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This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.1733.83Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
1.1483.36I Will Fear No Evil by Robert A. Heinlein
1.1373.4The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse by Gregg Easterbrook
1.0963.94Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
1.0863.66A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
1.0853.65Armchair Economist: Economics & Everyday Life by Steven E. Landsburg
1.0733.96The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea
1.0713.82Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0713.83The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
1.0633.98A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
1.0623.72A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0533.34Sixth Column by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0493.76To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0333.92Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0324.11Little, Big by John Crowley
1.033.99Lanark by Alasdair Gray
1.0263.64Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth by James Lovelock
1.0253.69Friday by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0223.77Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales
1.0174.01Walden and Other Writings by Henry David Thoreau
1.0073.95Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
1.0073.3Farnham's Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9953.64Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking by M. Neil Browne
0.9923.6The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9913.94An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
0.9893.94Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9883.77Accelerando by Charles Stross
0.9814.13Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
0.9813.68Glory road by Robert A. Heinlein
0.983.69Exterminator! by William S. Burroughs
0.9743.66The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic by R. K. Narayan
0.9714.08The Road by Cormac McCarthy
0.9623.92Life of Pi by Yann Martel
0.9553.55Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9543.8The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
0.9523.6Waldo & Magic, Inc. by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9523.9Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Edward O. Wilson
0.9523.87Nightfall by Isaac Asimov
0.9513.79Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee by Robert Van Gulik
0.954.22Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
0.9494.06Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
0.9494.2Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
0.9473.95The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil
0.9473.72Junky by William S. Burroughs
0.9473.89Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9424.01The Trial by Franz Kafka
0.943.79Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov
0.9383.48Grumbles from the grave by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9374.15Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
0.9354.01The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt by Albert Camus
0.9353.84Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson
0.9324Foundation by Isaac Asimov
0.9313.95A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
0.9313.6Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection by Isaac Asimov
0.9273.97Diaspora by Greg Egan
0.9233.38Destination: Universe! by A. E. Van Vogt
0.9223.95All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
0.9163.92Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
0.9154.05The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence by Carl Sagan
0.9143.56The Menace From Earth by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9123.74Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick
0.913.62The humanoids by Jack Williamson
0.9083.66The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9044.09Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
0.9044.05The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.94.05The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History by Terence McKenna
0.8954.04Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
0.8923.53Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood
0.8924.21The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek
0.893.64Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
0.8894.01Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8893.97Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov
0.8874.14Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
0.8873.43Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure by Michael Chabon
0.8873.89Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
0.8834.02Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
0.8823.56Nemesis by Isaac Asimov
0.8814.13Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
0.883.85The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
0.8794.22Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
0.8784.16The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8734.11The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
0.8724.23Principia Discordia by Malaclypse the Younger
0.8723.86The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8714.01Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
0.873.71Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
0.873.89China: A New History by John King Fairbank
0.873.72Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8693.87Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
0.8683.51Starman Jones by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8684.02The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson
0.8664.15The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.8643.8The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
0.8633.6Revolt in 2100 by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8613.57The Star Beast by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8613.6Farmer in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8553.5Orphans of the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8523.84Expanded Universe by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8524.22Hyperion by Dan Simmons
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