Jason Heller

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First Listen: Wolfmother, 'Victorious'

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Just as an arena is built to hold anyone and everyone, Wolfmother's arena-rock is designed to contain everything that inspires it.


'Every Anxious Wave' Is A Wise, Witty Romp Through Time — And Indie Rock

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Packed with music references and enough science to keep its time travel premise plausible, Every Anxious Wave "rings with a uniqueness that transcends the tropes of time travel and indie romance."


Profane And Pornographic, Irvine Welsh's Latest Plumbs A New Kind Of Emptiness

Saturday, February 06, 2016

A Decent Ride brings back many of Welsh's beloved characters with their ribald humor and Scottish vernacular, but now they must address a new challenge: aging.


'All The Birds' Overturns Sci-Fi And Fantasy, Gently

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Charlie Jane Anders' debut novel follows a girl with magical powers and a technically brilliant boy, uneasy friends since childhood, who get caught up in an apocalyptic war between science and magic.


Finnish Authors Heat Up The Speculative Fiction World

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Finland hosts the World Science Fiction Convention in 2017 — but if you can't make it to Helsinki, hit the library: more and more Finnish speculative fiction authors are getting English translations.


'Medusa's Web' Tangles The Occult And Old Hollywood

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tim Powers — best known for his time-travel classic The Anubis Gates — mixes up the decades again in Medusa's Web, a tale of an eerie estate in Hollywood and a family unmoored in time.


Stuart A. Staples On Tindersticks' 'The Waiting Room,' Track By Track

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Even those used to 25 years of Tindersticks' sonic restlessness will be surprised by The Waiting Room. The bandleader offers commentary on each song, which you can also watch as an album-long video.


First Listen: The Besnard Lakes, 'A Coliseum Complex Museum'

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

On its fifth album, the Montreal band indulges its progressive tendencies and wide-angle vision of dream-steeped psychedelia, in the process exuding a gentle kind of heaviness.


'Steal The Sky' Puts A Swashbuckling Spin On Familiar Fantasy

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Megan O'Keefe kicks off a new fantasy series with Steal the Sky, an adventure set in an arid land where rare-element powered airships sail above mining towns packed with charming crooks and con men.


'Your Brother's Blood' Gives New Life To The Undead

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Zombie stories are everywhere, but David Towsey's new book takes an unexpected turn — to a gritty, far-future world with echoes of the American West, full of undead who still have hearts and souls.


'We, Robots' Takes Scholarly, Satirical Aim At Science

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Curtis White is no enemy of science, but his new book criticizes what he sees as today's overreliance on rigid thinking and social organization, and our unquestioning optimism about technology.


'The Night Clock' Ticks With Wit, Fright And Fantasy

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Paul Meloy's debut novel fuses humor, horror and personal experience. It's the story of a 40-something psychiatric nurse who discovers he's a part of a cosmic battle against the forces of nightmare.


There's Method To The Mad Satire Of 'Censorship Now!!'

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Washington D.C. punk legend Ian Svenonius veers from anarchist tirade to Swiftian satire in this new essay collection, which takes aim at tipping, Ikea, censorship, music and yes, NPR too.


'Made To Kill' Is Pulp Pastiche That Hits The Target

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Adam Christopher's sci-fi noir follows robotic hit man Raymond Electromatic through a vividly evoked 1960s Los Angeles. Critic Jason Heller says the book hits exactly the right tone and rhythm.


'City Of Clowns' Is A Dreamlike Tale Of Family And Tragedy

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Author Daniel Alarcón's new graphic novel is adapted from a short story about a young Peruvian journalist who discovers strange links between his father and the impoverished street clowns of Lima.


Three Horror Classics Rise From The Grave For Halloween

Saturday, October 31, 2015

If you like ghosts, ghouls and witches, you won't find them in The Case Against Satan, Perchance to Dream, and Songs of a Dead Dreamer — their horrors are more familiar and far more frightening.


'Shards' Puts A Fantastic Twist On Jewish Mythology

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Matthew Kressel kicks off an Old Testament-flavored fantasy trilogy with this story of a man, abducted by a demon, who learns he's one of 36 hidden saints whose existence preserves the Earth.


First Listen: Small Black, 'Best Blues'

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

It's a testament to Small Black's knack for pop architecture that the synth-pop band can comment on human folly and loss while still sounding breezy.


First Listen: Protomartyr, 'The Agent Intellect'

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Detroit post-punk band's third album simmers, ponders and haunts while dripping venom. The Agent Intellect represents a huge step, both upward and inward.


'Last Song' Is A Beautifully Orchestrated Fantasy Debut

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ilana C. Myer creates a lush, shadowed fantasy world in Last Song Before Night, with a sprawling cast and an epic quest to restore the long-lost magic once summoned by music.