Is It a Good Book? Take the page 99 Test!

11 Oct

Ever wish you had a shortcut to help you decide whether to read a particular book?  Sometimes a book jacket blurbs will sound great, but after a chapter or two you find you’re not really into the story after all?  Or the book starts out fantastically, but then gradually seems to fizzle out?  Take the page 99 test instead! Author Ford Madox Ford recommends instead that readers “open the book to page ninety-nine and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you”.

A new website,, launches next month to test that premise. It will offer (courageous) authors and aspiring authors the chance to upload the 99th pages of their works and invite readers to comment on whether they would buy, or like to read, the rest.

So what do YOU think?  Try the page 99 test on something you’re planning to read, and then when you’re done with the book, decide if this shortcut really does work– and then leave a comment below and let US know!


One Response to “Is It a Good Book? Take the page 99 Test!”

  1. Marshal Zeringue October 18, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    You might be interested in the original Page 99 Test blog (and its elder sister, The Page 69 Test).


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