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I think the title speaks for itself, lol.  :)
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As far as fiction goes:

Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley.
Michael Kohlhaas
by Heinrich von Kleist.
The Castle by Franz Kafka.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
Angst (="Fear") by Stefan Zweig (if that little novella counts as a book)

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albstein,
It doesn't have to be fiction.  It can be anything. I'll let you rethink your list, if you like, to include any you may have left out.
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Oh, that makes it even harder. New list:

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
Michael Kohlhaas
by Heinrich von Kleist.
The Castle by Franz Kafka.
The Spirit of Film by Béla Balázs.
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt.
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Thank you.  :)  Added!
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Christine
Harry Potter....Any
The Wizard of Oz
The Godfather
The Time Machine
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I didn't mean Ed, I meant myself :o
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Ha, I thought you meant Ed!  :D  You never know who someone is on the internet; I try to stay pretty vague, but I don't know if that protects me or just confuses people.  :D  Some think I'm older than I am in real life, too, lol.  

To be clear, I've never been offended by anything you've said.  And also, so you don't feel guilty, I'm almost an adult.  So... you're not too sick.  XD.
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Ha, I thought you meant Ed!  :D  You never know who someone is on the internet; I try to stay pretty vague, but I don't know if that protects me or just confuses people.  :D  Some think I'm older than I am in real life, too, lol.  

To be clear, I've never been offended by anything you've said.  And also, so you don't feel guilty, I'm almost an adult.  So... you're not too sick.  XD.
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G'ah!  Stupid double post!
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Oh I'm pretty sick, but thankfully not in that particular way :D
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This is classic Dan :)

Have you read Aurora and Barak's "Computational Complexity?" 

Terrifying book, one has to read each page five times to understand it.

Probably light weekend reading for Dan though.
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Abi,

Thank you for the recommendation. This sounds like an interesting read, probably on par with Gravitation.

Computational Complexity: A Modern Approach 1st Edition
by Sanjeev Arora (Author), Boaz Barak (Author)
https://www.amazon.com/Computational-Complexity-Approach-Sanjeev-Arora/dp/0521424267

This beginning graduate textbook describes both recent achievements and classical results of computational complexity theory. Requiring essentially no background apart from mathematical maturity, the book can be used as a reference for self-study for anyone interested in complexity, including physicists, mathematicians, and other scientists, as well as a textbook for a variety of courses and seminars. More than 300 exercises are included with a selected hint set.
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Abi,

I reviewed the table of contents of Computational Complexity: A Modern Approach 1st Edition. It looks fascinating.

Out of curiosity, is your background primarily Computer Science or Mathematics? My background is primarily Computer Science with a focus on Numerical Analysis and Operations Analysis.
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Computer Science.

My mathematics background is extremely limited. The standard 4-semester lower undergrad sequence, plus discrete math, probability & stats, numerical analysis, and some topics in number theory (for cryptography.)

No Tensors, Riemannian Geometry etc. Would not be able to understand "Gravity."

Edit: The book is indeed superb, but incredibly dense, at least for me.
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Here is the temporary list: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls043826176/
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1: Lord of the Rings
2: The Godfather
3:Artamène, or Cyrus the Great
4: Harry potter saga
5:Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
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Added, thank you!
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You can put À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time) as #1

 At first, I didn't want to buy an integral paper version because it cost 60$. 

I went to the library the book is 2408 pages, I call the Guinness Record Version of the book because this is the printed book that has the most pages, it is also the second biggest book of the french language. 

So I rented the book in September 2019, I read a few pages, and I thought that it was interesting so I rented it again in October. However, that day, there was a lot of rain and the bag that I brought wasn't as waterproof as I thought so the book got moist. I tried for an entire month to dry that book, but it is hard to dry 2408 pages.

So I went to the library to apologize, they didn't want to take back the book because there was mold on it, They fined me 60$ and let me keep the book.
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LOL!  Quite a book story.  :D  When I was little there was a book from the library I loved, and I accidentally left it outside and it got rained on.  The library, of course, had us buy it and I still have it to this day, but I swear I didn't leave it out there on purpose!    
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This would be my list
Thus Spake Zarathustra-Friedrich Nietzche
The Big Sleep-Raymond Chandler
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
A Clockwork Orange-Anthony Burgess
Mystic River-Denis Lehane

although these last 2 I met them thanks to their adaptations
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This poll sugg was put on hold a while back, but it will return!  Thanks for posting.  :)
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Richard Bachman aka. Stephen King:
1. The Long Walk
2. Needful Things

Stephen King:
3. Gerald's Game

Patrick Süßkind:
4. The Perfume

John Christopher:
5. The Tripods

I give you a 6th:

Ron Jones:
6. The Wave

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1984, George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
Maddaddam Trilogy, Margaret Atwood
Haiku: This Other World, Richard Wright
American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, Neil Gaiman


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Is the list on hiatus?
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Oh, I guess so... Will bring it back soon!  Stay tuned for a very important mesage from NarniaisAwesome!
:)
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Captain List to the white courtesy phone. Captain IMDb List to the white courtesy phone.


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Thanks for the bump... I promise I will bring this list back... before 2020 is up!  (You: That's awful...)
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Poetry, fiction, or non-fiction (or hybrids) or any kind?
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albstein,


It doesn't have to be fiction.  It can be anything."
My own list has a book of haiku by Ricard Wright. A book that personally helped me get through some of the worst times of my life.
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WILD 
Gone Girl 
Big Little Lies
The Fault In Our Stars
Still Alice
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Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar
Alain-Fournier - Le Grand Meaulnes (The Lost Estate)
Marcel Proust - Swann's Way
Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go
James M. Cain - The Postman Always Rings Twice
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Okay, I'll choose two items of "literary" fiction, two items of JFF fiction, and one item of non-fiction. (No grad school or professional textbooks :)

In no particular order:

  • George Orwell - Animal Farm
  • Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities
  • Harlan Coben - Just One Look
  • Agatha Christie - And Then There Were None
  • David Deutsch - The Fabric Of Reality
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Okay, I just started the new list... I'm actually comin' back to it!  (You people: "Finally!")
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls094081518/
Still workin' on it.
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My list:
The Hobbit
The Scarlet Letter
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Narcissus and Goldmund
Moby Dick
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Map of Bones by James Rollins
State of Fear by Michael Crichton
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I am always meaning to make my list, but when I'm here I think f so many books and when I'm gone I forget to think about it.

So I'll make a list even if I later regret it:

Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond
Una infancia llamada exilio - Federico Patán
Neverending Story - Michael Ende
Little Men - Louisa May Alcott
Anatomía de un instante - Javier Cercas
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Thank you; I know I keep dropping the ball on this but I'll get with it someday.  :)
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Dickens "Dombey and Son"
Dickens "Great Expectations"
M.Jaksic "Haunted House"
Manzoni "The Betrothed"
Renan "Souvenirs d'Enfance et de Jeunesse"
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Thank you!  I will add it to the list as soon as I can... I've been a bit lazy with this suggestion.  :)  But I will push through!
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Bump.
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Narnia has a touch of cold (not covid); but I'm sure she'll get back to this as soon as she can.
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LOL Thanks, both of you - 
I've been slacking off a little on GS; I need to get more active on here again.  :)