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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
1.5173.11Aleister Crowley's Illustrated Goetia: Sexual Evocation by Lon Milo DuQuette
1.4864.48Liber Aleph Vel Cxi: The Book of Wisdom or Folly (The Equinox) by Aleister Crowley
1.4611.92The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey
1.3643.58Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike
1.3513.83The Key of Solomon the King by Pseudo Solomon
1.2653.5The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish
1.2493.9Magick in Theory and Practice by Aleister Crowley
1.2463.38Vellum: The Book of All Hours by Hal Duncan
1.1874.32NIV Bible by Bible
1.1863.5Tutankhamen by Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt
1.1843.2The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasonry, and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus by Christopher Knight
1.1823.99Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley
1.1823.77Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais
1.183.56Knitting Tips & Trade Secrets: Clever Solutions for Better Hand Knitting, Machine Knitting, and Crocheting by Threads Editors
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1733.61Ink: The Book of All Hours by Hal Duncan
1.1653.5Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice
1.1623.38Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley
1.1593.22Justine; or, the Misfortunes of Virtue by Marquis de Sade
1.1553.85Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
1.1554.06Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot by Lon Milo DuQuette
1.1473.83Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1433.67Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.1433.05Bored of the Rings by Harvard Lampoon
1.1423.81The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) by Andy Warhol
1.1324.23Catechism of the Catholic Church by Catholic Church
1.1293.6The Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes by James Sutherland
1.1293.88The Lesser Key of Solomon by Pseudo Solomon
1.1183.7The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey
1.1183.91T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone by Hakim Bey
1.1143.8Blood Games by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
1.1143.77Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
1.1133.68Gutenberg: How One Man Remade the World with Words by John Man
1.1113.72The Egyptian Book of the Dead by E. A. Wallis Budge
1.1083.52Appetite for Life by Noël Riley Fitch
1.1063.7Journey To Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda
1.1033.61Wicked by Gregory Maguire
1.0993.69On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0983.59Roget's New Pocket Thesaurus by Peter Mark Roget
1.0983.98Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson
1.0974.13My Life With the Spirits by Lon Milo DuQuette
1.0963.47Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman
1.0963.93Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
1.0943.41Moonchild by Aleister Crowley
1.0913.94In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch
1.0913.58The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda
1.093.88The Book of Thoth: a Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians by Aleister Crowley
1.0843.28The History of Magic by Éliphas Lévi
1.0833.62SQL Pocket Guide by Jonathan Gennick
1.0833.45Traditional Knitting Patterns from Scandinavia, the British Isles, France, Italy by James Norbury
1.0823.82Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction by Aldren Watson
1.0823.66In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies by Thomas J. Peters
1.083.37The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
1.0783.16The Kabbalah Unveiled by Simeon bar Yochai
1.0763.85The Phantom of the Opera [musical selections] by Andrew Lloyd Webber
1.0763.9Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic by Phyllis Curott
1.0743.73Transcendental Magic by Éliphas Lévi
1.0743.65A Candle for d'Artagnan by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
1.0733.97The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea
1.0713.83The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
1.0693.51Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda
1.0693.62Anthem by Ayn Rand
1.0683.73The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage by of Worms Abraham ben Simeon
1.0683.55Sendmail by Bryan Costales
1.0653.43The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice
1.0653.92Writers Inc: A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning by Patrick Sebranek
1.0633.71Robert's Rules of Order by Henry M. Robert
1.0623.25Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice
1.0613.29On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
1.0613.97Pranks! by V. Vale
1.063.65Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice
1.0593.83History of Beauty by Umberto Eco
1.0593.92The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
1.0583.63Arctic Lace: Knitting Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska's Native Knitters by Donna Druchunas
1.0573.71Fundamentals of Physics by David Halliday
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0544.02Ægypt by John Crowley
1.0533.61The City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay that Became the Classic Star Trek Episode by Harlan Ellison
1.0523.57Hôtel Transylvania by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
1.053.8The Palace by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
1.0493.77To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0483.96Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
1.0483.49Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
1.0463.93The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie
1.0453.47On Truth by Harry G. Frankfurt
1.0434.05Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0433.48The Copenhagen Connection by Elizabeth Peters
1.0423.32Java in a Nutshell by David Flanagan
1.0423.61Blood and Gold by Anne Rice
1.0383.64Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
1.0363.86The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
1.0364Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord
1.0363.47Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes
1.0353.93Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
1.0343.65The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
1.0343.98Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self by C. G. Jung
1.0343.38Pandora by Anne Rice
1.0333.89Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0333.54The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice
1.0323.8Cities of the Red Night by William S. Burroughs
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