I just finished listening to Ender’s Game via audiobook (my older followers may remember that it’s the only medium I have the time I can set aside to reading books lately) when it hit me. I have no idea how to rate Ender’s Game. It’s certainly not a 9 in my opinion. But it’s certainly closer to a 9 than it is to an 8. If I gave Ender’s Game a 9/10, it’d be the 3rd of 4 novels I’d have given a 9/10. And that’s just silly, frankly. Sure, there are plenty of 9s out there, and perhaps I am picking and choosing my books from the top of the barrel, but really – it makes my rating scale seem flawed, and makes my ability to critique seem equally so.
If I were to rate my blog, remain completely unbiased and highly self-critical, I’d have given myself about a 7/10. Hopefully I’m my own worst critic. A big issue that I had with the blog was the rating scale. Rarely did I feel that my own scores reflected the true quality of the works I reviewed. Now, instead of a ten-point rating scale (7/10), it’ll be a hundred-point rating scale (7.7). Now that I’m changing things up slightly I think I’ll be more confident in my ability to rate properly, more effectively. I have no plans to go back and edit past ratings on my reviews.
My review of Ender’s Game will be fotthcoming, my first to really benefit from the new system. What would you rate Geekritique?