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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
1.3082.48Son of Rosemary: The Sequel to Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
1.2513.43Chinese Takeout by Arthur Nersesian
1.2493.6The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
1.2223.71Mailman by J. Robert Lennon
1.1963.62Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
1.1853.75Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand
1.1583.08In the Cut by Susanna Moore
1.1572.74Southern Cross by Patricia Cornwell
1.1563.97Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey
1.1563.51One by Richard Bach
1.1523.12Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
1.1473.84Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1383.35Hannibal by Thomas Harris
1.1333.15Never mind the Pollacks: a rock and roll novel by Neal Pollack
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1233.89Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
1.1233.35Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
1.1093.67The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1083.55Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
1.1053.21The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
1.1033.62Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
1.1023.64The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.1023.3Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
1.0993.68On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0962.8Hornet's Nest by Patricia Cornwell
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0943.01An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
1.0893.48The Sea by John Banville
1.0863.31The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
1.0853.27Gerald's Game by Stephen King
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0813.86The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0813.72Heaven Lake by John Dalton
1.083.37The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
1.083.77The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester
1.0793.89I Am One of You Forever: A Novel by Fred Chappell
1.0783.4The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
1.0783.69Phantoms by Dean Koontz
1.0763.17How to Cook a Tart by Nina Killham
1.0743.5The Wrestler's Cruel Study by Stephen Dobyns
1.0743.26Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
1.0733.71The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
1.0713.9Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0713.72Air by Geoff Ryman
1.0693.31Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
1.0683.89Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
1.0683.29The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red by Ridley Pearson
1.0673.93Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0653.38Blue Angel by Francine Prose
1.0653.33The Ruins by Scott Smith
1.0653.57Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
1.0643.76American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
1.0623.46The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
1.063.7The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears
1.0583.79Strangers by Dean Koontz
1.0583.6The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
1.0573.39A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
1.0563.49Love Invents Us by Amy Bloom
1.0563.41Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
1.0553.55Timeline by Michael Crichton
1.0543.85Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
1.0543.96A Gift upon the Shore by M. K. Wren
1.0523.65Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
1.0513.5Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton
1.0513.51Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates
1.053.54The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan
1.053.84The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You by Dorothy Bryant
1.0493.88Beloved by Toni Morrison
1.0493.76Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0483.96Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
1.0483.46Postsingular by Rudy Rucker
1.0473.62Lisey's Story by Stephen King
1.0453.51Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
1.0453.76The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker
1.0453.77The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
1.0443.83She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
1.0433.38Tomcat in Love by Tim O'Brien
1.0423.65Insomnia by Stephen King
1.0413.54Damage by Josephine Hart
1.0393.53Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
1.0373.43The Lecturer's Tale by James Hynes
1.0363.45Tinkers by Paul Harding
1.0363.6Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
1.0363.49The Tin Can Tree by Anne Tyler
1.0333.43The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
1.0333.68The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
1.0333.17The Colorado Kid by Stephen King
1.0323.65Floating Dragon by Peter Straub
1.0313.68The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics by W. John Campbell
1.0293.36The Regulators by Richard Bachman
1.0293.97Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
1.0263.45Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.0263.82Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
1.0263.93Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0253.67The Female Man by Joanna Russ
1.0253.14The Resurrectionist by Jack O'Connell
1.0243.66The Crucible by Arthur Miller
1.0223.62A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
1.0213.44Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
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