Jason Heller

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'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.


The World Of 'Gracekeepers' Is Immersed In Water — And Secrets

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kirsty Logan's debut novel follows a traveling circus floating through a drowned world where "damplings" aspire to live on the rare patches of land, and hints of magic provide a fairytale feel.


Myth, Fantasy And Sci-Fi Dovetail In 'Archivist Wasp'

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Nicole Kornher-Stace's new novel follows Wasp, an Archivist tasked with hunting ghosts to scavenge information about the past for her primitive post-apocalyptic society — where all is not as it seems.


The Martians Are Coming! 'Broadcast Hysteria' Looks At The War Over 'Worlds'

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Orson Welles' radio hoax famously convinced America that Martians had landed in New Jersey, right? A. Brad Schwartz' new Broadcast Hysteria argues that panic may have been blown out of proportion.


'Vorrh' Takes A Dizzying Trek Into The Dark Heart of Fantasy

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

British artist Brian Catling's fiction debut, about a mysterious forest in an alternate-universe Africa, is finally in the U.S. Reviewer Jason Heller calls it an "eye-gouging, mind-bending spectacle."


Does Post-Apocalyptic Literature Have A (Non-Dystopian) Future?

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Store shelves and libraries are packed with post-apocalyptic, dystopian novels right now. Critic Jason Heller has some suggestions to help you wade through the floods. And the fires. And the fallout.


First Listen: Mac McCaughan, 'Non-Believers'

Sunday, April 26, 2015

For 25 years, the Superchunk frontman and Merge Records cofounder has quietly made some of the loudest pop in human history.


First Listen: Metz, 'II'

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Raw, belligerent and dissonant — that's just the tip of the noise-rock iceberg when it comes to Metz.


'Vermilion' Finds New Magic In The Old West

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Molly Tanzer's grit-and-ghosts adventure follows a young woman tasked with guiding troubled spirits in a colorfully diverse, alternate-history Wild West, full of talking animals and vampires.


First Listen: Braids, 'Deep In The Iris'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Where the band's last album used prickly electronics and cavernous arrangements to hold humanity at arm's length, Deep In The Iris turns those elements into lulling hymns to cleansing and redemption.


First Listen: Mew, '+-'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Six years after its last full-length album, the Danish progressive-pop band has morphed again, this time into a more streamlined, potent, startlingly evolved version of itself.