Jason Heller

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'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: 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.


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.


'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: 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.


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.


'Cold Silver' Drags Epic Fantasy Through The Mud, Wonderfully

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Alex Marshall (a pseudonym for an established author taking an epic new path) creates a memorable heroine in Cobalt Zosia, a retired general who's drawn back into blood and struggle against her will.


'The Only Words' Remembers Love And Science After The Apocalypse

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Jeffrey Rotter's new novel follows a young man searching for connection in a post-apocalyptic America. Critic Jason Heller calls it a "humbling monument to the sorrow, and the power, of loneliness."


'Little Washer Of Sorrows' Morphs The Mundane Into The Fantastic

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Katherine Fawcett's short story collection is comfortably domestic, full of quiet drama and unfussy detail. Until you read further and discover the mermaids, monsters and lonely planets (literally).


First Listen: Drenge, 'Undertow'

Sunday, March 29, 2015

On its second album, the British rock duo moves smoothly from tantrum to anthem, crafting songs with singalong hooks and buckets of sweaty, cathartic rage.