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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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Sound And Fury (And Then A Little More Fury) In 'Against The Country'

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Reviewer Jason Sheehan calls Ben Metcalf's Against the Country meandering, challenging and "almost the definition" of a screed against the idea that virtue is found in rural places. Also, he loved it.

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For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future

Friday, January 02, 2015

We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the new year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.

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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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