Jason Heller

Jason Heller appears in the following:

'We, Robots' Takes Scholarly, Satirical Aim At Science

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.


'The Night Clock' Ticks With Wit, Fright And Fantasy

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.


There's Method To The Mad Satire Of 'Censorship Now!!'

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.


'Made To Kill' Is Pulp Pastiche That Hits The Target

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.


'City Of Clowns' Is A Dreamlike Tale Of Family And Tragedy

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.


Three Horror Classics Rise From The Grave For Halloween

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.


'Shards' Puts A Fantastic Twist On Jewish Mythology

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.


First Listen: Small Black, 'Best Blues'

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.


First Listen: Protomartyr, 'The Agent Intellect'

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.


'Last Song' Is A Beautifully Orchestrated Fantasy Debut

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.


'What We Salvage' Is A Difficult, Rewarding Punk Odyssey

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.


'Not On Fire' Is A Poignant, Perplexing Twist On Dystopia

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.


First Listen: Eagles Of Death Metal, 'Zipper Down'

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.


'Killing Kind' Is Pure Thriller With A Smart, Vicious Twist

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.


'Fake Fruit Factory' Portrays Warped, Whimsical Small-Town America

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."


First Listen: Windhand, 'Grief's Infernal Flower'

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.


'Dragon Heart' Is Epic Fantasy With A Gothic Air

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.


'Twelve Kings' Launches A Bold New Fantasy World

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.


The Gentlemen Bastards Unfold Sumptuous Stories Within Stories

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.


First Listen: Yo La Tengo, 'Stuff Like That There'

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.