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Halo Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Halo Universe Hardcover – September 19, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: DK; Exp Rev edition (September 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756688698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756688691
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Oozelle on January 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Halo Encyclopedia is a great collection of facts of the Halo Universe from the first game up until Halo Wars. It goes into great detail about people, ships, planets and almost every other aspect of the universe. This book is a great way for people to learn more about Halo, for the casual player who wants to know more, to the hardcore detail oriented people.

However, there are a great number of errors in the Encyclopedia, many of which even a casual fan will notice. Often these errors are simply mislabeling the top of a starship as the bottom, or labeling the front of a vehicle as the back. However, some of the errors are more serious. For example, the Encyclopedia states the Miranda Keyes was killed by the Brutes guarding the Prophet of Truth, when in fact it was Truth himself who killed her. There are other such errors in the book. I felt that the number of errors was disappointing for a book that claims to be the "Definitive Guide" of the Halo universe.

Overall, it is a great collection of Halo facts and trivia, but anyone who buys it should be careful about the errors and fact check some of the contents of the book. I enjoy reading it to this day, and update it regularly with new information, but as a heavy Halo fan, the errors were a slight turn off.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's great that they fixed all the major errors from the first edition of the encyclopedia and replaced a lot of the images with better quality ones from Reach. But there still seems to be a lack of effort in some areas. My big problem with the book is that the info was not thoroughly updated. I noticed the ship section in particular does not include any of the ships or ship classes introduced in Reach except for the Sabre and that space station, which are on new pages. No Night of Solace, UNSC Savannah, or any of those listed anywhere in the book as far as I can see. For whatever reason, they left out a number of the Covenant weapons from Reach as well. I also noticed that i343 seems to be entirely ignoring the revelations in Greg Bear's Forerunner Saga. I'd still say it's a pretty good reference book and more or less worth getting at Amazon's price if you're a Halo fan, more so if you haven't purchased the previous edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wolfgirl811 on January 31, 2013
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If your looking for more information about the Halo universe, this is the book to get!
Ever since I played Halo 2 I was hooked to its story. And I wanted to know more about their earth, how the Spartans came to be, how did the Covenant start, what types of armor etc. The list goes on. I've played all the games ( except ODST didn't care for it much) and was smitten with Halo 4. Now this book only goes up to Halo: Reach which should be expected because this book came out during that game so. The pictures are beautiful! one picture in particular took my breath away which consisted of Master Chief and Arbiter. Either way, if your in love with Halo and need to get a fix, this book needs to be on your shelf NOW!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LuvTOOread on May 6, 2012
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I bought this for my 11 year old grandson and he "loved it". He spends hours pouring over the bright covered pictures and learning everything "Halo". It is a big heavy book. The illustrations and pictures and very good and paper quality is excellent. I would recommend to anyone looking for a special gift for some one who enjoys this game.
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This item is amazing! When I got it in the mail, it was actually bigger and heavier than I originally expected. The artwork is amazing and the text isn't hard to read at all. If you have read any of the novels, it mainly connects the novels to the game series and clears up any questions that you may have about the saga. I did think it was very short for an encyclopedia. If you really want to know everything about Halo from this book, you can literally sit and read the whole thing from beginning to end in about 2 hours. Well worth the money and I hope they continue to update as more Halo games are released!
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By K. Camacho on December 30, 2011
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I bought this book for my son who is a huge Halo fan. I almost bought the edition before this one but I saw this edition and got it instead because it contained some of the newer Halo game info. It contains a huge amount of information about the characters, vehicles, weapons, etc. in the games and it also tells you different things like nicknames and special units. I would highly recommend this book for any die hard Halo fan, as it provides useful information on the Halo universe.
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By ScaryKlown on February 21, 2014
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I bought this for my nephew for Xmas. He's a big Halo fan so I thought it would be something he might pick up later in the day once things calmed down and he'd played some of his new Xbox games. Boy, was I wrong! He sat in the corner with this book for almost an hour and had to almost be dragged back to open more presents. The graphics/artwork in the book are so gorgeous, I even bought one for myself once I saw his.
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By ManZilla on May 3, 2013
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Bought this as a gift for a friend. Both of us are big fans of the series. Makes an excellent coffee table book. Very big, nice illustrations and information that was new to me.

My friend really like it and I thought it was such a good gift a bought another for a 2nd friends birthday.

Now if only someone would buy me one...
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