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Jason Heller

Jason Heller appears in the following:

'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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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!

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First Listen: Eric Bachmann, 'Eric Bachmann'

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers frontman keeps his rough edges and wit in a charming, impressionistic meditation on America.

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First Listen: The Thermals, 'We Disappear'

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Fatalism and hope, realism and romance from the acidic, adrenalized Portland punk trio.

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With Beauty And Wonder, 'The Winged Histories' Soars

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sofia Samatar returns to the world of her award-winning debut, A Stranger in Olondria, with a companion tale of four women caught up in war and turmoil, trying to preserve and pass on their stories.

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First Listen: Damien Jurado, 'Visions Of Us On The Land'

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Jurado finishes a trilogy of albums with a sprawling, 17-song story arc that leaves loose ends while remaining anchored in gorgeous songwriting and lush, layered indie-folk arrangements.

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First Listen: Iggy Pop, 'Post Pop Depression'

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The rock legend's new album with Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme is all sharp angles, hard muscles and decadent ecstasy.

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Unnerving WWII Noir In 'A Man Lies Dreaming'

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Books that imagine a different version of the World War II era are as old as Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle and as new as Philip Roth's 2005 novel The Plot Against America. But few of these alternate histories are as bold and unnerving as Lavie ...

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'Lonely City' Is More Than A Cry For Connection

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

A few years ago, Olivia Laing found herself an expatriate Brit living in New York City. No stranger to urban life, she nonetheless grew overwhelmed — by the quirks of each new sublet, by the slight social differences in an otherwise familiar language, and most of all by the blurry ...

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'Version Control' Is A Dizzying Elevation Of The Time-Travel Tale

Friday, February 26, 2016

Dexter Palmer does not do simple. His debut novel, 2011's The Dream of Perpetual Motion, was a complex, intricate mechanism of a book, a postmodern steampunk sprawl set in a dreamlike world. His second (and unrelated) novel, Version Control, is equally complex. But Palmer picks a far less fantastic setting ...

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First Listen: M. Ward, 'More Rain'

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Naming an album More Rain and then kicking it off with the sound of an actual rainstorm is either gutsy or foolhardy. Luckily, it's M. Ward who's made that decision on his eight and latest full-length record; if anyone can pull off such an on-the-nose premise, it's him. Throughout ...

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First Listen: Nada Surf, 'You Know Who You Are'

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"Don't get me started about how hard it is to start or stay on track," Matthew Caws, singer-guitarist of Nada Surf, sings in "Cold To See Clear" — one of the many anthems that grace the group's eighth album, You Know Who You Are. Not that Caws and ...

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First Listen: School Of Seven Bells, 'SVIIB'

Thursday, February 18, 2016

"Clouds came in / Pushing through a window open to the wind." Those are the first haunting lines of "Confusion," one of the standout tracks on School Of Seven Bells' new SVIIB, sung in an icy whisper by Alejandra Deheza. It's a delicate song, serene and full of ethereal ...

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'Furnace' Burns With Horror And Wonder

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

In Engines of Desire, Livia Llewellyn's debut collection of short stories from 2011, reality was just another raw material to be stretched and reworked. Llewellyn's follow-up collection, Furnace, is a slightly slimmer volume, but it doesn't skimp when it comes to her distorted vision. Beautiful and hideous in the same ...

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First Listen: Wolfmother, 'Victorious'

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

There's something telling about the fact that the cover of Wolfmother's fourth album, Victorious, was posted online in blank black-and-white, with fans encouraged to color it in themselves. Since the Australian group's self-titled debut in 2005, singer-guitarist Andrew Stockdale has written songs that are magnificently generic — a stew ...

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