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Reading Rainbow All the Way Across the Sky


Black Six

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So I finished Ghosts of Onyx last night and First Strike a couple days before that. It makes me sad that Eric Nylund hasn't written any more full-length novels since then, I really loved his take on the Halo universe. He's great at creating characters you actually care about and seems to have a good grasp of military lingo and tactics (not that I know from experience, but what he says seems plausible and doesn't completely conflict with the many former and active servicemen I've interacted with). Nylund is also able to go into the full-on scifi aspect too, when it comes to the Forerunners and what they left behind.

 

Tonight I'll be starting Contact Harvest. I recall enjoying it and the deeper look into Sergeant Johnson it provides, but honestly I'm looking past that and The Cole Protocol and onto Evolutions and then the newer books I haven't read yet. But there's lots of pages between me and those.

 

I really hope I can keep up this pace of two books per week, but I'm sure something is going to come up that will keep me from that. Still lots of time until November 6th though.

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Hmmm. I have been really thinking about getting into the Halo books. Is there an order to them? I had Ghost of Onyx on audio book and loved it. I was half way through it and it got deleted.

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The order for the first few is:

  1. The Fall of Reach
  2. The Flood
  3. First Strike
  4. Ghosts of Onyx

 

From a publishing perspective, the next was Contact Harvest, which is a prequel detailing humanity's first contact with the Covenant. Then came Cole Protocol, which is another prequel focusing on Preston Cole. Halo: Evolutions is a collection of short stories taking place at various times and places. Cryptum was next and is a prequel focusing on the Forerunners. Glasslands apparently picks up where Ghosts of Onyx left off and would be the next 'main' book I suppose. Primordium is the next book in the Forerunner prequels and The Thursday War is the followup to Glasslands which will be released next month.

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The order for the first few is:

  1. The Fall of Reach
  2. The Flood
  3. First Strike
  4. Ghosts of Onyx

From a publishing perspective, the next was Contact Harvest, which is a prequel detailing humanity's first contact with the Covenant. Then came Cole Protocol, which is another prequel focusing on Preston Cole. Halo: Evolutions is a collection of short stories taking place at various times and places. Cryptum was next and is a prequel focusing on the Forerunners. Glasslands apparently picks up where Ghosts of Onyx left off and would be the next 'main' book I suppose. Primordium is the next book in the Forerunner prequels and The Thursday War is the followup to Glasslands which will be released next month.

 

Are they all released by different authors?

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The Fall of Reach, First Strike, and Ghosts of Onyx at by Eric Nylund.

Cryptum and Primordium are by Greg Bear.

Glasslands and The Thursday War are by Karen Traviss.

The Flood is by William C. Dietz.

Contact Harvest is by Joe Staten.

The Cole Protocol is by Tobias Buckell.

Evolutions is by various authors (including some of the above).

 

All were supervised by Bungie or 343 Industries and are fairly consistent with the facts of the Halo universe.

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That's awesome, Andrew!! Reading books is amazing, especially doing so so frequently! I'm trying to read a book a week myself, but I'm getting slightly behind right now because I'm making my way through the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, which in addition to being very long is also very dense haha (and, y'know, that thing called school also gets in the way sometimes haha). But I'll catch up!

 

Have fun reading! =]

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Well, I finished Contact Harvest a couple weeks ago. I had tried reading it over the summer, then my interest in reading declined. I came back to it later and I can truly say I liked it. :P

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Hey Andrews, I just want you to know, you should each trade your book series with each other and read those too.

 

Just for how novel of an idea that would be.

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Haha, I've got one of those eventual to-read lists myself...I feel like I'll never get through the list in my life.

 

But the ASoIaF series is definitely amazingly well-written and extremely enjoyable; I'm sure you'll enjoy it when you get around to it! In the meantime, good luck on your current goal!

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Black Six is a Halo fan too? AWESOME! Are you going to read the Forerunner books? I haven't, at least not yet, but they all seem so good.

 

As for killing time, there is something I do, take all of my Halo games and play them in order of when they take place in the Halo universe (currently I am still on 2).

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Black Six is a Halo fan too? AWESOME! Are you going to read the Forerunner books? I haven't, at least not yet, but they all seem so good.

 

As for killing time, there is something I do, take all of my Halo games and play them in order of when they take place in the Halo universe (currently I am still on 2).

Yep, I've been loving Halo for over a decade now. I will be reading the Forerunner books, hopefully before Halo 4 comes out, possibly even starting this coming weekend!

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