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Jason Sheehan

Jason Sheehan appears in the following:

Back To The Future — The Grim, Grimy, Chrome-Coated Future

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Richard Kadrey's first novel, the cyberpunk cult classic Metrophage, has been reissued. Critic Jason Sheehan calls this tale of dystopian L.A. "a time capsule from the chrome-and-neon literary past."

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For Political Junkies, A (Literary) Post-Election Fix

Friday, November 07, 2014

Post-elections, Molly Antopol and Jason Sheehan reflect on the results by turning to their favorite political books, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.

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William Gibson Skypes The Future In 'The Peripheral'

Saturday, November 01, 2014

The master of cyberpunk returns to form with a new novel set in his old stomping grounds — the near future. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it sings with controlled, dark energy and effortless grace.

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'The Book Of Strange New Things' Treads Familiar Territory

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Michel Faber's best-seller, The Crimson Petal and the White, captured the feel of Victorian London. His latest is a literary science-fiction tale that might disappoint hard core sci-fi fans.

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'Beautiful You' Makes Sex And Death Boring

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Chuck Palahniuk aims for piquant social satire in his new novel, but reviewer (and longtime fan) Jason Sheehan finds his fandom severely dented by lazy characterizations and lack of actual satire.

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Better Off Red: 'War Dogs' Puts Marines On Mars

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Greg Bear's latest space adventure goes from the Earth to Mars and back again with a grizzled group of "Skyrines" (Sky Marines, get it?) on the trail of a mysterious alien treasure.

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After A Flurry Of Literary Awards, A Book On The 'Wonder' Of Words

Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's literary awards season. The Nobel, the National Book Awards shortlists, and the Man Booker Prize were all recently announced. Author Jason Sheehan recommends some reading on all this reading.

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In Cronenberg's 'Consumed,' An Appetite For Sex, Death And The Latest Gear

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Director David Cronenberg's debut novel is about two journalists chasing after sensational stories. This book is admirable in its unflinching gaze and beautiful in its depiction of a twisted reality.

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God Is Dead In This 'City Of Stairs.' Several Gods, In Fact

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Robert Jackson Bennett's new novel starts slowly, but blossoms into a richly imagined fantasy world in which the banned gods of a conquered city may not be so far gone after all.

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James Ellroy's 'Perfidia' Is A Brutal, Beautiful Police Procedural

Monday, September 08, 2014

Perfidia is a sprawling novel that takes place in 1940s LA. There are Pearl Harbor, internment camps, schemes within schemes. Ellroy weaves an epic tale that evokes an ugly time and an awful place.

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The Considered Bite: Low-Carb Diets And Our Relationship With Food

Friday, September 05, 2014

According to a new study, cutting back on carbs can lead to weight loss. Dana Goodyear and Jason Sheehan explore how to eat enjoyably, by recommending Tartine Bread and The Gastronomical Me.

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Accepting The Strange Brilliance Of 'Acceptance'

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy comes to an end with Acceptance; reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's a maddening, fascinating read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

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'Lock In': A Cop Story For Robot Lovers, A Robot Story For Cop Lovers

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

John Scalzi's new Lock In is a successful genre mashup that balances the needs of a police procedural (dead body, damaged detective) with those of a science fiction yarn (hard-core world building).

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'Tigerman' Will Get Its Claws Into You

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nick Harkaway's new novel mixes up a heady brew of comics, longing, tea, murder, post-colonial guilt and mystical tigers. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's "not just good, it's shake-a-granny good."

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Space Chases And Explosions On A Galactic Scale In 'Cibola Burn'

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The fourth volume in James S.A. Corey's Expanse series jumps far beyond our puny solar system to paint an epic struggle between colonists on a distant planet — livened with well-drawn small details.

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Tom Robbins Takes A Bite Out Of Life In 'Peach Pie'

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Robbins applies his signature verbal gusto to his own life in a new memoir — and reviewer Jason Sheehan says your enjoyment may depend on how much you really want to hear about Robbins himself.

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At Home In The Strange Latitudes Of 'Man With The Compound Eyes'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Taiwanese author Wu Ming-Yi's new book, his first to receive an English translation, is a haunting tale of love, loss, millet wine and whales that walks a fine line between sci-fi and magical realism.

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Better (?) Living Through Chemistry In 'Afterparty'

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Darryl Gregory's new novel, Afterparty, envisions a future where anyone with the right gear can make his own custom drugs. Critic Jason Sheehan calls it a juicy jumble of second-generation biopunk.

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Canadian Police Extricate Bear From Jar

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Residents in Ontario called police when they spotted a bear bumbling down the street. It was unable to see where it was going because of a large birdseed jar stuck on its head.

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An Ode To Our Newest Neighbor: Biden, The Pink Dwarf Planet

Friday, March 28, 2014

In honor of the newly discovered planet, 2012 VP113, aka Biden, author Jason Sheehan recommends First Light by Richard Preston and Andy Weir suggests the short story "Flatlander," by Larry Niven.

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