Halo: The Fall Of Reach

The Fall of Reach (Halo)If you are a fan of the XBOX game Halo then this book is for you.

It is the first in a series of books based on the video game. I really liked how it fills in all of the gaps in the story. The Fall of Reach explains what happened up until the opening sequences of the game. You learn where Master Chief came from and how he became such a kickass soldier.

I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who can’t appreciate the game, but if was a good read for me. The character developments and plot where more than I could ask for in a book about a video game. It really adds to the whole Halo experience. Now I’m on to the next book, The Flood, which is supposed to tell the story that takes place during the game. So far it’s holding true to form.

I’ll give this book a B+, but only that low because it didn’t knock me off my feet.


Failed

I failed my Micosoft certification test today. I took exam 070-305, which is for Visual Basic.NET with ASP.Net. The class I took through HOTT was a great class, but I’m not buying into their guarantee:

HOTT guarantees that students will pass related certification exams, or HOTT will pay for a retake.

Well over half of the questions on the test were not on things covered in the class. I think I did a pretty good job of making educated guesses, but still came up well short of passing. I needed a score of 700 to pass and only achieved a 602 604. Ouch! I don’t think I’ve ever failed a test before today.

Update: After talking with some people at HOTT, they actually recommend taking the Introduction and Advanced classes for VB.NET before taking the test. So in reality I did pretty good then, with the limited knowledge that I had.