To Prologue or Not to Prologue

Tor has a long-standing habit of releasing the Prologue to the next Wheel of Time book in advance of the book’s actual pub date, as a teaser for what’s to come. I read those from (I think) A Crown of Swords through Crossroads of Twilight, then stopped because I wasn’t going to touch the series until the end was in sight. And when I came back, I just read the books themselves; no need to play teaser games with the Prologues.

But now, at last, I’m caught up, and the final book hasn’t yet come out. So I put it to you, my blog readership:

0 Responses to “To Prologue or Not to Prologue”

  1. desperance

    You could write your own prologue, anticipating how you think the series ought to end? In your, y’know. Copious free time.

    (Personally, I never touch sample chapters of books I know I’m going to read; I want the whole thing, not a taster. And I never touch sample chapters of books I don’t know I’m going to read, because I might want to read on, and then I’m stranded; or else I might not want to, and then I’ve wasted time. I am … not the ideal market, for the sampler industry.)

  2. Anonymous

    Pre-Release material

    Tor also released Chapter 1, audio of chapter 2, and part of chapter 11 (that doesn’t spoil any of chapters 3-10) on its web site. I can post links to them here if you’d like, but I wouldn’t recommend reading them unless you read the prologue first.

  3. Marie Brennan

    Re: Pre-Release material

    Heh. Nah, if I do this, it will be as one last hurrah for my high school/early college experience of reading the Prologues; I don’t need to go beyond that.

  4. iopgod

    I have been suckered in to buying the prologue a couple of times… they have been disappointing, unnecessarily torture inducing, and, given that you get the *whole book* in a couple of weeks anyway, a waste of money.

  5. Marie Brennan

    Oh, phooey. I didn’t know that. (I thought I’d read the WH prologue, but I certainly didn’t buy it; maybe I was wrong about the reading.)

    Well. I’ll have to reconsider, then.

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