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Halo: Evolutions: Essential Tales of the Halo Universe (Halo)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  2,318 ratings  ·  86 reviews
When humanity expanded beyond the safety of Earth to new stars and horizons, they never dreamed what dangers they would encounter there. When the alien juggernaut known as the Covenant declared holy war upon the fragile human empire, millions of lives were lost--but, millions of heroes rose to the challenge. In such a far-reaching conflict, not many of the stories of these ...more
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Published November 24th 2009 by Tor Books (first published 2009)
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Halo Evolutions is a book involving many of the incredible stories in the Halo universe.
When humanity expands beyond the stars in a feat of human technology that allows them to strech beyond the stars they find something that shouldnt have been found. An alliance of alien species who's orgins come from far parts of the universe believes humanity to be a plague of the glaxy and believe humans to be against their gods. This group of aliens called themselves the Covenant and is sworn to extinguish
This month I read the 500+ page book of science fiction short stories set in the Halo universe. It includes 4 poems and 11 short stories. To begin with, I'm going to talk about Dirt. The theme of this story is that if you have to choose between doing the right thing and being set for life, choose the right thing. The author's writing style is very straight forward; I could almost hear the ODST talking about his life as he lay dying. This and Human Weakness were my two of my favorite stories.
Melisa Ramonda

I'd like to spare two stories that, for me, were just perfect: "Mona Lisa", since the characters were extremely detailed and the story itself unraveled in fast-paced ultra-high-emotional bases and it was also a nightmarish depiction of what happens when the Flood attacks; and the "Biography of Preston Cole" (yes, the same guy from the Cole Protocol). The name of the story is actually different but I don't remember it (it was too long). The lat
This is a must read if you're a Halo fan. It's possibly the best book they've released after The Fall of Reach. Since it's a collection of short stories, I'm going to say a couple of quick things about each one.

Beyond, Acheron-VII, Icon, Connectivity

Pariah - This story looks back at the creation of the Spartan IIs and focuses on Soren-66. It's a good story, but there were a couple things about Soren that didn't seem to quite fit with the rest of the Spartans, which makes sense, I suppose, consid
Nov 11, 2012 Tina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tina by: Hunt
4.5/5 actually. This was, by far, the best Halo book I've read. 13/15 stories were well-written, expertly-paced, character-driven tales that kept me fully entranced. There were two that were similar in resolution, which was odd - the editor shouldn't have put them so close in the anthology. There were two I wasn't entirely fond of, but I didn't dislike them. Karen Traviss' "Human Weakness" wasn't bad, but, like her Star Wars novels, it was full of repetition (this leaves me wary of her continuat ...more
Like most short story collections, this is hard to review. There's a couple of clunkers mixed in here, but also some real gems. Some of the editorial choices were odd, like allowing two stories with essentially the same ending (hero sacrifices himself with a grenade to take out enemies in the process) into this collection. They were close to each other in the book, which just highlighted the repetition for me.

My three favorites:

1. The Mona Lisa by Jeff Vandermeer and Tessa Kum, which tells the
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Evolutions by Tobias S. Buckell
Halo 1

This book collects together the stories of many heroes who stepped up to fight the covenant as they waged genocide upon the human race. You will look into the perspective of these heroes as they fought and died across the galaxy to save humanity, and into those who wished to destroy it. From Spartan super soldiers to ordinary troopers, you can read about their heroic acts and their final sacrifice.

To discover the interesting tale of each mini-story pick up a
Fun to get short stories of so many aspects of the universe and well done keeping them consistent. Also loved the artwork.
Natalie Schriefer
Anthologies are difficult to review because the stories always differ in strengths and weaknesses. Some of the short stories were more compelling and developed than others - "Mona Lisa" was by the far the most exciting and well-written story, though many of the others are a close second. Overall, though, they were all interesting and fun to read; because the stories happen at different times and places, this anthology can be read at any time instead of in tandem with the other novelizations in t ...more
Andy Parkes
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One of the things I really enjoy about the Halo series of games is the back story and for Halo fans there has been plenty of fiction thrown up which I’ve been more than happy to read!

So when I saw Halo Evolutions and Halo Evolutions Volume 2 on Amazon I ordered them straight away.

In a nutshell the books are a series of short stories based around the Halo Universe and explore multiple areas from various different characters such as Ad
Alex Brown
I picked this book one day because i needed something to read for school, but something that interested me, in this case halo. The whole book doesn't have any specific or one setting because its many short stories put together, but generally all across the halo universe. Some of the main stories are on a planet called harvest, or other random planets. in one big book. There is also no main character, as every story has there own main characters. Almost all of the characters face internal and ext ...more
Jesse Booth
I have no idea how long it took me to read this book. A very long time.

I was excited when this collection came out. I have written several short stories myself, so when I heard that a compilation of Halo shot stories was being released, I quickly snatched up the first copy I could get. Now, two years later, I can finally say that I finished it.

To be completely honest, the stories weren't very good. The only one I really cared for was the one about Cortana's experience withstanding the gravemind
I could not believe how much the people who created this game had so much of a story plot before the game saga. How many different stories they had is the one thing that actually surprised me, with the awesome final story of how a man who became a highly respected cammander from a lonely lieutenent. Another story i really liked was the one when a man got hurt and he had to sleep in a special medical bed, and while he slept, his ship got invaded by the covenent, when he woke up he found out he wa ...more
If you are a fan of the Halo series who is somewhat interested in the rest of its universe, this book will satisfy you. The quality and enjoy-ability of the stories varies, as happens with any anthology. Be prepared to be bummed out however, as there are several tales of heroic self-sacrifices and lost causes. The characterisation of the Master Chief and Cortana, the main players of the series, also varies, as each author gives their own take. While you may not enjoy or agree with the interpreta ...more
Jason Hamilton
"Pariah" by B. K. Evenson, is actually a very enjoyable short story. It covers elements of the Halo universe that wouldn’t normally be covered in a novel, comic, or video game, namely what happened to the Spartans who became deformed due to the human augmentation procedures. The short does a remarkable job of getting into the background and psyche of the character in few pages. The story was easy to get into and identify with. Additionally the action is well paced and keeps the reader engaged. T ...more
I can see why my son likes this; I read the book tie-ins for the various pop culture fads when I was his age. That said, they aren't bad and while you don't necessarily need to know or play Halo to understand these stories, it helps.

Some of the stories have short sections here and there that read like the author (or possibly the editor) went down a rote list of things from the video game that were required to be in the stories, just in case the drawing of the Spartan on the cover wasn't enough
Jared EVHS Victoria
I enjoyed the stories of how Master Chief came to be the the war hero we gamers know him as. I was intrigued when Master Chief was believed to be normal like you and me, until a science experiment changed his life forever.
Fred Hughes
This book makes eminent sense. It includes some of our favourite HALO authors – Eric Nyland, Tobias S. Buckell etc. and their short stories encompassing various aspects of the HALO world.

It takes time to develop a fully flushed out and viable HALO series book so this is a nice gap filler while we wait for the next full novel.

There are 14 different HALO short stories here of which all of them could be developed into future full length novels. It’s fun with the short stories to be able to read an
Melissa Cuevas
Now this is what I'm talking about! Just because it's a game world tie in doesn't mean it has to suck, and Evolutions definitely does *not* suck. Well written, deep, dark and gritty, all of the stories bring some real heft to the table of Halo canon lore. If all game tie in fiction could be this good, I'd be a happy little camper indeed.
I originally bought this for my Halo fanatic son when it came out, and have only recently worked my way towards it. While I am fairly familiar with Halo's story
Kenneth Peterson jr.
going to read again just so I can give a honest rewiew because no book should be read only once before opinions are made
Some of these stories are pointless but most of them are really great reads! Especially the one about Cole.
Gwen Mckinley
Interesting back stories from the "HALO" universe. I love sci fi. These are good and are keeping my interest
It wasn't meant to be anything more than fun. Not a disappointment so the low star rating doesn't represent quality. Some stories, particularly "Pariah," were surprising. In a book supposedly about saving the world from an alien threat a few thought provoking inquiries to what happens to the disenfranchised. I like how in the Universe the reason for the military's development and preparation to fight the covenant war was due to its involvement in civil war from the outer colonies. And the eye op ...more
Some of the stories in this book were amazing and really gave a different perspective to the Halo universe, others not so much though so had to drop a star!
Halo evolutions.
#I decided to read this book because I enjoy all things halo. #Its a gathering of many good short stories .#I liked it
a lot and I think the stories got better as they went on I particularly liked the one about the flood on the prison ship,
But I can't remember what it's called as I returned it to the library. #The only thing I didn't like in it was the story
"The impossible life and the possible death of Preston Cole" as I found this one plain and boring.
#I would recommend thi
Some good stories, and a few great ones.
The standouts for me were the tales by Jeff VanderMeer and Eric Nylund.
Evolutions is sort of a goodie bag of bonus and background scenes that we haven't gotten from the other books or the games but are linked to both.
Plenty of added information that usual fans would enjoy.
I'd recommend for anyone that hasn't played the games or read previous books to do so before reading Evolutions because otherwise it won't make much sense for them.
For fans that already follow the series of games and or books or both Evolutions is a great way of gaining a broader understanding
Menoly Cates-mountain
I own this and I love it with all of my heart. That is all.
It took me over a month to read it. A considerable longer time than it’s taken me to read a book lately, but assigned reading is cutting into my read for fun time. Never the less, it was a good read. Halo has an expansive, fascinating universe. 13 stories in all, most of which where hella depressing. Headhnters by Jonathan Goff, Blunt Instruments by Fred van Lente, and The Impossible Life and the Possible Death of Preston J. Cole by Eric Nylund were my favorite.
It was suggested to me going in that this was a book for hardcore Halo fans only. I would not go that far, but it is something that fans of the Halo universe would appreciate. It has a good variety of stories by different authors detailing people who are no Master Chief. Certainly worth a rea, and interesting how the various authors provide a different feel.

A bit of a downer is that several of the stories were retold in Halo: Legends, or as motion comics on Halo: Waystation. But I'm a bit of a f
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Born in the Caribbean, Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling author. His novels and over 50 short stories have been translated into 17 languages and he has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. He currently lives in Ohio.
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