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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (19 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933771119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933771113
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,256,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of several anthologies in the Smart Pop series, including Anthology at the End of the Universe, Farscape Forever!, Five Seasons of Angel, Navigating the Golden Compass, Seven Seasons of Buffy, Taking the Red Pill, and What Would Sipowitz Do? He lives in Dallas, TX.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Walmsley on 22 May 2007
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This Halo book is not one of the best ones I've read but it does make for a good read. Its not a novel but simply some game reviewers, reporters, scientists, lecturers, writers, novelists look on certain elements or aspects of the game but more on its impact on people who've played it. It talks about halo's affect on machinima, what differences there are between Halo's science and real science, the mentality behind master chiefs popularity, religious aspects, how a halo movie would need to play out, a brief history on FPS and how halo effected others, comparing halo to guerilia warfare, how the military is using halo to train its troops and one very interesting article about the greatest halo player in the world, Zyos. So yeah theres quite a bit in there, some interesting, some not but mostly it makes for a fascinating read on well, what the effects of halo are and is written by several literate people who just happen to be fans. Pick it up if your interested in some history/ halo's influence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 7ruth on 28 Oct. 2008
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This book has a few parts and tells the history of Halo's success and it's continuing legacy through different perspectives. From someone in the press, professional gamers, Halo's psychology... so if you're interested in the social impact Halo had, you'll probably like this book. On the other hand, if you were looking to be blown away by things like amazing stats and interesting inside-stories, you might find this book a bit boring halfway through.

But then if you love Halo and want to know more about it, and you have a few extra quid to spend, this book will prove to be a satisfactory investment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
If you care about the Halo Canon at all, DO NOT BUY 2 Dec. 2010
By Doggxs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book appears that it was written by someone who knows very little about the Halo canon. It is as if he wrote it as he was playing through the game and based his observations on the Master Chief on how HE played the game, not how the MC actually has been portrayed.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Ugh. Drivel. 3 Feb. 2010
By Michigoon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Just look at Amazon's preview page on this one. The book reads like it was written by a hyperactive 8-year-old, tossing around big words while having no idea what they mean, including at least one self-reference on every page, and with a compelte obliviousness as to any sort of fact- source material or otherwise.

If you see a single positive review for this book, you can rest assured that person was paid for their endorsement.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Dont bother 28 July 2010
By P.O.L. Mafia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Like everyone else says, read the preview and you will see that this "person" has NO CLUE to the HALO universe and absolutely no writing skills. Rambo and Master Chief, PLEASE!!! Anyway read this review, chock the book up to crap and don't even waste your time reading the review, I wish I had listened to the other reviews that said don't bother.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Forget the Preview, Read the Book! 30 Dec. 2011
By David Fuchs - Published on Amazon.com
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I guess people shouldn't be chastised for just reading a preview. However the book itself is a collection of essays by some very knowledgeable folks. It's not a Halo Encyclopedia--it's much more a critical analysis of Halo --both from a real-world perspective and the fiction itself. The essay "You Are the Master Chief" is definitely the weakest, which is why its odd Amazon shows it as a preview.

Among the highlights of the mostly-great stuff in the book:
*Science advisor Kevin Grazier (he worked on BSG, among other shows) explains how the Halo Rings could actually work
*Dean Takahashi delves into the oft-forgotten history of how Halo was a buggy, unplayable mess mere months from release.
*How Halo has struck a cord with military personnel
*The cultural veneer of Halo and what influenced the developers, from Aliens to The Culture.
*The problems with adapting Halo to a film

Some of this is outdated now (the essays were all written pre-Halo 3, in 2006), but it remains a good collection of some great essays about the game. If you're a hardcore fan there's still some good stuff to get out of it, although it's probably best directed at a casual fan who doesn't know all the lore and history behind the games and fiction.

TLDR version: If you're a Halo fan who likes reading *about* Halo, you won't regret the purchase.
14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
What a piece of crap. 22 Sept. 2009
By Tom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You got all of your facts wrong in the second page and you are entirely wrong about the Chief. How about you go ahead and figure out what you're talking about and get your damn facts straight before you write a book the subject.
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