Controversial Books

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.

1.1733.85Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
1.1483.35I 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
1.0713.83Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0713.83The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
1.0633.99A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
1.0623.73A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0533.31Sixth Column by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0493.77To 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
1.034Lanark by Alasdair Gray
1.0263.64Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth by James Lovelock
1.0253.69Friday by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0223.79Deep 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
0.9953.63Asking 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
0.9883.78Accelerando 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
0.9743.64The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic by R. K. Narayan
0.9714.08The Road by Cormac McCarthy
0.9623.93Life of Pi by Yann Martel
0.9553.55Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9543.8The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
0.9523.59Waldo : genius in orbit 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
0.954.2Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
0.9494.11Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
0.9494.2Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West 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
0.943.78Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov
0.9383.5Grumbles from the grave by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9374.14Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
0.9354.03The 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
0.9313.96A 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
0.9163.93Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
0.9154.05The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence by Carl Sagan
0.9143.57The Menace From Earth by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9123.75Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick
0.913.64The humanoids by Jack Williamson
0.9083.65The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9044.1Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
0.9044.06The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.94.08The 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
0.8923.54Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood
0.8924.23The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek
0.893.63Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
0.8894.01Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8893.96Foundation 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
0.8834.01Second 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
0.8784.17The 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
0.873.72Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
0.873.91China: A New History by John King Fairbank
0.873.72Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8693.88Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
0.8683.51Starman Jones by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8684The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson
0.8664.14The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.8643.79The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
0.8633.61Revolt in 2100 by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8613.58The Star Beast by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8613.61Farmer 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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