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Halo: Glasslands (Halo (Tor Paperback)) [Paperback]

Karen Traviss
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21 Nov 2011 Halo (Tor Paperback)
In this first of a trilogy, bestselling author Karen Traviss takes readers and gamers through the chaos of the post-Halo 3 universe. With the Human-Covenant war over, the universe is in chaos. The enemy that gave humanity much-needed drive and unity has been defeated. Rising from the trauma of this long-fought, devastating conflict, the UNSC must now lay claim to the universe. But new dangers, both alien and human, may threaten any chance for lasting peace. Join a group of old soldiers and new heroes as they begin a mission to penetrate what was once the heart of the Covenant empire in a desperate attempt to stop old foes from rising again.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (21 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765330407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765330406
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 14.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, and her work on Halo, Gears of War, Batman, and other major properties has earned her a broad range of fans. She's best known for military science fiction, but GOING GREY, the first of her new techno-thriller series, is set in the real world of today. A former defence correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England. She's currently writing the new G.I. Joe flagship comic series, and working on BLACK RUN, the sequel to GOING GREY.

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"Halo: Glasslands is a fantastic addition to the Halo universe, and is a stand-out military science fiction novel in and of itself."--SF Signal "Karen Traviss does an excellent job writing for the Halo universe, she creates believable human and alien characters."--Jay Cormier, Examiner.com

About the Author

#1 "New York Times" best-selling novelist, screenwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, as well as regularly hitting the bestseller lists with her "Star Wars," "Gears of War, "and" Halo " work. She was also lead writer on the 2011 blockbuster game "Gears of War 3." A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was really looking forward to reading this book, and bought it once released to kindle, but unfortunately I did feel a little let down.

Whilst I did eventually feel gripped by the story, it took a while to get there. The first quarter or so felt a real struggle to get through, I found it hard to get used to Karen's writing style as opposed to the ease and familiarity of say Eric Nylund. That's not to say it was bad at all, just a big shift from what I have been used to with the other books in the Halo series.

I was especially interested in the continuation of the storyline from Ghosts of Onyx, but was sadly disappointed with this; the story part itself was great and fulfilled the "so, what happen's next" questions, but the characters just felt completely "wrong". It was like the characters were completely different people, they didn't behave or speak how you would expect them to at all, and it was so hard to follow or believe, because of this. Some characters have been transformed into the "bad guys" with an awful lot of hate suddenly appearing and being brought to bear, and I felt there was way, way too much focus on making these bad people, considering that their actions were no worse than many others that had been committed throughout the war.

The other annoying thing was that the book just seems to end, with no real conclusion to anything that's going on. Yes, there should be plenty that keeps the story open to the follow-on books, but this was just like it was missing a few chapters at the end, there was no real closure to anything. Other Halo books have cliffhangers etc, but the main plot in the book is usually tied up with some explanations, and unfortunately Glasslands seemed to leave everything hanging.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 27 Dec 2011
By Palin
This is a must buy and read for any Halo fan. Not only dose it fill in alot of gaps it also open up alot more questions that I look forward to finding out about in future books, I don't want to give anything away but....

No spoilers sory you will have to read it and find out what happens to the Spartan 2's and the Spartan 3's
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read with Minor Problems to Gtart 18 Aug 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. I'd have happily given it it 5 stars but I found it hard to read at the start (as it was introducing new characters and storylines, which quickly wrapped together after introducing everyone.) and a bit confusing with one storyline as it continued from the previous book. (I believe it follows "Ghosts of Onyx")
But I found myself quickly enjoying myself, the character interactions are enjoyable and I found myself ingrossed in the storylines as they unfolded.
It's a definite "yes" to anyone who enjoys the halo universe and I'm definitely going to go and buy the next one, but I would recommend to read the previous books in the timeline first.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Halo Glassland's - An absolutely terrible novel 18 May 2013
Word's cannot describe just how bad this book is, but I'm going to give it a try anyway.

I've been a fan of the Halo Universe for over a decade. Eric Nyland's `Fall of Reach' was probably the first novel I ever read. I still feel it was largely due to Nyland's brilliantly sculpted world and characters that the Halo franchise was able to branch into so many fields of media (comics, anime, short live action films etc)

And now ten years later we have received the complete opposite of Nyland's masterpiece, a novel that is quite simply poorly written and terribly executed.

Where to start?

Firstly is the atrocious inconsistency errors. Humanity going from a decimated backwater race on the verge of extinction to economic superpower in a matter of month (despite the fact most of our worlds and production facilities have been glassed or destroyed). Then off course there is the Sangheili, a much loved and respected alien race suffering an episode of sudden extraordinary bad luck and loss of intelligence. (Such as misplacing all their capital ships and their genetically crafted engineer's. You heard me, not destroyed, not misappropriated, misplaced. We're suppose to believe top military assets were stolen as if someone left the keys in the ignition whilst billions of engineers on every Covenant world and ship vanish without a trace, it's beyond implausible!)

And there is Travis's almost nauseating obsession with demonising Catherine Hasley.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Halo: Glasslands Review 12 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was really hoping for a truly interesting story, something to equal Halo: Primordium. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the author spoils the story line with the character assassination of some primary Halo characters. Yet the reason for their treatment borders on the ridiculous when compared to actions committed by the Covenant or even by people in the 20th century. If this was removed from the story line this would have be worth a high 4 or low 5 stars.

Truly hope the author improves her game for the next two books.

In response to another review, my nationality (British) or that of the author has no bearing on any of my reviews.
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Published 1 month ago by fatmanbat46
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot and story archs
Well written. Excellent plot and story archs. It will be much better received by fans of the Halo universe I've no doubt. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Hogston
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding addition to an already great series!
This book blew me away. It was the first book based on a game series I've ever picked up and once I did I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BranstoneBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for a halo fan
If you are like me a halo fan then you must read they's books they a great read and a must buy for eney halo fan. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Luigi De Battisti
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by Jill Kennerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Halo Glasslands review
I really enjoyed this book. A story that pulls you in. If your a fan of the Halo series you will love this. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Edward Batt
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a Halo fan, read it.
If you're a fan of the extended Halo universe, this series is fantastic and this is obviously the place to start being book one. Read more
Published 7 months ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Delves into the story of Spartans and changes your ideas about them. This book has made me love engineers and I must find out more of their story
Published 7 months ago by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Much enjoyed
I enjoyed reading this. I was very confused to start with, and searched for earlier books, unfortunately only by the same author, so missed out on earlier reading. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Thomas Atkins
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read for teen boys
Bought this for my son's birthday and he really enjoyed it. He plays the game so he tried the books. It is a great way to get a teenage boy to keep reading.
Published 12 months ago by nic vincent
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