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Halo: Cryptum: Book One of the Forerunner Saga Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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“Bear takes a profound and unusual approach to hard SF.” ―Los Angeles Times
“Bear is one of our very best.” ―New York Daily News
“If anyone is the complete master of the grand scale SF novel, it's Bear.” ―Booklist
“Bear, who's won two Hugos and four Nebulas, should rack up nominations if not wins for this one as well.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Slant--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
In what reads like a last confession, Bear puts the reader in the shoes of Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting, a rebellious young Manipular who will advance to become a Builder, one who will be responsible for the grandest of Forerunner constructs. His journey rapidly morphs into one on which hinges the fate of the Forerunner civilization and galactic life itself. Bear draws his characters from the Terminals found on the Ark in Halo 3- Mendicant Bias, the Didact, and the Librarian all make appearances- and helps to put those in context, along with astonishing revaluations about the origin and history of humanity and the Prophets (San 'Shyuum as they are referred to in the novel) their earlier interactions with the Forerunners, and the origins of the Flood.
It's nice to have a non-militarySF take on the Halo universe, and doubly so to have that voice be Greg Bear's. Anyone who wants to get started on what's looking to be an excellent trilogy would be well-served to pick up this book.
As a novel on its own merits, good but not great. As part 1 of a scifi opera, a very auspicious beginning. If you're a fan of Halo's fiction, this is the payoff to your dedication and the best reason thus for why we do what we do. With any luck part 2 will be something akin to Empire Strikes Back in its personal grandeur. I'm of the opinion Bear has the talent.
I was immediately at home with the writing. Like many of Bear's books, the story unfolds without much explanation, you're instantly immersed in the world. Despite knowing a fair amount about the Halo universe, most everything in this book was new to me. It's set well before the Halo games, and has more to do with the Forerunners and the Precursors than anything else. These races are almost mythical in the game, discussed only tangentially.
The story unfolds through the eyes of a young forerunner, eager to explore the universe for reasons of his own. Although it starts a little slowly, this lets you get at least a preliminary bearing in the universe. From there the story unfolds, and the relevance to the Halo universe becomes more clear.
I found the characters interesting, as well as the technology, and the mythology of the universe. The story unfolds in a way which almost makes me forget it's based on the Halo game universe. To me, this is a Good thing.
If you're not a fan of immersive science fiction (jumping straight into the universe without much in the way of explanations), this will probably be a hard read for you. If you DO like that sort of fiction, however, and you like Bear's other works, you'll be in heaven. And, even if you hate Halo, if you're a fan of some of Bear's other works, I suspect you will be quite happy to read this book.
Personally, I loved it and I'm happy we own a copy!
i would highly recommend this book to sci-fi fans in general and halo fans if you are interested in the lore.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I give it 4 out of 5 stars because the story was a little hard to follow in places. I will say the I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Read morePublished 12 days ago by T. Swiontek
If you are a lover of Halo then this series is a good read for you. it gives background and sheds light on to why there are no forerunners left and how it came to be that way. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Scotty Bowers
We've always wondered about the Forerunners ever since the terminals of Halo 3. Now, we're finally able to get some answers and insight.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is the first book in a series of stories that explores the Halo universe lore. Who were these races that came before humans rose prominently on the scene? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reasonable Reviewer
This is book 1 of a 3 part mini-series which is a prequel to the Halo series of books.Published 2 months ago by Aaron D
Book arrived in the mail earlier than estimated. Product was exactly as described. Very satisfied with my purchase.Published 2 months ago by Joshua Dice