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Jason Sheehan

Jason Sheehan appears in the following:

'Stars' Is A Sequel That Goes A Bit Askew

Saturday, July 16, 2016

In The Stars Askew, Rjurik Davidson returns to the world of Caeli-Amur, now trying to put itself back together after a revolution. But the story bogs down in plural narratives and political minutiae.

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Time Catches Up With Us All In 'The Heavenly Table'

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Donald Ray Pollock's surreal, hardscrabble new novel is set in 1917, but it could just as well be 917; his characters are all lost in time and puzzled by the pace at which the future's coming at them.

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Beautifully Alien 'Ninefox Gambit' Mixes Math And Magic

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Yoon Ha Lee's new novel is hard to sum up — in an alien world so dissimilar to ours its technology seems like magic, reality is a consensus that requires intense, rigid belief to function.

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'The Familiar Vol. 3' Will Rewire Your Brain

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Mark Z. Danielewski's proposed 27-part saga about a girl and her very strange cat rolls on in Volume 3, Honeysuckle and Pain — in which all the different voices and stories start to find a groove.

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'Escapology' Gets Weird Fast. And Did We Mention The Sharks?

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Ren Warom's tale of AIs, genius hackers, corporate crime and the occasional sea creature uses familiar building blocks to create a wild, loud, corkscrewing story that builds to a bloody conclusion.

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'City Of Mirrors' Brings The Passage Trilogy To An Epic End

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Justin Cronin's blood-and-thunder tale of a viral vampire apocalypse began in 2010 with The Passage. He brings it to a rousing conclusion in his new book, hitting all the beats fans have waited for.

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Brilliant 'Central Station' Is Rich With Detail And Mystery

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Lavie Tidhar's new novel follows a motley crew of spacemen, castaways, data vampires and magical children in a beautifully realized far-future Tel Aviv. It's short, lush and close to a masterpiece.

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Angels, Mobsters, Monsters: This 'Box' Really Does Have Everything

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Richard Kadrey kicks off a new series about a magic-immune thief in a magic-soaked Los Angeles with The Everything Box. It's a madcap ride in which the end of humanity is just the beginning.

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Searching For Home, Living For Art In 'All Tomorrow's Parties'

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Tin House editor Rob Spillman's new memoir chronicles his search for a maybe-nonexistent home across decades and continents. He's a winning writer despite occasional lapses into artsy self-importance.

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Love, Sandwiches And Impulse Jewelry Purchases In 'Lust And Wonder'

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Writer Augusten Burroughs has grown up on the page, in a series of unvarnished (and sometimes unhinged) memoirs. His latest is the story of a man trying to stay sober, stay in love and not blow it.

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A Love Story Rudely Interrupted By History

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Peter Behrens' novel, Carry Me, follows the fortunes of two interconnected families through the World Wars in Europe, as well as the turmoil leading up to Ireland's War of Independence.

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Tales Of Sex, Corruption And 'Peacekeeping' In A Fictional Haiti

Friday, March 11, 2016

Mischa Berlinski's novel is about a failed Florida policeman trying to make a new life in Haiti. Critic Jason Sheehan says the book explores "the gray middles of everything."

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Frankly, My Dear, Mark Leyner Doesn't Give A Damn

Sunday, February 28, 2016

"Ever since I was a little boy, I've been trying to reconcile constructivist aesthetics and fascist metaphysics...lucidity and violence...and the endless implications of that dichotomy."

That's Mark Leyner, ladies and gentlemen. One of the best, the brightest, the weirdest and the most influential modern writers of, say, 1996. Who once ...

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M.F.K. Fisher Conjured Good Times That Couldn't Last

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher is not just the greatest American food writer who's ever played the game, she's one of our greatest writers, period. She was, variously, a travel writer, an essayist, a chronicler of American idylls, an observer of decline, of lack, of old fashioned custom and manners, a ...

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'Morning Star' Brings 'Red Rising' Trilogy To An End ... Eventually

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The best thing Luke Skywalker had going for him in the original trilogy was that he never had to worry about who was going to feed the war orphans left behind by the rebellion, or rebuild trashed moisture farms. No, if you're Luke, all you gotta do is show up ...

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A Writer Straddles Jerusalem's Two Worlds In 'Native'

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

There are a thousand chapters in Sayed Kashua's new book, Native. A thousand of them (that might be an exaggeration), but my favorite one is called "Anti-Hero" and it begins like this:

"We have to leave the country," I informed my wife as I went over the final proofs. ...

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In 'City Of Blades,' The Gods Are Dead. So What Happens Next?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Imagine if you could kill God. Literally just roll right up on him and shoot him in the face.

Now imagine that it's gods, plural. And while putting them down isn't by any means easy, it is possible. You can kill them. All of them. And free the world from ...

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'This Census-Taker' Is A Quiet Book With A Murderous Heart

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

China Miéville is a magician. He's the Keyser Soze of the New Weird because you never know who he's going to be. He can do noir, do steampunk, do aliens and magic caterpillars. He's a shape-shifter. An incredibly prolific Dungeons & Dragons loving geek golem who can both blow your ...

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Harlan Ellison Returns With A 'Can'tankerous' New Collection

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Harlan Ellison is America's weird uncle. He's the angry, elderly cousin at the table — the one who, for weeks before dinner, everyone asks about. Is he coming this year? Is Harlan gonna be there?

They ask because they're worried; Harlan is always starting something. But they'd also be sad ...

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

All the best science fiction has giant robots in it. That's just wisdom.

All the best science fiction has spaceships. Has ray guns and maybe dinosaurs, too. Has a sense of clutching wonder that takes you right in the chest, stutters your heart, widens your eyes and sucks the breath ...

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