- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: DK Publishing; 1st edition (October 19, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756655498
- ISBN-13: 978-0756655495
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.1 x 12.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Halo Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Halo Universe Hardcover – October 19, 2009
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For the hard core, mildly obsessive lovers of all things Halo there's new material here to spur discussions while walking paper routes with friends or arguing in dorm halls. Be warned that it draws heavily from the fiction and backstory already published in the licensed novels of the Halo universe. (The author of the encyclopedia is also the author of one the novels.) There are new nuggets here and there so Halo scholars will have new things to ponder. With detail dripping off of every page it can be mildly overwhelming to those just dipping their toe in the water but pictures go a long way to breaking up the text.
For the more casual Halo fan the book offers deeper glimpses into what goes on behind the scenes without completely tearing down the curtain. Humor goes is applied in the right spots to break the sometimes serious tone of the plight of humanity as it faces extinction before the Covenant. (There's a wickedly funny exploration of Grunt strategy that's someone what Sun Tzu like.) It's easy to explore as much as you want without feeling overwhelmed and that's a good median for casual enthusiasts.
This is a lot of book for it's current price on Amazon. Expect people who receive this on Christmas to curl up on the couch at some point and not want to be disturbed for a while.Read more ›
Don't go too far into that though - I am [admittedly] a giant Halo nerd who has the fan website, on forums, and constantly debates with friends regarding minute details and dark corners of the franchise. This book, however, does not go into the level of detail I was hoping for in a lot of categories. It has pretty visuals, some new concept art, but it just sometimes slaps a few text blocks of commonly-known facts about something without creative insight. Some of the entries (the engineers for one) almost word for word copied and pasted from the Halo Beastarium that came with Halo 3, and if you feel like you know a lot about the Halo Universe, this feeling will become quite common the more pages you turn.
On a side note: this book is somewhat difficult to read in a plane - it is almost too wide to fully open up. But that's a great thing when reading in my living room.
I have to give this 5 stars simply because of the craft and history involved and because of what another reviewer stated - all the years of work put in here would be a shame to see anything less. It IS nearly complete of facts *near*the time of Halo 3: ODST coming out, but offers relatively little NEW information beyond that. Don't hope for Reach spoilers.
I gasped the first time I read this foreword and in that seemingly endless pause for breath, I realized that oxygen was a pitiful replacement for the atmosphere of wonder within those all-too brief paragraphs. These heights, they dizzy us.
Read this, or choke on the wan, thin air of lower literature.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good general information on the Halo universe. Artwork was good.
However, if you are Halo fan, nothing new here.
Extremely happy with this item. Came fast and was basically brand new. Amazing product and a must have for halo fansPublished 6 months ago by Tagon Davis
This is a must have for any crazy Halo fan like me. I can't get enough Halo. I love the store have all the books art work, and buy as much Halo things as I can. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Juan L.Garcia
Good present for a teenage boy. There's tons of info in this book about the halo universe.Published 7 months ago by Amber h.
Came here quick and clean.It`s a great book for anyone looking into the details of characters in the halo franchise.Published 10 months ago by teresa campbell