Jason Heller

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'Season Of The Witch' Shines A (Black)Light On The Occult In Rock

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rock 'n' roll rebellion is mainstream today, but Peter Bebergal's new book summons a more shadowed past, when artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin brought an occult mystique to the music.


300,000,000 Is A Horrific, Poetic Anti-Ode To America

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Blake Butler's new novel, 300,000,000, is not for the squeamish. This portrait of a serial killer and the detective who hunts him will curdle the blood — and possibly the soul — of any reader.


A Poetic Look At A Medical Pioneer, 'Dr. Mütter's Marvels' Jolts The Heart

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Moving ably from verse to historical prose, poet Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz chronicles the life and work of an unsung medical innovator in the exhaustively researched Dr. Mütter's Marvels.


'Clockwork Dagger' Is A Thought-Provoking Steampunk Adventure

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Beth Cato's debut novel takes on the problems and limitations of the steampunk genre with an appealing heroine and a thoughtful meditation on what heroism really means. Plus, mechanical animals!


A Fresh Take On Dystopia In 'Chimpanzee'

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dystopian literature usually focuses on global ills — climate change, GMO food, nuclear war. But Darin Bradley's new novel takes off from an economic collapse and the plight of student-loan debtors.


Two New Books Provide A Double Dose Of 'Sublime' Geekery

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Geeks rule — a fact celebrated in two new books: Vikram Chandra's Geek Sublime and xkcd creator Randall Munro's What If? Reviewer Jason Heller says both books share a bone-deep belief in science.


'Electric Blue Suit' Is A Wise, Wistful Look At Memory And Mystery

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In Graham Joyce's new novel, young student David Barwise returns to Skegness — the decaying British seaside resort where his father died — and sees a mysterious, blue-suited apparition on the beach.


'Seeders' Imagines A Pulpy Planet Of The Plants

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Critic Jason Heller says that while A.J. Colucci's writing is brisk and crisp, this eco-horror tale of sentient plants on a mysterious island is a great concept let down by sloppy execution.


En Garde! 'Traitor's Blade' Delivers Adventure At Swordpoint

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Former fight choreographer Sebastien de Castell's debut novel is a little heavy on the swordplay — but the story of a disgraced king's guard fighting for honor and justice packs plenty of punch.


Vegas Authorities Bust Up World Cup Betting Ring

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The illegal gambling operation is accused of taking millions of dollars in bets on FIFA World Cup soccer games.


'Girl In The Road' Is A Dizzying Journey

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Monica Byrne's post-apocalyptic novel follows two women on dangerous journeys around India and Africa; reviewer Jason Heller says the vivid, haunting prose staggers under the weight of too many ideas.


Past, Present And Future Dovetail In 'The Adjacent'

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The new novel from The Prestige author Christopher Priest weaves together multiple millennia-spanning storylines, parallel universes, love, war, hope and loss in a dizzyingly metaphysical melange.


A Smart Spin On Alternate History In 'The Revolutions'

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Felix Gilman's new novel presents a dark alternate vision of the occultism craze that gripped Victorian London. Critic Jason Heller calls the book heady yet accessible "séance fiction."


The Backwards Life Of Alex Chilton In 'Destruction'

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Music journalist Holly George-Warren's new book traces the troubled life and backwards career arc of Big Star's Alex Chilton. Reviewer Jason Heller says the book is a poignant and forthright portrait.


'Black Moon' Imagines A Sleepless American Nightmare

Thursday, March 06, 2014

In Kenneth Calhoun's debut novel, no one can sleep — and the insomnia's driving people crazy. Reviewer Jason Heller says Black Moon isn't just another spin of the post-apocalypse plot wheel.


'Hang Wire' Is A Love Letter To Weird America

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The New Zealand-born author Adam Christopher has a fascination for America — his latest, Hang Wire, is a decade-jumping, character-crisscrossing urban fantasy set in San Francisco. Reviewer Jason Heller says that with Hang Wire, his fourth novel, Christopher has mastered "geek-centric weirdness and galloping, whiz-bang pace."