Jason Heller

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'The Devil's Detective' Is A Grim Tour Through A Noirish Hell

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Hell is actually a bureaucracy in Simon Kurt Unsworth's debut novel. Reviewer Jason Heller says the tale of a demonic murder investigation starts strong but gets mired in the details of infernal life.


First Listen: Moon Duo, 'Shadow Of The Sun'

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Visceral yet dreamy, the band's third album plumbs ever deeper into droning psychedelia. Moon Duo's influences are easy to spot, but the music feels like part of a continuum rather than a pastiche.


First Listen: Swervedriver, 'I Wasn't Born To Lose You'

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The British shoegaze band's first album in 17 years sounds dreamy, subtle and winning. It mostly eschews the rocking of Swervedriver's early years, but it compensates with disarming beauty.


'Find Me' Gets Lost Along The Way

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Reviewer Jason Heller says Laura Van Den Berg's first novel has a stellar setup — mysterious young woman, post-disease-apocalypse — but drifts listlessly, never quite living up to its premise.


Music Is Troublesome Magic In 'Signal To Noise'

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Silvia Moreno-Garcia's debut novel bounces back and forth between Mexico City in 1988 and 2009 to tell the story of a young woman who finds she can make magic — actual, dangerous magic — with music.


'Finn Fancy' Is Urban Fantasy With A Pop Culture Sweet Tooth

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Randy Henderson's debut deals with sinister magic and family tragedy, but reviewer Jason Heller says it still has plenty of a rare commodity in current fantasy: laughs, laughs, and more laughs.


First Listen: A Place To Bury Strangers, 'Transfixiation'

Sunday, February 08, 2015

There's a new-found tightness in the band's attack that's as refreshing as it is menacing. Destructive and dreamy, Transfixiation is the sound of APTBS turning its demolitionist tactics on itself.


First Listen: Mount Eerie, 'Sauna'

Sunday, January 25, 2015

An arresting, frozen-moment splay of images and emotions, Phil Elverum's latest album as Mount Eerie feels less like a meditation and more like a slow-motion mauling.


'Whipping Boy' Is Part Memoir, Part Crime Thriller

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Allen Kurzweil's new book Whipping Boy starts out as the story of his obsessive 40-year search for the boy who bullied him at boarding school — but it becomes something much deeper and stranger.


'Binary Star' Is A Hard, Harrowing Look Into Inner Space

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sarah Gerard's new novel follows a young woman suffering from an eating disorder, and her alcoholic boyfriend. Reviewer Jason Heller says the book balances real-world issues and emotional punch.


After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading

Friday, December 05, 2014

It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.


North-Of-The-Border Horror In 'Go Down Together'

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cold, dark winter nights are the perfect time to dip into Gemma Files' chilling new story collection, We Will All Go Down Together. Critic Jason Heller praises Files' "ghostly, magical storytelling."


Secret Lives Of Teachers: 'Bored Of Education'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our series continues with a school administrator who fuses his talent for rapping with his passion for education.


A 'Garden' Full Of Dazzling, Whimsical Tales

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Young Woman in a Garden brings together 24 previously published short stories by the fantasy fabulist Delia Sherman. Reviewer Jason Heller says it's full of dazzle and heart, with a dark edge.


'Three-Body Problem' Asks A Classic Sci-Fi Question, In Chinese

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chinese sci-fi author Cixin Liu bridges the gap between East and West in his new novel, a tale of alien first contact influenced by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Chinese history and mythology.


'The Heart Does Not Grow Back' Could Use An Imagination Transfusion

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Fred Venturini's debut has a fascinating concept: What happens when a small-town kid gets amazing healing powers? But critic Jason Heller says the book never manages to explore that question fully.


First Listen: Bedhead, '1992-1998'

Sunday, November 02, 2014

A box set collects nearly all the recordings by the 1990s indie rock band that perfected the art of holding back. Bedhead's minimal, whispered songs made boring beautiful.


'Slow Regard' Is A Riddle, Wrapped In A Mystery, Living In An Underground Tunnel

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Patrick Rothfuss' new novella is a dreamy flight of fantasy that follows a secondary character in his vast Kingkiller Chronicle: Auri, a quiet young woman living in a sprawling, secret tunnel network.


'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.