I have started reading "THE DAWN WATCH: Joseph Conrad in a Global World" by Maya Jasanoff. I like Conrad's writing, having read his "Lord Jim", "Heart of Darkness", "Almayer's Folly" and some of his shorter works. Next year hopefully I shall read him more.
Apocalypse Now is based on Heart Of Darkness. Both are compelling stories. I'm big into Cormac McCarthy and Elmore Leonard.