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Controversial Books

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
1.3082.49Son of Rosemary: The Sequel to Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
1.2513.43Chinese Takeout by Arthur Nersesian
1.2493.59The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
1.2223.72Mailman by J. Robert Lennon
1.1572.74Southern Cross by Patricia Cornwell
1.1523.11Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
1.1383.36Hannibal 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
1.1273.55The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
1.1233.36Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
1.1093.4The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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
1.0962.79Hornet's Nest by Patricia Cornwell
1.0943.77The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0943.02An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
1.0863.31The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
1.0853.27Gerald's Game by Stephen King
1.0853.79The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0813.87The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0813.73Heaven Lake by John Dalton
1.083.36The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
1.083.76The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester
1.0793.88I Am One of You Forever: A Novel by Fred Chappell
1.0783.39The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
1.0763.17How to Cook a Tart by Nina Killham
1.0713.91Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0713.71Air by Geoff Ryman
1.0693.31Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
1.0683.91Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
1.0683.27The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red by Ridley Pearson
1.0673.93Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0653.39Blue Angel by Francine Prose
1.0653.34The Ruins by Scott Smith
1.0653.57Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
1.0623.45The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
1.063.71The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears
1.0583.62The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
1.0563.5Love Invents Us by Amy Bloom
1.0543.98A Gift upon the Shore by M. K. Wren
1.0523.65Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
1.0513.5Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates
1.053.53The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan
1.053.88The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You by Dorothy Bryant
1.0493.89Beloved by Toni Morrison
1.0493.76Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0473.61Lisey's Story by Stephen King
1.0453.5Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
1.0433.36Tomcat in Love by Tim O'Brien
1.0423.65Insomnia by Stephen King
1.0393.52Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
1.0373.45The Lecturer's Tale by James Hynes
1.0363.45Tinkers by Paul Harding
1.0363.6Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
1.0363.48The Tin Can Tree by Anne Tyler
1.0333.42The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
1.0333.16The Colorado Kid by Stephen King
1.0313.68The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics by W. John Campbell
1.0293.35The Regulators by Richard Bachman
1.0293.97Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
1.0263.48Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.0253.67The Female Man by Joanna Russ
1.0253.17The Resurrectionist by Jack O'Connell
1.0213.44Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.0213.44Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror by James Hynes
1.0193.78The Hook by Donald E. Westlake
1.0183.9The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0183.48The Iron Heel by Jack London
1.0173.62The Running Man by Stephen King
1.0163.85The Adventures of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Novel by Dav Pilkey
1.0163.47Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell
1.0153.75Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0143.53Moo by Jane Smiley
1.0133.36Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King
1.0113.3The Apologist by Jay Rayner
1.0113.9The Gunslinger by Stephen King
1.013.6Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
1.013.84Grendel by John Gardner
1.013.88The Twelve Terrors of Christmas by John Updike
1.0073.72The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
1.0073.31Farnham's Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0063.42Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham
1.0053.34The Eleventh Plague by John S. Marr
1.0033.45Cell by Stephen King
1.0023.95Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
1.0023.32Boy in the Water by Stephen Dobyns
13.82Ghost Story by Peter Straub
13.93Always coming home by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.9993.52Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson
0.9983.91Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
0.9983.62The Children's Hospital by Chris Adrian
0.9974.05The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien
0.9973.76The Known World by Edward P. Jones
0.9973.58Fifty Degrees Below by Kim Stanley Robinson
0.9973.35A Case of Conscience by James Blish
0.9954.05Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
0.9943.86The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
0.9933.69Bag of Bones by Stephen King
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