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Topic: Halo: Cryptum was a great addition to the Halo series

From: AndrewNeo
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Date: 01/04/2011

I got my copy of Cryptum today and just wanted to write about how much I enjoyed the story. I just had to finish reading the whole thing today. I thought it was a wonderful addition to the writings of the Halo universe, and I am very glad to know there will be more books in this series.

Re: Halo: Cryptum was a great addition to the Halo series

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/04/2011

Thanks, AndrewNeo-- Working on the second one now. And tonight the launch event at University Book Store in Seattle promises to be great fun!

Re: Halo: Cryptum was a great addition to the Halo series

From: Cliff Samuels
Location: Calgary
Date: 01/13/2011

I am very interested in reading Cryptum but have never read any of the other novels in this universe or played the game. Is it a book that anyone can pickup and enjoy.

Re: Halo: Cryptum was a great addition to the Halo series

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/13/2011

We think so, Cliff. I wrote the book so that anyone who loves science fiction would find it an easy entry.

Re: Halo: Cryptum was a great addition to the Halo series

From: Khiem Ta
Location: california
Date: 01/14/2011

As a connoisseur of halo fiction, I would say... yes, you would need some familiarity with previous Halo fiction to fully enjoy this book. It really doesn't explain a lot of the terminology and says nothing about how it relates to the story of the games themselves.

Having said that, if you're interested in rich backstories and histories, I think it would be a fun adventure to read this book with one of the many Halo backstory internet resources open and look up new terms and names as you come across them. Be warned though; if you're anything like me, you'd easily get lost and sucked into this universe and not want to leave, so set aside a lot of time =)

Re: Halo: Cryptum was a great addition to the Halo series

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/14/2011

Readers of science fiction are generally used to nomenclature and new words and names and concepts. I doubt there are more strange encounters in HALO CRYPTUM than in, say, HULL ZERO THREE. But I agree--be warned! Getting sucked in could lead you onto to all the vast resources devoted to HALO.

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