The traditional star system is just a bit limited in what it can tell a potential reader/viewer about what someone thought of a particular story. To make things plain and simple, here’s the breakdown of my system so you can understand at a glance why a book/movie/show received a particular
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Madeleine’s Score: Enjoyed it—would watch it again (4/5 cool points) Gus is just a normal kid. He loves his dad, reading books, playing with his stuffed animal named “Dog,” and guzzling sugar. There’s just one thing… He’s part-deer. The world fell ten years ago during “The Great Crumble” when a
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey Madeleine’s Score: It was okay—wouldn’t read it again (3/5 cool points) “The burn patrols have to be really careful, because there are lots of hungries still out there. If they get your scent, they’ll follow you for a hundred miles, and
Madeleine’s Score: Made myself finish it (2/5 cool points) Welcome to New World, a recently colonized planet where all male humans and animals have “noise” that everyone can hear and see. “Noise” is comprised of a man’s innermost thoughts, which appear in both audio and visual forms around his head at
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher Madeleine’s Score: Enjoyed it—would read it again (4/5 cool points) “…if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you. If we’re not loyal to the things we love, what’s the
Madeleine’s Score: Loved it—telling everyone about it! (5/5 cool points) A Quiet Place is in my top five favorite post-apocalyptic movies of all time, and because A Quiet Place: Part II heads to theaters at the end of May 2021, it seemed an excellent choice for my first movie review.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Madeleine’s Score: It was okay—wouldn’t read it again (3/5 cool points) It’s the end of the world as we know it, all thanks to a new strand of swine flu that takes people out in a number of hours. Now, fifteen years later,
Bird Box by Josh Malerman Madeleine’s Score: It was okay—wouldn’t read it again (3/5 cool points) Malorie is pregnant and finds herself suddenly alone in a world where people are dying just by looking at mysterious creatures who have taken up residence on Earth. We see her in the present
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan Madeleine’s Score: It was okay—wouldn’t read it again (3/5 cool points) First, I must admit that I didn’t look into this book before reading it. I was simply drawn in by the GORGEOUS cover and the fact that it was about dragons.
Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey Madeleine’s Score: Enjoyed it—would read it again (4/5 cool points) When one considers the origin of this book, that it began its life as a serial novel, it’s hard not to be impressed by it. Hugh Howey crafted an intriguing world that has the potential