Jason Heller appears in the following:
Sunday, January 25, 2015
An arresting, frozen-moment splay of images and emotions, Phil Elverum's latest album as Mount Eerie feels less like a meditation and more like a slow-motion mauling.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Allen Kurzweil's new book Whipping Boy starts out as the story of his obsessive 40-year search for the boy who bullied him at boarding school — but it becomes something much deeper and stranger.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Sarah Gerard's new novel follows a young woman suffering from an eating disorder, and her alcoholic boyfriend. Reviewer Jason Heller says the book balances real-world issues and emotional punch.
Friday, December 05, 2014
It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Cold, dark winter nights are the perfect time to dip into Gemma Files' chilling new story collection, We Will All Go Down Together. Critic Jason Heller praises Files' "ghostly, magical storytelling."
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Young Woman in a Garden brings together 24 previously published short stories by the fantasy fabulist Delia Sherman. Reviewer Jason Heller says it's full of dazzle and heart, with a dark edge.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Our series continues with a school administrator who fuses his talent for rapping with his passion for education.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Chinese sci-fi author Cixin Liu bridges the gap between East and West in his new novel, a tale of alien first contact influenced by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Chinese history and mythology.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Fred Venturini's debut has a fascinating concept: What happens when a small-town kid gets amazing healing powers? But critic Jason Heller says the book never manages to explore that question fully.
Sunday, November 02, 2014
A box set collects nearly all the recordings by the 1990s indie rock band that perfected the art of holding back. Bedhead's minimal, whispered songs made boring beautiful.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Patrick Rothfuss' new novella is a dreamy flight of fantasy that follows a secondary character in his vast Kingkiller Chronicle: Auri, a quiet young woman living in a sprawling, secret tunnel network.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Rock 'n' roll rebellion is mainstream today, but Peter Bebergal's new book summons a more shadowed past, when artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin brought an occult mystique to the music.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Blake Butler's new novel, 300,000,000, is not for the squeamish. This portrait of a serial killer and the detective who hunts him will curdle the blood — and possibly the soul — of any reader.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Moving ably from verse to historical prose, poet Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz chronicles the life and work of an unsung medical innovator in the exhaustively researched Dr. Mütter's Marvels.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Beth Cato's debut novel takes on the problems and limitations of the steampunk genre with an appealing heroine and a thoughtful meditation on what heroism really means. Plus, mechanical animals!
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Dystopian literature usually focuses on global ills — climate change, GMO food, nuclear war. But Darin Bradley's new novel takes off from an economic collapse and the plight of student-loan debtors.
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Geeks rule — a fact celebrated in two new books: Vikram Chandra's Geek Sublime and xkcd creator Randall Munro's What If? Reviewer Jason Heller says both books share a bone-deep belief in science.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
In Graham Joyce's new novel, young student David Barwise returns to Skegness — the decaying British seaside resort where his father died — and sees a mysterious, blue-suited apparition on the beach.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Critic Jason Heller says that while A.J. Colucci's writing is brisk and crisp, this eco-horror tale of sentient plants on a mysterious island is a great concept let down by sloppy execution.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Former fight choreographer Sebastien de Castell's debut novel is a little heavy on the swordplay — but the story of a disgraced king's guard fighting for honor and justice packs plenty of punch.