36 books on the list
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Alright, Alright, Alright
The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused
The definitive oral history of the iconic cult classic Dazed and Confused, featuring behind-the-scenes stories from the cast, crew, and director Richard Linklater. This book covers how a simple idea turned into a beloved movie that introduced a group of unknown actors who would become the next generation of movie stars. Combining behind-the-scenes photos and insights from nearly the entire cast, it offers an inside look at how a budding filmmaker and a cast of newcomers made a period piece that would feel timeless for decades to come.
This book is truly great -- check out an excerpt here! – source
Also recommended byBen CarlsonMark Harris
The Memory Police
A haunting Orwellian novel about state surveillance where objects start disappearing on an unnamed island. While most inhabitants are oblivious, those with the power to remember have reason to fear the draconian Memory Police. When a struggling novelist discovers her editor is in danger, she comes up with a plan to hide him. A surreal fable about memory, loss, and the power of writing to preserve the past.
This is one of the best books I've read in 2020. And this creative team for it is 🤯. – source
The Last Good Kiss
In this gripping detective tale, follow Montana investigator C.W. Sughrue as he's hired to find a missing author, but ends up on the trail of a girl missing for ten years in the seedy underbelly of Haight-Ashbury. The hunt becomes an intense, haunting obsession as Sughrue navigates America's sleaziest nightmares. An unforgettable journey through the criminal underworld.
This is one of my all-time favorite books. Please read (or re-read) along! – source
A touching exploration of sibling relationships and the complexities of knowing the people you love. Denise and her brother Nik's relationship is the most significant in their lives, as they navigate the challenges of aging parents and Nik's artistic career. When Denise's daughter decides to make a film about Nik, tensions rise and vulnerabilities are exposed. Stone Arabia is a moving story about the bonds of family and the myths we create around ourselves.
Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta. Then read any other book by Dana Spiotta. – source
Return to the Dark Valley
Explore the gritty lives of Central and South American characters through the pages of this fascinating novel by an up-and-coming Colombian author. Santiago Gamboa creates unforgettable characters and infuses his cosmopolitan tales with a twist of dark noir that makes his stories intensely readable. From a haunted woman trying to escape her past through books and poetry to a Colombian priest confronting his guilt, Return to the Dark Valley follows a cast of characters on a journey of self-discovery in a hostile and turbulent world.
RETURN TO THE DARK VALLEY is also a semi-sequel to NIGHT PRAYERS, one of my favorite books of the 21st century. – source
Explore the surprising and emotional story of a superhero who just wants a normal life with his family. Created to kill the Avengers, the Vision turned against his "father" and found love with the Scarlet Witch. He seeks a suburban life with his wife and children, but tragedy strikes. Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta's Eisner Award-winning graphic novel is a memorable and heart-wrenching tale. Discover the Vision's story in its entirety with this collection of issues 1-12.
Related to last RT: @TomKingTK's VISION (@Marvel) is the best comic book I've read in years. – source
Marseilles Trilogy, Book One (Marseilles Trilogy, 1)
Discover the book that started the Mediterranean noir movement: the Marseilles Trilogy. Book One follows ex-cop Fabio Montale as he navigates the seedy underbelly of the city. With a fresh new look and an introduction by Massimo Carlotto, this classic of European crime fiction is a must-read.
If you like crime novels, alcohol, existential malaise and/or Mediterranean cuisine, you need to read this book. – source
A philosophy student from Colombia is arrested in Bangkok for drug trafficking and faces a death sentence unless he pleads guilty. However, he is more concerned about reuniting with his long-lost sister and fulfilling his childhood dream of leaving the violent streets of Bogotá. The story follows the siblings' journey from Colombia to Tokyo and through sordid bordellos in Thailand. Fans of Roberto Bolaño and Gabriel García Márquez will enjoy the rhythmic storytelling of acclaimed Colombian writer Santiago Gamboa.
This is the best book I've read in a very long time. RIYL: Bolaño, Murakami, gin poured over lots of ice. – source
In Dancing Bear, detective Milo Dragovitch must confront painful memories and face a challenging case involving two-bit criminals and an old lady on the run. Despite spending too much time drinking, Milo takes on the job, only to find himself in the midst of a dangerous situation involving grenades, machine guns, and drugs. With Milo on the run, this thrilling novel will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.
Sometimes I start reading other books. But then I remember this is the only one I like. – source
Also recommended byAnthony Bourdain
Dreamland takes readers on a thrilling journey through the dark side of desire in California. Follow ex-hippie drifter Crow and would-be starlet Foxy Reno as they hunt for a killer in the underbelly of Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. This page-turning thriller has been hailed as a revival of one of the best hidden secrets in crime writing, and is not to be missed.
Chandler, "The Long Goodbye;" Thornberg, "Dreamland;" Hughes, "In a Lonely Place;" Ellroy, "LA Confidential." And? – source
Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth
Chinaman's Chance by Ross Thomas
In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes
One Fearful Yellow Eye by John D. MacDonald
The Empty Copper Sea by John D. MacDonald
Free Fall in Crimson by John D. MacDonald
The Dreadful Lemon Sky by John D. MacDonald
Cinnamon Skin by John D. MacDonald
The Green Ripper by John D. MacDonald
The Long Lavender Look by John D. MacDonald
A Tan and Sandy Silence by John D. MacDonald
The Turquoise Lament by John D. MacDonald
The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper by John D. MacDonald
Dress Her in Indigo by John D. MacDonald
Bright Orange for the Shroud by John D. MacDonald
Pale Gray for Guilt by John D. MacDonald
A Deadly Shade of Gold by John D. MacDonald
Nightmare in Pink by John D. MacDonald
The Quick Red Fox by John D. MacDonald
The Deep Blue Good-by by John D. MacDonald
A Purple Place for Dying by John D. MacDonald
L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
Darker Than Amber by John D. MacDonald
The Long Good-Bye by Raymond Chandler
The Scarlet Ruse by John D. MacDonald