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.

1.3082.37Son of Rosemary: The Sequel to Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
1.2513.5Chinese Takeout: A Novel by Arthur Nersesian
1.2493.58The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
1.2343.11Unlubricated by Arthur Nersesian
1.2223.68Mailman: A Novel by J. Robert Lennon
1.1963.61Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
1.193.6The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead
1.1853.73Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand
1.1823.1What You Wear Can Change Your Life by Trinny Woodall
1.1583.05In the Cut by Susanna Moore
1.1572.75Southern Cross by Patricia Cornwell
1.1573.09Tarantula by Bob Dylan
1.1563.96Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey
1.1523.76Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
1.1523.12Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
1.1523.64Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson
1.1473.83Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1383.35Hannibal by Thomas Harris
1.1373.52Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
1.1333.13Never mind the Pollacks: a rock and roll novel by Neal Pollack
1.1312.98Ransom by Jay McInerney
1.133.6Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1273.58The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
1.1233.9Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
1.1233.35Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
1.1173.64Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1083.55Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews
1.1083.41Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
1.1053.23The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
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
1.1023.3Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
1.0993.69On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0962.82Hornet's Nest by Patricia Cornwell
1.0943.77The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0943An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England: A Novel by Brock Clarke
1.0893.49The Sea by John Banville
1.0883.4Sailor Song by Ken Kesey
1.0863.32The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
1.0853.28Gerald's Game by Stephen King
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0813.84The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0813.47Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
1.0813.72Heaven Lake: A Novel by John Dalton
1.083.4The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
1.083.78The Debt to Pleasure: A Novel by John Lanchester
1.0793.81I 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
1.0743.71Man's Fate by Andre Malraux
1.0743.48The Wrestler's Cruel Study by Stephen Dobyns
1.0743.25Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
1.0733.14Almost Transparent Blue by Ryū Murakami
1.0733.69The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
1.0713.83Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0713.72Air: Or, Have Not Have by Geoff Ryman
1.0693.32Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
1.0693.83Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley
1.0683.32Girls' Poker Night by Jill A. Davis
1.0683.89Wise Blood: A Novel by Flannery O'Connor
1.0683.29The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red by Ridley Pearson
1.0673.91Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0663.68Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk
1.0663.46The Nuclear Age by Tim O'Brien
1.0653.38Blue Angel by Francine Prose
1.0653.34The Ruins by Scott Smith
1.0653.57Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
1.0643.75American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
1.0623.47The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
1.063.7The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears
1.0583.81Strangers by Dean Koontz
1.0583.6The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
1.0573.41A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
1.0563.48Love Invents Us by Amy Bloom
1.0563.41Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
1.0553.54Timeline by Michael Crichton
1.0543.85Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig
1.0543.16Across the River and into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway
1.0543.88A 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
1.0513.53Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates
1.053.55The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan
1.053.85The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You by Dorothy Bryant
1.053.74The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
1.0493.69Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
1.0493.89Beloved by Toni Morrison
1.0493.76Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0483.45Postsingular by Rudy Rucker
1.0483.93The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander
1.0473.68The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
1.0473.61Lisey's Story by Stephen King
1.0453.5Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
1.0453.77The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker
1.0443.83She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
1.0433.38Tomcat in Love by Tim O'Brien
1.0423.65Insomnia by Stephen King
1.0413.53Damage by Josephine Hart
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