Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel

Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel

The last rock-and-roll novel: a dark valentine to small-town music scenes everywhere An epidemic of violence is sweeping the country: musicians are being murdered onstage in the middle of their sets by members of their audience. Are these random copycat killings, or is something more sinister at work? Has music itself become corrupted in a culture where everything is availa The last rock-and-roll novel: a dark valentine to small-town music scenes everywhere An epidemic of violence is sw...

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Title:Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel
Author:Jeff Jackson
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0374537666
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel Reviews

  • Lori
    Jul 08, 2018
    Review to come ...
  • Nate D
    Oct 25, 2018
    Spare, obliterated, perfectly formed as something etched into a mirror or a monument. The words are so finely chosen that they read like poetry while remaining utterly transparent to the images they convey, a series of signs each fully imbued with its own power, symbolist without needi...
  • Nathanimal
    Feb 03, 2019
    Some gripping scenes in this book. Where the cover and title suggested, to me, something more along the lines of black-humored punk, this novel actually spends its time on the emotions surrounding abandonment, death, being left out, not measuring up?you know, the real stuff. I liked ...
  • Beth
    Nov 26, 2018
    A love story and dear john letter to local music scenes, bathed in bleak depression and blood. This book was part David Lynch, in it's bordering-on-absurd weird moments (but without his trademark atmospheric dread), and part Tarantino, in its excessive, almost thoughtless violence. Whi...
  • Jeff Jackson
    Jul 10, 2018
    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism. It's a book about music, small-town art scenes, violent plagues, voices from the beyond, and how far you'll go to do right by your friends. Like a cassette or classic vinyl single, the book has both a Side A and Side B - read ...
  • Charlie
    Jan 09, 2019
    Destroy All Monsters really gets at the feeling of being a lifer in the music scene, someone who can't imagine not going to dozens of concerts a year (or hell, a month). It literalizes the feeling of being at a concert, which to a certain extent, is a contract for your own destruction....
  • Janet
    Oct 22, 2018
    This atmospheric rock and roll thriller touches a raw nerve with its subject matter, an epidemic of mass shootings targeting (mostly mediocre) rock bands. The author couldn't have possibly anticipated the environment into which his novel would be published, but it was eerily prescient,...
  • James
    Nov 04, 2018
    As a fan of Jeff Jackson's previous two books (2013's Mira Corpora and 2016's Novi Sad), I was greatly looking forward to his new novel, and Destroy All Monsters doesn't disappoint. The book's high-concept premise (essentially, an epidemic involving young people murdering musicians dur...
  • John Marr
    Dec 02, 2018
    Really, they should just start listening to jazz ...
  • Mike
    Jan 26, 2019
    Odd mixture of a high concept premise and very little plot... not so much about the epidemic of shootings at rock shows but about young people grieving over death. And Jackson tries to create emotion using the prose instead of story or character. Much different than I anticipated. Like...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Sep 30, 2018
    Musicians in small town music scenes are no longer safe at their shows.  Violence erupts at random shows across the country when audience members pull weapons and murder the band members on stage. "Everybody was slow to call it an epidemic. They didn't want to believe these deaths ...
  • Kris
    Nov 16, 2018
    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...
  • Therese
    Aug 12, 2018
    With an actual "A side" and "B side" embedded in its structure, this novel is sort of the literary equivalent of a vinyl punk single: disturbing, painful, raw, spare, blood-soaked, death-obsessed, the sex linked to despair; deceptively simple, sometimes to the point of monotony; coldly...
  • Kate
    Jan 02, 2019
    This book immediately piqued my interest by having an A Side and B Side, and I was excited to dig into the story that was set from the first page. However, the deeper I went into this book, the less interested I became. I felt as though the writing was just a little bit bland and repet...
  • Jade
    Jan 02, 2019
    Arcadia is suffering an inexplicable wave of murders at concerts, and the epidemic has strangely little to do with the politics of gun violence. The horror is however real. Jeff Jackson?s prescient terror tale sees the sanctity of music getting tainted for reasons unknown. Suddenl...
  • Michelle  Hogmire
    Dec 13, 2018
    Argh, what a frustrating read! The premise of this book--an epidemic of audience members murdering bands at local music shows--is genius and timely, but the execution (pun intended) is not for me. There's been a weird trend in recent literary fiction (Christine Mangan's Tangerine being...
  • Kelby Losack
    Sep 21, 2018
    In-depth review coming soon. ...
  • Lissa
    Nov 25, 2018
    3.5? 3.5?? ...more ...
  • Paolo Latini
    Oct 07, 2018
    A metaphor for the times we are living in, where an excess of information destroys all the contents and makes noise from all the signals. To this supporting metaphor are added other elements, taken from ancient and sylvan imagery and build a disquieting but realistic fresco. https://a...
  • June Amelia Rose
    Oct 27, 2018
    I love this book for reasons I can?t describe. An epidemic of bands being shot while performing breaks out across the united states, and the characters cope with the loss in a wide cast of ways. I love any book that deals explicitly with rock music and punk culture. One of the most t...
  • Helen
    Jan 08, 2019
    I had a lot of expectations for this book, I was excited at the idea of Side A and Side B and the idea of this musical epidemic, and they each fell flat. The characters felt insignificant and unreasonable, none of their actions were fully explained and they are all mostly one direction...
  • Daniel Casey
    Sep 01, 2018
    Jackson is able to embrace earnestness without ever going off the deep end and yet infuse enough literary sensibility to make the novel more than its plot. Living in a nation where mass shootings is a given, where mass murder is written off as just a fact of life, this novel is both ch...
  • Zach
    Oct 30, 2018
    I'd give the book five stars for its premise, but the execution was a bit precious for my tastes. It didn't seem to have a lot of confidence in readers' ability to figure things out and there were too many moments that felt like they were nudging me in the ribs saying, "get it?" There ...
  • David
    Feb 01, 2019
    Book #12 of 2019. I wish more writers had the patience to... Wait... I wish more readers read with the patience that provided writers room to develop their structural form in the manner with which Destroy All Monsters manifests itself. This is pretty powerful work from Jac...
  • iane
    Oct 20, 2018
    High-profile literary fiction authors usually do a faulty job when they decide to write about rock music, especially when they try to dig into the underground. It?s very hard to capture the wildly varied intentions and inner worlds of people who create strange sounds with little hope...
  • Meike
    Jul 06, 2018
    When the massacre at the "Eagles of Death Metal" concert at the Bataclan happened, 90 music fans died and over 200 were wounded - I knew that could easily have been me, as it takes me less than two hours by train to reach that venue and I was contemplating to go see that very performan...
  • Zac Smith
    Jan 06, 2019
    i really liked the idea of the book, what with the killings and all, and i really liked the scenes and descriptions of the performances and performers and all the behind-the-scenes shop-talk about making independent music, and i really liked the idea of the A-side/B-side format. but i ...
  • Chad Dembski
    Dec 17, 2018
    An excellent reflection on the current anxiety around random murder in the U.S.A, where it seems it is possible at any moment and anywhere. Focusing on the music industry and all the glory, sweat and pain that go into the indie scenes in a small town it gets directly into the mourning ...
  • Sam
    Sep 05, 2018
    Destroy All Monsters is an experimental punk rock novel that is more pieces of shrapnel than a cohesive text. It is also a really good argument for gun control. In the story, if you can call it that, blank-eyed disenfranchised youth are walking into music venues and murdering mediocre...
  • Cassie
    Nov 07, 2018
    Music lovers, vinyl junkies, groupies, those of you that spent your teenage years standing in line for GA shows, this is a book for us. It is two narratives in one: a Side A and a Side B, just like your favorite vinyl record single. You will literally flip the book over to read the oth...