Jason Heller

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The Gentlemen Bastards Unfold Sumptuous Stories Within Stories

Saturday, August 29, 2015

This weekend, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Scott Lynch's swashbuckling Gentleman Bastard series, a combination fantasy of manners, heist caper and heartfelt buddy comedy. With pirates.


First Listen: Yo La Tengo, 'Stuff Like That There'

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Amid two invigorating new songs and three fresh renditions of Yo La Tengo classics, nine wide-ranging covers are performed with varying degrees of sweetness, sadness, silliness and joy.


'Zer0es' Takes The Cyber-Thriller To An Electrifying Extreme

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Chuck Wendig's brisk new thriller deals in cutting-edge tech, but it's traditional at heart, pitting a rag-tag band of hackers against a big, sinister cyber-entity and the threat of global disaster.


First Listen: Nathaniel Rateliff, 'Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Rateliff is an accomplished solo singer-songwriter of the introspective, acoustic variety. The Night Sweats' music is where he unleashes his swaggering, after-dark persona.


Pizza As Autobiography In 'Slice Harvester'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Colin Atrophy Hagendorf decided to review a plain slice of pizza from every joint in Manhattan — a project that evolved into a two-fisted memoir of his own life and struggles with substance abuse.


'Hominids' Is A Deeply Human Collection Of Speculative Fiction

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Nalo Hopkinson's new collection mixes up her Afro-Caribbean influences with classic literature and historical fantasy. Critic Jason Heller says her stories dazzle with a hard-won sense of hope.


'Fifth Season' Embraces The Scale And Complexity Of Fantasy

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Yes, N.K. Jemison's newest epic is the kind of fantasy that has not one but two glossaries at the end — but reviewer Jason Heller says that just underscores her sumptuous detail and dimensionality.


First Listen: Pavement, 'The Secret History, Vol. 1'

Monday, August 03, 2015

In the early 1990s, Pavement was especially rough around the edges. A new collection of unreleased recordings from the era captures the band's absurd charm.


'Three Moments' Is A Symphony Of Short Story Strangeness

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Acclaimed sci-fi author China Miéville hasn't been known for his short fiction, but reviewer Jason Heller says his new collection — subversive, strange and full of sick humor — will change that.


'Crooked' Nixon Knew: There Are Worse Things Than Nukes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Austin Grossman's new novel is half Lovecraftian horror, half thoughtful character study of a President Nixon who's in charge of an alternate America built not on democracy, but on dark magic.


'Sandman Slim' Is Urban Fantasy With Brains, Guts And A Blackened Heart

Saturday, July 25, 2015

This trip in the NPR Books Time Machine, we're rewinding Richard Kadrey's hardboiled supernatural noir series about a half-angel, half-human man who fights crime and occasionally saves the world.


First Listen: Titus Andronicus, 'The Most Lamentable Tragedy'

Monday, July 20, 2015

Shakespeare references, a cappella intermissions and sprawling 10-minute tracks aren't what first spring to mind when thinking about punk albums. But most punk albums aren't remotely like this one.


A Tale Of Tarot And Boy Wizards Takes A Disturbing Turn In 'Child Eater'

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Rachel Pollack's The Child Eater is a winning mix of contemporary horror and medieval high fantasy, stringing together the stories of two boys from two vastly different worlds.


First Listen: Jason Isbell, 'Something More Than Free'

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The album balances clarity and grit in a way that highlights Isbell's competing halves: On one side, he's an immaculate old-school songsmith; on the other, he's a rebel with ragged edges.


'Unnoticeables' Is A Raunchy Ride Through Punk, Horror And Pop Culture

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Robert Brockway's day job is helping to run, and he brings that site's irreverent wit to this lightweight but satisfying tale of a waitress and a punk rocker battling eldritch horrors.


Carnivals, Curses And Mermaids Fall Slightly Flat In 'Speculation'

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Erika Swyler's generous yet somewhat disappointing debut follows a young man and a mysterious book — but despite rich language and observations, it suffers from going in too many directions at once.


A Satisfying Steampunk Saga Winds Up In 'Clockwork Crown'

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Beth Cato's compact but potent two-book series follows a young healer in a crumbling fantasy empire who must navigate treacherous political waters while balancing questions of faith and technology.


First Listen: Heartless Bastards, 'Restless Ones'

Sunday, June 07, 2015

The roots-rock band's fifth album doesn't deviate wildly from Heartless Bastards' wheelhouse, but it does give Erika Wennerstrom and company more room to roam.


'Ghosts' Is An Eerie, Edgy Tale Of Perception And Possession

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Paul Tremblay's new novel is, on the surface, a story about a book about a reality show about a real-life event, but reviewer Jason Heller says it becomes an "unsettling conversation about the truth."


'The Water Knife' Cuts Deep

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Equal parts thriller and alarm call, Paolo Bacigalupi's new novel depicts a future America ravaged by drought. Reviewer Jason Heller says Bacigalupi keeps the plot taut and the dialogue slashing.