- 出版社: Tor Books; Reprint (2009年3月31日)
- 丛书名: Halo
- 简装: 400页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0765354713
- 条形码: 9780765354716
- 商品尺寸: 10.3 x 2.8 x 17.4 cm
- 商品重量: 181 g
- ASIN: 0765354713
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Halo: Contact Harvest (英语) 简装 – 2009年3月31日
Joseph Staten started working with game developer Bungie Studios in 1998, and has since served as a writer and designer for Oni, as well as writer and cinematics director for Halo and Halo 2. He also works with Peter Jackson's game development studio, Wingnut Interactive, writing and designing in the Halo universe. Staten attended college at Northwestern University and earned a master's in military history and political science at the University of Chicago.
After reading "The Fall of Reach", I was slightly disappointed. The book felt rushed and under-developed, and maybe targeted towards a less mature reading audience. "Contact Harvest" suffers from none of that, feeling like a much more developed story that takes it's time and shows rather than tells. I rate this book a 5/5, a must read for any Halo fan, and a great choice for any lover of science fiction that wants to start with the Halo universe.
Right off the start, it is obvious that Joseph Staten does not have the same writing style or flare for action that some of the other Halo authors have (i.e. Eric Nylund and William Dietz), but he more than makes up for it with his attention to detail and descriptive passages. While less exciting than the books farther up the time-line, this is an excellent history of both the human culture (touching on colonization and the "Insurrection") and the Covenant (explaining how several of the major species came together). I always enjoy the alien perspective and we get a lot insights into the mindsets and inner-working of the Covenant hierarchy.
The action centers mostly on Sergent Avery Johnson, a soldier who is haunted by his time fighting against human Insurrectionists and the loss of a close family member, who is sent to the remote planet Harvest to train a local militia. Surrounded by some additional eccentric characters, including recruits who are more farmers than soldiers and several Artificial Intelligences, Avery is far less than ready for the unexpected arrival of the first Covenant ship.
This is worthwhile read and a good starting place if you haven't read any of the previous Halo books. My only real issue is the inclusion of a "intimate" scene that really added nothing to the story line.
This is a book that really makes the effort rise above the complacency of franchise sci-fi to stand on its own merit as a great little novel.
The book splits its time between the Covenant High Charity and the planet of Harvest. Harvest is the first planet that the Covenant attack on their campaign to exterminate humanity. It's a prequel to the first three Halo books and just as good as they are. You'll find characters that you like and can identify with and villains who aren't just cardboard cutouts with a one track mind. You'll be left wondering just who will survive this first encounter and who will perish.
Obviously this is not "great literature", but for a Halo book it's darned good. Considerably better than the Ghosts book before it. Give it a try.