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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
1.1733.86Dhalgren 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
1.0963.92Ishmael 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
1.0733.98The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea
1.0713.91Stranger 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
1.0573.87Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0533.31Sixth Column by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0493.79To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0334.07Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0324.12Little, Big by John Crowley
1.033.97Lanark by Alasdair Gray
1.0263.6Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth by James Lovelock
1.0253.87Friday by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0223.77Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales
1.0174.02Walden and Other Writings by Henry David Thoreau
1.0073.96Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
1.0073.31Farnham's Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9953.69Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking (8th Edition) by M. Neil Browne
0.9923.61The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9913.95An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
0.9893.94Stranger in a Strange Land (original edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9883.79Accelerando by Charles Stross
0.9814.16Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
0.9813.68Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein
0.983.7Exterminator! by William S. Burroughs
0.9743.67The 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
0.9553.99Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9543.81The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
0.9523.59Waldo & Magic, Inc. by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9523.91Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Edward O. Wilson
0.9523.88Nightfall by Isaac Asimov
0.9513.8Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee by Robert Van Gulik
0.954.22Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
0.9494.16Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
0.9494.21Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
0.9473.93The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil
0.9473.74Junky by William S. Burroughs
0.9473.91Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9424.03The Trial by Franz Kafka
0.943.88Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov
0.9383.54Grumbles from the Grave by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9374.16Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
0.9354.01The 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
0.9313.96A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
0.9313.62Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection by Isaac Asimov
0.9273.99Diaspora by Greg Egan
0.9233.35Destination 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
0.9144.48The Menace From Earth by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9123.72Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick
0.913.69The Humanoids by Jack Williamson
0.9083.93The 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
0.94.01The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the by Terence McKenna
0.8954.04Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
0.8923.52Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood
0.8924.24The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek
0.893.65Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
0.8894.01Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8894.03Foundation 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
0.8834.09Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
0.8823.87Nemesis 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
0.8784.26The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8734.12The 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 K. Morgan
0.873.72Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
0.873.91China: A New History, Second Enlarged Edition by John King Fairbank
0.874.05Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8693.89Where 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
0.8613.58The Star Beast by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8613.61Farmer in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8553.52Orphans of the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8524.61Expanded Universe by Robert A. Heinlein
0.8524.24Hyperion by Dan Simmons
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