Similar to what Hugh Cambridge
suggested, I think simply replacing the phrase "above average" with "very good" would be sufficient and wouldn't really mess up Sho's system significantly.
Maybe people shouldn't worry so much about the names and just treat it as a 1- to 5-star rating system, or an A-B-C-D-F grading scale. Personally I don't see why "above average" and "very good" can't be synonymous or at least overlapping.
I think they do overlap, but the former sounds a bit like damnation with faint praise. And I think, for the most part, people do
treat them like a five-star system, but often qualify their four-star rating as not intended to be a "diss."
As for the OP's question, I had to go back and review what was released here
- The Rings of Time
- That Which Divides
- Destiny omnibus
- Storming Heaven
- Forgotten History
- Plagues of Night
- Raise the Dawn
- The Assassination Game
- Fallen Gods
- The Eternal Tide
- In Tempest's Wake
- The Persistance of Memory
- Silent Weapons
- The Body Electric
- Federation: The First 150 Years
- 12 IDW Star Trek Ongoing comics (1 per month)
I haven't read all of these, but I've read many, and, while there are indeed a couple that fall flat, there are many more that are great and a few that are among my favorite works of TrekLit yet. So I've voted outstanding/five-stars/A/wicked pissah.