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With new weapons, environment, characters and best of all, a new raid, Destiny: The Taken King is fun to play for 15 minutes or 10 hours.

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Khaliq is on the cusp of international stardom, bringing Uygur sounds to new audiences - but not everyone is pleased with the way he treats the traditions

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The rock'n'roll star waited until her parents were dead before publishing her autobiography, which doesn't shy away from provocative opinions or controversial subjects

The Inklings, whose members included C. S. Lewis, was the Oxford literary society where J.R.R. Tolkien read his Rings cycle.

New Yorker writer William Finnegan's half-century  adventure chasing breaks across the Pacific, in South Africa and the US, is beautifully told, and much more than the story of a boy and his wave.

The August 15, 1965 show by The Beatles at New York's Shea Stadium was a seminal moment in the history of rock music, writes Michael K. Bohn.

The struggling crime reporter, who recently died, befriended American serial killer, saw her tip-offs to police ignored, and tried to save him from execution.

Long a staple of PC gaming, medieval fantasy The Elder Scrolls Online proves that consoles can handle the MMO genre, with all the familiar elements working smoothly and numerous additions.

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Like David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, Speak has a theme which, if you state it too plainly, begins to sound a bit self-help: we are all lonely, we all need to feel connected and understood.

It's not yet clear whether  everyone will one day have a headset at home, as some in the nascent industry believe, or whether professionals such as marketers and engineers will be the biggest users of VR.

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner expertly shows in this book how the late president nearly destroyed the United States. It's as far as you can get from the usual apologia for Richard Nixon.

Everyone has a "hey, you really need to see this movie" list. But when the guy with the list has been reviewing films for 50 years, written dozens of books, palled around with and made numerous documentaries about many of Hollywood's biggest names, attention should be paid.

Stephen Jarvis, in his brilliant debut novel, presents evidence as to why Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers should be called "the greatest literary hoax in history".

Slim but dramatic volume tells the story of the Boulloches, an upper-middle-class Catholic family from Paris, and their harrowing experiences during the country's wartime occupation by the Nazis.

"Wherever I go, whether to Australia or some island, I will always be the political prisoner of my father's name." Such was the lament of Svetlana Alliluyeva, whose life sentence it was to be the only daughter of Josef Stalin.

Reeves  documents the decisions made in Washington and how they affected the lives of ordinary Americans during the second world war whose only crime was to be of Japanese descent.

In Chuck Palahniuk's world, knowing the truth is the same as eating a rancid, sweating cheese that smells like dirty sneakers.

There's a lot to digest in every Paul Thomas Anderson film, and Inherent Vice is no different. That means you'll need two or three viewings before the storyline becomes clear.  

Burton knows a thing or two about making popular art. The one thing missing from Big Eyes is character development.

This book shares some of the strengths and weaknesses of Ty Warner, the man behind Beanie Babies, who was astonishingly attentive to detail yet emotionally opaque. The book is long on detail but doesn't offer a good explanation for the delusion.

England's King John was a loser even to his contemporaries in the 13th century. However, he's a memorable loser - remembered for centuries in areas as diverse as popular culture, history and the law.

What is the future of architecture? Such a question grows more compelling the more we think about cities as vast networks in which infrastructure and sustainability are two sides of a complicated dynamic, and the way we build teaches lessons about who we are.

How is it that a child can be born deaf or blind and yet grow up to be emotionally and physically healthy; but if a child is deprived of an early nurturing touch, he or she will suffer emotional, psychiatric and physical problems - obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, immune and digestive disorders - that will last into adult life? Author David Linden has the answer in this engrossing book.

Arguments about Middle Eastern history bear a frustrating resemblance to the physicists' conundrum of an irresistible force clashing with an immovable object. No one ever seems to win.

Dennis Lehane's thrilling trilogy about organised crime in the early 20th century is more than a look at gangsters and their ways.

International Women's Day fell earlier this month, and a viral video from the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation had the message "we're not there yet", meaning we've a long way to go before the end of the discrimination and oppression of women.

They had been warned. With war raging across the ocean, a group of passengers gathered in New York City in May 1915 for a transatlantic voyage aboard the Lusitania, a majestic, swift and towering vessel that catered to the pampered classes and was the pride of the safety-conscious Cunard shipping line.

James Risen's book  is about the greed and power of the US government, contractors and companies as they wage "endless war" in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. Risen, a journalist, made a name for himself by defying the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations by refusing to in an espionage trial against a former CIA employee. 

Dave Barry's latest book of essays, Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster), may be thin on page count, but it's worth every cent when it comes to humour and insight.

Jill Leovy's new true-crime book, Ghettoside, has been garnering great reviews. And that's as it should be. The absorbing first book from the award-winning Los Angeles Times journalist does what all good crime reads do: it gets your heart racing. It's the best crime non-fiction I've read since Homicide (1991), David Simon's study of such crimes in Baltimore.

In a series that offers the thoughtful, provocative and impish responses of such great writers as Jorge Luis Borges, James Baldwin, Roberto Bolano and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Melville House now presents Lou Reed.

Remember the glory days of literary "companions"? There was William Baring-Gould's (ironically) slim Nero Wolfe of West 35th Street, the Edward Gorey-adorned Mystery!, Ron Miller's A Celebration, and Dilys Winn's delightfully droll Murder Ink. The rise of Wikipedia seemed to put such endeavours in danger.

It's hard to imagine a more viscerally horrific scenario than the one John Vaillant devises for his characters in The Jaguar's Children, a brutally fascinating novel.

Eddie Huang fought to make the sitcom based on his memoir of growing up in a Taiwanese immigrant family, more true to the Asian-American experience, writes Glenn Gamboa.

With the success of The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Boxtrolls, The Book of Life, from director Jorge R. Gutierrez, got lost in the shuffle.

Newsday crime reporter Kevin Deutsch's The Triangle opens with three reference pages: a list of characters, a glossary of terms and a map of the part of Hempstead - one of three towns in Nassau County, New York - where the action unfolds. The reader will be glad to have them, because this story takes us into a world so unfamiliar and inhuman, we need all the help we can get.  

Humans have always been transformed by rape, warfare and other traumatic events, but the ways they respond - and to what degree they recover - is a highly individual matter. How to live through trauma's aftermath remains, in many ways, still as much a mystery as the mind itself.

The intellectual backlash against Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning third novel makes Douglas Perry ask: who decides literary greatness?

In her new book, science writer Gaia Vince lays out the damage human beings have wrought on the earth: polluted oceans, depleted stocks of wildlife, burned-out forests. The list goes on. And with global warming comes a host of new problems: climatologists announced last month that 2014 was the warmest year on record.

Grant Snider once drew a "Murakami Bingo" cartoon for The New York Times that allowed readers to track Japanese author Haruki Murakami's idiosyncrasies and recurring motifs: mysterious woman, ear fetish, unexpected phone call, dried-up well, feeling of being followed, urban ennui, cats, old jazz records, running, secret passageway, train station, weird sex, parallel worlds, cooking, Tokyo at night, vanishing cats, supernatural powers and precocious teenager.

Want to buy a pet boy? Go to the slave dealers and ask if they have any Egyptians. Don't want to dirty your hands punishing your slaves? Hire a contractor who will provide floggings, hot pitch for torture sessions and a crucifixion service, all for modest fees. Need to know what to feed your slaves that will cost the least and provide the most in return? Try a diet of bread, salt, grapes, olive oil, olive mash and dried fruit.

Last month was a paradoxical time for Indian publisher and novelist David Davidar. On December 12, his Delhi-based publishing house Aleph released the anthology A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces: Extraordinary Short Stories from the 19th Century to the Present , dedicated to K.D. Singh, the owner of The Book Shop in Delhi who died last year. A much-loved figure among book buyers, Singh had a more intimate connection to Davidar: his eldest daughter is married to the 56-year-old publisher.