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How to read the Halo books – Revised Edition

Back in January 2015, I wrote an article about how to read the Halo books in a chronological order. 3 years later, I wanted to put out a revised article because we have seen 10 more books come out in that time span.

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Currently, there are 26 Halo books on the market. Out of the 26, 22 are novels, another 2 are collections of short stories and 2 are digital only media. Saint’s Testimony is a digital short story and Shadow of Intent is a digital novella. Smoke and Shadow by Kelly Gay was also digitally released in November 2016 but the paper version (My version!) came out in January 2018. It is a novella as well and part of it was already printed in the short story collection ‚Fractures‘. The Halo books have 2 trilogies to offer. One being the Forerunner Saga by Greg the Bear and the Kilo-Five trilogy by Karen Traviss.

In this article, I will not include the comics and games. Just so you know. It is wholly about da books.

The first 3 Halo books were published by Del Rey (now Unbound Worlds), another 10 by Tor and the rest was and is published by Gallery Books. 343 announced that they partnered up with Gallery Books in 2014. Tor was the publisher from 2006 until 2014.

But let’s head into the interesting part. How do I start the „project Halo books“? How can I become a Halo lore expert? Well, I have the answer…

First off, you begin your journey with a trilogy. Not just one trilogy. THE trilogy. The Forerunner Saga by Greg Bear. No other Halo book compares to this Saga. It is completely different from the rest of them. But that is a good thing. Not because I don’t like the other Halo books. On the contrary, I love almost all of them. But because it suits the topic. After all, the Greg Bear books are about the Forerunners. A species we had next to no knowledge about before the books came out. Because it is such a mysterious topic, the writing style of Greg Bear suits it so well. It is strange and sometimes cryptic but it makes sense to me because we read about this ancient time and this ancient race full of mystery. But yes, to be brutally honest with you, you most likely will have a tough time reading the books. From my experience, it is totally worth it though. I will link you to 2 podcasts who have in-depth discussions about the books and that I highly recommend once you finished the books. It helped me a lot to fully understand everything.

Podcast Evolved – Cryptum

Podcast Evolved – Primordium

Podcast Evolved – Silentium

and/or

Halo Conversationalists  – Cryptum 

Halo Conversationalists – Primordium

Halo Conversationalists – Silentium

So now to the actual list of Halo books in chronological order:

Because the collections of short stories ‚Evolutions‘ and ‚Fractures‘ have such a widespread timeline due to the many various stories in it, I think it is safe to say: read them whenever you like.

To conclude this article I just want to say, that there are of course many ways to go about the Halo lore business. My list does not claim to be completely correct when it comes to the chronological order of the events. But it makes sense to me. There are a lot of books where timelines collide with other books or there is one section in a book that has a retrospect. If you were to be a smart ass you could argue that you had to read said retrospect and then go to the book that fits in that timeline. Only after that, you could go back to the book with the retrospect. I don’t know if I make any sense at all now. I hope so.

My best advice at the end of this: Have fun with the books! It is a glorious thing to learn more about this amazing Universe. And remember to support your local bookstores. Go, be sociable before returning to your Nerdcave with a grand old Halo book. If for some reason you cannot get your book from a bookstore, you can use the links provided in the list above to get your books online.

Ran – Ran – Random

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As you can see in the picture above I have a lot of Halo books. I am still missing a few though, so just now I ordered the last missing Halo novels online: Envoy, Retribution, New Blood, Legacy of Onyx and Smoke and Shadow (pre-ordered).

And since I am an old school kinda gal, I am still missing the digital-only novels/short story Saints Testimony and Shadow of Intent. I will have to cave in and try to read them on a screen eventually.

After completing the Kilo-Five trilogy and loving it, I will now grab Troy Denning’s ‚Last Light‘, but only after I finished Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan. It’s part of a series which I really like. I am all about fantasy and sci-fi novels. When I was younger I only read serious books all the time. Sartre and Dostojewski and Kafka and all that good stuff. Franz Kafka is still my absolute favorite but when I got older I discovered the fantasy and sci-fi world and was hooked immediately.

Other than that, I am still very busy with being a mom and trying to game as much as I want to. I am playing Ghost Recon with two of my friends and it’s a blast. We are the worst in this game but I haven’t laughed so hard while playing since this game. Other than that I am playing Hellblade, Brothers and Uncharted.

Hellblade is incredible and I will write a review on that once I am finished. But it’s hard to find the time. This is a game I only want to play with a headset and at least 2 hours time for myself. As you can imagine this only happens once in a month. But I have no need to hurry this.

Brothers ‚A Tale Of Two Sons‘ is pretty cute but a little tricky due to the gameplay. I get confused with playing 2 characters with 1 controller. It is unique though that is for sure. And the whole design and atmosphere of the game are just magical.

And lastly, I finished Drake’s Fortune. My first Uncharted game ever. I know, I know! Again I am late to the party, but I am so excited for this series. It is such a glorious feeling to know that you have 4 more games to play when you loved the first. And since I am aware of the love for this series within the gaming community I know I am bound for some incredible adventures and gaming greatness.

To conclude this random post, I apologize for not being active enough on this blog. I hope this will change soon, as I have some plans on how I want this blog to change in the future. Let’s just say it’s going to be less Halo and more gaming and geek topics. At least until Halo 6 comes out.

 

 

Do you even Halo or random thoughts of the Day

Nowadays when I play Slayer, I often get frustrated. The map rotation is at it’s worst it seems. My all time favorite map Plaza never comes up. NEVER! It’s like 343 knows that I like this map and wants to punish me for something I did. I always end up playing on Mercy. This map comes up every time I start Slayer. I hate Mercy.

Lord have Mercy.

My boyfriend and I also checked out the Weapon Tuning Test. I couldn’t get a kill. It seems like the BR is now 5 shots? I didn’t look it up so far. Maybe I should now…

Ok, I just checked. Well, 343 feels that some of the weapons in Halo 5 are not balanced or rather overpowered and don’t play the role they were supposed to play. I only cross-read it, but it seems that every weapon (12 are affected by this) is being made harder to use. Only the Active Camo will be enhanced in some way. You can read all of it here.

The testing will end on October 2 and in early November we will have a bigger update with the new and improved? weapons. I am very sceptical but we will see.

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