too many people, of all ages, will be able to relate to."" - Independent Book Review
""Satirical, zany, hilarious—a gut-punching commentary about the inner workings of the music industry, its power complexes, and power plays."" - The BookLife Prize
“It’s difficult to really pin down Rock Gods. You could take it at face value and chalk it down as pure abstract surrealism. You could also decode comma and quotation mark for deeply written philosophical wisdom. I think it’s a little bit of both.” – The Lit Refinery
Average rating from 8 members
this was a trippy concept of a book, it did do everything that I wanted from the description. I enjoyed the way Diane Hatz wrote this and was invested in the story. It had great characters and glad I got to get to know them. It was a realistic concept and I enjoyed every part of the story.
"The second memo was a request from one of the talent scouts to up the bidding amount for a hot, new, hip band that, according to the scout, 'everyone was trying to sign'. Skeater scribbled a 'see me to discuss'. Many times, A&R people lost sight of the fact that bands 'everyone' wanted became more desirable, and therefore more valuable, because of the bidding war, not because of the music."
Lots of information here, a lot I dud not know. Loved the writing style. Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book
There's a lot of crazyness in this book: a lot of crazy characters, a lot of mysoginist and a lot of fun.
I think that Ms Hatz can write and delivers and entertaining and thought provoking story.
Many thanks to the publisher for this arc, all opinions are mine
This is kind of unique and quirky, and has some humorous moments. Pretty good writing style and a good story. I enjoyed this but I wasn't blown away by it. I can see why it has won high praise.
Thanks very much for the free review copy for review!!
Well written and even though its not my genre I hung in and read it to the end. For those that enjoy the fantasy genre, it will be an entertaining read.
This book was so weird!! And I am not really even sure I completely understood it. The characters felt like a middle-schooler thinking of wild ideas for people while doing a creative writing assignment. You get someone who explodes on a regular basis, another who loses body parts, and my favorite which was a woman who's hair color reflected her emotional state. Though, this all came across as fun and quirky versus immature and silly. The whole story was incredibly unbelievable and campy. Aliens creating the perfect pop star and working with a horrible recording company. I assume that some of the situations referenced industry jokes that I am not aware of, but I could easily see how similar situations could take place. This story is definitely a fun break in reading, like deciding to have ice cream for dinner!
I enjoyed this book a lot. It reminded me of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy at times and I adored its weird sense of humour. It's a lovely satire on everything corporate set at a record label: people giving themselves random titles, people burning out, people behaving really badly towards each other, money being valued more than passion.... Every employee will recognise this. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC!