An article about why books that are almost great are needed and are important. Makes sense to me, but I think the author goes a bit far. "Any number of contemporary works fall into this category. They can be culled from genre writing, including horror, science fiction, outside action-adventure writing, serious biography and narrative history, and a form currently dubbed "chick lit" (the last usually qualifying as descendants of works by Jane Austen or the Brontës )."
I don't know that I'd include all that, but time will tell. I think the key to determining the great and the "almost-great", is time. The great books stand the test of time.