In Defense of The Flood – FROM THE ARCHIVES

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MY TUMBLR, January 2015
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No, I am not referring to the intergalactic horror show that caused the ESRB to declare Combat Evolved an Mature-Rated game without even seeing the gameplay. I referring to the book, Halo: The Flood by William C. Dietz, the novelization of CE.

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The Hero of Alpha Halo, the Woman Called McKay – FROM THE ARCHIVES

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THE OLD HALO ARCHIVE, MAY 2015
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Master Chief is not the protagonist of Halo: The Flood. He’s certainly the protagonist of Combat Evolved, but in the novelization of the game, he hands the driver’s seat over to one Lieutenant Melissa McKay.

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The Flood (Definitive Edition) – FROM THE ARCHIVES

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THE OLD HALO ARCHIVE, MARCH 2015
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Review and analysis of Halo: The Flood by William C. Dietz

The Flood (The Definitive Edition) by William C. Dietz

Here lie the events that will change the universe as we know it. This novel not only chronicles the events of Combat Evolved but also fills in details of the characters on the fringes of Master Chief’s story and gives us our first look into Covenant society.

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Book Rec: On Reading Well by Karen Swallow Prior

On Reading Well is the most fruitful impulse purchase of my life. Well, save perhaps for Halo: The Flood.

Karen Swallow Prior’s book is a collection of essays examining how certain books explore various virtues, and I fell in love with it for its virtues:

  1. How deep it goes with both the philosophy and the novels.
  2. How expertly it avoids proselytizing or pearl-clutching.

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The Fall of Reach (Definitive Edition) – FROM THE ARCHIVES

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THE OLD HALO ARCHIVE, MARCH 2015
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Review and analysis of Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund

Halo has long been a major game changer in the industry. It redefined first person shooters for the console and helped establish online communities through the launch of Xbox Live with Halo 2.  The role of Halo within the medium of video games is a widely-discussed topic.

But what of its role in the genre?

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A Glimpse of Brilliance (Arbiter Watch) – FROM THE ARCHIVES

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MY TUMBLR, MARCH 2015
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Partner piece to The Fall of Reach review and analysis.

Welcome to a companion series to the reading journal series for the Halo novels. As I reread these books, my eyes are always peeled to catch even a glimpse of my Sangheilibro. Trust me, I can find him just about anywhere. So where is he in Fall of Reach?

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Watership Dead – An Adaptation We All Missed

Adaptations are interesting things to consider. As much as fans of the original tale, especially we bookworms, love to cry havoc at the first sign of deviance, there’s something to be said for the craft of adapting a piece from one medium to another. Each medium has its own rules, its own language with which to convey the story. Adapting is an art of translation. It is finding ways to convey the same idea with different tools.

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