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How to read the Halo books…

…put on a self knitted wool sweater, pour yourself a steaming cup of chamomile tea, find your favorite spot on the couch…nah, of course I’m not talking about that kind of how to. When I bought my first Halo books 3 years ago, I wasn’t really sure which book to start first. I had no idea if there was a chronological order or not. All I knew was, that Fall of Reach was the most popular.

Since then I have made some research on how to read them best.

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To date we have 13 Halo novels. Halo: The Broken Circle written by John Shirley is the newest addition released in November 2014. In this book we learn more about the time before the Covenant was created. A time were Elites and Prophets were at war over different interpretations on how to use or not use old Forerunner relics.

This topic puts the book at the beginning of the chronological order, right after the Forerunner Saga and before Halo: Contact Harvest.

But first we will start with a list of the books in order of their release date:

  • 2001: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund
  • 2003 (Apr): The Flood by William C.Dietz
  • 2003 (Dec): First Strike by Eric Nylund
  • 2006: Ghosts of Onyx by Eric Nylund
  • 2007: Contact Harvest by Joseph Staten
  • 2008: The Cole Protocol by Tobias Buckell
  • 2009: Evolutions (Collection of short stories from Traviss, Nylund, Buckell or Frank O’Connor)
  • 2011(Jan): Cryptum by Greg Bear (Book 1 Forerunner Saga)
  • 2011(Oct): Glasslands by Karen Traviss (Book 1 Kilo Five Trilogy)
  • 2012 (Jan): Primordium by Greg Bear (Book 2 Forerunner Saga)
  • 2012 (Oct): Thursday War by Karen Traviss (Book 2 Kilo Five Trilogy)
  • 2013: Silentium by Greg Bear (Book 3 Forerunner Saga)
  • 2014 (Jan): Mortal Didacta by Karen Traviss (Book 3 Kilo Five Trilogy)
  • 2014 (Nov): The Broken Circle by John Shirley

The first 3 were published by Del Rey, the other ones are all published at Tor Books. The latest one The Broken Circle came out at Gallery Books. If you are a die hard Halo fan who read all the books when they came out, you’re definitely a very cool person. If you are like me, a die hard fan as well, but slowly exploring and discovering the Halo universe, you should consider reading or re reading the novels in the following order:

  1. Cryptum
  2. Primordium
  3. Silentium
  4. The Broken Circle
  5. Contact Harvest
  6. Fall of Reach
  7. Cole Protocol
  8. The Flood
  9. First Strike
  10. Ghosts of Onyx
  11. Glasslands
  12. Thursday War
  13. Mortal Didacta
  14. Evolutions (You can read these short stories at any point really. I choose to read them last.)

That is at least the order I’m going to read it in. Right now I’m at Fall of Reach. Gotta read it again, since it’s been too long. And of course I haven’t read The Broken Circle yet. Still need to purchase that book.

I began with The Forerunner Saga two years ago I think. I was very confused at first. The Saga is very different from the other books and it takes some effort to really get into the story. For me, not being a native speaker and reading it in english was very hard. All the specific terms and what not had my head spinning. But all in all I enjoyed the books. Gives you a detailed look into the mysterious Forerunners, who of course had their grand appearance in the game Halo 4. So if you want to know more about the Didact and his wife, the Librarian and the story of the Forerunners, you should definitely read the Saga.

I also really enjoyed Contact Harvest, which tells you the story of Sgt. Avery Johnson and the first human encounter with the Covenant on planet Harvest. It gives you insight on the Covenant, on how the different races live together in High Charity. You learn more about the Prophets (How Truth plotted to become the leader), about the Grunts and Jackals and the Brutes. I loved this book!

So you have books like The Flood by William C. Dietz, that follow the story of an actual Halo game. In this case Halo Combat Evolved. And you have others, most of them, who give you background info on events of one of the games or just general background info on the Halo universe. You learn so much more about the rich and fantastic story of Halo and let’s you understand the games even more. You should definitely re play the games if you read all the books. Or! Or! You could be a real crazy nerdy ass nerd and follow this particular chronological order I found here: halodiehards.net

That of course includes all the games at the right point. So you would read a few books, some not even completely, play a game in-between and then go back to the books.

I would looooove to talk to one person who has done it that way. I really would. If you are one of them, please leave a comment.

Important: Support your local bookstore. If they don’t have your book in stock they can order it for you. With the following links you can quickly find a local bookstore in the US and UK:

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And now pick up a Halo book and start reading!

The many times Halo has fucked me over. Story time

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Since the beginning of my Halo love I always wanted to write about the many, many times my favorite game has fucked me over. I cannot count how many times I didn’t get an achievement after working my ass off. Playing a level with my bf on legendary for example and after 1 hour of excruciating pain and efforts you finish. You finish and then you wait…and wait…and wait. You start getting nervous, the beloved „pling“ sound is not coming…does that mean I didn’t get my fucking achievement??? Yes it does. You’ve been fucked. And to get things straight: My bf and I don’t do speed runs. We play like we’re supposed to play. Kill every enemy no matter how long it takes us. So we usually need some time for one level. And the disappointment when you complete it and don’t get the reward is just so painful!

It all started on CE. We played the whole campaign on legendary several times now because we had so many moments where it said we hadn’t played some of it. Some times one level was missing, the other time several were missing. They just went from played to „nu nu nu, you hold on fella, you haven’t played that level. Play it again!“

Same goes for skulls. We got all the skulls. Next time we sign in we’re missing 3. Argh!!! I mean don’t get me wrong. I love Halo. I could probably play CE a hundred times without getting bored. But it gets quite annoying when you experience such crap over and over.

Last two times that happened were on MCC. We played, yet again, CE on legendary. Somehow I wouldn’t get the damn achievement for Two Betrayals. So we played it again. Guess what? Did I get it? Nope…And Two Betrayals is one huge level. It seems to never end. Epic, yeah, but loooong.

The other time was on ODST. We realized we never finished it on legendary and were like: „Dude, why?“ So we started and played this awesome game which doesn’t get as much credit as it should get. I just love the atmosphere of it. Most of the times it’s nearly too dark to play but somehow that puts a weird pressure on you which is exciting. And the music!!! Oh good god. Love it! Well as it happened we finished and I was waiting for my epic loot drop, the sought after „pling“ sound, the confirmation that you are one badass. Never came…

Halo wants me to come back. It won’t let me go.

Well, I won’t abandon you.

Wake me when you need me.

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