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

  • Tosh
    Jul 22, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Really, they should just start listening to jazz ...

    3.5? 3.5?? ...more ...

    Overall I liked it, but the A side/B side gimmick didn't really work for me. ...

    A brilliant exploration of the teenage yearning for rock and roll to serve as a form of transcendence -- and the horror underlying the possibility that perhaps it never quite can. ...

    2.5 stars I still don't understand what this book was actually about. ...

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  • Lori
    Jul 08, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

  • Nate D
    Oct 25, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

  • Beth
    Nov 26, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Lara Seven
    Nov 25, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Really, they should just start listening to jazz ...

    3.5? 3.5?? ...more ...

    Overall I liked it, but the A side/B side gimmick didn't really work for me. ...

  • Jeff Jackson
    Jul 10, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

  • Janet
    Oct 22, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Really, they should just start listening to jazz ...

  • Debs
    Nov 22, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Really, they should just start listening to jazz ...

    3.5? 3.5?? ...more ...

    Overall I liked it, but the A side/B side gimmick didn't really work for me. ...

    A brilliant exploration of the teenage yearning for rock and roll to serve as a form of transcendence -- and the horror underlying the possibility that perhaps it never quite can. ...

    2.5 stars I still don't understand what this book was actually about. ...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Sep 30, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

  • Barry
    Dec 01, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Really, they should just start listening to jazz ...

    3.5? 3.5?? ...more ...

    Overall I liked it, but the A side/B side gimmick didn't really work for me. ...

    A brilliant exploration of the teenage yearning for rock and roll to serve as a form of transcendence -- and the horror underlying the possibility that perhaps it never quite can. ...

    2.5 stars I still don't understand what this book was actually about. ...

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  • Kris
    Nov 16, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

  • Therese
    Aug 12, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Michelle  Hogmire
    Dec 13, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

  • Lissa
    Nov 25, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Really, they should just start listening to jazz ...

    3.5? 3.5?? ...more ...

  • Anthony Crupi
    Nov 21, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Really, they should just start listening to jazz ...

    3.5? 3.5?? ...more ...

    Overall I liked it, but the A side/B side gimmick didn't really work for me. ...

    A brilliant exploration of the teenage yearning for rock and roll to serve as a form of transcendence -- and the horror underlying the possibility that perhaps it never quite can. ...

    2.5 stars I still don't understand what this book was actually about. ...

    ...

  • Paolo Latini
    Oct 07, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

  • Aaron Flowers
    Nov 06, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Really, they should just start listening to jazz ...

    3.5? 3.5?? ...more ...

    Overall I liked it, but the A side/B side gimmick didn't really work for me. ...

    A brilliant exploration of the teenage yearning for rock and roll to serve as a form of transcendence -- and the horror underlying the possibility that perhaps it never quite can. ...

    2.5 stars I still don't understand what this book was actually about. ...

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  • Charlotte Carpenter
    Dec 05, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Really, they should just start listening to jazz ...

    3.5? 3.5?? ...more ...

    Overall I liked it, but the A side/B side gimmick didn't really work for me. ...

    A brilliant exploration of the teenage yearning for rock and roll to serve as a form of transcendence -- and the horror underlying the possibility that perhaps it never quite can. ...

    2.5 stars I still don't understand what this book was actually about. ...

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  • Daniel Casey
    Sep 01, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

  • David Leo
    Oct 26, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Really, they should just start listening to jazz ...

    3.5? 3.5?? ...more ...

    Overall I liked it, but the A side/B side gimmick didn't really work for me. ...

    A brilliant exploration of the teenage yearning for rock and roll to serve as a form of transcendence -- and the horror underlying the possibility that perhaps it never quite can. ...

  • Zach
    Oct 30, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Asia
    Oct 24, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Really, they should just start listening to jazz ...

    3.5? 3.5?? ...more ...

    Overall I liked it, but the A side/B side gimmick didn't really work for me. ...

    A brilliant exploration of the teenage yearning for rock and roll to serve as a form of transcendence -- and the horror underlying the possibility that perhaps it never quite can. ...

    2.5 stars I still don't understand what this book was actually about. ...

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  • iane
    Oct 20, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

  • Sam
    Sep 05, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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's Bookshelf
    Nov 07, 2018

    I wrote this, so take the rating with the usual skepticism reserved for author reviews. I've been told it's more accessible than my first novel "Mira Corpora" - though it should also appeal to those who liked its hypnotic vibe and propulsive story. It's received advanced praise from Do...

    Great NYT review -- so excited to read this novel! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/bo... ...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    Review to come ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In-depth review coming soon. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...