Halo: Primordium (Halo (Unnumbered Audio)) Audio CD – Audiobook, 14 Feb 2012
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The second book in Halo's Forerunner series --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
GREG BEAR is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including "Hull Zero Three," "City at the End of Time," "Eon," "Moving Mars," "Mariposa," and "Quantico. "He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear and is the father of Erik and Alexandra. Awarded two Hugos and five Nebulas for his fiction, one of two authors to win a Nebula in every category, Bear has been called the "Best working writer of hard science fiction" by "The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction." His stories have been collected into an omnibus volume by Tor Books. Bear has served on political and scientific action committees and has advised both government agencies and corporations on issues ranging from national security to private aerospace ventures to new media and video game development. His recent endeavors include a long-term collaboration with Neal Stephenson and the Subutai Corporation on "The Mongoliad," an interactive serial novel available on multiple platforms, including iPhone, iPad, and Kindle. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Primordium totally fails at this. For the first 60% of the book, almost nothing happens. It's just characters the reader has been given no reason to care about walking and talking through a deserted landscape. Once the action picks up a bit in the second half, the writing style is incredibly stilted and confusing and makes it very difficult to follow what is happening.
For Halo addicts that want to know more about the lore of the setting there are plenty of revelations here, but they are written in a maddeningly ambiguous fashion. Nothing is answered clearly, and it is very difficult to tell where the author is being deliberately coy and where the ambiguity is coming purely from poor writing.
I am still curious enough to finish the trilogy, but I hope Greg Bear remembers to include a story alongside the world-building next time.
The first half of the book could literally be titled someone takes a walk. The first half has a few moments that promise something worthwhile but then immediately fails to deliver.
The book is worth a read but it has so many failings that is became a huge annoyance which dwarfs what should be a fulfilling conclusion.
I can't help but feel that this trilogy should have been two books, with first 50% of Primordium absent.
If I am honest, this book is even slower than Cryptum. The first half of the book is spent following the main characters across the Halo and very little happens in that time. All the truly interesting stuff takes place in the second half of the book. This is where things start to click into place as the plot unfolds and the scene begins to be set for the third book Silentium.
The characters are still solid and well thought out but there's a sense of time wasting for a large portion of the book. In Cryptum, things moved slowly but in a meaningful way that helped to develop the story and give substance to everything that would happen later and that made it good, made it feel as though the story had depth. Primordium is still a good book but where Cryptum could be picked up and enjoyed by all, I think Primordium is a book that will only hold the attention of Halo fans (and perhaps not even then) simply because in parts it is difficult to follow and it would be nigh impossible to understand if you didn't already have a grasp of the Halo universe.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're a fan of the Halo franchise then this series is well worth buying. On the whole, this one (the middle book) was probably my least favourite.Published 17 days ago by MR MR JOWETT
As a fan of the games I was keen to know more about the Halo universe and this book and the previous one definitely gave an insight. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
ok, rambles a bit,good read, but not as refined as early books.One thing I miss is the chronological follow on especially if you follow the series and wish to see future... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found this book much harder to follow than Cryptum. The backstory was excellent but the constant walking around left a tad weary by the half way mark. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr. Stephen Pope
A hard read. Harder than Cryptum and much more obtuse than the other more traditional Halo books. Yet once the story picks up pace around halfway through, it reveals secrets we... Read morePublished 12 months ago by neil mortimer
The book lacks focus for long periods, it felt like there was a lack of urgency from the characters until around page 200, with me feeling that I was reading about characters doing... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Patrick W.
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