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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
1.2513.44Chinese Takeout by Arthur Nersesian
1.2493.6The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
1.2223.7Mailman by J. Robert Lennon
1.1572.75Southern Cross by Patricia Cornwell
1.1563.97Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey
1.1523.11Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
1.1513.38The Last Ship by William Brinkley
1.1383.35Hannibal by Thomas Harris
1.1333.11Never mind the Pollacks: a rock and roll novel by Neal Pollack
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1233.36Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1033.61Wicked: 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
1.0993.69On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0962.81Hornet'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
1.0863.31The 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
1.0783.39The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
1.0763.17How to Cook a Tart by Nina Killham
1.0713.9Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0713.72Air by Geoff Ryman
1.0693.32Dreamcatcher 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
1.0673.61A Separate Peace by John Knowles
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
1.0623.46The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
1.063.7The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears
1.0583.6The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
1.0573.4A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
1.0563.5Love Invents Us by Amy Bloom
1.0543.97A Gift upon the Shore by M. K. Wren
1.0523.65Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
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
1.0483.46Postsingular by Rudy Rucker
1.0473.62Lisey's Story by Stephen King
1.0453.51Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
1.0433.38Tomcat in Love by Tim O'Brien
1.0423.65Insomnia by Stephen King
1.0393.52Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
1.0373.44The Lecturer's Tale by James Hynes
1.0363.45Tinkers by Paul Harding
1.0363.59Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
1.0363.49The Tin Can Tree by Anne Tyler
1.0333.43The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
1.0333.16The Colorado Kid by Stephen King
1.0313.68The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics by W. John Campbell
1.0293.36The Regulators by Richard Bachman
1.0293.96Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
1.0263.45Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.0253.67The Female Man by Joanna Russ
1.0253.16The Resurrectionist by Jack O'Connell
1.0223.62A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
1.0213.44Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.0213.4Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror by James Hynes
1.023.4Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
1.023.82The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1.0193.74The Hook by Donald E. Westlake
1.0183.89The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0183.49The Iron Heel by Jack London
1.0173.62The Running Man by Stephen King
1.0163.84The 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
1.0153.74Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0143.53Moo by Jane Smiley
1.0133.38Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King
1.0113.28The Apologist by Jay Rayner
1.0113.89The Gunslinger by Stephen King
1.013.59Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
1.013.84Grendel by John Gardner
1.013.95The Twelve Terrors of Christmas by John Updike
1.014.19Splendid Soups: Recipes and Master Techniques for Making the World's Best Soups by James Peterson
1.0083.46Rose Madder by Stephen King
1.0073.71The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
1.0073.53Storm of the Century by Stephen King
1.0073.29Spacehounds of IPC; a tale of the Inter-planetary Corporation by E. E. "Doc" Smith
1.0073.31Farnham's Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0063.42Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham
1.0053.33The Eleventh Plague by John S. Marr
1.0033.45Cell by Stephen King
1.0023.32Boy in the Water by Stephen Dobyns
13.83Ghost Story by Peter Straub
13.91Always coming home by Ursula K. Le Guin
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