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Halo: Cryptum (Forerunner Saga, #1)

(The Forerunner Saga #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  6,617 ratings  ·  328 reviews
Hace cien mil años, la galaxia estaba poblada por una gran variedad de seres. Pero una especie –eones por delante tanto en tecnología como en conocimiento— predominó sobre las demás. Gobernaban en paz, pero eliminaban con contundencia a sus enemigos.

Eran los Forerunners: los custodios del Manto, la siguiente fase de la vida en el Tiempo Vivo del universo. Y, entonces, desa
Hardcover, 1st U.S. Edition, 352 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Tor Books (first published January 2011)
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Alec Bennington This novel by itself describes The Librarian as a very old and wise lifeworker class according to Forerunner standards, yet still beautiful and touche…moreThis novel by itself describes The Librarian as a very old and wise lifeworker class according to Forerunner standards, yet still beautiful and touched by a vitality found in youth. The vast majority of the novel is spent mentioning her and we are only introduced to her physical form towards the very end. For that reason physical changes are not necessarily present in this book by itself.(less)

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Ben Brown
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halo
“Halo: Cryptum” is a tough book to read, and an even harder book to review. The first in a trilogy, set hundreds of thousands of years before the events of the original “Halo” video game, “Cryptum” digs DEEP into the lore of the Forerunners, the Flood, and the origin of the Halo rings…and it does all of that without ever once even coming close to holding the reader’s hand.

For my money, that’s both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing, because writer Greg Bear clearly trusts that his
Travis Knight
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Halo: Cryptum Review
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
Fred Hughes
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the start of a trilogy detailing the rise of the Forerunners in the Halo world. The first book is by Greg Bear as is the second.

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
Richard A.
Feb 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Greg Bear completely destroyed my fond ideology of an advanced, peaceful and selfless alien society in this book by interpreting the Forerunners as a species more closely resembling modern day humans with an appetite for politics, control and war. Mindless techno babble dominates seemingly every page as if readers are engineer experts on this fictional technology. Lack of a antagonist makes for a boring read as well as the awkward historical revelations of humankind's war with the Forerunner's w ...more
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND YEARS AGO, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species—eons beyond all the 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.This is their story.” – from the back cover of Halo: Cryptum

This book has started me on a great reading journey
Kelly Fugate
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF. There were less than 20 pages left to read and yet I couldn’t muster up any f*cks to see how it ended.
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tina by: Hunt
I really enjoyed this book when I first started reading it, because it was different in tone and style from all the other Halo books I've been (devotedly) reading. The only problem was about halfway through when it started to get a little dry. I just found that Bornstellar wasn't the most engaging of characters. He was more interesting when he was confused, because he had emotions even if they weren't very deep ones (like curiosity or the need to rebel), and when he started to change and became ...more
Travis L.
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
I had the hardest time following this storyline. I love Halo and was particularly interested in the Forerunner Saga, but lord does this book have a high learning curve. There are times where I would get so frustrated with all these unexplained (and conveniently Alien named) objects that my imagination would be working overtime in order to create an image of what the author was trying to write about. The best I can say about this book is that it takes work to read, even for me and I have a fantas ...more
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Halo is probably among my most important and influential science fiction epics. If I hadn't played the original trilogy as a child, I don't think I'd be into science fiction at all, let alone have it be my genre of choice as a writer.

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
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In general, I avoid reading bks that have obvious product tie-ins. In particular, I avoid bks that are written as game side-merchandise. I unintentionally made my 1st exception to that w/ Barrington J. Bayley's Eye of Terror. I gave that one of my very rare negative reviews. I didn't initially realize that there was a tie-in to Warhammer 40,000, a tabletop miniature wargame. I found Eye of Te
Ned Armstrong
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I was blown away by how massive the story is. Huge expanses of time stretching millions of years. A race of aliens who have reached a lifespan and culture far outside the scope of anything imaginable. Character's who live hundreds of millennia and have planets for backyards. Technology that truly makes everything else I've read about in science fiction seem like small potatoes. Completely unimaginable, except still somehow envisioned and expressed by this author. Not just expressed, but somehow ...more
Niklas Braun
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was very bland. It felt like an intro to a series that I needed previous knowledge to get on the inside with. Much more do than previous Halo books--i just couldn't get into it, and then there wasn't much action. It finally got interesting about halfway through the book then fizzled again. ...more
Alex Caravaggio
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Callum Shephard
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Halo: Cryptum is a hard book to review as there is a lot here to both praise and criticise.
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
William Johnson
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With the exception of a final 20 pages in which the plot gets a bit too heavy, the complexities get too, well, complex, and the motivations get confusing, this book is a science fiction tour de force.

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
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has at least a modicum of knowledge about the HALO games.
This is a combined review of all three of Greg Bear's Forerunner Saga novels and is the same for all.

I thoroughly enjoyed Bear's fleshing out of the Forerunner backstory to the HALO games. He weaves a rich tapestry of the Forerunner caste society, its achievements and flaws, its greatness and its limitations. Of millennia-old plots and plans, and of how the longer those plots and plans run, the more they mutate beyond the control of the original authors. Of the shortsightedness of blind loyalty,
Michael Castro
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is the prequel to the Halo series, and to the Halo universe in general. "Halo: Cryptum" explains the Forerunner race, the Didact who appears in the Halo games, and what we thought was the beginning of mankind. I would recommend this book again to anybody who is interested in the history of the Halo games, wants to know what happened before the first books, and possibly anybody who just wants to read a good book. This book would probably be confusing for anybody who hasn't played the ga ...more
Brad Hotelling
Halo Cryptum was first shown to me through a friend. I am a fan of the Halo series and i wanted to see what it was like. The book take place thousands of years before the main Halo Series, it is through the perspective of the Forerunners (a long dead race during the original halo series). The Forerunners are dealing with some problems at which if left unchecked would bring ruin to their civilization and way of life. At first I struggled to get through the first couple of pages which turned me o ...more
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Halo fans, sci-fi
A wonderful addition to the origins of the Halo Universe. The novel goes deeper into the history of the Forerunners and sheds some light on my key elements to the Halo storyline. In addition, other mysteries are unraveled, such as the beginning of the Flood outbreak and the appearance of the Halo superweapons. I cannot wait for book two.
mookie kong
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, ebook
Not bad. A good addition to the Halo universe and a good start for the history of what happened before the events of the Halo games. The book starts off a bit slow, but quickly picks up pace. At the end, I found myself wanting to learn more.
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great beginning to the mystery of the Halo rings. I think Greg Bear did a very good job showing us the point of view from a Forerunner. I feel like he got a little too wordy and complex sometimes though.
Emir Girgin
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First book of the trilogy, it's mostly about the character introductions, and the state of the galaxy at the time. It also includes some of the events leading up to the time of the book.
A good read for those who're interested in the forerunners and the creation of halos
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Coming from someone who knows very little about the Halo universe, and who hasn't played a single Halo game, I thought this book was a wonderful introduction to the world of Halo!

This book is a first person narrative told from the perspective of a forerunner named Bornstellar makes eternal lasting (Born for short). Born has a passion for adventure and treasure hunting, rather than fulfilling his responsibilities as a young builder in forerunner society. His father grows impatient and trades him
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-2019
3.0 Stars
I find Halo: Cryptum to be an equal parts fascinating and frustrating book. One of the first big video game tie-in books to snag a very high profile author in the SF book community, the story has a more clarkian type of feel to it, eschewing the more typical military science fiction we expect from a book set in the Halo universe. I think this is actually a cool thing to do: take a familiar universe a put a different spin on it.

The problem is the execution of that idea.

The main criticism
James Loone
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2021
"They understood the universe in ways we never will."

I've been on a huge Halo kick recently -- I played through all of the Master Chief Collection along with Halo 5 over the course of the last year with my partner and my excitement for Halo: Infinite keeps growing despite it being probably 11 months away. Thanks to all of this hype I decided I wanted to dive deeper into the lore and world of the series, replaying all of the games as well as reading the books, comics and watching all associat
Steven Lee
Feb 12, 2021 rated it did not like it
The Halo series will always have a soft spot in my heart. I think the novels portray artificial intelligence characters in a really interesting light. The space battles depicted in The Fall of Reach and elsewhere are unlike others I've read before. As a result of my fondness for the series I have picked them up one by one and read them when I could.

I think my appreciation for the series peaked Halo: First Contact, and quickly eroded from there.

I like to think of myself as a fairly sophisticate
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I've always loved the lore of Halo, and the careful way that details are meted out to continue the intrigue set out in Eric Nylund's initial novel and the first game in the series. And as much as I love the mystery of the series, I also tend to be ok with big secrets being revealed and answers being provided. So, in some senses, this Forerunner Saga ought to have been the perfect thing for someone like me. But what I got instead felt like a messy, unwieldy story with too many loose ends and ill- ...more
Pat Kuhn
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
This book is not for the faint at heart. It was undoubtedly written for fans of the Halo franchise, and there is little for anyone not interested in learning more about the franchise's lore. I played the Halo games since there were Halo games, and even I had a tough time reading through Cryptum. The author is a skilled wordsmith, but I got nothing of substance from this book that I could not have gotten from a Wikipedia page detailing the events. Most of that is due to the unbelievably dull prot ...more
Sacha Valero
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: halo, fiction, sci-fi
This was a fantastic journey to the very foundations of the Halo Universe. Bornstellar, a young Manipular is on a quest to find Precursor treasure (artifacts) and he winds up with two humans, a Florian named Riser who is about half the height of regular humans, and Chakas. The Librarian essentially manipulated the the meeting in order to locate, and free her husband the Didact, from his Cryptum and thousand year exile.

After he's free, the Didact takes them to the planet of Charum Hakkor, a place
Matthew Johnson
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
It's good, not great, but it exceeded my expectations and I'm still glad it exists.
For me, the Halo universe is my favourite science fiction universe, because it feels the most real. I like to imagine that this is human kinds most likely future. We begin to colonize the solar system with the moon and mars in 2080, interplanetary war necessitates a United Nations Space Command, we move toward a united earth government to administer the solar system until we discover faster than light travel a
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Greg Bear is one of the world's leading hard SF authors. He sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes's Famous Science Fiction.

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.

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