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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
1.3082.45Son of Rosemary: The Sequel to Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
1.2513.47Chinese Takeout: A Novel by Arthur Nersesian
1.2493.58The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
1.2223.7Mailman: A Novel by J. Robert Lennon
1.1963.61Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
1.193.6The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead
1.1572.75Southern Cross by Patricia Cornwell
1.1563.97Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey
1.1523.77Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
1.1523.12Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
1.1473.83Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1383.35Hannibal by Thomas Harris
1.1373.52Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
1.1333.11Never 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
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1053.23The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
1.1033.61Wicked 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: A Novel by Brock Clarke
1.0893.48The Sea by John Banville
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
1.0813.85The 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
1.083.37The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
1.083.77The Debt to Pleasure: A Novel by John Lanchester
1.0793.82I Am One of You Forever: A Novel by Fred Chappell
1.0783.4The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
1.0783.7Phantoms by Dean Koontz
1.0763.17How to Cook a Tart by Nina Killham
1.0743.5The Wrestler's Cruel Study by Stephen Dobyns
1.0743.25Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
1.0713.9Stranger 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
1.0683.89Wise Blood: A Novel by Flannery O'Connor
1.0683.29The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red by Ridley Pearson
1.0673.93Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0653.38Blue Angel: A Novel (P.S.) 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
1.0623.46The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
1.063.71The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears
1.0583.61The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
1.0573.4A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
1.0563.51Love Invents Us by Amy Bloom
1.0543.94A Gift upon the Shore by M. K. Wren
1.0523.65Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
1.0513.52Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates
1.053.55The 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
1.0483.45Postsingular 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
1.0443.83She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
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: A Novel by James Hynes
1.0363.45Tinkers by Paul Harding
1.0363.58Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
1.0363.49The Tin Can Tree by Anne Tyler
1.0333.43The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
1.0333.69The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
1.0333.17The Colorado kid by Stephen King
1.0313.72The 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
1.0263.43Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.0263.82Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
1.0253.68The Female Man by Joanna Russ
1.0253.16The Resurrectionist by Jack O'Connell
1.0223.62A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
1.0213.46Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.0213.39Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror by James Hynes
1.023.41Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
1.023.82The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1.0193.79Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
1.0193.74The Hook by Donald E. Westlake
1.0183.89The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0183.48The Iron Heel by Jack London
1.0173.63The Running Man by Stephen King
1.0163.85The Adventures of Captain Underpants 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
1.0133.39Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King
1.0113.26The Apologist by Jay Rayner
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