Rock Gods & Messy Monsters

Top 30 Impressive Indie Books of 2022 from Independent Book Review

Acknowledgments

  • Finalist, 2022 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award (Adult Fiction Humor)
  • Recommended Review The US Review of Books
  • Finalist, The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
  • 2023 IndieBRAG Medallion Honoree
  • Top 30 Most Impressive Indie Books of 2022, Independent Book Review
  • #1 Hot New Release Amazon Kindle in Pop Culture, Absurdist Fiction and Pop Culture Music
  • Starred Review October 2022, Indepedent Book Review
  • Bookbub’s Most Frequently Wishlisted Book (Dec 2022) and New Releases for Less (Oct 2022)

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Book Description

Everything Everywhere All At Once” meets “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (in a 1990s record company!)

“The novel is so perverse it causes one to laugh out loud at the deranged storyline and detailed descriptions, offering an easy-to-read yarn for those looking for something different. This is truly satire at its best.”US Review of Books

Aliens have hatched a rockstar. Brain extractions, falling body parts, and blood-vessel explosions have become the norm.

Alex’s dream job has turned into a nightmare. What should she do?

It’s the 1990s. Alex arrives to work at Acht Records, her improbable blonde hair streaked stress magenta and anger black. Her first duty is to wipe blood off her boss’s walls. It goes downhill from there.

Rock Gods & Messy Monsters is a humorous story about life inside a record company. Yet underneath and between the lines of satire and absurdism, the book is a cautionary tale.

Join Alex as she weaves throughout a comedic cast of characters, and her boss attempts to thwart her at every turn.

“Satirical, zany, hilarious—a gut-punching commentary about the inner workings of the music industry, its power complexes, and power plays.” The BookLife Prize


Book Reviews

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Independent Book Review

Rock Gods & Messy Monsters by Diane Hatz is a bullet-hell critique of corporate and mass culture by way of Theodor Adorno filtered through the whimsy and humor of writers like Terry Pratchett and Kurt Vonnegut….The best kind of absurdism; the kind that wears a veneer of the surreal while having the grisly guts of reality right underneath.” (Joshua Ryan Bligh)

Midwest Book Review

“Modern creative writing classes looking for discussion points in experimental literary styles will find Rock Gods & Messy Monsters promises many lively debates about the elements of social examination and the impact of truly creative writing.” (D. Donovan)

US Review of Books

The novel is so perverse it causes one to laugh out loud at the deranged storyline and detailed descriptions, offering an easy-to-read yarn for those looking for something different. This is truly satire at its best.” (Carol Anderson)

Kirkus Discoveries

“Once readers orient themselves with the idiosyncrasies in Hatz’s darkly whimsical—yet ultimately relatable—novel, they’re in for a fast paced, entertaining comic treat. Character-driven, this loopy satire is a droll examination of the corporate-music world.” 

The BookLife Prize 

Satirical, zany, hilarious—a gut-punching commentary about the inner workings of the music industry, its power complexes, and power plays.” 

Visit the Book Review page to read the full reviews and others.

Podcasts

Ink & Peat – “Diane Hatz Shares Rock Gods & Messy Monsters

Athena Wellness – “The Journey of Finding Yourself with Diane Hatz

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