Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

For more unique dystopian visions of the future, try these…

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess for a violent future Britain where the establishment seeks order by reforming dangerous youth.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow for a 1984-inspired YA thriller set in the near future that explores the dystopian effect of post 9/11 policy.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel for a literary love letter to humanity after a flu pandemic wipes out 99% of the population.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell for a genre-busting epic that starts in 1984 and ends in 2043.

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

To celebrate hitting 100,000 followers on Tumblr, each of us are posting our five favourite books. Here are Dan’s picks:

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger for the oft-imitated, never bettered story of a teenager fighting against the hypocrisy of adulthood.

A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan for a deeply affecting, interweaving collection of stories that show how time catches us all.

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt for the tragicomic tale of hitmen on the trail of a bounty. Cormac McCarthy meets the Coen Brothers. 

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson for one of the great voices of 20th century literature in his prime.

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill for a profound, hilarious, and heartbreaking series of dispatches from the front line of a marriage.

Dan is the Editor of Go Book Yourself. He writes fiction, and is a Staff Writer at BuzzFeed. You can find him on Twitter here.

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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.