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Topic: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Candice
Location: NSW
Date: 02/22/2012

If I wanted to read about people walking lots, I'd read Lord of the Rings again.

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/22/2012

Hello, Candice--

That's an incredible compliment. Thanks for your kind words!

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Joshua Walcott
Location: Danville, VA
Date: 02/22/2012

That didn't sound like a compliment to me. How about you actually respond to your "fans" you jackwagon. I really hope you don't write anymore books for the Halo universe. You have ruined it enough already.

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Matt
Location: UNSC HQ Sydney Australia
Date: 02/23/2012

I agree, LotR are the best books for walking action. Greg Bear I read for enigmatic ancient alien races, fantastic superstructures, and compelling characters.

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 02/24/2012

Discomfort with circular artifacts is highly indicated.

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Christina
Location: Just outside Seattle
Date: 04/04/2012

This seems unusually mean spirited to me. Though I can't comment on the content of the book myself, I can attest to the fact that it is evidently quite a page turner. I am an avid reader and book collector, have been all of my life. Living in a family of men - a husband that reads mostly boating magazines, a 14yo that reads only under threat of death, and a 19yo that has read halo, star trek and ww2 fiction very sporadically in the past along with required HS reading, I bought these ebooks for him hoping for the best. I haven't seen him read a book since the end of junior year. He read the first of the two in 24 hours. Doesn't sound boring to me.

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/07/2012

Excellent! Thanks, Christina. Throw a couple of my other books at them and see if you get the same response! (I'd suggest EON and HULL ZERO THREE.)

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: vix
Location: New Zealand
Date: 04/14/2012

I'm really suprised Halo got a boring vote. I just read Halo the cryptym. i always considered the Halo franchise looked boring in the extreme...some sort of video game...bang bang guns...this book made me want to read more, maybe even... eeek play a game(unlikely).
incidently Christina, EON was my first ever sci fi, and it got me completely hooked on the sci fi genre. its still on my shelf 15 years later and gets re read often. its a favorite!

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/14/2012

Thanks, vix!

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Trevor
Location: Wisconsin
Date: 04/17/2012

Loved the first two books and I was on your site looking for when the third is to be coming around when I saw this post. Different style? yes... Boring? absolutely not. I have read the first two books 3 times now along with the first in the Karen Traviss trilogy (as well as all the other Halo novels) simply because I am big into fact checking and cohesive stories. Ladies and Gentlemen, like the books or not, it makes no difference. These books are canonized... They are the official history in the Halo universe... and in all my research and pouring over of these books they all check out perfectly fine. It seems things are lining up very nicely with the release of Halo 4 this coming November. Thank you Greg for taking on this huge task of giving form and meaning the what was once shapeless and hidden. You've done a mighty fine job sir, keep it up!

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Jonathan Williams
Location: Maryland
Date: 04/23/2012

Joshua,
Regardless of your impression, the LotR books are among the most highly acclaimed fiction books there are. I have to agree -- putting Bear's books on the same shelf is a tremendous compliment, even if it wasn't intended that way.

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Colin Pittman
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Date: 05/02/2012

I have to completely disagree with the original poster. Cryptum was fantastic! And, although Primordium was a lot of walking, I really enjoyed the exploration of halo, the character development, and all the mystery! The ending of Primordium defiantly made it all worth it. It BLEW my mind, but raised so many questions as well! Needless to say, i will be buying book 3 for the forerunner saga on day 1. Can't wait! Great work Bear!

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/03/2012

Thanks, Trevor--I've had a lot of terrific help both at Tor and 343. They help keep me in line!

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/03/2012

I'm currently reading E.R. Eddison's WORM OUROBOUROS. What a strange, rich, and wonderful contrast to Tolkien! But I doubt we'll be able to slip his neo-Jacobean style into a Halo novel. Still, it's tempting...

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/08/2012

Indeed, a long walk clears the head! Thanks, Colin.

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Ian Dalziel
Location: Christchurch, New Zealad
Date: 05/19/2012

If we are talking voyage stories, may I recommend David Lindsay's 'A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS' (1920). Tolkien praised it highly.

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/22/2012

Excellent suggestion. Loren Eisley also loved it.

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Jake Young
Location: Ohio
Date: 07/30/2012

Greg you may have wrote some good science fiction works in the past, but you have defiantly dropped the ball with the Halo novels. You shouldn't have accepted a job writing about something that you knew nothing about, and something that means a lot to many people. Just because you have done good in the past does not excuse your present failures. Please may the third book in the series be your last attempt at Halo book, and a decent attempt at that.

Re: Thanks for making Halo boring.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/25/2012

As teacher, I must ask you to give examples of my failings, and then justify them with quotes from the texts and a poll/survey from Halo critics around the ecumene. (Just kidding, Jake! Glad to have your comment.)

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