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Offline Lanko

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Re: Prologues
« Reply #75 on: August 10, 2017, 02:22:20 AM »

Everything else... Kingkiller. Okay, here's an epic story about fighting for survival against these evil... Oh wait. Back up. Let's here a story from the past from an arrogant asshole. The tone shifted, the narration shifted, and the entire story changed. That is exactly how not to do a prologue. Another book I put down recently, can't remember the name, shows me this person torturing a guy. Then in chapter one, that guy shows up out of prison, and the villain seems pretty... Irrelevant up to chapter 5. I didn't read past then. Here's a dark story about evil people torturing... Nope. Sorry. Change up. Ugh.

Well, that's a curious one. I can't count the number of people who got said they hooked to Name of the Wind because of the prologue. I haven't read the book, but ended up reading the prologue and indeed agree I never saw or thought silence could be described in that manner.
Apparently the story in the prologue is supposed to be tied up at some point later in the series? However, pretty much every reader I've talked to has said that the ending of book two is not even close to coming back to the prologue so... Meh.

Ah, I see. Yea, from the little I know of the story, the prologue is Kvothe after he killed a king and even in book two that seems extremely far from happenning apparently.

What I meant was how the prose was used to enrapture the reader through the use of language, since I think chapter one was Kvothe serving a bunch of guys, not exactly the most exciting thing.
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Re: Prologues
« Reply #76 on: August 12, 2017, 06:28:04 PM »
Yeah, the writing totally shifts from the prologue to chapter one, which was also jarring. And then it became a game of "do you know as many words in the dictionary as I do?"