Review Scores

As you (oh fictional, hypothetical, imaginary reader) might have noticed, I’ve been reviewing some books here. I thought it would be good to compile them, while there’s still few enough that that’s not a problem. I’m not going to list all my scores for all of them, however, as that would be too dull. Instead, I’m going to list the best so far for each category of score, and then list them all by overall ranking.

The idea behind the individual scores is to help people know what type of book something is, and to find books high on things that matter to them. I’ve got seven criteria – the excitement, the emotion, the thought-provoking-ness, the beauty, the sheer craft, the likelihood that I might curl up with the book for a comforting/enjoyable read, and the originality of the book. The individual scores will list all the 5/5 scores in red bold; where there isn’t yet a 5/5, I’ll put the highest scoring book in bold italics:

Adrenaline: Legend, Fatherland

Emotion: Legend, Shardik

Thought: A Canticle for Leibowitz

Beauty: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Shardik, Dhalgren

Craft: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Fatherland

Endearingness: Dark Heart (looks embarrassed)

Originality:. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Shardik, Dhalgren

The overall scores I’m listing by category, ordered internally by composite scores, which I don’t bother mentioning:

Brilliant: —

Very Good: A Canticle for Leibowitz

Good: Shardik, Dhalgren, Fatherland

Not That Bad, Really: Legend

Bad, But With Some Redeeming Features: Dark Heart

Really, Honestly, Completely Bad: —

So Bad It’s Physically Painful: —


3 thoughts on “Review Scores

  1. miekko says:

    I intend to read the high-scoring ones soon; my queue of unread books is dwindling, so I could just as well add those to the end of it.

  2. vacuouswastrel says:

    Pleased to be of service, Miek. Though I should point out that these are only books I’ve read while I’ve been reviewing things – there are other books that would probably score higher that I haven’t reread yet.

  3. vacuouswastrel says:

    Oh, and I’m sorry I’ve not been keeping in contact with you, btw. I’m not ignoring you – I’ve just not had anything happen in my life that’s worth e-mailing people about. Hopefully this will change soon. Hope all’s well your end.

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