Jason Heller

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First Listen: Mount Eerie, 'Sauna'

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.


'Whipping Boy' Is Part Memoir, Part Crime Thriller

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.


'Binary Star' Is A Hard, Harrowing Look Into Inner Space

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.


After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading

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.


North-Of-The-Border Horror In 'Go Down Together'

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."


A 'Garden' Full Of Dazzling, Whimsical Tales

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.


Secret Lives Of Teachers: 'Bored Of Education'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our series continues with a school administrator who fuses his talent for rapping with his passion for education.


'Three-Body Problem' Asks A Classic Sci-Fi Question, In Chinese

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.


'The Heart Does Not Grow Back' Could Use An Imagination Transfusion

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.


First Listen: Bedhead, '1992-1998'

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.


'Slow Regard' Is A Riddle, Wrapped In A Mystery, Living In An Underground Tunnel

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.


'Season Of The Witch' Shines A (Black)Light On The Occult In Rock

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.


300,000,000 Is A Horrific, Poetic Anti-Ode To America

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.


A Poetic Look At A Medical Pioneer, 'Dr. Mütter's Marvels' Jolts The Heart

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.


'Clockwork Dagger' Is A Thought-Provoking Steampunk Adventure

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!


A Fresh Take On Dystopia In 'Chimpanzee'

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.


Two New Books Provide A Double Dose Of 'Sublime' Geekery

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.


'Electric Blue Suit' Is A Wise, Wistful Look At Memory And Mystery

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.


'Seeders' Imagines A Pulpy Planet Of The Plants

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.


En Garde! 'Traitor's Blade' Delivers Adventure At Swordpoint

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.