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Jason Sheehan

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Like Seinfeld, 'Festival' Is About Nothing... And Everything

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Milan Kundera's new novel is short on plot, but don't mistake that for dullness. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says the book is slim, funny and stunningly profound.

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Going Through A Midlife Crisis? 'Summerlong' Is No Escape

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dean Bakopoulos' darkly humorous novel Summerlong features a cast of Midwestern suburbanites suffocating from adulthood.

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'Seven Good Years' Remembers Tiny Moments Writ Exquisitely Large

Thursday, June 18, 2015

In his new collection Etgar Keret recounts bittersweet and often humorous vignettes of life in the seven years between the birth of his son and the death of his father.

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'Modern Romance:' Love In The Age Of Demography

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Aziz Ansari did a lot of demographic research — yes, you read that right — for his new book, and the result is an uneasy but occasionally entertaining hybrid of hard data and too-sparse comedy.

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Migrants Set On Getting To Europe Try Crossing Between Turkey And Bulgaria

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Many migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Bulgaria is now seeing a surge of migrants attempting to enter Europe by land from Turkey.

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'Sage' Is A Naturalist's Guide To The Historic Rabbits Of Waterloo

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Leona Francombe's debut novel is all about rabbits: They eat, they sleep, and they think about the battle of Waterloo. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's a lovely story that sometimes lacks a point.

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'Seveneves' Blows Up The Moon — And That's Just The Beginning

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Neal Stephenson's new epic starts big and gets bigger. Critic Jason Sheehan says that while the book can bog down in details, if the world really were ending, you'd want Stephenson by your side.

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Will 'The Familiar' Kill The Novel? No, But It Comes Close

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mark Z. Danielewski's epic 800-page tale of a girl and a cat wants to be the stepping stone to a new understanding of the novel — but critic Jason Sheehan says it's undone by too many parentheses.

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In 'Paddy Buckley' Suffering Through Four Last Days With Dark Comedy

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jeremy Massey's debut novel centers on an undertaker with magical abilities — like communicating with dogs and flies. Critic Jason Sheehan says Massey has an eye for black humor.

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Tiny Pages Reveal Big, Rodent-Related Worries In 'Devotion'

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Don't be put off by the size of Devotion: A Rat Story by Maile Meloy. It's a small book, hardly larger than a pack of cigarettes, but the horror it delivers is real (and rat shaped).

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American Archetypes On A Bloody Funny Path In 'The Harder They Come'

Thursday, April 02, 2015

In his latest novel, T.C. Boyle is at play in his usual fields: California, baby boomer angst, fathers and sons. But critic Jason Sheehan says it's a gory, absurdist, expertly paced frolic.

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'Lost Boys Symphony' Blurs The Lines Between Reality And Madness

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mark Andrew Ferguson's debut novel has time travel, but it isn't science fiction. It has teenagers, but it's not YA. Instead, it's a tale of intense friendship, first love, and serious mental illness.

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Ia, Ia, YA! 'Harrison Squared' Is A Tentacular Teen Adventure

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Daryl Gregory ventures into the murky waters of young adult fiction in Harrison Squared, the story of a boy in a creepily Lovecraftian town, searching for sea monsters and his missing mother.

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30 Seconds That Echo Through History In 'Epitaph'

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Forget whatever you thought you knew about the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Mary Doria Russell's new novel is an epic investigation into all the things that made the bloodshed inevitable.

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A Lot Of Sound And Fury In 'The Infernal'

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mark Doten's debut novel has some beautiful writing in it, but critic Jason Sheehan says the book suffers from too much verbal and typographical trickery, and not enough actual story.

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Ten Hearts For The Country — And Language — Of 'Ice Cream Star'

Monday, February 16, 2015

Reviewer Jason Sheehan says Sandra Newman's debut novel may start some arguments — but readers would be better off just sitting down, opening the book and letting the beauty of her language sink in.

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Neil Gaiman Is Back To Mess Up Your Dreams In 'Trigger Warning'

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

"Consider yourself warned," Gaiman says in his introduction. Many of these stories end badly for the people in them. But for the reader, Trigger Warning is a haunted, bloody, twisted pleasure.

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Do You Have To Read 'Frog?' No, But You Might Want To

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Reviewer Jason Sheehan says Mo Yan's Frog is not without issues, but still offers a thoughtful tale of a dark era in modern Chinese history, touched with humor and occasional magic.

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It's A Chump's Life In 'Amnesia'

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Peter Carey's new novel starts with a sad-sack disgraced reporter tasked with writing the biography of a notorious hacker, but reviewer Jason Sheehan says there's a jarring change of gears halfway.

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'Golden Son' Is Space Opera That Doesn't Forget The Opera

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Pierce Brown's followup to last year's Romans-in-space epic Red Rising is bigger, louder, and bloodier than its predecessor. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it isn't perfect — but it is hard to put down.

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