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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
1.2513.43Chinese Takeout by Arthur Nersesian
1.2493.6The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
1.2223.72Mailman by J. Robert Lennon
1.1733.85Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
1.1572.73Southern Cross by Patricia Cornwell
1.1523.11Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
1.1383.35Hannibal by Thomas Harris
1.1333.15Never mind the Pollacks: a rock and roll novel by Neal Pollack
1.133.6Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1273.55The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
1.1233.36Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
1.1093.4The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1083.54Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
1.1053.2The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
1.1033.62Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
1.1023.65The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.1023.29Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
1.0993.69On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0962.79Hornet's Nest by Patricia Cornwell
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0943.02An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
1.0883.41Sailor Song by Ken Kesey
1.0863.31The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
1.0853.27Gerald's Game by Stephen King
1.0853.79The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0813.87The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0813.73Heaven Lake by John Dalton
1.083.36The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
1.083.76The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester
1.0793.88I Am One of You Forever: A Novel by Fred Chappell
1.0783.39The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
1.0783.69Phantoms by Dean Koontz
1.0743.67Man's Fate by Andre Malraux
1.0743.27Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
1.0733.72The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
1.0713.91Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0713.72Air by Geoff Ryman
1.0693.32Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
1.0683.9Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
1.0683.27The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red by Ridley Pearson
1.0673.93Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0653.39Blue Angel by Francine Prose
1.0653.35The Ruins by Scott Smith
1.0653.57Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
1.0633.65Our Town by Thornton Wilder
1.0623.46The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
1.063.71The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears
1.0583.79Strangers by Dean Koontz
1.0583.62The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
1.0563.5Love Invents Us by Amy Bloom
1.0543.96A Gift upon the Shore by M. K. Wren
1.0523.65Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
1.0513.5Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates
1.053.51The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan
1.053.89The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You by Dorothy Bryant
1.0493.89Beloved by Toni Morrison
1.0493.77Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
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
1.0453.78The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
1.0443.83She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
1.0443.49Outer Banks by Anne Rivers Siddons
1.0433.35Tomcat in Love by Tim O'Brien
1.0423.65Insomnia by Stephen King
1.0423.84The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt
1.0393.52Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
1.0373.45The Lecturer's Tale by James Hynes
1.0363.45Tinkers by Paul Harding
1.0363.61Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
1.0363.48The Tin Can Tree by Anne Tyler
1.0333.42The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
1.0333.15The Colorado Kid by Stephen King
1.0323.62Floating Dragon by Peter Straub
1.0313.68The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics by W. John Campbell
1.0293.35The Regulators by Richard Bachman
1.0293.97Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
1.0263.52Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.0263.82Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
1.0253.68The Female Man by Joanna Russ
1.0253.2The Resurrectionist by Jack O'Connell
1.0243.64The Natural by Bernard Malamud
1.0243.68The Crucible by Arthur Miller
1.0213.44Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.0213.44Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror by James Hynes
1.023.6Brightness Falls from the Air by James Tiptree, Jr.
1.023.83The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1.0193.79Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
1.0193.8The Hook by Donald E. Westlake
1.0183.9The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0173.62The Running Man by Stephen King
1.0163.85The 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
1.0153.75Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0143.53Moo by Jane Smiley
1.0133.36Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King
1.0113.31The Apologist by Jay Rayner
1.0113.9The Gunslinger by Stephen King
1.013.6Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
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