Jason Heller

Jason Heller appears in the following:

'Breath Of Earth' Is A Brisk, Relevant Alt-History Barnstormer

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Beth Cato's new book is set in an alternate version of San Francisco where geopolitical intrigue and homegrown unrest complicate a young earth magician's attempt to head off the great quake of 1906.


First Listen: The Album Leaf, 'Between Waves'

Thursday, August 18, 2016

On its sixth album (and first since 2010), Jimmy LaValle's hushed ambient project has a way with whispers, minimalism and intimacy.


First Listen: Tobacco, 'Sweatbox Dynasty'

Thursday, August 11, 2016

In his latest solo project, the frontman of Pittsburgh psychedelic band Black Moth Super Rainbow revels in all things synthetic.


First Listen: Of Montreal, 'Innocence Reaches'

Thursday, August 04, 2016

After 14 albums, Kevin Barnes' music still bursts like an overripe peach. He retains his knack for supple, indelible melody, as well as pomp, melodrama and lavish flourishes of texture and verse.


'I Am Providence' Is A Love/Hate Letter To A Literary Subculture

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Nick Mamatas takes on the legacy of H.P. Lovecraft — both Lovecraft's notorious racism and sexism, and the zealous fandom that's sprung up around him — with scathing humor in his latest novel.


'Sunlight Pilgrims' Is More Than Just A Chilling Tale Of Climate Change

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Jenni Fagan's latest follows a transgender girl and her mother in a near-future world that's slowly freezing to death. Fagan makes potent but subtle links between climate change and personal change.


First Listen: Descendents, 'Hypercaffium Spazzinate'

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Undimmed by the decades, singer Milo Aukerman and his band thrash, crash and blaze gloriously on the seventh album in their 39-year history together.


Darkness And Magic Abound In 'Natural History Of Hell'

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jeffrey Ford's new story collection is packed with fairies, demons, historical figures and death personified: not always the freshest concepts, but when the stories work, they're enthrallingly eerie.


'Hell Gate' Is An Infectious But Unsatisfying Take On Typhoid Mary

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Dana I. Wolff's new novel digs up the story of infamous disease vector "Typhoid Mary" Mallon — it's a fun, fast read, but misses a rich opportunity to draw parallels to modern pandemic scares.


'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: 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.


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.


'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.