Sunday, October 3, 2010

Book Buzz - Page 99 Test, Fictitious History and Alexander McCall Smith

There is a bit of buzz on the net right now about a cheeky way to quickly evaluate a book. The proponents of Page 99 Test feel that a book's essence can be determined by reading page 99.

"Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you." --Ford Madox Ford

Why not give it a try for yourself.


I recently had an interesting article forwarded to me about the accuracy of well known events in history. Check out Corrine Smith's enjoyable article, Ten Myths We Learn in History Class.


Alexander McCall Smith and the have teamed up to deliver a neat online novel. Corduroy Mansions is to be released in weekly installments, from Sept 13th to Dec 18th. The site also provides an audio book version read by Andrew Sachs. Also included is an online discussion, additional background information and an opportunity to shape the story by providing feedback to the author! This site is a great example of the added value that the Internet can bring to the reading experience.


  1. Thought you might be interested in the ORIGINAL Page 99 Test...and the Page 69 Test.

  2. Hi - Thanks for posting about Page 99 Test. The site you link to is actually a blog that's been around for a while... vs the interactive site that owns/uses the "Page99Test" logo you show in your post.

    Just in case people are interested in participating in the test socially, they can visit us at

    BTW, we're Canadian, too! Just on the opposite side of the country in Victoria.