Hard Boiled by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow

For more graphic novels on the edge, try these:

Ed the Happy Clown by Chester Brown
 for a surreal and hilarious tale of vampires, pygmy hunters, parallel dimensions, and one very pitiful clown.

Palestine by Joe Sacco for comics journalism at its best, covering two months in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

100% by Paul Pope 
for a masterclass in the fluid beauty of ink and brush.

Shaolin Burning by Ant Sang
 for a thoroughly modern take on the traditional kung fu saga.

This post was guest edited by Ant Sang, an artist and writer from New Zealand. His latest book, Shaolin Burning, is out now. 

The post is part of a series in partnership with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, which runs from October 1-5, 2014. More info here.

Go Book Yourself: Rob’s All-Time Top 5 Books

We hit 100,000 followers on Tumblr! To celebrate, each of us are posting our five favourite books. Here are Rob’s picks:

Empyrion by Stephen Lawhead

The Stand by Stephen King

Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold

Noble House by James Clavell

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Rob is a Recommendations Contributor at Go Book Yourself. He’s also the co-founder at Go Cook Yourself. You can find him on Twitter here.

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The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

For more works of narrative journalism and strange crimes, try these:

The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper for a thoughtful exploration of the uneasy relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

Iphigenia in Forest Hills by Janet Malcolm for a masterclass by one of the most intellectually and morally precise writers around. 

Night Games by Anna Krien for an explosive examination of sex, power and sport, focusing on a rape trial that divided fans and feminists. 

Last Bets by Michaela McGuire for a casino manslaughter trial and an examination of gambling and the gap between morals and the law.

This post was guest edited by journalist Michaela McGuire, author of Last Bets. Michaela also hosts Women of Letters, and blogs for The Monthly

The post is part of a series in partnership with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, which runs from October 1-5, 2014. More info here.

Go Book Yourself: Anna’s All-Time Top 5 Books

We hit 100,000 followers on Tumblr! To celebrate, each of us are posting our five favourite books. Here are Anna’s picks:

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, the book that changed my life. You can see the film I made about it for the Baileys Prize here.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton for a book that entranced and delighted me. It both celebrates and challenges what a novel can do.

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman for a trilogy that inspired, challenged and moved me as a child and adult.

The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro for my favourite book from my favourite author. Bizarre and lyrical, it’s utterly unique. 

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger for two stories that provoked me to think about what I wanted out of life and my favourite of Salinger’s works.

Anna is the Recommendations Editor at Go Book Yourself. She also writes about books for The Bookseller and Elle UK. Find her on Twitter here.

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

For more supernatural romance:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor for a heroine who stands her own.

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter for a modern take on the Persephone myth.

Secret Lives by Gabriella Poole for the story of a new girl at a guarded school full of secrets.

Finding Sky by Joss Stirling for a heroine learning to embrace her power. 

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