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The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel review a thrilling train ride

History mingles with fantasy on a journey through the vast landscapes and across the social boundaries of pioneer-era CanadaThe hero of Kenneth Oppels thrilling new novel is a train, the Boundless, seven miles long, composed of almost a thousand carriages

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways review a high-concept tour with middling music

(Columbia)Dave Grohl interview: You dont need a needle hanging out of your arm to be a rock star Those horrified by the thought of seeing Foo Fighters and high concept in the same sentence might want to look away now: for their eighth album, Foo Fighter

Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West review

Is this the biography that the brilliant gardener, once-popular author and masterly self-inventor deserves?Vita Sackville-West, who wanted terribly to be remembered as a poet, but is better known for her experimental domestic arrangements and her garden a

Revival by Stephen King review Stephen King returns to the horror genre

Dont be lulled by the vivid descriptions of ordinary life: this tale of a Methodist ministers descent into darkness will catch you outRead a chapter from RevivalLate in this novel, a character we have come to care about, who is dying, painfully, of lung c

Calvin Harris: Motion review bombast as usual

(Sony)These days, Calvin Harris is not so much artist as record-smashing machine. Hes the highest-paid DJ in the world, the first musician to score nine Top 10 singles from one album (the 2012 LP 18 Months) and the only EDM act to feature in Heat magazine

Rumer: Into Colour review easy-listening with real emotional heft

(Atlantic)Rumers first collection of original songs since her 2010 debut Seasons of My Soul has real emotional heft, dealing with such personal subjects as a miscarriage (Butterfly) and mental health issues (Dangerous). As ever, she sings with admirable r

Röyksopp: The Inevitable End review Scandipop highs and electronica lows

Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland's final album as Röyksopp embodies their strengths and their weaknesses.

Machine Head: Bloodstone & Diamonds review visceral and emotional

(Nuclear Blast)While Machine Heads last album, 2011s Unto the Locust, divided opinion in a way that 2007s globe-conquering The Blackening manifestly didnt, there is still a strong sense that Robb Flynns crew are a band with a ferocious wind in their sails

Hookworms: The Hum review devil rock and spaced-out grooves

(Weird World)Christmas has come early for psyche, freakbeat and space-rock aficionados: following the acclaim of their 2013 debut Pearl Mystic, the second album from the devout DIY-band Hookworms is a structured and refined barrage of noise and veiled mel

Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words; Variations Sérieuses, etc CD review a constant delight

Javier Perianes(Harmonia Mundi)Javier Perianes previous solo discs for Harmonia Mundi have a broad range, from the 18th-century piano sonatas of Blasco de Nebra to Manuel de Falla. This more mainstream collection of Mendelssohn centres on the Songs Withou