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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
1.3082.36Son Of Rosemary by Ira Levin
1.273.57The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
1.2513.51Chinese Takeout: A Novel by Arthur Nersesian
1.2493.57The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
1.2343.11Unlubricated by Arthur Nersesian
1.2223.69Mailman: A Novel by J. Robert Lennon
1.1963.62Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
1.193.61The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead
1.1853.73Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand
1.1823.12What You Wear Can Change Your Life by Trinny Woodall
1.1654Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards
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
1.1523.78Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
1.1523.13Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
1.1523.63Lord 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
1.1333.11Never mind the Pollacks: a rock and roll novel by Neal Pollack
1.1312.98Ransom by Jay McInerney
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1273.59The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
1.1233.9Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
1.1233.36Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
1.1173.64Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1083.53Flowers In The Attic by V. C. Andrews
1.1083.39Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
1.1053.22The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
1.1033.6Wicked by Gregory Maguire
1.1023.65The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.1023.3Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
1.0993.68On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0962.82Hornet's Nest by Patricia Cornwell
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0943An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England: A Novel by Brock Clarke
1.0893.48The 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
1.0813.83The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0813.47Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
1.0813.75Heaven Lake: A Novel by John Dalton
1.083.41The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
1.083.78The Debt to Pleasure: A Novel by John Lanchester
1.0793.83I 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
1.0743.7Man's Fate by Andre Malraux
1.0743.48The Wrestler's Cruel Study by Stephen Dobyns
1.0743.24Pride And Prejudice And Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
1.0733.13Almost Transparent Blue by Ryū Murakami
1.0733.68The 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
1.0693.82Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley
1.0683.32Girls' Poker Night by Jill A. Davis
1.0683.89Walden by Henry David Thoreau
1.0683.89Wise Blood: A Novel by Flannery O'Connor
1.0683.27The 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
1.0653.37Blue Angel by Francine Prose
1.0653.33The Ruins by Scott Smith
1.0653.57Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
1.0643.74American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
1.0633.92The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
1.0623.46The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
1.063.7The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears
1.0583.81Strangers by Dean Koontz
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
1.0563.4Fear 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
1.0543.17Across the River and into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway
1.0543.92A 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
1.053.56The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan
1.053.83The 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
1.0493.88Beloved by Toni Morrison
1.0493.75Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0483.47Postsingular by Rudy Rucker
1.0483.94The 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
1.0453.76The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker
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