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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
1.1733.84Dhalgren 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
1.0963.93Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
1.0863.67A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
1.0853.65Armchair Economist: Economics & Everyday Life by Steven E. Landsburg
1.0733.97The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea
1.0713.9Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0713.83The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
1.0634A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
1.0623.78A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0533.3Sixth Column by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0493.77To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0334.07Time 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
1.0253.85Friday by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0223.78Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales
1.0174.03Walden and Other Writings by Henry David Thoreau
1.0073.96Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
1.0073.3Farnham's Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9953.67Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking by M. Neil Browne
0.9923.62The 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 (original edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9883.78Accelerando by Charles Stross
0.9814.16Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
0.9813.68Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein
0.983.68Exterminator! by William S. Burroughs
0.9743.64The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic by R. K. Narayan
0.9714.09The Road by Cormac McCarthy
0.9623.93Life of Pi by Yann Martel
0.9553.96Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9543.81The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
0.9523.6Waldo & Magic, Inc. by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9523.91Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Edward O. Wilson
0.9523.87Nightfall by Isaac Asimov
0.9513.78Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee by Robert Van Gulik
0.954.21Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
0.9494.14Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
0.9494.2Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
0.9473.93The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil
0.9473.73Junky by William S. Burroughs
0.9473.9Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9424.02The Trial by Franz Kafka
0.943.88Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov
0.9383.51Grumbles from the Grave by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9374.16Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
0.9354.02The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt by Albert Camus
0.9353.83Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson
0.9324Foundation by Isaac Asimov
0.9313.96A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
0.9313.59Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection by Isaac Asimov
0.9273.98Diaspora by Greg Egan
0.9233.38Destination Universe by A. E. Van Vogt
0.9223.95All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
0.9163.94Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
0.9154.05The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan
0.9144.49The Menace From Earth by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9123.74Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick
0.913.63The humanoids by Jack Williamson
0.9083.9The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9044.08Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
0.9044.06The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.94.03The 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
0.8954.03Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
0.8923.53Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood
0.8924.24The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek
0.893.6Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
0.8894.01Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8894.02Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov
0.8874.15Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
0.8873.42Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon
0.8873.9Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
0.8834.08Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
0.8823.88Nemesis by Isaac Asimov
0.8814.14Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
0.883.85The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
0.8794.27Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
0.8784.25The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8734.11The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
0.8724.24Principia Discordia by Malaclypse the Younger
0.8723.88The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8714.01Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
0.873.73Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
0.873.91China: A New History, Second Enlarged Edition by John King Fairbank
0.874.04Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8693.88Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
0.8683.53Starman Jones by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8684The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson
0.8664.14The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.8643.78The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
0.8633.63Revolt in 2100 by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8613.59The Star Beast by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8613.62Farmer in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8553.52Orphans of the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8524.58Expanded Universe by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8524.23Hyperion by Dan Simmons
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