The third book in the Halo series is title “[amazon_link id=”0345467817″]First Strike[/amazon_link].” Eric Nylund, author of the first Halo book “[amazon_link id=”0345451325″]The Fall of Reach[/amazon_link]” returns to finish some of the unresolved plots from the first book. The book takes place between Halo 1 and Halo 2 video games.
The novel also provides the Halo gamer with insights into how Master Chief returned to earth after Halo: Combat Evolved (Halo 1) and how the Covenant discovered the location of earth.
The second book in the Halo series is titled “[amazon_link id=”0345459210″]The Flood[/amazon_link]” The book is written by William C. Dietz who’s background of serving in the US Navy as medic might have helped him with the characters and background stories.
This book is a novelization of the first Halo video game (Halo: Combat Evolved). I never got a chance to play the first Halo game, so the events of the game were unfamiliar to me. For most other Halo fans, they’ve probably played the game and remember quite a few events of this book.
I read about the PlayOn Media Server on LifeHacker last week. It’s software that runs on your Windows computer and streams video to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The PlayOn Media Server streams content from YouTube, Netflix Instant Queue, Hulu, CBS, and ESPN.
The PlayOn Media Server demo works for 14 days and I’m almost half way through the demo now. Since downloading the demo, I’ve been able to stream a couple of episodes of 24 (from Hulu), some random and mostly useless YouTube videos, and watch a movie from my Netflix account.
I wasn’t too familiar with the Halo series until last year when I played Halo for the first time. I knew it was a FPS (first person shooter) and knew that it involved running around and shooting aliens, much like most other FPS games. Since FPS games weren’t my speciality, I had never spent much time playing or reading about Halo.
After I purchased Halo III, I was able to complete the game and learn a little more about the Halo setting. The game was fun and a bit challenging at times. However, since I don’t have a XBOX Gold membership I wasn’t able to play online versus other players – who probably would have easily killed me anyway.
A few months after playing the game, I noticed the Halo book series at a local bookstore. I thought it might be interesting, but I didn’t think about the book series until almost a year later. After bringing only one book to read on my flight, I had finished it and needed a new book for my return flight. So I picked up the first book of the Halo series ([amazon_link id=”0345451325″]Halo: The Fall of Reach[/amazon_link]) by Eric Nylund. The book is just over 7 years old.
[amazon_link id=”0345498526″]Mass Effect: Ascension[/amazon_link] is the second novel of the Mass Effect series. The book is based on the game of the same name by BioWare. The author, Drew Karpyshyn, works for BioWare and has also written books on the BioWare’s Knights of the Old Republic game.
I read the first Mass Effect novel before the [amazon_link id=”B000OLXX86″]Mass Effect XBOX360 game[/amazon_link] was released and I really enjoyed that novel. Now that I’ve finished the first novel and then finished the game (a few times), I have a decent idea of the Mass Effect universe so unlike the first book there wasn’t a lot of introduction and general knowledge layout of the universe and species.