Jason Sheehan

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Reading The Game: Stardew Valley

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games travels to Pelican Town to explore the bucolic pleasures of Stardew Valley, a farming simulator inspired by the classic 1990s Harvest Moon games.


In 'Walkaway,' A Blueprint For A New, Weird (But Better) World

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cory Doctorow's latest novel is set in a ripped-from-the-headlines near future dystopia, where the creative and the capable — and the lost — are walking into the wilderness to build a new world.


Reading The Game: Bioshock Infinite

Sunday, April 09, 2017

It's a simple premise — a guy, a girl, a gun and a debt to repay — but in Bioshock Infinite it becomes a mind-bending story about politics, oppression, change and sacrifice. Set in a flying city.


'Luna: Wolf Moon' Is A Howling Good Read

Saturday, April 01, 2017

No one builds worlds like Ian McDonald. In Luna: Wolf Moon, he gives us a lunar colony ruled by five brutal, powerful dynasties, orbiting an Earth wracked by scarcity wars and political squabbling.


Rum-Soaked, Bloody, Sprawling 'Heretics' Is A Romp Through Centuries

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Leonardo Padura returns to one of his favorite characters — broken-down Cuban gumshoe Mario Conde — and puts him on the trail of a missing Rembrandt in his gorgeously written new novel Heretics.


'Celine' Is An Ace Detective With A Crack Shot, A Quick Wit And A Good Story

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Peter Heller's detective novel is a romp — complete with a taking-names heroine, action-packed adventures, and a sense that you've known these characters for years.


'The Wrong Dead Guy' Lives And Dies By Its Comedic Timing

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Charlie "Coop" Cooper is back for another action packed, kooky adventure — complete with dirty jokes, an octopus robot, and an overuse of dialogue — in Richard Kadrey's newest novel.


Reading The Game: Shadow Of Mordor

Friday, February 24, 2017

As part of our occasional series on storytelling in video games, we're looking at a game where the story fails: Shadow of Mordor, which won awards for its gameplay, but lacks a compelling narrative.


Letting Go Is The Hardest Thing For 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

Saturday, February 18, 2017

George Saunders — master of the short story — debuts as a novelist with this strange, haunting (and haunted) tale of President Lincoln as he grieves the death of his young son Willie.


Reading The Game: The Flame In The Flood

Sunday, February 12, 2017

In The Flame in the Flood, you play as a young girl surviving in a post-apocalyptic landscape, floating down a river on an improvised raft, with nothing but your wits and your faithful dog beside you.


Nothing Is Quite What It Seems In Surreal, Unsettling 'Twenty Days'

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Giorgio De Maria's cult novel was first published in Italy in 1977. It's a spooky piece of magical realism that captures a chaotic time in Italian history, starting gently and getting seriously weird.


Looping, Twisting 'Number 11' May Be The Perfect Book For Our Time

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Jonathan Coe's new novel is a black-hearted satire about the crumbling of modern Britain, and the point at which childhood gives way to a cold assessment of the world as it is, not as we dream it.


Reading The Game: Red Dead Redemption

Monday, January 23, 2017

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games continues with the epic Western Red Dead Redemption. It's the tale of a reformed gunslinger tasked with hunting down the members of his old gang.


In 'Cold Eye,' A Small Story That Packs A Big Punch

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The second installment of Laura Anne Gilman's gritty, mythmaking Devil's West series follows Isobel, the Devil's Left Hand, as she learns the extent of her powers and battles an ancient, angry spirit.


Reading The Game: 'The Last Of Us'

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games continues with a look at The Last of Us. Set in a world undone by a fungal apocalypse, it follows a grizzled smuggler and his surrogate daughter.


Reading The Game: 'No Man's Sky'

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Some of the best, wildest, most moving storytelling right now isn't on TV or in movies — it's in video games. So we're taking a literary look at one of this year's hottest games, No Man's Sky.


'Things From The Flood' Is Gorgeously Creepy And Strangely Human

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Simon Stålenhag's new book of paintings is a followup to his unique vision of a robot-and-monster haunted alternate Sweden. Each page is heavily freighted with dread, but you can't stop looking.


Sex, Death And Revolution (A Little Long-Winded) In 'Thus Bad Begins'

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Javier Marias' new novel is, on the surface, a low-stakes spy story about a young man, his older mentor and a dysfunctional marriage. But really, it's about the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath.


In 'IQ,' A Sherlock For South Central

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Joe Ide's debut novel follows Isaiah Quintabe, known as IQ around his Los Angeles neighborhood. IQ solves the crimes police won't touch — even when his clients can only pay him in chickens or tires.


The 'Fireside Guide' Has Delightfully Simple Answers To Your Grown-Up Problems

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The new Fireside Grown-Up Guide series is a throwback to the brightly-colored life lessons of your childhood. They're dark and dry and surprisingly funny, a pleasant tonic for your grown-up cares.