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Halo: Glasslands Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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“Halo: Glasslands is a fantastic addition to the Halo universe, and is a stand-out military science fiction novel in and of itself.” ―SF Signal
“Karen Traviss does an excellent job writing for the Halo universe, she creates believable human and alien characters.” ―Jay Cormier, Examiner.com
About the Author
#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, screenwriter and comics author KAREN TRAVISS has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, as well as regularly hitting the bestseller lists with her Star Wars, Gears of War, and Halo work. She was also lead writer on the 2011 blockbuster game Gears of War 3. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England.
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This book takes 464 pages to turn the Spartan 2 warriors into psychological wrecks, past heroes and heroines into criminals and set up a revolution within the former covenant forces so another book can be written to get more money from loyal readers. I am totally disappointed.
Just a note: Sixteen of the 4 and 5 star reviews are by first time reviewers. In addition thirteen of the 4 and 5 star reviews are by reviewers who have posted only 2 reviews. The numbers are pumped up to make a bad book look good. Save your money!
First off, the character's monologues (mainly Halsey's) are so painful to read, it reminds me of something you'd find in some over emotional, slightly paranoid teenager's journal entries. Some of the writing confused me at times, take for example this oddity written when a spartan and ODST try to awkwardly communicate."Everyone in uniform griped all the time. It was one of those fundamental things that bonded ships and armies. When the griping stopped, officers worried." Oh so every UNSC soldier just needs to gripe and moan as much as Dr.Halsey does about everything and morale will be through the roof! C'mon, these are tough as nails, highly trained soldiers, they bond through thrills and kills not freaking gossiping.
There are also way too many stories going on at one time and none of them feel fleshed out. The only character that I felt got the most treatment was Dr. Halsey, and it wasn't good. Halsey goes from a motherly-genius-professional to a whiny-emo-hopeless-wreck. Traviss does this overly-used-odd-description-thing-with-dashes that was getting old a quarter of the way through the book.
Now, Karen Travis's isn't a terrible writer, but I feel that her style is not fit for the Halo franchise. I bought the book after reading Ghosts of Onyx, like right after, because I just had to know what happens next. Well let me tell you what happens, a whole lotta nothing, oops spoilers.
I didn't like how there was SO much hate towards Catherine Halsey for no apparent reason, and when I say hate I'm being nice. How could a woman who was smart enough to make the SPARATN-II program and always had a problem dealing with what she did in past books all of a sudden break down and just start thinking how evil she is? And Mendez is all of a sudden a huge enemy of hers, from where in the lore is that from? And I don't know if it was just me or intended but there are A LOT of "female" issues in the book that seemed kind of interesting (the Elite women) and the over the top, Osman and her constant whining about her past.
The hate towards Halsey really got ridiculous I think. never before has she been represented as such a monster who everybody hated. Many people in the books portrayed her as a bitch but not a heartless women who killed and ate children. I mean...she created the SPARATN-IIs who saved the ENTIRE human species and now after its all over EVERYBODY hates her? What??
If you love reading every halo book then get it, I did. It was all right and a good way to pass time and learn some things you didn't know before. The book also takes you away from the frontlines of the games and other books and goes "behind the scenes" with covert missions to disrupt the fractured Covenant.