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Halo: Primordium (Halo (Unnumbered Audio)) Audio CD – Audiobook, 14 Feb 2012

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (14 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427214670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427214676
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,875,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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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Format: Paperback
This book was a real disappointment. The first of this trilogy, Cryptum, provided the promised revelations about the Forerunner and the history of the Halo universe, but managed to fit that around an engaging and exciting story.

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.
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This book is fantastic. I would say, definitely read Cryptum first and definitely read Silentium after. Greg Bear is one of the greatest things to happen to the Halo canon, he writes well and his work has implications running through Halo 3 and Halo 4 for the Xbox 360 as well as repurcussions for the human race overall - it answers a whole bunch of questions you had, but leaves you asking many others (which I will add are mostly answered in Silentium, to my stunned surprise as the answers were not what I was expecting!) Certainly a must-buy book!
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Bought the book as a gift for a relative. I have received very positive feedback towards the book. He isn't usually a bookworm but it was finished within a couple of days. It must have been really good as he went out and bought the others in the series.
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This is a bit stodgy in parts. I found it a little bit boring interspersed with some good bits. A bit like riding a roller-coaster,, you go up and along the slow bits then scream down the other side..
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The sequel to the first book, tries to go even further with its story-telling and like the first one, opens up doors to your mind which leaves you curious and wondering what is actually happening, it shows great plot and narrative which help built the structure of the forerunner saga
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It might just be me but I found The Forerunner Saga to be unnecessarily complicated and boring at times. It will add to any Halo fans collection but it is not a series of books that I could get invested in at all, it feels like it adds little to the universe other than some background to characters that appear in later Halo games!
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After the awesome revelations portrayed in the first book of the series Primordium is huge let down. The first half of the book is completely unnecessary, boring and uneventful. The last part is worth the read but the descriptive style used is hard to follow and extensive. Constantly describing the physical attributes of structures and objects that only exist in the halo universe is exhausting, distracting and seems to serve no purpose.

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.
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Format: Paperback
Halo: Primordium focuses primarily on the journey of Chakas and Riser - the two humans we encountered in the prequel Cryptum. At the start of the book, they both find themselves on a Halo ring following the aftermath of the space battle at the end of Cryptum. Chakas is taken in and cared for by a small tribe of humans and once he is nursed back to full strength, sets off on a journey with two of his new companions to seek safety from the Forerunners/Precursors and to find his old friend Riser. Other things happen along the way though and Chakas is soon drawn in to a quest that goes beyond finding shelter from the forces that could do him and his companions harm.

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.
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