Jason Heller appears in the following:
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Curtis White is no enemy of science, but his new book criticizes what he sees as today's overreliance on rigid thinking and social organization, and our unquestioning optimism about technology.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Paul Meloy's debut novel fuses humor, horror and personal experience. It's the story of a 40-something psychiatric nurse who discovers he's a part of a cosmic battle against the forces of nightmare.
Saturday, November 07, 2015
Washington D.C. punk legend Ian Svenonius veers from anarchist tirade to Swiftian satire in this new essay collection, which takes aim at tipping, Ikea, censorship, music and yes, NPR too.
Thursday, November 05, 2015
Adam Christopher's sci-fi noir follows robotic hit man Raymond Electromatic through a vividly evoked 1960s Los Angeles. Critic Jason Heller says the book hits exactly the right tone and rhythm.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Author Daniel Alarcón's new graphic novel is adapted from a short story about a young Peruvian journalist who discovers strange links between his father and the impoverished street clowns of Lima.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
If you like ghosts, ghouls and witches, you won't find them in The Case Against Satan, Perchance to Dream, and Songs of a Dead Dreamer — their horrors are more familiar and far more frightening.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Matthew Kressel kicks off an Old Testament-flavored fantasy trilogy with this story of a man, abducted by a demon, who learns he's one of 36 hidden saints whose existence preserves the Earth.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
It's a testament to Small Black's knack for pop architecture that the synth-pop band can comment on human folly and loss while still sounding breezy.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The Detroit post-punk band's third album simmers, ponders and haunts while dripping venom. The Agent Intellect represents a huge step, both upward and inward.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Ilana C. Myer creates a lush, shadowed fantasy world in Last Song Before Night, with a sprawling cast and an epic quest to restore the long-lost magic once summoned by music.
Friday, September 25, 2015
If you didn't grow up in the punk subcultures of the 1980s and '90s, you might have a little trouble with David Baillie's new novel — but stick with it; the book reveals a vicious grace and honesty.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
In Greg Hrbek's new novel, a family is faced with an unsettling possibility: Their memories don't match up, and their collective past includes a sister and daughter not all of them remember.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes' new album may have taken seven years to make, but it still sounds as if they'd jumped out of a plane and recorded it on the way down.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Chris Holm's new novel is about an hit man who only targets other hit men. Critic Jason Heller says the book's somewhat outlandish setup results in lean action and breakneck execution.
Monday, September 14, 2015
The city at the center of Patrick Wensink's novel may be one of "America's Boringest," but critic Jason Heller says it makes a great setting for this "overstuffed buffet of a book."
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
The Virginia metal band's third album transcends era and genre, thanks to the group's ear for deceptively infectious songwriting — not to mention Dorthia Cottrell's gutsy, hypnotic voice.
Saturday, September 05, 2015
Historical novelist Cecelia Holland ventures into fantasy with this tale of a mute princess and a dragon. Critic Jason Heller says the book has an intriguing and unexpected core of Gothic romance.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Twelve immortal, iron-fisted god-kings rule over the desert metropolis of Sharakhai. No one can stand against them, until the gladiator Çeda begins hunting for the truth behind her mother's death.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
This weekend, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Scott Lynch's swashbuckling Gentleman Bastard series, a combination fantasy of manners, heist caper and heartfelt buddy comedy. With pirates.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Amid two invigorating new songs and three fresh renditions of Yo La Tengo classics, nine wide-ranging covers are performed with varying degrees of sweetness, sadness, silliness and joy.