Jason Heller

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'The Big Sheep' Plays Hardboiled Sci-Fi To The Hilt

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It's not hard to parse the two main influences on Robert Kroese's new novel, The Big Sheep: Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler. But Kroese's knack for humor helps elevate their gonzo grimness.


'Devil's Rock' Is An Atmospheric, Gut-Twisting Descent

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Things are not what they seem in Paul Tremblay's new novel; a simple search for a missing child becomes a dizzying emotional vortex as ominous new details and old tragedies surface.


Temeraire And Laurence, At Peace At Last In 'League Of Dragons'

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This week, the NPR Books Time Machine travels back to the era of the Napoleonic Wars for a look at Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, which wraps up this week with the release of League of Dragons.


First Listen: Bruce Hornsby And The Noisemakers, 'Rehab Reunion'

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Thirty years after his breakthrough hit "The Way It Is," the singer-keyboardist once again hits the sweet spot between joyful improv and immaculate songcraft.


First Listen: Mogwai, 'Atomic'

Thursday, June 09, 2016

More than 20 years into its career, the mostly instrumental Scottish rock band returns with an album that can be poignant, blood-curdling and beautiful.


'Infomocracy' Is A Sci-Fi Thriller With Election-Year Chills

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Malka Older's new book takes place at the end of the 21st century, in a future where the game of politics has become more streamlined — but infinitely more complex and terrifying.


Neil Gaiman's Nonfiction, Seen From The 'Cheap Seats'

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Neil Gaiman is best-known for his fictional creations, but he is also a prolific producer of essays, album liner notes, speeches and introductions — now collected in The View From the Cheap Seats.


First Listen: Fantastic Negrito, 'The Last Days Of Oakland'

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Angry, righteous and redemptive, The Last Days Of Oakland celebrates survival, as Xavier Dphrepaulezz infuses his songs with hard-bitten perspectives on life, love, art, commerce, class and society.


'Too Tough To Die,' Cass Neary Cuts A Jagged Path Through Crime Fiction

Thursday, May 26, 2016

This week, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Elizabeth Hand's gritty, punk-inflected Cass Neary mystery series. "Scary Neary" is an aging rocker with addiction issues and a talent for trouble.


'Smoke' Is A Gloriously Murky Vision Of The Past

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dan Vyleta's new novel imagines an alternate Victorian England where ill deeds (and even ill thoughts) are made visible by vile black Smoke; it's a marker not just of personal worth but also class.


'Letters To Kevin': What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stephen Dixon's new book is a loopy, madcap tale with a simple premise: A young man is trying to call an old friend. But he's foiled at every turn, by a series of events that get increasingly weird.


First Listen: Mudcrutch, '2'

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Tom Petty's old band returns with a cleansing wash of classic rock, crafted with just the right touch of sweet-natured sentimentality.


Science, Fiction And Philosophy Collide In Astonishing 'Lightning'

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Ada Palmer's dizzying debut novel is dense and complex, packed with philosophy and visions of what life might be like in the year 2424: Radically different, yet based on Enlightenment ideals.


'The Chimes' Is A Post-Apocalyptic Hymn To The Power Of Memory

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Violinist and author Anna Smaill's musical training shows through in her debut novel. The Chimes is set in a post-apocalyptic London where a mysterious order controls the population via music.


'Sleeping Giants' Kicks Off A New Series In Style

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sylvain Neuvel's debut begins with a young girl who falls into a hole in the ground and is found soon after, sitting on a 20-foot-long mechanical hand. And that's just the (finger) tip of the iceberg.


Humanity And Technology Merge In Uneven But Intriguing 'Join'

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Steve Toutonghi's new novel imagines an America where people can fuse their psyches together and share a single body — but the story's compelling urgency is sometimes buried in exposition and theory.


The 'Regional Office' Doesn't Quite Deliver

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Manuel Gonzales' ambitious debut novel has a great hook — a top secret organization battling aliens, zombies and evil masterminds — but dry humor and spirited dialogue get lost in a convoluted plot.


'Every Heart' Is A Doorway To Winning Fantasy

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Seanan McGuire's new novella takes the classic portal fantasy — a group of kids who stumble into magical worlds and are forever changed — and gives it poignant new life.


'Empire Of Things' Surveys How, What And Why We Consume

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Frank Trentmann's sprawling new history looks at several centuries worth of consumerism. It's a huge, and hugely readable survey of all the ways we accumulate — and exhaust — material goods.


'Caped Crusade' Peeks Under Batman's Iconic Cowl

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Glen Weldon's new book lays out the history of Batman — from pow-biff-zap camp icon to dour Dark Knight — with the witty, informed perspective of a diehard fan. To the Batcave, readers!