Jason Sheehan

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'Tales From The Loop' Doesn't Forget The Robots (Or The Dinosaurs)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Illustrator Simon Stålenhag has put together a compilation of short stories to accompany his haunting, gorgeous paintings of an alternate Sweden full of aliens and strange technology. And dinosaurs.


'Hotels Of North America' Gets 4 Stars

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Rick Moody's new novel takes the form of online travel reviews written by the lonely but oddly eloquent Reginald Morse. Critic Jason Sheehan says it's Moody at his most inventive, playful and biting.


'Twain & Stanley' Finds Magic In An Unlikely Friendship

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Oscar Hijuelos' posthumously published novel puts fictional flesh on the real-life friendship between Mark Twain and the explorer Henry Morton Stanley. Critic Jason Sheehan calls it a "great tale."


'Numero Zero' Doesn't Quite Add Up

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Umberto Eco sends up the corrupt, pandering world of 1990's Italian journalism in his latest bovel — but critic Jason Sheehan says Numero Zero is a potboiler that never really boils.


'The Familiar Vol. 2' Is Better, Stronger ... Weirder

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Mark Z. Danielewski's epic saga (this is part two of a projected 27) is, on the surface, the story of a girl and her cat. But the typographical trickery and sheer weirdness make it much, much more.


It's Coming From Inside The House ... 'Slade House,' That Is

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

David Mitchell's new novel about a soul-devouring house embraces all the classic horror tropes. Critic Jason Sheehan says you may think it's contrived ... until you realize that you, too, are trapped.


'The Mark And The Void' Is Good Fun — Until It Isn't

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Paul Murray's absurdist tale of banking, art theft and failed schemes might be the funniest book about the European financial crisis you'll read all year — but it's bloated by too many subplots.


Epic 'City On Fire' Burns Almost Too Brightly

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Garth Risk Hallberg's massive debut novel is a headlong rush through New York in the 1970s; critic Jason Sheehan says Hallberg writes "like he's not sure anyone will ever give him a second chance."


'Silver On The Road' Is A Pure American Myth

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Laura Anne Gilman creates an authentically spooky Old West in her novel, where it seems perfectly reasonable that the Devil might wear a sharp suit, run a saloon, and always stay true to his bargains.


In 'Love And Techno,' The World Is Cruel — But The People Aren't (Mostly)

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Anthony Marra's new short story collection is a hundred-year relay of Russian history, full of black, bone-dry humor and characters who are often (but not always) as awful as the worlds they live in.


'Six Of Crows' Is A Well-Turned Heist Tale

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Leigh Bardugo's latest invites comparison to Ocean's 11, one of the best heist stories ever told. Critic Jason Sheehan says the teenage crows seem too mature, but praises the immersive world-building.


Top Stories: Afghan Troops In Kunduz; Hurricane Joaquin

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Also: A new blast rocks a Chinese city a day after several bombs go off; GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump vows to send back all Syrian refugees; and there's a single winning Powerball ticket.


'Gold Fame Citrus' Holds Fear In A Handful Of Dust

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Claire Vaye Watkins' first novel is a frighteningly believable near-future dystopia; drought has ruined the West, and two holdouts among the wreckage find their lives changed by a strange child.


A Dreamy Marriage Turns To Rage In 'Fates And Furies'

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

In her newest novel, Lauren Groff uses a split narrative to tell the story of a long marriage. Critic Jason Sheehan says the device works thanks to Groff's stunning language.


With A Touch Of Snark, 'Harriet Chance' Lays Its Protagonist Bare

Friday, September 11, 2015

The heroine of Jonathan Evison's new novel is 78 years old, chronically drunk and talks to the ghost of her dead husband. Critic Jason Sheehan says the book portrays "darkness with a forced smile."


In A Shadow Tongue, 'The Wake' Tells Of Bloody Battles And Old Gods

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Paul Kingsnorth invented a whole new language for his novel about the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Critic Jason Sheehan says that hard work paid off.


Making Sense Of A Tragedy, One Narrator At A Time

Saturday, August 29, 2015

June Reid has lost everyone she loves in one horrifying moment, but she's not the only one grieving. Bill Clegg's new novel tells of June's loss through the voices of those who know and encounter her.


Cults, Foam Heads And Other Weird Things Thrive In 'Body Like Mine'

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Alexandra Kleeman's novel, populated by TV-obsessed characters on a steady diet of Popsicles and oranges, is a controlled exercise in what critic Jason Sheehan calls "terrifying banality."


'The Automobile Club' Tours Egypt's Troubled History

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Alaa Al Aswany's new book sets the dynamics of a fallen family and an elitist car club against the tensions of post-World War II Egypt, but a clunky translation and too many plots keep the brakes on.


Six Friends, A Pile of Cash And A Game With Deadly Consequences

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Black Chalk hinges on a plot twist that we won't give away. But we will say it's the summer thriller we've been waiting for: about a teenage game that turns dangerous as its players become adults.