I avoid quantitative ratings in my comments/reviews in favor of gut reactions, but rating books on Shelfari has lessened my resistance somewhat. I still don't like trying to stick numbers on art, but just for the sake of mixing things up a bit, I'm going to try including a rating scale on these weekly reviews. I'll use a ten point system with decimal points to narrow things down. Don't take it too seriously, though. I just type numbers in until it feels right.
1 is Dismal, 10 Outstanding and 11 is Star Trek Destiny.
- Seize the Fire, Michael A. Martin. 6.8
- Rough Beasts of Empire, David R. George III 8.2
- The Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell. 9.5
- Over the Hills, 7.7
- In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson. 9.0 . I haven't done full comments on this yet, though I finished it Monday night. I wanted to delay it until well after the annual review was up.
This next week's potentials...
- The Evolution of God, Robert Wright. I am halfway through and generally enjoying it with the occasional caveat.
- The Age of Absurdity, Michael Foley
- Star Trek TNG: Reunion, Michael Jan Friedman -- probably. This is the original Stargazer novel, which sees Picard reunited with his old comrades. Friedman later wrote a series of books set during Picard's first years commanding it.
- Redcoat, Bernard Cornwell. I could not find the Arthurian stories series -- not a single book in it, even though they were all logged in. I got this instead.
- The Mind of Egypt, Jan Assmann