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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.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.1433.05Bored of the Rings by Harvard Lampoon
1.0493.06The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
1.0433.77The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe by Steven Weinberg
1.0153.75Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0053.3Bill, the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison
0.9953.31Secret of the Sixth Magic by Lyndon Hardy
0.9933.57The Technicolor Time Machine by Harry Harrison
0.9813.6The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
0.9773.7West of Eden by Harry Harrison
0.9743.6The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells
0.9733.6Deathworld 1 by Harry Harrison
0.9683.91Requiem (Brethren Trilogy 3) by Robyn Young
0.9673.49Master of the Five Magics by Lyndon Hardy
0.9663.41Aberystwyth Mon Amour by Malcolm Pryce
0.9653.15Planet of the Damned by Harry Harrison
0.963.69Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie
0.953.28Deathworld 2 by Harry Harrison
0.9413.37Riddle of the Seven Realms by Lyndon Hardy
0.9394.07A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
0.9243.67The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth
0.9174.17Hamlet by William Shakespeare
0.9153.66The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
0.914Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
0.9093.48The Stainless Steel Rat for President by Harry Harrison
0.9093.39Earth, Air, Fire and Custard by Tom Holt
0.9073.31The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker
0.9043.65A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born by Harry Harrison
0.9043.99Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint
0.8934.14The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
0.8924.15Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
0.893.54Goodbye Mickey Mouse by Len Deighton
0.8813.63Brethren: An Epic Adventure of the Knights Templar by Robyn Young
0.8773.86Sharpe's Prey by Bernard Cornwell
0.8713.9Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
0.8693.82The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth
0.8663.63Enigma: The Battle for the Code by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
0.8653.79Patriot Games by Tom Clancy
0.8614.26Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
0.8564.22The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen with Nigel Slater by Nigel Slater
0.8493.46The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You! by Harry Harrison
0.8433.87Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
0.8373.89Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene
0.8343.84Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog by Dylan Thomas
0.8324.01A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
0.8313.31The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World by Harry Harrison
0.8293.3Deathworld 3 by Harry Harrison
0.8263.83Return to Eden by Harry Harrison
0.8184.13Smiley's People by John le Carré
0.8184.01The Fabric of Sin by Phil Rickman
0.8073.62Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison
0.8044.35Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
0.7984.11Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
0.7973.73The Portable Door by Tom Holt
0.7964.04Sharpe's Rifles by Bernard Cornwell
0.7744.2The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
0.7664.25Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
0.7584.53The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
0.7443.84The Human Factor by Graham Greene
0.7443.79Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer
0.7293.4Mars Life by Ben Bova
0.7143.64The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design by Leonard Susskind
0.6453.9The African Queen by C. S. Forester
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