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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
1.4611.97The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey
1.3643.63Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike
1.3513.82The Key of Solomon the King by Pseudo Solomon
1.2653.5The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish
1.2493.91Magick in Theory and Practice by Aleister Crowley
1.2463.37Vellum: The Book of All Hours by Hal Duncan
1.1874.3NIV Holy Bible by Zondervan
1.1863.6Tutankhamen by Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt
1.1843.18The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasonry, and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus by Christopher Knight
1.1823.95Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley
1.1823.78Gargantua 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
1.1733.62Ink: The Book of All Hours by Hal Duncan
1.1653.51Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice
1.1623.38Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley
1.1593.26Justine; or, the Misfortunes of Virtue by Marquis de Sade
1.1553.83Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
1.1554.11Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot by Lon Milo DuQuette
1.1473.82Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1433.66Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.1433.06Bored of the Rings by Harvard Lampoon
1.1423.8The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) by Andy Warhol
1.1324.23Catechism of the Catholic Church by Catholic Church
1.1293.66The Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes by James Sutherland
1.1293.86The Lesser Key of Solomon by Pseudo Solomon
1.1183.69The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey
1.1183.92T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone by Peter Lamborn Wilson
1.1143.81Blood Games by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
1.1143.77Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
1.1133.73Gutenberg: How One Man Remade the World with Words by John Man
1.1113.71The Egyptian Book of the Dead by E. A. Wallis Budge
1.1083.56Appetite for Life by Noël Riley Fitch
1.1063.69Journey To Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda
1.1033.6Wicked by Gregory Maguire
1.0993.68On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0983.59Roget's New Pocket Thesaurus by Peter Mark Roget
1.0983.98Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson
1.0974.15My Life With the Spirits by Lon Milo DuQuette
1.0963.5Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman
1.0963.94Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
1.0943.43Moonchild by Aleister Crowley
1.0913.98In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch
1.0913.58The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda
1.093.9The Book of Thoth: a Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians by Aleister Crowley
1.0843.28The History of Magic by Éliphas Lévi
1.0833.67SQL Pocket Guide by Jonathan Gennick
1.0833.36Traditional Knitting Patterns from Scandinavia, the British Isles, France, Italy by James Norbury
1.0823.84Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction by Aldren Watson
1.0823.65In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies by Thomas J. Peters
1.083.41The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
1.0783.17The Kabbalah Unveiled by Simeon bar Yochai
1.0763.87The Phantom of the Opera [musical selections] by Andrew Lloyd Webber
1.0763.89Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic by Phyllis Curott
1.0743.71Transcendental Magic by Éliphas Lévi
1.0743.62A Candle for d'Artagnan by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
1.0733.96The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea
1.0713.83The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
1.0693.52Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda
1.0693.62Anthem by Ayn Rand
1.0683.68The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage by of Worms Abraham ben Simeon
1.0683.59Sendmail by Bryan Costales
1.0653.45The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice
1.0653.92Writers Inc: A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning by Patrick Sebranek
1.0633.73Robert's Rules of Order by Henry M. Robert
1.0623.25Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice
1.0613.3On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
1.0613.97Pranks! by V. Vale
1.063.64Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice
1.0593.83History of Beauty by Umberto Eco
1.0593.91The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
1.0583.64Arctic Lace: Knitting Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska's Native Knitters by Donna Druchunas
1.0573.73Fundamentals of Physics: University of Portland Questions and Problems by David Halliday
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0544.02Ægypt by John Crowley
1.0533.64The City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay that Became the Classic Star Trek Episode by Harlan Ellison
1.0523.55Hôtel Transylvania by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
1.053.81The Palace by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
1.0493.76To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0483.93Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
1.0483.41Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
1.0463.93The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie
1.0453.48On Truth by Harry G. Frankfurt
1.0434.06Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0433.44The Copenhagen Connection by Elizabeth Peters
1.0423.19Java in a Nutshell [1st edition] by David Flanagan
1.0423.62Blood and Gold by Anne Rice
1.0383.66Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
1.0363.88The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
1.0364Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord
1.0363.45Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes
1.0353.92Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
1.0343.65The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
1.0344.02Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self by C. G. Jung
1.0343.39Pandora by Anne Rice
1.0333.88Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0333.54The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice
1.0323.81Cities of the Red Night by William S. Burroughs
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