Two posts from the good folks at the Page 69 Test and EWN. In case you don’t know what the Page 69 test is:
Marshall McLuhan, the guru of The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962), recommends that the browser turn to page 69 of any book and read it. If you like that page, buy the book. It works. Rule One, then: browse powerfully and read page 69. [Campaign for the American Reader]
The Page 69 Test
The thing I was most afraid of was this: that my page 69 would be blank. Lucky for me, it’s page 70 that’s got nothing on it.
Page 69 is a short one, with just a single paragraph, but it serves a crucial purpose: a transition point to bring the reader back to the central characters of the novel, the Kims.
Emerging Writers Network
Tuesday should see piles of Sung J. Woo’s debut novel, Everything Asian Woo (2009, Thomas Dunne Books), in bookstores as it hits its publishing date. I’ve not read the whole thing yet, but can say that I’m about 1/3 of the way through and enjoying it enough to be pretty sure I’ll have it finished up before that pub date hits.