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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
1.3082.43Son of Rosemary: The Sequel to Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
1.2513.5Chinese Takeout: A Novel by Arthur Nersesian
1.2493.59The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
1.2343.11Unlubricated by Arthur Nersesian
1.2223.71Mailman: 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
1.1583.04In the Cut by Susanna Moore
1.1572.76Southern Cross by Patricia Cornwell
1.1573.09Tarantula by Bob Dylan
1.1563.97Captain 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
1.1523.63Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson
1.1473.83Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1383.35Hannibal by Thomas Harris
1.1373.51Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
1.1333.13Never mind the Pollacks: a rock and roll novel by Neal Pollack
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1273.56The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
1.1233.9Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
1.1233.35Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
1.1223.37Adventures in the Skin Trade by Dylan Thomas
1.1173.65Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1083.4Haunted 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
1.0993.68On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0962.81Hornet'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
1.0863.31The 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
1.0783.7Phantoms by Dean Koontz
1.0763.17How to Cook a Tart by Nina Killham
1.0743.7Man's Fate by Andre Malraux
1.0743.5The Wrestler's Cruel Study by Stephen Dobyns
1.0743.25Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
1.0733.15Almost Transparent Blue by Ryū Murakami
1.0733.7The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
1.0713.83Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0713.7Air: Or, Have Not Have by Geoff Ryman
1.0693.32Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
1.0683.33Girls' 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
1.0663.4The Nuclear Age by Tim O'Brien
1.0653.38Blue Angel: A Novel (P.S.) by Francine Prose
1.0653.35The 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
1.0573.42A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
1.0563.5Love Invents Us by Amy Bloom
1.0563.41Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
1.0553.55Timeline 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
1.0543.93A 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
1.053.56The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan
1.053.84The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You by Dorothy Bryant
1.053.74The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
1.0493.68Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
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
1.0453.77The 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
1.0393.52Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
1.0373.45The 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
1.0343.91Angels by Denis Johnson
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