While this post title is not the opening sentence of Cryptum, it has definitely has been my favorite so far 🙂
I began going through the audio book yesterday and now in Chapter 6; The Didact has spoken his first words to Bornstellar after being awakened from his (Didact’s) Cryptum, Chakas and Riser are waiting outside after singing their songs given (programmed into) them by The Librarian, and the War Sphinxes wait patiently for their next order.
It’s definitely a different read – I’ve heard it described as “old-school science fiction” – but once adjusted to it pulls you in the same as any other good story.
With Bear’s focus on setting and mood verses character and action (currently reading The Fall of Reach), I find myself getting out of the car after listening to the text and I feel I need a few moments to come back to the planet, to adjust to my life after having been absorbed into another.
Part of it has to do with the form; being read to frees my mind from the work of reading and thus more feeling, more imaging takes place. Add that to my natural bent to daydream while travelling and you can see why coming home from work has been more like waking up from a dream than turning off a CD.
Already some things have stuck out to me:
- Intro by Greg Bear – I didn’t expect this but it was a nice touch, to have the author give me a bit of background and wish me well on my journey.
- AI translator’s note – before the book even beings starts to set the mood, one of mystery and technology
- Tugging threads – journey, daring, betrayal and fate. In the book’s intro on page nine, Bornstellar lists these words as “the tugging threads of this part of the tale.” I believe these words describe the theme of several synchrons that we will encounter throughout the Forerunner Saga. They are the “knots creeping forward on your string of time.”
As I listen, I find myself wanting a picture of what’s being described – of the Djamonkin Crater and the walls and traps that surround it, or the mud huts and balloon airships of Marontik.
I can’t believe I’d be the only one interested in Halo: The Forerunner Saga – The Visual Guide. Am I right? 🙂
With the Halo Universe you never know – that just might be coming down the pipe. Until then Erde-Tyrene will be in my mind’s eye and my car’s player.