Under Fire: Holy Crap I’m Reading Halo Books

Fall of ReachYes, it’s true; I’ve actually started to read the Halo novels, and the comic books aren’t too far behind. Go ahead and laugh. It’s fine. Six months ago, I would have been laughing at me too.

I completely blame several people for this. The first being Karen Traviss for enrapturing me with the Gears of War books. I don’t exactly remember how I got into reading those or why I started to look for them, but I was absolutely hooked on the series. She has finished her part of the Gears of War saga–of which I’m rather sad about, to be honest–but she’s moved on to the Halo-verse. When I heard that, all I could think was, “Aw, crap.” I didn’t jump into it right away, because as much as I love the Halo games (well, not all of them…Halo 2 can suck it), the story behind it really didn’t interest me. Despite loving how Ms. Traviss writes, her authorship wasn’t enough to suck me in.

My fantastic friend Blake Grundman is another person to blame. He’s in love with all things Halo almost to a fault, but he and I share a lot of things in common when it comes to books and music. He constantly encouraged me to give the books and comics a chance; he swore I would get into the story. I still remained hesitant, even after my best friend’s husband raved about the books and comics.

The final chip lay in place after my Halo 4 meeting at E3. One of the people I had the distinct pleasure in meeting was Frank O’Connor, the head of fiction and lore for the Halo franchise. He commented in the meeting that with Halo 4 and the series’ future direction, all fiction will have some importance to the overall Halo story. As someone who wants to understand every single nod and nuance in a game, this was a no-brainer. In fact, I believe my first thought was, “Aw, crap.”

I started the first book this past week, The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund, and I’ll be damned if it’s not a good story. For starters, it’s so nice to learn about Master Chief back when he had a personality. It’s also nice to learn the backstory behind the opening sequence to the first Halo game, as I’ve not had a chance to play through Halo: Reach just yet.

If the books continue the pace this one has, I’m going to be hooked on another gaming book series. I already have all of them saved in my wishlist on my Nook and the comics reserved in the same manner on Comixology. So yeah, go on ahead and laugh. I’ve laughed at enough Halo nerds in my time, so it’s only fitting that I’m on the other end of the joke.