Jason Heller

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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.


'Zer0es' Takes The Cyber-Thriller To An Electrifying Extreme

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Chuck Wendig's brisk new thriller deals in cutting-edge tech, but it's traditional at heart, pitting a rag-tag band of hackers against a big, sinister cyber-entity and the threat of global disaster.


First Listen: Nathaniel Rateliff, 'Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Rateliff is an accomplished solo singer-songwriter of the introspective, acoustic variety. The Night Sweats' music is where he unleashes his swaggering, after-dark persona.


Pizza As Autobiography In 'Slice Harvester'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Colin Atrophy Hagendorf decided to review a plain slice of pizza from every joint in Manhattan — a project that evolved into a two-fisted memoir of his own life and struggles with substance abuse.


'Hominids' Is A Deeply Human Collection Of Speculative Fiction

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Nalo Hopkinson's new collection mixes up her Afro-Caribbean influences with classic literature and historical fantasy. Critic Jason Heller says her stories dazzle with a hard-won sense of hope.


'Fifth Season' Embraces The Scale And Complexity Of Fantasy

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Yes, N.K. Jemison's newest epic is the kind of fantasy that has not one but two glossaries at the end — but reviewer Jason Heller says that just underscores her sumptuous detail and dimensionality.


First Listen: Pavement, 'The Secret History, Vol. 1'

Monday, August 03, 2015

In the early 1990s, Pavement was especially rough around the edges. A new collection of unreleased recordings from the era captures the band's absurd charm.


'Three Moments' Is A Symphony Of Short Story Strangeness

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Acclaimed sci-fi author China Miéville hasn't been known for his short fiction, but reviewer Jason Heller says his new collection — subversive, strange and full of sick humor — will change that.