The Page 69 Test: The Nightmare Thief

The Page 69 Test is so called because Marshall McLuhan suggested that you should choose your reading by turning to page 69 of a book and, if you like it, read it. And now The Nightmare Thief is subjected to the Page 69 Test:

“In The Nightmare Thief, an ‘urban reality game’ goes wrong and traps a group of college students in the Sierra Nevada wilderness, fighting for survival along with series heroine Jo Beckett. The novel’s a thriller: it features action, life-and-death danger, and relentless killers hunting down injured innocents.

“And that’s what you’ll find on Page 69.”

You can find out what else I said here.

One response to “The Page 69 Test: The Nightmare Thief

  1. In no way whatsoever am I disparaging Mr. McLuhan’s “Page 69 Test” – it’s as good a way as any to find good fiction and new writers.

    My method differs somewhat. On my way to finding new (to me) writers, I start with my favorite writers’ recommendation. It’s kind of a cool ripple effect. When Stephen King was writing his column at Entertainment Weekly, he was a great source for book recommendations. That how I found out about John Connolly and our own Meg O’Death. I read “China Lake” in one frantic/sleepless sitting. Since then, I’ve been hooked. I discovered George Pelecanos’ stuff while reading an interview with Dennis Lehane. A literary chain reaction.

    Meg is also kind enough to provide excellent recommendations several times per year. (see post below) It was from Meg that I found out about Jeff Abbott, Sharon Kendrick and others.

    My fellow commenters on this blog have also provided top-notch recommendations. If memory serves, I believe I found out about Steig Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy right here.

    Call it the digital version of ‘word of mouth’…whatever it is, it’s worked well for me. My ‘to-be-read’ pile looks like it has some winners in it. I always give a book a chance – not just a page.

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