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Controversial Books

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
1.1033.8How to cure a fanatic by Amos Oz
1.0553.3Fury by Salman Rushdie
1.0483.33Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas
0.9913.84Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
0.9823.68Money by Martin Amis
0.9763.9Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
0.9723.64Ring by Koji Suzuki
0.9543.84A Simple Plan by Scott Smith
0.9493.62Spiral by Koji Suzuki
0.9413.89What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
0.9253.73Godless by Pete Hautman
0.9183.88Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn
0.9083.76Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg
0.9064.06Children of the Arbat by Anatoli Rybakov
0.9033.58Loop by Koji Suzuki
0.9013.74Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
0.94.03Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant
0.8994.14Caesar and Christ by Will Durant
0.8983.78Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
0.8833.43Watchman by Ian Rankin
0.8823.74The White Lioness by Henning Mankell
0.8714.02No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
0.8714.04The Life of Greece by Will Durant
0.874.02The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
0.8583.84A Perfect Spy by John le Carré
0.8464.03Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
0.8453.99A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
0.8364.16Short History of Nearly Everything, A by Bill Bryson
0.8333.56Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin
0.8283.91Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
0.8273.63The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell
0.8243.69The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell
0.8243.41The Bat by Jo Nesbo
0.823.51The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg
0.8193.75Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
0.8193.68Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes by Mark Bittman
0.8064.15The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
0.8053.81The Devil You Know by Mike Carey
0.7994.4A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
0.7953.9The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell
0.7933.87Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
0.7844.13The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
0.7794.13The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
0.7364.46A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
0.7244.35A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
0.7183.63The Pyramid: And Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries by Henning Mankell
0.6753.92Heist Society by Ally Carter
0.6634.18The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
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