- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Tor; Main Market Ed edition (2 Dec. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330545620
- ISBN-13: 978-0330545624
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Halo: Cryptum (Forerunner Saga (Halo)) Paperback – 2 Dec 2011
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Bear takes a profound and unusual approach to hard SF. "Los Angeles Times"
Bear is one of our very best. "New York Daily News"
If anyone is the complete master of the grand scale SF novel, it's Bear. "Booklist"
Bear, who's won two Hugos and four Nebulas, should rack up nominations if not wins for this one as well. "Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Slant""
Bear takes a profound and unusual approach to hard SF. Los Angeles Times
Bear is one of our very best. New York Daily News
If anyone is the complete master of the grand scale SF novel, it's Bear. Booklist
Bear, who's won two Hugos and four Nebulas, should rack up nominations if not wins for this one as well. Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Slant"
"Bear takes a profound and unusual approach to hard SF." --Los Angeles Times
"Bear is one of our very best." --New York Daily News
"If anyone is the complete master of the grand scale SF novel, it's Bear." --Booklist
"Bear, who's won two Hugos and four Nebulas, should rack up nominations if not wins for this one as well." --Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Slant--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The first book in Halo's Forerunner seriesSee all Product description
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I have read a few other Halo books but found them a little boring and it seems they concentrate too much on the mechanics of battle rather than a good story line.
Cryptum is pure story from start to finish and satisfies my desire for information regarding the Forerunners. It also offers a glimpse into human history and hints at the origins of the Flood. This book is a perfect tease for the next two books as it gives just anough information to satisfy yet there must be so much more to come. I really cannot wait for the next installment and won't be waiting for the paperback next time like I did for this.
I recomend this book to anyone who has enjoyed the Halo storyline be it in game or book format.
Definitely have to agree with the previous reviewer Irvinus on the descriptions etc. The author took like a whole page to describe what a portal looks like but doesn't even describe how many of the characters look. Probably the most specific character description we get throughout the entire book is that the main character's father is 4 meters tall (Bloody hell!) and his mother's skin is bluish-gray. And some of the concepts and description I just couldn't really understand or visualise - the war sphinxes for example, machines which are mentioned plenty throughout the book. I'm pretty sure he never gave an actual description of their physical characteristics. Am I to believe that the Forerunners basically had flying metal sphinx-like machines which people could pilot? [...] Really? OK. Also descriptors like "hard light formed around the spokes of the ring (Halo)" (Not an exact quote but close enough), what is that? Just what is that exactly? Is there such a thing as soft light? How can light be hard? Oh and one thing that really got me was the description of the San-Shyuum (Aka the Prophets in Halo) as being "Beautiful", "Charming" and almost seductive. Just cannot wrap my head around that without an explanation - either the Forerunners' idea of beauty was vastly different from ours or the San-Shyuum looked very different and went from beautiful, gracious beings to shriveled worm-like long-eared freaks. The answer is left to us for now. Maybe it'll be explained later, or has already been done so in another form of media that I haven't seen.Read more ›
The story revolves around four main characters including two humans, a young forerunner and an ancient high-ranking member of the forerunner warrior class known as 'The Didact'. As a race, the forerunners' entire culture is based around the principles of something called 'The Mantle' which is basically their term for the responsibility of looking after all life. They are the wisest, fairest and most technologically advanced race since they rebelled against 'The Precursors' and assumed this mantle they speak of. Forerunner society is at a major crossroad however and faced with threats both new and old, there are different ideas of how to proceed amongst the ruling bodies of forerunner governance....
Aside from being a good science-fiction read, there are a lot of truths in this book that the human reader can relate to.Read more ›
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I've been a fan of Greg bears for years and I was worried about this foray into the halo universe, computer games tend to have very little in the way of plot behind them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John O'sullivan
If you ever were curious like me in wanting to know and understand the forerunner saga then here it is, and this book dives head first into a world only created through imagination... Read morePublished 9 months ago by E. D. Salmon
Book came in good condition and expands the reader knowledge on the forerunners almost immediately with the introduction of the protagonist Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J A Sloper
Great sci-first read; you'll think it's good, even if not familiar with the halo franchise; you'll think it's amazing, if you are. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Daniel Law
This is a must read for followers of the Halo lore. It provides much needed depth to the backstory, the history of the forerunners which is so well hinted at in the main Halo... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mr. Stephen Pope