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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
1.3623.6Giants and Ogres (Enchanted World) by Time-Life Books
1.333.7Legends 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
1.1593.78Wizards and Witches (Enchanted World) by Brendan Lehane
1.1553.34The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
1.1473.48Overtime by Tom Holt
1.1433.04Bored of the Rings by Harvard Lampoon
1.143.44Rama Revealed by Arthur C. Clarke
1.1393.27Caravan to Vaccares by Alistair MacLean
1.1392.96San Andreas by Alistair MacLean
1.1363.1Wilt in Nowhere by Tom Sharpe
1.1333.62Puckoon by Spike Milligan
1.1313.39Incompetence by Rob Grant
1.1263.71Nisa: 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
1.1233.25The Dark Side of the Sun by Terry Pratchett
1.1223.56Ye Gods by Tom Holt
1.1173.78The Demon Breed by James H. Schmitz
1.1093.68Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers by Harry Harrison
1.094.17Expedition : 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
1.0833.64Night Without End by Alistair MacLean
1.0823.61Ghosts (Enchanted World) by Time-Life Books
1.0723.89The Ice People by René Barjavel
1.0713.91Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0713.35Last Human by Doug Naylor
1.0713.83The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
1.0674.04Confessions of a Knitting Heretic by Annie Modesitt
1.0663.56The Story of the Irish Race by Seumas MacManus
1.0634.13Purple, Green and Yellow by Robert N. Munsch
1.0633.18Snow White and the Seven Samurai by Tom Holt
1.0613.99A 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
1.0513.71Magical Beasts (Enchanted World) by Time-Life Books
1.053.91Silverlock by John Myers Myers
1.053.55Thorn by Fred Saberhagen
1.0493.61The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
1.0493.77Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0483.33Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas
1.0473.59Asterix and Son by René Goscinny
1.0453.91The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
1.0443.79Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds
1.0423.59The 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
1.0334.08Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0323.72Asterix 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
1.0313.31My Hero by Tom Holt
1.0313.82Buried Alive: The Terrifying Story of Our Most Primal Fear by Jan Bondeson
1.033.66Dark Genesis: The Birth of the Psi Corps by J. Gregory Keyes
1.0293.78Ivory: A Legend of Past and Future by Mike Resnick
1.0273.49Jirel Of Joiry by C. L. Moore
1.0253.88Friday 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
1.0223.9The 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
1.0173.86Water Spirits (Enchanted World) by Time-Life Books
1.0173.23The Dark Crusader by Alistair MacLean
1.0174.16Mommy? by Maurice Sendak
1.0163.68Too 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
1.0143.9Terry Jones' Barbarians by Terry Jones
1.0133.48A Fighting Man of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
1.0123.18Little People by Tom Holt
1.0123.78The 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
1.014.01The I Hate To Cook Book by Peg Bracken
1.0083.59When Eight Bells Toll by Alistair MacLean
1.0083.85The Chequer Board by Nevil Shute
1.0083.71Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
1.0063.52The Pencil; A History of Design and Circumstance by Henry Petroski
1.0053.3Bill, the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison
1.0033.49Morse'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
1.0023.32The Coelura by Anne McCaffrey
1.0023.74The Pyrates by George MacDonald Fraser
0.9993.54The Life and Loves of a She Devil by Fay Weldon
0.9973.67Asterix and the Black Gold by René Goscinny
0.9973.28Strata by Terry Pratchett
0.9964.09The Mansions of the Gods by René Goscinny
0.9954.1The Best of Cordwainer Smith by Cordwainer Smith
0.9943.3Odds and Gods by Tom Holt
0.9943.7Truckers by Terry Pratchett
0.9933.39Thuvia, maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
0.9933.38The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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