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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
1.3082.5Son of Rosemary: The Sequel to Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
1.2513.43Chinese Takeout by Arthur Nersesian
1.2493.59The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
1.2223.71Mailman by J. Robert Lennon
1.1963.62Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
1.1853.73Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand
1.1613.69One Second After by William R. Forstchen
1.1572.75Southern Cross by Patricia Cornwell
1.1563.99Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey
1.1563.5One by Richard Bach
1.1523.12Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
1.1473.84Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1383.35Hannibal by Thomas Harris
1.1373.53Naked 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
1.1233.89Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
1.1233.35Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
1.1093.66The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook
1.1093.4The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1083.55Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
1.1053.22The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
1.1033.62Wicked: 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
1.0973.88To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
1.0962.8Hornet's Nest by Patricia Cornwell
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0943.01An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
1.0893.48The Sea by John Banville
1.0863.31The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
1.0853.28Gerald's Game by Stephen King
1.0853.79The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0813.86The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0813.73Heaven Lake by John Dalton
1.083.37The 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
1.0763.17How to Cook a Tart by Nina Killham
1.0743.5The Wrestler's Cruel Study: A Novel by Stephen Dobyns
1.0743.27Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
1.0733.72The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
1.0713.9Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0713.72Air by Geoff Ryman
1.0693.31Dreamcatcher 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
1.0653.4Blue Angel by Francine Prose
1.0653.34The Ruins by Scott Smith
1.0653.57Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
1.0643.76American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
1.0623.46The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
1.063.71The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears
1.0583.78Strangers by Dean Koontz
1.0583.62The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
1.0573.43A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
1.0563.49Love Invents Us by Amy Bloom
1.0553.54Timeline by Michael Crichton
1.0543.85Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
1.0543.96A 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
1.053.84The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You by Dorothy Bryant
1.0493.88Beloved by Toni Morrison
1.0493.76Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0483.96Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
1.0483.46Postsingular by Rudy Rucker
1.0473.62Lisey'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
1.0443.83She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
1.0433.36Tomcat in Love by Tim O'Brien
1.0423.65Insomnia by Stephen King
1.0413.54Damage by Josephine Hart
1.0393.52Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
1.0373.44The Lecturer's Tale by James Hynes
1.0363.44Tinkers by Paul Harding
1.0363.6Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
1.0363.5The Tin Can Tree by Anne Tyler
1.0333.42The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
1.0333.69The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
1.0333.16The Colorado Kid by Stephen King
1.0323.65Floating Dragon by Peter Straub
1.0313.68The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics by W. John Campbell
1.0293.36The Regulators by Richard Bachman
1.0293.97Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
1.0263.46Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.0263.82Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
1.0263.93Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0253.84Dies the Fire by S. M. Stirling
1.0253.68The Female Man by Joanna Russ
1.0253.17The Resurrectionist by Jack O'Connell
1.0213.44Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.0213.39Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror by James Hynes
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