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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
1.1433.04Bored of the Rings by Harvard Lampoon
1.0493.05The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
1.0433.76The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe by Steven Weinberg
1.0153.74Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0053.3Bill, the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison
0.9953.32Secret of the Sixth Magic by Lyndon Hardy
0.9933.61The Technicolor Time Machine by Harry Harrison
0.9813.59The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
0.9773.67West of Eden by Harry Harrison
0.9743.59The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells
0.9733.58Deathworld 1 by Harry Harrison
0.9683.91Requiem (Brethren Trilogy 3) by Robyn Young
0.9673.47Master of the Five Magics by Lyndon Hardy
0.9663.41Aberystwyth Mon Amour by Malcolm Pryce
0.9653.17Planet of the Damned by Harry Harrison
0.963.71Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie
0.953.3Deathworld 2 by Harry Harrison
0.9413.4Riddle of the Seven Realms by Lyndon Hardy
0.9394.07A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
0.9243.66The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth
0.9174.17Hamlet by William Shakespeare
0.9153.65The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
0.914Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
0.9093.47The Stainless Steel Rat for President by Harry Harrison
0.9093.39Earth, Air, Fire and Custard by Tom Holt
0.9073.32The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker
0.9043.64A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born by Harry Harrison
0.9043.99Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint
0.8934.13The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
0.8924.14Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
0.893.5Goodbye Mickey Mouse by Len Deighton
0.8813.63Brethren: An Epic Adventure of the Knights Templar by Robyn Young
0.8773.85Sharpe's Prey by Bernard Cornwell
0.8713.9Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
0.8693.81The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth
0.8663.65Enigma: The Battle for the Code by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
0.8653.78Patriot 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
0.8493.47The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You! by Harry Harrison
0.8433.87Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
0.8373.88Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene
0.8343.86Portrait 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
0.8313.3The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World by Harry Harrison
0.8293.33Deathworld 3 by Harry Harrison
0.8263.78Return to Eden by Harry Harrison
0.8184.13Smiley's People by John le Carré
0.8184.02The Fabric of Sin by Phil Rickman
0.8073.64Make 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
0.7973.72The Portable Door by Tom Holt
0.7964.05Sharpe's Rifles by Bernard Cornwell
0.7744.19The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
0.7664.25Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
0.7584.52The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
0.7443.82The Human Factor by Graham Greene
0.7443.79Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer
0.7293.38Mars 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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