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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
1.4864.45Liber Aleph Vel Cxi: The Book of Wisdom or Folly (The Equinox) by Aleister Crowley
1.4611.91The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey
1.3643.65Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike
1.3513.84The 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
1.2463.36Vellum: The Book of All Hours by Hal Duncan
1.1874.34NIV Bible by Bible
1.1863.53Tutankhamen by Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt
1.1843.23The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasonry, and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus by Christopher Knight
1.1824Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley
1.1823.77Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1733.59Ink: The Book of All Hours by Hal Duncan
1.1653.51Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice
1.1623.35Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley
1.1593.23Justine; or, the Misfortunes of Virtue by Marquis de Sade
1.1554.11Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot by Lon Milo DuQuette
1.1473.85Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1433.68Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.1433.04Bored of the Rings by Harvard Lampoon
1.1423.84The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) by Andy Warhol
1.1324.21Catechism of the Catholic Church by Catholic Church
1.1293.62The Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes by James R. Sutherland
1.1293.94The Lesser Key of Solomon by Aleister Crowley
1.1183.67The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey
1.1183.9T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone by Hakim Bey
1.1143.8Blood Games by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
1.1143.79Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
1.1133.62Gutenberg: How One Man Remade the World with Words by John Man
1.1113.74The Egyptian Book of the Dead by Anonymous
1.1083.51Appetite for Life by Noël Riley Fitch
1.1063.68Journey To Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda
1.1033.62Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West 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
1.0974.14My Life With the Spirits by Lon Milo DuQuette
1.0963.53Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman
1.0963.92Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
1.0943.44Moonchild by Aleister Crowley
1.0913.91In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch
1.0913.58The teachings of don Juan: a Yaqui way of knowledge by Carlos Castaneda
1.093.85The 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
1.0823.74Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction by Aldren A. Watson
1.0823.66In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies by Thomas J. Peters
1.083.36The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
1.0783.17The Kabbalah Unveiled by Simeon bar Yochai
1.0763.81The Phantom of the Opera [musical selections] by Andrew Lloyd Webber
1.0763.91Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic by Phyllis Curott
1.0743.76Transcendental Magic by Éliphas Lévi
1.0743.6A 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
1.0693.5Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda
1.0683.72The 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
1.0653.94Writers Inc: A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning by Patrick Sebranek
1.0633.69Robert's Rules of Order by Henry M. Robert
1.0623.27Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice
1.0613.3On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
1.063.66Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice
1.0593.85History of beauty by Umberto Eco
1.0583.66Arctic Lace: Knitting Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska's Native Knitters by Donna Druchunas
1.0573.72Fundamentals of Physics by David Halliday
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0544.03Aegypt by John Crowley
1.0533.63The City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay that Became the Classic Star Trek Episode by Harlan Ellison
1.0523.62Hôtel Transylvania by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
1.053.81The Palace by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
1.0493.8To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0483.96Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
1.0483.46Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
1.0463.96The 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
1.0433.49The Copenhagen Connection by Elizabeth Peters
1.0423.33Java in a Nutshell by David Flanagan
1.0423.63Blood and Gold by Anne Rice
1.0383.65Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
1.0363.84The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
1.0364.02Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord
1.0363.46Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes
1.0353.94Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
1.0343.66The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
1.0343.98Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self by Carl Gustav Jung
1.0343.39Pandora by Anne Rice
1.0333.9Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0333.56The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice
1.0323.8Cities of the Red Night by William S. Burroughs
1.0313.47The University of Chicago Spanish dictionary : Spanish-English, English-Spanish by Carlos Castillo
1.033.87Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
1.034.06The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages by Paul Foster Case
1.033.85The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
1.0284.03Designing Knitwear by Deborah Newton
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