Writing style of Issola

Tue Feb 11 21:59:38 PST 2003

On Tue, 2003-02-11 at 13:04, Chris Turkel wrote:
> On Tuesday, February 11, 2003, at 03:38 PM, Mark Tiller wrote:
> > Did anybody else notice that Issola was written with a certain nod
> > towards television.  One of the things struck me was the habit SKZB had
> > in the book of putting a dramatic line or paragraph right at the end of
> > a chapter as a TV Show would just before an ad break.

> I didn't really pick that up but that kind of style is sometimes good 
> for grabbing the reader and driving the book forward. I call those 
> "chapter cliff hangers"; if you want to know what happens, read on!

You can see it in *really* old writing, like in the Chinese classic,
"Outlaws of the Water Margin"; I think it originates in storytellers
who are sitting around in teahouses with an implicit "if you want
to find out what happens next, buy the storyteller a meal!"
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