Newest Halo Novel Makes Times' Bestseller List

While direct sales of Bungie's Halo 3 led to the first profitable quarter for Microsoft's entertainment and devices division, royalties from Halo-related properties will surely solidify its financial position. The newest novel in the Halo series has taken its place on the New York Times Bestseller list in its first week of sales, Bungie announced today.

Halo: Contact Harvest went on sale October 30 and took the number three spot for trade paperback fiction, although it's slipped to number four since the announcement. It's the fifth novel in the series of Halo-related writings, but it's the first by Bungie's own Joseph Staten, who wrote the story and directed the cinematics for the Halo games.

The novel apparently explores the first contact made between humankind and the evil Covenant.