Cryptum (Halo #7)
100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings.
But one species—eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge—achieved dominance.
They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness.
They were the Forerunners—the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time.
And then they vanished.
Prequels tend to suck. That’s a fact that many a fan has had to deal with when reconciling unwelcome additions to their favorite franchises; the on-going chagrin for the Star Wars prequels is telling enough, but even more recent reactions to the Star Trek and Spider Man origin story rehashes (addendum: similar complaints are rumbling about The Man of Steel) remind us that, especially where highly elaborate fiction is involved, ignorance really can be bliss. Don’t take me wron ...more
This book has started me on a great reading journey ...more
In this start to the Forerunner Saga we meet a very young Forerunner named Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting who just can’t sit still it appears. He is obsessed with the past and sneaks away to look for lost treasures.
Contrary to his Dad’s instructions he strikes out for a planet called Erde-Tyrene where it is rumoured that ancient Forerunner and Precursor tech ...more
A lot of what makes Halo great is the lore, the size and scale of the universe and the depth of the characters and their actions. So going into the backstory of the Forerunners--arguably one of the many great mysteries that hold up the original trilogy--is a bit ris ...more
Greg Bear wisely decided to get involved with the portion of the Halo property that is virtually undefined. This way he can utilize his very unique writing style and his excellent world building skills without damaging the 'canon' of the Halo games.
Consider the Halo games main storyline is a jumbled ...more
On the one hand it is well written, has a good pace, had likable characters and feels like the beginnings of a complex science fiction trilogy. On the other it introduces a lot of elements which serve little purpose in the overall universe, is utterly disconnected to the Covenant war and in all honesty seems like it’s Halo in name only.
As you might have guessed from the cover, the book looks into the live ...more
The greatest mystery of the halo-verse were the forerunners
and the book to begin with doesn't disappoint.
the book focuses on born stellar makes last eternal an errant heir apparent of a master builder
who has decided to shirk his responsibilities and run off to erde tyree(earth) to explore ancient artefacts
he recruits a couple of humans to be his guides
(humans are primitive and vary wildly in shape and body type thanks to forerunner's genetic manipulation )
It was a good insight into Forerunner society, although it is pretty much the same as Covenant, with a rigid caste system. Replace Sansh'yuum and Shanghelli (sp?) with Servant-Warrior class and builder class, and you pretty muc ...more
I think I have played all the Halo games up to 4. I dont think I ever understood the actual story. Who built the rings? What were they for? The Covenant were bad, then they were good, then they were both? A tank mission?
I have liked Bear's books in the past and then heard him speak about the second Halo book so I got curious and read this book.
Bear is a good writer. I enjoyed the book and the story but I am still a bit hazy about the overall goings on. This is the first book I have ever rea ...more
I like Halo and I ha ...more
Cryptum is a prequel to everything else in the Halo universe. It is set thousands of years (if not longer) before the events of the games, before recorded human history as we know it. It is a story about the Forerunners and the creation of the Halo rings, the foundation of all th ...more
I have played a few of the Halo games and felt like conceptually they had a lot of imagination behind them.
The Forerunners are an enigmatic race who disappeared millenia before the events of the games take place. They had sacrificed themselves by setting off massive weapons in an attempt to eradicate a race of parasitic aliens that were sweeping the universe.
"This is their story." <-- Ends the back cover of the novel.
Unfortunately the author doesn't want it to be HIS ...more
While I enjoyed the narrative of Halo 4 specifically centered on Cortana and the Chief, much of the stuff about the Forerunners, specifically the Didact and the Librarian, went right over m ...more
The story does ind ...more
The Forerunners were one of the many species created by the Precursors (along with the humans), but at some point, the Forerunners wiped out the Precursor civilization. When the story opens, we learn that 10,000 years prior, the humans lost a war with the Forerun ...more
The characters of this novel are well-defined, and the fact that they provide a context into Forerunner psychology, culture, strata, and involvement with the Halos is the kind of thing that rationalizes the Halo universe as a legitimate space opera in its own right. While it lack ...more
That being said, author Greg Bear crafts a science fiction novel that even people who aren't fans of the Halo franchise will appreciate for its complexity. Honestly, the complexity of this novel is what makes it enjoyable, if not hard to read at times. For example, Bear introduces new words and concepts without, in most cases, any explanation up front, leading the reader along a particular ...more
Cryptum was interesting, but not nearly as "alien" as I had hoped. Written with a very tight point-of-view from a single narrator, I admit that I'm a little disappointed. In the game, yo ...more
A full-time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear. He is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson. They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra.