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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
1.3623.6Giants and Ogres (Enchanted World) by Time-Life Books
1.333.71Legends of Valor (Enchanted World) by Brendan Lehane
1.2653.69Topper by Thorne Smith
1.2373.2Grantchester Grind: A Porterhouse Chronicle by Tom Sharpe
1.2073.9Handknitting With Meg Swansen by Meg Swansen
1.1823.86Night Creatures (Enchanted World) by Time-Life Books
1.1593.79Wizards and Witches (Enchanted World) by Brendan Lehane
1.1553.34The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
1.1473.48Overtime by Tom Holt
1.1433.05Bored of the Rings by Harvard Lampoon
1.143.42Rama Revealed by Arthur C. Clarke
1.1393.25Caravan to Vaccares by Alistair MacLean
1.1392.96San Andreas by Alistair MacLean
1.1363.09Wilt in Nowhere by Tom Sharpe
1.1333.63Puckoon by Spike Milligan
1.1313.4Incompetence by Rob Grant
1.1263.73Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman by Marjorie Shostak
1.1243.14Love in Vein II : Eighteen More Tales of Vampiric Erotica by Poppy Z. Brite
1.1233.27The Dark Side of the Sun by Terry Pratchett
1.1223.56Ye Gods by Tom Holt
1.1173.81The Demon Breed by James H. Schmitz
1.1093.71Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers by Harry Harrison
1.094.2Expedition : Being an account in words and artwork of the A.D. 2358 voyage to Darwin IV by Wayne D. Barlowe
1.0843.33Rama II by Arthur C. Clarke
1.0833.63Night Without End by Alistair MacLean
1.0823.63Ghosts (Enchanted World) by Time-Life Books
1.0723.87The Ice People by René Barjavel
1.0713.9Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0713.37Last Human by Doug Naylor
1.0713.83The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
1.0674.07Confessions of a Knitting Heretic by Annie Modesitt
1.0663.58The Story of the Irish Race by Seumas MacManus
1.0634.14Purple, Green and Yellow by Robert N. Munsch
1.0633.23Snow White and the Seven Samurai by Tom Holt
1.0614.01A Fine and Pleasant Misery by Patrick F. McManus
1.063.64The Dracula Tape by Fred Saberhagen
1.0553.28Swords of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
1.0513.72Magical Beasts (Enchanted World) by Time-Life Books
1.053.9Silverlock by John Myers Myers
1.053.53Thorn by Fred Saberhagen
1.0493.76Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0483.33Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas
1.0473.58Asterix and Son by Albert Uderzo
1.0453.9The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
1.0443.81Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds
1.0423.6The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett
1.0423.64Thieves' World by Robert Asprin
1.043.18Burning Point by Minette Walters
1.0373.44The Garden of Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
1.0334.07Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0323.73Asterix and the Magic Carpet by Albert Uderzo
1.0323.45She by H. Rider Haggard
1.0323.33Billy by Pamela Stephenson
1.0313.16Grey by Jon Armstrong
1.0313.28My Hero by Tom Holt
1.0313.82Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear by Jan Bondeson
1.033.66Dark Genesis: The Birth of the Psi Corps by J. Gregory Keyes
1.0293.76Ivory: A Legend of Past and Future by Mike Resnick
1.0273.49Jirel Of Joiry by C. L. Moore
1.0253.87Friday by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0253.96Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1.0253.77In Search Of The Dark Ages by Michael Wood
1.0243.4The Throwback by Tom Sharpe
1.0223.88The Black Company by Glen Cook
1.0223.63A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
1.0183.74Mr. Bliss by J. R. R. Tolkien
1.0173.44The Revenge of the Rose by Michael Moorcock
1.0173.87Water Spirits (Enchanted World) by Time-Life Books
1.0173.23The Dark Crusader by Alistair MacLean
1.0174.17Mommy? by Maurice Sendak
1.0163.72Too Many Magicians by Randall Garrett
1.0163.79Spells and Bindings (Enchanted World) by Time-Life Books
1.0163.55In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food by Stewart Lee Allen
1.0143.92Terry Jones' Barbarians by Terry Jones
1.0133.48A Fighting Man of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
1.0123.18Little People by Tom Holt
1.0123.79The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
1.0113.53Asterix and the Secret Weapon by Albert Uderzo
1.013.63Empire by H. Beam Piper
1.014.04The I Hate To Cook Book by Peg Bracken
1.0083.63When Eight Bells Toll by Alistair MacLean
1.0083.87The Chequer Board by Nevil Shute
1.0083.71Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
1.0063.55The Pencil; A History of Design and Circumstance by Henry Petroski
1.0053.3Bill, the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison
1.0033.48Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories by Colin Dexter
1.0033.29Coils by Fred Saberhagen
1.0034.02The Good Samaritan Strikes Again by Patrick F. McManus
1.0023.33The Coelura by Anne McCaffrey
1.0023.76The Pyrates by George MacDonald Fraser
0.9993.54The Life and Loves of a She Devil by Fay Weldon
0.9973.69Asterix and the Black Gold by Albert Uderzo
0.9973.29Strata by Terry Pratchett
0.9964.09The Mansions of the Gods by René Goscinny
0.9954.08The Best of Cordwainer Smith by Cordwainer Smith
0.9943.3Odds and Gods by Tom Holt
0.9943.72Truckers by Terry Pratchett
0.9933.38Thuvia, maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
0.9933.37The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
0.9923.79The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
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