Many people have complained about the scoring system over the years, yet the majority of people seems to feel that it's the only way to really differentiate which works I enjoyed the most out of all the books I've read. Having said that, no scoring system is perfect, and the same goes for mine. But I think (and I may be wrong) that overall it works reasonably well.
Unless you're new around here, or unless you don't pay attention, you should know that since the David Bilsborough review I vowed to never again read a book which I felt would get less than 7/10. The amount of time I can devote to reading is limited, and thus precious to me. So I'll never waste time on a bad book anymore. The only exception since then has been Jack Vance's Dying Earth omnibus, and that's because I lost that bet with GRRM.
As most of you should be aware, 7.5/10 is my threshold for a "good" novel. Anything over that mark means that it's a high quality work. Yet some bemoan the fact that few books get better marks. I'm not calling anyone a chump here, but during my years in Law School few papers and exams get a mark higher than 75%. The GPA in Law is less than 70% in most classes. You need to come up with something good indeed to warrant 80% or more. So this is more or less the approach I have here when I review a work. Unless it's an exceptional year for SFF, I feel it's normal that only a handful of titles merit a mark of 8/10 or more. Then again, I'm a dumbass and could be full of shit. . . For instance, I remember people bitching on message boards when they felt that my mark for Joe Abercrombie's Best Served Cold seemed too low. They felt that it deserved a perfect 10/10 or close to it. And yet, giving it a 10/10 would have meant that I put it on par with GRRM's A Storm of Swords. I mean, I love Joe and thoroughly enjoyed his latest, but it's not in the same league as A Storm of Swords. But I digress. . .
The whole point of this post has to do with the fact that I've received a shitload of emails complaining about the fact that I don't mark the Japanese animated features that I've been reviewing these last couple of weeks. And these people are trying to judge which ones I've enjoyed the most so they can give them a shot. Since I've mentioned that I've basically liked them all, they can't figure out which one comes out on top of the list.
Here's the list of those I've seen thus far:
So if my scoring system is inherently flawed and obsolete, it should be a piece of cake to find out which one I enjoyed the most, right!?! If anyone can put these titles in the right order, from the best to the one I least enjoyed before I leave for work this afternoon, I'll throw in a couple of books as a prize.=)
Sounds easy, right? But you'll see it's a lot more difficult than it appears. . .