He applied “the Page 69 Test” and “the Page 99 Test” to his new novel, Sly Mongoose, and reported the following:
Watch the video trailer for Sly Mongoose.Page 99 is a blank page between the 'parts' of my book, so I certainly hope not! LOL.The pg 99 test -- Is Ford Madox Ford's statement "Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you," accurate for your book?The pg 69 test -- is it representative of the rest of the book? would a reader skimming that page be inclined to read on?
I think that page 69 would a be a good page. On this page one of my main characters, Pepper, is in a room full of people aboard a spaceship full of people getting infected by some sort of virus. One of the infected tries to break through a door and attack the people hiding away, and it's a tense situation. Hopefully people would be compelled to read on!
Learn more about the book and author at Tobias Buckell's website and his blog.