Page 99 Test
Pick a book you have not yet read, turn to page 99 and read that page. Then you give a synopsis of that page and tell us if, based only on that page, would you want to read this book?
To get the best gist of the Page 99 Test, I went “off list” to pick something that I hadn’t already started reading or wasn’t non-fiction or an anthology. My pick is:
The Spirit Cabinet by Paul Quarrington
Synopsis of page 99:
Dieter, as he finishes teaching (presumably) Jurgen a card trick, points out that people are generally not very intelligent.
The scene shifts to Jurgen doing the card trick his grandmother, a frail, old woman who will humor her grandson. While she does seem to have all her faculties intact, she doesn’t quite seem to see the point of doing the trick. When Jurgen instructs Oma to pick a card, she asks, “Will it be very painful?”
Unfortunately, by the end of the page, Jurgen is already having difficulties remembering the next part of the trick.
Based on pg. 99, would I read this book?
The writing is light and moves along at a good pace. Card tricks, I like. I also like the trio of characters that this page presents: Dieter and Oma as opposite ends of a spectrum with Jurgen in the middle. I would expect this to be the primary set up for the character of Jurgen.
I’d read it!