Jason Heller

Jason Heller appears in the following:

'Death's End' Brings An Epic Trilogy To A Satisfying Close

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Chinese author Cixin Liu caps his Hugo Award-winning Remembrance of Earth's Past series with an intricately structured, immensely complex tale of a rocket scientist caught in a human-alien conflict.


First Listen: Pixies, 'Head Carrier'

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The inspired Head Carrier reaffirms all the spark, wit and weirdness, tempered by the occasional burst of emotional rawness, that made people fall in love with the Pixies in the first place.


'Children Of The New World' Aims A Cautious Eye At Our Technological Future

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Alexander Weinstein's debut story collection is a harrowing vision of the near future as a place of both technological wonder and dysfunction — and a nuanced look at where humanity might be headed.


First Listen: Dawes, 'We're All Gonna Die'

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Through travelogues, story-songs and a literary quality that's been honed to a cutting edge, Taylor Goldsmith and his band have crafted their most ambitious record to date.


First Listen: Against Me!, 'Shape Shift With Me'

Thursday, September 08, 2016

On the band's follow-up to Transgender Dysphoria Blues, the personal and political dovetail into an inseparable tangle of anxieties and fuel for protest.


First Listen: Teenage Fanclub, 'Here'

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Poignant and bittersweet, the Scottish pop band's 10th album captures the way things slip away — and are clutched tighter as a result.


'Curioddity' Needs More Curiosity, More Oddity

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Award-winning comic book writer Paul Jenkins tries his hand at the novel with Curioddity, but this quirky tale of imagination and innocence regained is smothered in smirking self-consciousness.


'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: 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.