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by Karen Traviss

  • ISBN: 0230767052
  • Author: Karen Traviss
  • ePub ver: 1773 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprints edition (2012)
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
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Halo: Glasslands is a fantastic addition to the Halo universe, and is a stand-out military science fiction novel in and of itself. Karen Traviss does an excellent job writing for the Halo universe, she creates believable human and alien characters. Jay Cormier, Examiner.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting's stopped, the war is far from over: it's just gone underground. The UNSC's feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan, and a diabolical AI to accelerate the Sangheili insurrection

Halo: Glasslands by Karen Traviss is thrilling, action-packed science fiction that longtime Halo fans and newcomers alike will enjoy.

Halo: Glasslands by Karen Traviss is thrilling, action-packed science fiction that longtime Halo fans and newcomers alike will enjoy.

456 pages ; 22 cm. After the defeat of the Covenant and the death of billions of people, Dr. Rachel Halsey, thought to be dead, discovers a technology that can save mankind. Rachel Halsey, thought to be dead, discovers a technology that can save mankind, as the Kilo-Five hunts for her and the Venezia colony makes plans to attack a weakened Earth. A Tom Doherty Associates book. Accelerated Reader UG .

Halo: Glasslands is the first book in the popular Halo series (but the eighth in the Halo franchise) written by Karen Traviss. She has written books in both the Star Wars and Gears of War series. Ever since playing the first Halo game on the Xbox, the franchise has stuck on me, I have been looking for a way into the Halo series. As soon as I found out that Halo: Glasslands is the first in a new trilogy I just had to jump to the chance.

I found the book Glasslands by Karen Traviss to be a very good book

I found the book Glasslands by Karen Traviss to be a very good book.

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Halo remains one of my favorite sci-fi franchises. The setting is a book, comic, and video game series featuring military characters doing battle with an alien theocracy known as the Covenant. The Kilo-5 novels, which starts with Glasslands, chronicles the events following Halo 3 when the Master Chief has disappeared, the Covenant has been defeated, and an uneasy peace exists between humanity with the various former Covenant races.

The premise is the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has decided to start arming insurgent alien religious groups with weapons to rise up against the strongest remaining Covenant state. Admiral Parangosky, leader of ONI, believes this is the only way to guarantee humanity's survival against future aggression despite the current leadership being friendly with humanity. Given the author Karen Traviss' familiarity with real-life blowback from doing the same with the future Taliban during the Soviet-Afghanistan War, I can only assume the foolishness of this action was deliberate.

Meanwhile, Doctor Catherine Halsey is marooned with a group of Spartans on a Forerunner shield-world, unaware of the events of Halo 3. Doctor Halsey is attempting to make up for her crimes in creating the original Spartans by protecting them from the destruction of the galaxy at the hands of the Flood. Not knowing this has been prevented, the group slowly begins turning against her as Chief Mendez vents his decades of guilt over the same project she's trying to atone for. It gets worse for Doctor Halsey as Captain Serin Osman, a Spartan-II program "washout", plots revenge against her for the kidnapping and body-horror she endured.

As these events go on, Sangheili (one of the Covenant races) Jul'mdama has grown to hate and loathe humanity. Refusing to believe his current government's path is the right one, he chooses to ally with the very same religious fanatics currently being armed by ONI. It's a twisted collection of plots, subplots, and counter-plots which all come together in a prequel for the events of Halo 4.

What's interesting is all of this is built on the organic foundation of Halo's politics and faction rather than anything typical of video game sci-fi like ancient artifacts or some dastardly villain setting plans in motion. It all flows from the fact, post-Halo 3, just about everyone working together to defeat the Prophet of Truth and Flood still hated each other.

I've been a big fan of Karen Traviss and her writing since her days writing for the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I loved her Republic Commando books and even had a neat little pen-pal relationship with her on RPG.net for a short while. I even sent her a package of my books back when I was a very-very crappy writer. Hehe. While I didn't always agree with her portrayal of characters in those books, I've rarely met an author who was nicer to her fans. I also felt she was a great fit for the Haloverse as she does excellent military science-fiction depictions.

The Kilo-5 team is an interesting collection of individuals and I have to say I enjoyed spending time with them. I enjoyed how they're able to wrap themselves in the comforting warmth of patriotism and doing what was necessary even as the narrative makes it clear they're somewhat deluding themselves. As we see in Halo 4, their actions will have terrible consequences for humanity but they trust their superiors to know what they're doing even as the book slowly unravels that trust.

I was particularly fond of Spartan-II Naomi who came off as an adorable cutie despite being raised as a supersoldier. I also enjoyed the character of Black Box as the A.I. vacillated between ruthlessly manipulative and supportive. Captain Osman is also a somewhat tragic character as she has allied herself with ONI out of misguided rage and personal loyalty but the consequences of such may well be her becoming the same sort of person who created her tragedy in the first plans.

Some fans may have difficulty with the treatment of fan favorite Doctor Halsey who is called out repeatedly for her kidnapping of children to create the Spartans. I believe Karen Traviss is aware of just how hypocritical Chief Mendez and Admiral Parangosky are being, though, attempting to project guilt from their own sins on her.

Indeed, Doctor Halsey says Mendez's remorse is an illusion since he repeated the crime without her a decade later. Much of the book depends on irony and self-justification which is something which fits into spy fiction as we see everyone attempting to play off their shady deals as the right thing to do, no matter how dishonorable or brutal those actions may be. The other guy is always bad and thus anything done to them is justified.

I especially liked that we got into Doctor Halsey's head about the fact she's just lost her daughter, Miranda Keyes, and that she doesn't have any beliefs or remaining loved ones to provide her comfort during this time. The fact the UNSC is turning on her during this just makes it a double gut-punch. Doctor Halsey may have done some awful things but she was a humanized character and the engine which enabled her actions moves on without her. Some of the writing is overwrought with Doctor Halsey talking about being a soulless being but I can't help but assume she's confronting her own guilt.

This is a entertaining military science fiction novel but sometimes goes a bit overboard in depicting its characters reactions. I think they'd be a bit more subdued personally with their self-righteousness given the moral ambiguities of their work but, despite this, I think it was really entertaining and encourage Halo fans to pick up the trilogy before playing Halo 4.

I purchased this book despite the bad reviews. I was hoping it was a case where I would enjoy it even if others haven't. Honestly, it is the worst Halo novel I've read. I own and love all the Halo novels before this one including the Forerunner Saga. However, Karen Traviss took what we had known about the characters from the previous novels and completely threw it away. I'm not sure how people can actually like this book, because of this fact.

Others have written about the flaws of this book, but here are a few points I have to get off my chest.


Halsey is basically the devil incarnate in this novel series. I understand Halsey did morally outrageous acts. However, she is made with such a lack of dimension in this book; she comes across as a comic book villain. Nothing is really said about the fact that she did actually care about her Spartan-IIs. To an extent at which someone like her could. In real life extremely smart people often have problems relating to others, especially those with less intelligence. I, for instance, am not extremely intelligent, but smart enough that when I see people doing stupid things all around me it gets on my nerves. So, I can almost relate. I just take my annoyances and multiply them, a lot.

Even Chief Mendez turns on Halsey. When Halsey fires back about the Spartan-IIIs, he defends himself by saying they were volunteers and that basically wins the argument. Nothing is said about how the Spartan-IIIs were created for suicide missions and that they were culled from orphans. Also the fact that they were very young, which means even if the "volunteered" they were still just children, Another fact is that the augmentations for Spartan-IIs wouldn't have worked well with ordinary people, that is why they chose the people with the best genes. It was only later that the procedures were improved which lead to higher success rates and they probably wouldn't have been able to improve them if Halsey hadn't created the Spartan-IIs in the first place. Finally, the Spartan-IIIs were given increased aggression that could interfere with rational though if not kept in check, Mendez was an intelligent soldier. He maybe haunted by his actions, but based on the previous novels I believe that he would have known he had no moral high ground to stand on. If he had even been moved to blame Halsey anyway. However, Traviss apparently decided that these points were unimportant and she just needed yet another character to bash Halsey with.

I liked Lucy in Ghosts of Onyx, but in this story she became yet another victim of the idea that everyone must hate Halsey. She ends up punching Halsey and freeing herself of her psychological muteness, because Halsey was badgering an Engineer? How does this make sense? I doubt Halsey would have be so abrasive with it. Sure she can be abrasive, but the scenario just felt like it was written just so Lucy would attack her. As I was reading it I remember thinking, Halsey wouldn't be acting like this and Lucy probably wouldn't be getting so angry either.

I don't know how anyone can actually care about Kilo-Five. The ODSTs came off as idiots. Osman is a washed out Spartan-II who has been brainwashed by Parangosky, who is nothing better than a personal enemy of Halsey. In fact, she new everything about the Spartan-II project, because it was an ONI project. She also has no moral high ground, but is quick to dispense judgement. Osman is the same, because she was trained by Parangosky to hate Halsey, even though Kilo-Five's entire mission is a deplorable atrocity. Instead of helping their number one supporter Thel 'Vadam, they help his opponents. Apparently, they want the Elites to remain in chaos, but they basically enable the anti-humanist faction and maybe even instigated the next war between Humans and Elites. I doubt Jul 'Mdama would have been able to come to power over the Elite splinter factions and cause so much chaos later.

Traviss doesn't seem to know the definition of Top Secret, Classified information, or need to know basis. She has Osman tell the ODSTs everything about the Spartan-II program. Well, almost everything, since it is all a manipulation on Traviss' part to make the characters hate Halsey. The ODSTs did not need to know about any of it to accomplish they mission. I don't care if Osman wanted to create a bond with her team or some such thing, that wouldn't have happened. That's all I have to say about that.

Traviss' seems to grasp the concept of black ops enough to try to write a book about a black ops team. However, a key point bought up to make Halsey look even more devious was the flash cloning of the Spartan-II children. Supposedly, Halsey authorized this herself without permission, which is doubtful to begin with. Somehow, this was an unnecessary evil, because the parents thought their kids had died when the clone deteriorated. It was a calculated maneuver, not some personal whim Halsey tacked on to her highly detailed, Top Secret program. By making clones, there isn't going to be 75 missing children investigations. If someone manages to see a Spartan-II and recognize them as the child, they are more likely to dismiss them as just looking similar, because they "know" that child is dead. These are just two very good reasons for the flash clones. THe book indicates one person suspecting the flash clone not being his child. That is better than seventy-five entire families looking for their loved ones. Frankly, I view Parangosky as an idiot if she is head of the most secretive department in human civilization and not realizing this.

Traviss even has Parangosky rub in the fact to Halsey that Colonel Ackerson died a hero. I'm glad he did something redeemable. However, he tried to kill John-117 and Cortana in the training ground just to prove Halsey wrong. Also, he started the suicidal Spartan-III program largely as Halsey's rival. He had few redeeming qualities, but of course Traviss tries to make him look better than Halsey.

Halsey did some very terrible actions, but she did them because many people thought there was going to be a massive war between Humans. She was authorized by ONI. She made smart, calculated, if cold decisions. However she is far from Mengele, as Traviss heavily tried to point out. Mengele did experiments because he could and didn't care if they succeeded or the patients survived as long as he got information from them. He wanted to further the German race as he viewed it. Halsey had a purpose for her experiments and tried to make sure they were successful with minimum casualties and she thought she was furthering the entire Human race. Considering this idea of augmenting Humans was still in it's infancy, she did rather well and paved the way for Spartan-IIIs, Spartan-IVs, and perhaps eventually all of humanity.

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Karen Traviss does manage to get details right, but she glosses over them if they don't fit here overall scheme. So this book was a huge disappointment. I was looking forward to seeing the post war galaxy, but it was drowned out by Traviss' own agenda, blatant disregard of previous character's personalities, and dislike of certain characters.
I love reading the Halo universe, but this book was the worst of the bunch. Other reviews have already stated (and in a better way then I could) all the different ways the author missed the mark, but ill just point out my personal ones.

The first and biggest, was having Sangheili use human expressions. Even one who despises EVERYTHING about humans and wants to 'eradicate the vermin', suddenly uses "as the humans say". This absolutely destroyed any immersion I had in the book, and was never able to get pulled back into it.

The second was not specific, but just how horrible written the rational of the characters were. I never found myself understanding any of the ONI crew. It was all just explanation of why the author HATES the idea of Spartans.

The Third and final is the piss poor job of writing about Smart AI. When you read the forward and jacket, you think there is going to be some great detail about a Smart AI's life, like in Contact Harvest. Instead there is only 2 pages that have any actual detail, and the rest of the time the "AI" is just there to crack jokes.

I really wish this book could be redacted from Halo cannon, since it appears the sole purpose is to vent the hatred the author has at the idea of the spartans, and how horrible people we are for liking the story and game about them.

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