Aw, who am I kidding? These books aren’t going to win any honors, but video game players may be interested.
I’ve got a pair to give away. First is the hardcover of “Gears of War: Coalition’s End.” Here’s the description:
“When the Locust Horde burst from the ground fifteen years ago to slaughter the human population of Sera, mankind began a desperate war against extinction. Now after a decade and a half of bloody fighting, and with billions dead, the survivors — the Gears of the Coalition of Ordered Governments, along with a small band of civilians — have been forced to destroy their own cities and sacrifice their entire civilization to halt the Locust advance.
“The last-ditch measures have succeeded, but
“Escaping to a haven on the remote island of Vectes, they begin the heartbreaking task of rebuilding their devastated world. For a while, there’s hope … making peace with old enemies, and once again planning for the future.
“But the short respite is shattered when Vectes comes under siege from an even deadlier force than the Locust-the Lambent, a hideous and constantly mutating life-form that destroys everything in its path. …”
That ones for the bookshelf; here’s one for the drive to and from work or the summer cottage: the CD version of “Halo Cryptum: The Forerunner Saga” by Greg Bear. Here’s the rundown on the seven-CD set:
“100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species — eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge — achieved dominance.
“They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners — the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time.
“And then they vanished. This is their story.
“Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting is a young rebellious Forerunner. He is a Manipular, untried — yet to become part of the adult Forerunner society, where vast knowledge and duty waits. He comes from a family of Builders, the Forerunners’ highest and most politically powerful rate. It is the Builders who create the grand technology that facilitates Forerunner dominance over the known universe. It is the Builders who believe they must shoulder the greatest burden of the Mantle — as shepherds and guardians of all life.
“Bornstellar is marked to become a great Builder just like his father. But this Manipular has other plans.”
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