Jason Heller appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
In his latest solo project, the frontman of Pittsburgh psychedelic band Black Moth Super Rainbow revels in all things synthetic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.